The "Select Materia Medica" is embarked upon with the modest objective of imparting more and more confidence in our remedies and the only way to achieve this is through exploiting the remedies to their utmost limit, so as to be able to draw as much as possible of the incurables within the hold of curables and achieving the palliation in ideal incurables as per the standardisation of application of the law of similars. It is undertaken to meet the (grave) challenges of today, to yoke our medicines to the more and more difficult cases (of which there is a flood) unfaced by our forebears of yesterday. A materia medica has a past, present and a future too. 'Past' is represented in provings -- the database, 'present' in the therapeutics and clinical verifications and 'future' in the suggestions for new directions in which the remedies can be turned to use. This aspect is necessary to keep our remedies abreast of the times and needs. An attempt has been made here in this direction with the hope that our successors will develop this aspect still further so that our system will not lag behind and fight shy of the then challenges.