Unique rubrics of Boger’s synoptic key and their interpretation

Dr Shivaleela

A Synoptic Key of the Materia Medica by DR. C. M. Boger is one of the book which contain both materia medica and repertory. It was published in 1915 for the first time. The aim of this book is to simplify the use of the homoeopathic materia medica so that the truly curative remedy may be worked out with greater ease and certainty in a given case. For this purpose the synoptic key has been presented as a combination of the analytic and synoptic methods. First part contain ‘Analysis’ is a short repertory contain 489 remedies. Second part contain ‘Synopsis’ is a Materia Medica part arranged alphabetically contain 323 remedies.

Unique rubrics means special rubrics, these rubrics which are not well known or commonly used rubrics. These rubrics which are unique to some repertories and not found in every repertories. Knowing the unique rubric is must to understand the exact meaning and to use it in the repertorisation which leads to the easy selection of similimum.

There are many unique rubrics present in the repertory part of the book Synoptic key. By knowing the meaning of the unique rubrics of Synoptic key we can understand and select the rubric from synoptic key for repertorisation in a better way.


  • Daybreak
  • Sour krout
  • Rent Asunder
  • Bunion
  • Celibacy
  • Coma vigil
  • Contortions
  • Gluttony
  • Gracile
  • Grippe
  • Hygroma
  • Instep ulcer
  • Ischia’s antica
  • Rivet
  • Scorched
  • Squirms
  • Subsultus
  • Tempestuous
  • Tousy
  • Twinges
  • Undulation
  • Wriggle
  • Faltering
  • Malice
  • Malingering
  • Obtuse
  • Plaintive
  • Prim
  • Prying
  • Sly
  • Uncouth
  • Wobbling
  • Milk crust
  • Lippitude
  • Scintillation
  • Tartar
  • Gullet
  • Soppy
  • Misshapen
  • Dwindling


  1. Daybreak : the time in the morning when the day light first appears
  2. Sour krout : finely cut raw cabbage
  3. Rent Asunder : It is violently separated in to two or more parts or pieces
  4. Bunion : Bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of big toe
  5. Celibacy : The state of abstaining from marriage and sexual relations
  6. Coma vigil : A state of coma in which the patient lies unconscious but with eyes open
  7. Contortions : A twisted or bent condition, state or form.
  8. Gluttony : Habitual greed or excess in eating
  9. Gracile : A slender build
  10. Grippe : A old-fashioned term for Influenza
  11. Hygroma : A swelling in the soft tissue that occurs over a joint, usually caused by repeated injury
  12. Instep ulcer : Foot ulcer
  13. Ischia’s antica : Sciatica
  14. Rivet : A short metal pin or bolt
  15. Scorched : Burned by flames or heat
  16. Squirms : Twist the body from side to side
  17. Subsultus : A starting, twisting or convulsive
  18. Tempestuous : characterized by strong and turbulent or conflicting emotion
  19. Tousy : Untidy looking
  20. Twinges : A sudden, sharp localized pain
  21. Undulation : the action of moving smoothly up and down
  22. Wriggle : Twist and turn with writhing movements
  23. Faltering : Losing strength or movement
  24. Malice : desire to harm someone
  25. Malingering : Pretend to be ill in order to escape duty or work
  26. Obtuse : Annoyingly insensitive or slow to understand
  27. Plaintive : sounding sad and mournful
  28. Prim : Feeling or showing disapproval of anything regarded as improper
  29. Prying : Excessively interested in a persons private affairs, too inquisitive
  30. Sly : Showing a cunning and deceitful nature
  31. Uncouth : Lacking good manners or grace
  32. Wobbling : move or cause to move unsteadily from side to side
  33. Milk crust : chronic, scaly rashes on the face or hairy head
  34. Lippitude : Soreness or blearedness of the eyes
  35. Scintillation : A flash or sparkle of light
  36. Tartar : Is a hard calcified deposits that form and coat the teeth and gums
  37. Gullet : The passage by which food passes from the mouth to the stomach ( Oesophages)
  38. Soppy : Self indulgently sentimental
  39. Misshapen : Not having normal/natural shape or form
  40. Dwindling : Gradually diminishing in size

Unique rubrics are rare rubrics and helps in easy repertorization by knowing it’s meaning. As there are many unique rubrics in the Synoptic key, understanding the meaning of unique rubric of this repertory helps in the better utilisation of this repertory in different cases to find the exact similimum. Hence interpretation of unique rubric is very essential for proper and easy repertorisation by using Synoptic key.


  1. Tiwari S. K. Essentials of repertorization;5th B Jain Publishers (P) LTD; 2012
  2. Boger C. M. A Synoptic Key to the Materia Medica; Delhi: B Jain Publisher; 2007

Dr. Shivaleela
PG Scholar, Part 2, Department of Casetaking and  Repertory
Government Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital Bengal
Under the guidance of – Dr. Anusuya M Akareddy, HOD Department of Repertory

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