Book Review on Repertory to the Symptoms of Intermittent Fever by WA Allen

books2Book Review on Repertory to the Symptoms of Intermittent Fever by W.A. Allen

Dr Rumsheed N BHMS MD

  • Author: William .A. Allen. M.D
  • Published by: B. Jain Publishers New Delhi
  • Published in: 1883
  • Forwarded by: T.F. Allen
  • Total No: of remedies: 133
  • Total No: of pages: 107

Typography used:

  • Bold (Nux)
  • Italics (Nux)
  • Roman (Nux)
  • Roman (?) (Nux(?)) For eg: Page No: 42 chill – symptoms during chill – Mouth,     form at: Cina(?)

This book consists of the following:

  1. Preface by the author
  2. Contents
  3. Remedies
  4. Repertory

William .A. Allen.M.D has interested in the treatment of intermittent fever because

  1. He had many cases of intermittent fever during his professional care
  2. It has so often been asserted by the physician and layman that the homoeopathic treatment is totally unable to suppress the paroxysms, to remove the pathological conditions and symptoms incident to them- to cure

The repertory was written as an aid to himself in studying up the intermittents. This Repertory is based on The Homoeopathic Therapeutics of Intermittent Fever by H.C.Allen, Lippe’s repertory, Boenninghausen’s therapeutics and Gross on Comparative Materia Medica.

To use this repertory, the physician obtain as many symptoms from the patient as possible(symptoms related with chill, heat, sweat and apyrexia stage) then taking the repertory ,that he look upon the symptoms ,the remedies indicated by each of them is noted and select the drug which is most frequently mentioned.

For eg: Miss A is suffering from tertian type of intermittent fever

  • Symptoms before chill: Pain in limbs & yawning
  • Symptoms during chill: Shaking chill at 11 am

Anticipating

  • Pain in the limbs
  • Skin and nails blue
  • Desire to be covered
  • Vomiting after drinking
  • Sleep
  • Followed by sleep

Symptoms during heat: Headache during heat

  • Thirst
  • Face alternating red and pale
  • Shivering from motion
  • Cheeks red and hot
  • Pain in the limbs

Sweat: Profuse

Pain relieved by sweat

Apyrexia: Pale face during Apyrexia

Total no: of symptoms taken: 24

The remedies most frequently mentioned, may be tabulated as follows

  • Nux vom………….23
  • Nat mur ………….16
  • Eupat perf………..14
  • Chin……………..10
  • Ars ………………14

Nux vom is selected because it covers most of symptoms presented by the patient.

He says that, he had cured intermittent fever with tinctures and potencies. But the most successful potency is from the 200th upwards.

The best time to begin administer the remedy is after the height of paroxysm has been passed.
He says that this repertory has saved much time and given many successes. 

CONTENTS:

Apyrexia, symptoms during

Chill……………..

  • —–,     Aggrevated,
  • —–,     Ameliorated,
  • —–,     Caused by,
  • —–,     Character of,
  • —–,     Commences,
  • —–,     Followed by,
  • —–,     Location of
  • —–,     Preceded by
  • —–,     Symptoms during
  • —–,     Time of
  • —–,     Wanting

Heat,……………..

  • —–,     Aggravated,
  • —–,     Ameliorated,
  • —–,     Character, time and location of,
  • —–,     Followed by,
  • —–,     Preceded by,
  • —–,     Symptoms during,
  • —–,     Wanting,

Remedies, list of,

  • —–, special indications for,
  • —–, —– —–, season and weather,

Sweat …………

  • —–      Aggravated,
  • —–      Ameliorated,
  • —–,     Character, time of,
  • —–,     Followed by,
  • —–,     Location of,
  • —–,     Preceded by,
  • —–,     Symptoms during,
  • —–,     Wanting, 

REMEDIES
Aconite, Aethusa, Agaricus, Alstonia, Alumina, Ambra, Ammon carb, Ammon mur, Anacardium, Angustura, Antimonium crud, Antimonium tart, Apis mel, Aranea, Argentum, Arnica, Arsenicum, As arum, asafeotida            baptisia,baryta carb, belladonna, benzenium,beriberis, bovista,bryonia,cactus, caladium,calc carb, camphora, canchalagua, cantharis,capsicum,carbo an, carbo v ,causticum, cedron, china, chin sulph, cicuta, cimex, cina,cocculus, coffea, colchicum, colocynth, conium, cornus flor, crocus, curare, cuprum, cyclamen, Daphne ind, Digitalis, Drosera, Elaterium, Elaps          , Eupatorium perf, Eupatorium purp, Euphorbium, Euonymus, Ferrum, gelsemium, graphitis, guajacum, heeleborus, hepar, hyos, ignatia, iodum, ipecacuana, kali bich, kali carb, kali iod, kreosotum, lachesis, lachnanthes, laurocerasus, ledum, lobelia, lycopodium, magnesia carb, magnesia mur, magnesia sulph, manganum, marum verum, menyanthus, mercurialis, mercurius, mercurius cor, mezerium, muriatic acid, natrum mur, natrum carb, nitric acid, nitrum, nux mosch, nux vom, oleum an, opium, paris quad, petroleum, phosphoric ac, phosphorus, plantago, podophyllum, polyporus off, psorinum, pulsatilla, rhustox, robinia, ruta, sabadilla, Sabina, sambucus, sarracenia, sarasaparilla, secale cor, sepia, silicea, spigelia, stannum, staphysagria, stramonium, sulphur, taraxacum, theridion, thuja oc, valariana, veratrum alb.

This section contains 133 remedies.

REPERTORY
In repertory part all rubrics are arranged in alphabetical order

Repertory part is mainly divided into four sections.

  1. Chill
  2. Heat
  3. Sweat
  4. Apyrexia

Each section is further subdivided into causation, character, location, modalities (aggravation, amelioration, and time), and concomitants (symptoms before, during and after).

Time is also arranged in alphabetic order. After this clock time is given from 1 am to 12 midnight.

REMEDIES, SPECIAL INDICATIONS FOR

Abortion, threatened: Puls

Anxiety, producing diarrhea: Gels

Arsenic, after abuse of: Ipec

Atmospheric changes, influenced by: Acon

Cases, chronic: Apis, Caust, Gels, Natr.m

—, recent: Acon, Natr.m

Children: Ars, Cham, Cina, Gels, Nux.m, Puls

—,nursing: Anac, Ars, Cina, Verat

Cholera, during epidemics of: Verat

Cold, easily takes: Baryt.c, Caust, Dulc, Psor

Diathesis,psoric: Baryt.c, Calc, Cina, Psor

Diphtheria, after: Baryt.c

Eruptions, after: Apis

Face,pale and skin flabbyCalc

Fright, producing diarrhea: Gels

Ground, exposure to recently turned up: Natr.m

Irritability: Anac, Ign, Nux

Mercury,after abuse of: Nitr.ac

People, old: Alum

Quinine, after abuse of: Ars, Arn, Bell,Ferr, Ipec, Natr,m

Scrofula: Baryt.c, Calc, Cina

Seashore, contracted at: Ars

Skin, delicate: Dulc

Swamps,living near: Cedr, Natr.m

Urticaria: Dulc, Elat, Rhus

Whooping –cough, during epidemics of: Dros

Women: Nux m, Puls, Sep

SEASON AND WEATHER

Autumn: Ars, Nux

Damp and cold: Cur

Days hot with nights cool: Acon

Rains, during: Aren Diad, Ced, Cur,

Spring: Ars, Gels, Lach

Summer: Caps, Ced

Warm: Ars, Bell, Calc, Caps, Ced, Cina, Ipec, Lach,Sulph

Wet, when becoming: Sep

Wintered, over: Ars, Lach, Natr.m

CHILL, CA– USED BY

CHILL, PRECEDED BY

CHILL, TIME

Afternoon

Bed, in

Day, all

Evening

Forenoon

Fourteen days, every

Irregular

Midnight, after

Morning

Night

Periods, at all,

Same, every day

Sleep, after

Sunset, at

Yearly:

Time – 1 A.M to 12 midnight

CHILL, LOCATION OF

CHILL, CHARACTER OF

Chilliness

Chilliness with heat

Shivering with heat

Type:

Anticipating

Changing

Congestive

Eating, after

Fourteen days, every

Menses, after the

Monthly

Paroxysms irregular

Postponing

Quartan

Quotidian

Remittent fever, resembling

Satge, one generally wanting

Stages, very irregular

Tertian

Yearly

CHILL, SYMPTOMS DURING

CHILL, AMELIORATED

CHILL, AGGREVATED

CHILL, FOLLOWED BY

HEAT, WANTING

HEAT, PRECEDED BY

Cough                               

Nausea

Taste, bitter

Thirst

Vomiting

Yawning

HEAT, CHARACTER, TIME AND LOCATION OF

HEAT, SYMPTOMS DURING

HEAT, AMELIORATED

HEAT, AGGREVATED

HEAT, FOLLOWED BY

SWEAT, WANTING

SWEAT

SWEAT, PRECEDED BY

Cramps

Headache

Hunger

Thirst

SWEAT, CHARACTER AND TIME OF

SWEAT, LOCATION OF

SWEAT, SYMPTOMS DURING

SWEAT, AMELIORATED

SWEAT, AGGREVATED

SWEAT, FOLLOWED BY

APYREXIA SYMPTOMS DURING

MERITS

  1. All the rubrics related to the intermittent fever are mentioned in this repertory which is lacking in general repertories.
  2. It can be used as a quick reference book at the bedside.

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