Book review on A systematic alphabetic repertory of homoeopathic remedies

A systematic alphabetic repertory of homoeopathic remedies, Dr C Von Boenninghausen 

Book review by Dr Bhagyasree B  MD(Hom)
Medical Officer, Department of Homoeopathy, Govt. of Kerala 

Author: Dr. C. Von Boenninghausen 

First repertory which honoured Boenninghausen as the Father of Repertory. Generally known as the Repertory of the Antipsoric Remedies. 

Year of publication: First edition -1832, Second edition- 1833 

Translated from the second German edition by C. M. Boger Number of chapters: 90
Number of remedies: 52
Published by B. Jain publishers
This is the reprint edition in 2004 

GRADATION OF THE REMEDIES: 5 In the first edition 

1st grade- s p a c e d I t a l i c s 2nd grade- Italics
3rd grade- s p a c e d R o m a n 4th grade- Roman
5th grade- Roman in paranthesis 

In the second edition 

1st grade- CAPITAL BOLD 2nd grade- Roman bold
3rd grade-Italics
4th grade- Roman 

5th grade- Roman in parenthesis 

About the author
Baron Clemens Maria Franz von Boenninghausen was born in Netherlands in 12th march 1785. He graduated from the Dutch University of Groningen with the degree of Doctor of Civil and Criminal Law. He devoted much to developing the state agriculturally and became greatly interested in agriculture  and allied sciences, especially botany. Then he published a book on ‘Prodromus Florae Monasteriensis’. Thus he became the director of Botanical gardens of Munster. 

In 1827 he suffered from purulent tuberculosis. At this time, he wrote a farewell letter to his close botanical friend, A .Weihe, who was the first homoeopathic physician in the province of Rhineland and Westalphia. Weihe treated Boenninghausen with pulsatilla. This event made him to have great interest in Homoepathy. From 1830 he was in close relation with Hahnemann until the master’s death. 

The important works of Boenninghausen are- 

1831-The cure of Cholera and its Preventives
1832- Repertory of the Antipsoric medicines, with a preface by Hahnemann. 1833- An Attempt at a Homoeopathic Therapy of Intermittent Fever
1835- Repertory of the Medicines which are not Antipsoric.
1836- Attempt at Showing the Relative Kinship of Homoeopthic Medicines 1846- Therapeutic Manual for Homoeopathic Physicians, for the use at the sickbed and in
the study of the Materia Medica.
1849- Brief Instructions for Non- Physicians as to the Prevention and Cure of Cholera
1853- The Two Sides of Human Body and Relationships
1860- The Homoeopathic Treatment of Whooping Cough in its Various Forms 1863- The Aphorisms of Hippocrates, with Notes by a Homoeopath. CONTENTS 

Translator’s preface
Preface to second edition
Preface to first edition
Introduction
Intercurrent remedies in chronic diseases
Review of the Antipsoric remedies
Repertory of the Antipsoric Remedies
Index

Translator’s preface
“Every repertory is useful. Unfortunately not one is complete. This one offers the best guide for the selection of the most suitable remedy in chronic diseases, hence its translation.”- C.M Boger. 

Preface to second edition
In this section Boger mentions about 

Popularity of Homoeopathy,
Mentions the drug added in 2nd edition from Hahnemann’s Chronic Diseases. Also about the changes that occur after administering a similar remedy.
The state of illness is changed
It remains the same 

1st. The condition is ameliorated – wait , give another dose of same remedy if symptoms points it. 

2nd. It is aggravated – homoeopathic aggravation – wait – if symptom troubles – antidote 

3rd . The sickness alters its symptoms complex – remedy wrong & change of remedy according to the case. 

It remains the same
Due to want of receptivity
Remove either by repeated small doses or by the medicines recommended for deficient reactions. 

Preface to the first edition
Initially this repertory was limited to the remedies mentioned in the first three volumes of Hahnemann’s Chronic Diseases. When the author found his little repertory useful, he added the leading remedies in the forth volume of Chronic Diseases. Dr. Rueckert and others who possessed a copy of it found it so practically useful and urged Boenninghausen repeatedly to put this little work in print. Thus he undertook this laborious work. To attain the object of completeness, brevity and ease in consultation, a strictly alphabetical succession beside the systematic order was necessary. 

He used different typography for the remedies depending on symptoms that have been verified in practice.
Roman in parantheis are doubtful remedies which require critical study and which occur most seldom. 

Roman indicate symptoms that have been verified in practice . Spaced roman indicates that symptom to which the remedy refers is a repetition of its primary action 

Italics are used where the result of the actual experience has unquestionably confirmed the already ascribed curative power of the remedy.
Spaced italics are used where these results have repeatedly followed its application. 

INTRODUCTION 

On the Repetition of the Homoeopathic Remedy- by Hahnemann 

The homoeopathic physician should generally let the carefully selected remedy to act upon the patient in a single dose at a time and allow it to exhaust its action. A single dose is sufficient especially in certain mild diseases particularly in children or delicate and susceptible adults. But in chronic and highly developed cases, often spoiled through previous unsuitable remedies and also in grave acute diseases, such a single dose is not sufficient. 

But Repeating frequently may cause the vital force to expel this hostile overdose of medicine by means of vomiting, diarrhea, fever, sweat, etc: 

Action of medicine through inhalation is equal to that of the medicine taken orally and at the same time repetition in the sense, more time he can inhale than the dose taken though orally. 

Expiry Date Of Medicines 

One globule,10 to 20 of which weigh a grain, moistened with 30th potency and then dried retains its full power for at least 18 to 20 years if protected from heat and sunlight even if the vial is opened as many as thousand times. 

Intercurrent remedies in chronic diseases 

Coffee- Too great sensitiveness and painfulness of the affected parts, irritability and sleeplessness
Hepar sulph alternated with Nit.ac in excessive irritation from abuse of mercury Magnes. arct. – excessive irritation with trembling , great trembling, great restlessness in limbs causing constant change of position , great distention of the hypogastrium, mental anxiety and apprehensiveness, great nervousness. Mesmerism for nervousness in general. 

Nux. Vom – the nervous system is deeply affected and irritated, hypersensitiveness of the senses, fearfulness, anxiety etc
Opium – want of sensitiveness of nervous system and deficient reaction of the vital force.
Pulsatilla alternated with nux for ameliorating too great irritability. Interruption of the Antipsoric Cure 

Anger with vexation, with chill and coldness of the body- Bry Anger with indignation- Staph
Anger causing internal or concealed vexation, grief or shame- Ignat Anger with wrath, violence and heat- Chamom 

Hernia descended generally- Nux v
Homesickness with red cheeks and sleeplessness at night- Caps
Love, unhappy with inward grief- Ignat
Love, unhappy with jealousy- Hyos
Bruises and wounds- Arn.
Fright with vexation- Aco.
Weakness caused by loss of fluids, as sweat , pollutions etc:
Cold catching in general- Nux.v
Followed by diarrhea- dulc
Dyspnoea, attacks of – Ipec
Followed by fever and heat- Acon
Sprains and over lifting in some cases – Arn but better Rhus tox
Intoxication after wine- Nux v.

REVIEW OF THE ANTIPSORIC REMEDIES
There are 50 antipsoric remedies, one antisyphilitic remedy and one antisycotic remedy in this section. The remedies are arranged alphabetically. Each remedy is described with their abbreviation, names, common names, source, number of symptoms, duration of action and antidote. 

Eg: Petr. Petroleum, coal oil (Hahn. Chron ii , 306), 623 symptoms. Acts 40 to 50 days, Antidote: Nux. Vom 

The antipsoric remedies listed are
Agaricus, Alumina, Ammonium carb, Ammonium mur, Anacardium, Ars. Alb, Aur , Baryta , Belladonna, Boric acid, Bovista, Calc carb, Carb animalis, Carb veg, Causticum, Clematis, Colocynth, Conium, Digitalis, Dulcamara, Euphorbia officinarum, Graphites, Guaiacum, Hepar sulph, Iodum, Kali carb, Lycopodium, Magnesia carb, Mag mur, Manganum, Mezereum, Muriatic acid, Natrum carb, Natrum mur, Kali nitricum, nitric acid, Petroleum, Phosphorus, Phosphoric acid, Platina, Rhododendron, Sarasaparilla, Senega, Sepia, Silicea, Stannum, Strontium carb, Sulphur, Sulphuric acid and Zincum met. 

Antisyphilitic remedy – Mercurius vivus Antisycotic remedy- Thuja 

FEATURES OF THIS REPERTORY 

  1. This is the first repertory published. 
  2. Valuable introduction by masters is given 
  3. Duration of action and expiry date of homeopathic medicines are given. 
  4. Progenitor of later repertories. 
  5. Even if boenninghausen follow the theory of grand generalization, a well represented mind chapters is given in this book with 167 rubrics. 
  6. Rubrics are arranged in alphabetical order in the different chapters. 
  7. In some places there is a sixth grade which is given as roman with a question within the brackets. Eg: VISION-Rings, (aur?)
  8. Each chapter has sub sections in relation to the time, aggravation and amelioration.
  9. In some places synonyms are given in brackets after the rubrics.  Eg: EYES-Tears in (watering) FACE-Lichen(scaly)
  10. The antipsoric remedies are arranged alphabetically and the antisycotic (thuja) and antisyphilitic (mercurius) after a hyphen. Eg: VISION-Blindnes: night: Bell, dig – Merc.
  11. Desires and aversion are given under chapter APPETITE. The rubrics for thirst are also given as the sub chapter of MOUTH 
  12. The rubric for varicose vein is given in the chapter SKIN. 
  13. The authenticity of medicines is strong since they are from Hahnemann’s chronic disease and Materia Medica Pura. But there is no index for medicine. 

DEMERITS 

  1. The number of remedies are very less and mostly antipsorics. 2. Concomitant are given only in few chapters. 
  2. Time is given as morning, forenoon, afternoon, evening, night and not in alphabetical order 
  3. Each chapter ends by underline. Most of the times not found, leading to confusion. 
  4. No index for remedies. 
  5. The arrangement of the chapters is very confusing since there is no definite font for the chapter and the sub chapters. 
  6. The sequence of Aggravation, Amelioration, time, Concomitant is changed from section to section. 

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