Dr Bharath Raj C K
Bogers “A synoptic key of the materia medica” the aim of this book is to simplify the use of Homoeopathic materia medica so that truly curative remedy may be worked out with greater ease and certainly in a given case. for this purpose the synoptic key has been presented as a combination of the analytic and synoptic methods. This is an attempt to categorise Generalities section of synoptic key under the headings Sensations, clinical conditions and modalities and also the utility and importance of Supplementary reference table.
Key words: Generalities, supplementary reference table, Location, clinical conditions, modalities.
“A Synoptic key of the Materia Medica” certainly is one of the most appreciated books in homoeopathic books in homoeopathic literature and it is a must have for the profession. In the time, it was written and distributed among colleagues it was well understood and whoever had problems in understanding could ask Boger himself how to handle it.
The aim of this book is to simplify the method of arriving a homoeopathic curative remedy with greater ease and certainty. For this purpose a combination of analytic and synoptic methods have been thought best.
C M Boger (1861-1935) probably one of the last great homoeopathicians of the western world before the great decline of homoeopathy. During his homoeopathic education he learned different approaches of remedy finding, one of them was developed by J T Kent, and other one was the mainly used Boenninghausen approach, which was brought into the shape of keynote system, given by H N Guerensy and others.
- First edition – 1915
- Second edition – 1916
- Third edition – 1926
- Fourth edition – 1931
- Augmented edition – 1935
- Rearranged and augmented edition – 2007, Revised edition – 2015.
Number of remedies
- Analytical part – 489
- Synopsis part – 323
Rearranged and augmented edition : 2007
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Revised edition : 2015
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- Based on the concept of particulars to generals
- Based on the complete symptom, concomitants and pathological generals.
PLAN AND CONSTRUCTION
The book contains three parts
- Analytical part (repertory part)
- The periods of aggravation
- Conditions of aggravation and amelioration
- Regional repertory
- Synopsis part (material medica part)
- Third part comprising of
- Table of the approximate duration of remedies
- Complementary remedies
- Antagonistic remedies , Supplementary reference table.
Consists of drug affinities for entire organism
For eg: Aching, albuminous, compression, congestion etc.
|Aching||Acridity Excoriations||Alternating effect states|
|Adhesive||Albuminous glairy discharges||Associated effects|
|Alive sensation||Ammoniacal odor||Bending|
|Attitudes bizzare||Aneurism||Carried wants to be|
|Biting||Blood vessels||Cold taking|
|Burning- painful, stingting||Cartilages||Ascending sensations|
|Cracking in joints||Marrows||Outward|
|Cracks||Bruised||Up and down|
|Crawling||Burnt scalded as if||Doubling up|
|Creeping||Contortions||Drugs abuse of|
|Carphology||Coppery color||Grasped and relaxed|
|Climaxis||Cysts||Here and there|
|Clutching||Calculi atheroma||Increasing or decreasing|
|Draft||Dusky color||Old age|
|Dragging||Death||Opening and shutting|
|Dropsy||Pressing or bearing down|
|Enlarged||Dwarfish||Puberty and youth|
|Falling, falling as if||Ebullitions||Rising and falling|
|Feathers||Emaciation||Slides down in bed|
|Flying to pieces||Explosions||Suppressions|
|Gritly feeling||Gelatinous||Turning over|
|Hanging down||Growth||Washing averse to|
|Jerking pain, jerks||Joints|
|Labor like||Mucus secretions|
|Pinching||Spasmodic or convulsive effects|
SUPPLEMENTARY REFERENCE TABLE
In the forward to supplementary reference table, Boger states that this section is enriched with the information from the Materia medica part of the respective remedies. This make clearness and facility and reference.
This section includes locations, sensations which are not given under the repertory part. For eg head- wrapping-amelioration the rubrics are given in Alphabetical order along with the page number against them.
The alphabetical arranged symptoms numbers refers to pages of the repertory part giving hint to the rubrics with the same title or with a similar meaning.
It consists of a single experience Boger had made, or a sample of medicines from a publication for eg- All the rubrics of Boenninghausen’s aphorisms of Hippocrates.
The remedies included under supplementary reference table are not yet enough to include under the repertory part, as they are of verifications in Boger’s own cases, of rubric taken elsewhere, of personal ideas or studies or hypothesis without being sure about the value of these information in a reportorial structure.
Supplementary reference table has the following functions
- To give hints to different rubrics of the repertory part
- To suggest some more remedies in case the repertory part does not lead to proper remedy
- It opens up the way to steadily adapt repertory and materia medica to later experiences and developments.
The generalities section of Bogers Synoptic Key has many rubrics which can be classified under the headings : Sensations, Clinical conditions and Modalities, and practical importance of supplementary reference table, this is a small attempt to classify Generalities section under headings Sensations, Clinical coditions and importance of supplementary reference table.
- Boger C.M Synoptic key of the materia medica. Delhi: B jain Publishers;2007
- Tiwari S. Essentials of repertorization.5th ed. Delhi: B jain publishers (P) LTD;2012
- Salim S, D Mohan G,D G. Repertory Expert.1st ed. Kozhikode: Dr. Salim’s center for homoeopathic healing:2020.
Dr Bharath Raj C K
Department of case taking and Repertory
Under the guidance of Dr Anusuya M Akareddy
Government Homoeopathic medical college and Hospital, Bengaluru.