A BOENNINGHAUSEN’S SYSTEMIC ALPHABETIC REPERTORY OF HOMOEOPATHIC REMEDIES:
ABOUT AUTHOR – Dr. Clemens Maria Franz Baron Von Boenninghausen

• Born march 12, 1785, in Overysel, Netherland.
• At age of 12 high school Munster
• After 6 yr – Dutch university of Groningen
• Received degree of doctor utrinsque juris on Aug 30, 1806 & in October of same year appointed as lawyer at supreme court at Deventer.
• Later commissioner for registration of the land & later Director of the botanical garden at Munster.
• In 1827, diagnosed to be suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis.
• Dr Weihe treated him with Pulsa5tillla.
• He was cured & became a firm believer in homoeopathy & converted himself to a homoeopathic physician.
• Thoroughly learned & practiced homoeopathy.
• Contributed to – Archive Fur Homoeopathische Heikunst & Allgemeine Hooeopathische Zeitung.
• Hahnemann was deeply impressed by the literary work of him.
• Had 7 sons, elder of whom married the adopted daughter of Madame Hahnemann.
• At the age of 79 died of apoplexy on Jan 26, 1864.

About the Translator – Dr.Cyrus Maxwell Boger
• Born on 13 May 1861 in Western Pennyslvania.
• German Scholar, graduated from Philadelphia college of Pharmacy.
• In 1888,received medical degree from Hahnemann college, Philadelphia.
• Contributed with writings & successful treatments of incurable diseases.
• He had correspondence with Dr. L.D.Dhawale ( of Bombay).
• Passed away on Sept 2 1935 at the age of 74.
About the book – origin
• In 1830, Hahnemann was feeling acutely the need of a guiding index or repertory.
• Ruckert, Grass, Jahr and Boenninghausen were the four men who set in helping this project.
• Boenninghausen’s keen intellect was already busty at finding a suitable repertorial index for guidance in his own practice
• Ike Hahnemann, Boenninghausen was thorough in his work & whatever he did that with exactitude of a true scientist.

Editions
• In its maiden edition, repertory encompassed only those medicines listed in Hahnemann’s Chronic diseases as antipsorics.
• Titled – Systematisch – Alphabetisches Repertorium der Antipsorischen Arznuin also called as Repertory of Antipsorics.
• First published in 1832, Coppenrath, Munster in German.
• Had 256 pages.
• 2nd edition published in 1833.

• This work remained in German until Boger issued an English translation in 1900& titled as “A Boenninghausen’s Systemic Alphabetic Repertory of Homoeopathic Remedies” published by Boericke & Tafel.
• Received its common title from the first of its three major sections; part first embracing the antipsoric, the antisyphilitic and antisyscotic remedies.
• Prefaced by Hahnemann.
• 1st edition sold in 6 months.
• 2nd edition was precursor for BBCR.
• Produced such a work within 2 years of taking homoeopathy.
• Hahnemann started using this instead of Jahr’s.

Boenninghausen’s philosophy
• Doctrine of analogy
• Doctrine of concomitant
• Evaluation of remedies – grading
• Concordance

PLAN & CONSTRUCTION
• Title
• Contents
• Translator’s preface – C.M.Boger
• Preface to the second edition –C.V.Boenninghausen
• Preface to the first edition –C.V.Boenninghausen
• Introduction – on repetition of homoeopathic remedy – Dr. Samuel Hahnemann
• Intercurrent remedies in chronic diseases
• Review of the Antipsorics remedies
• Repertory of Antipsoric remedies
• Index
Description based on Reprint edition 1999, B. Jain piblishers, New Delhi
no. of pages –269 including title page.

1. TITLE:
• Gives name of repertory, author , his designation.
• States part first embracing the antipsoric, the antisyphilitic and antisyscotic remedies.
• Translator C.M.Boger mentioned & it is translated from 2nd German edition.
• Publisher also mentioned.

2. CONTENTS
• Contents with serial number & pages are mentioned.
• Wherever aggravation, amelioration & time is present is mentioned. But in some places this is not mentioned. E.g. Appetite
• Total 93 headings are given.

3. TRANSLATOR’S PREFACE
• In this Dr. Boger gives reason for translating thee work into English :
• 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.

4. PREFACE TO 2ND EDITION
• Here Dr. Boenninghausen states that due to continuously increasing spread of homoeopathic healing method…….. And also by the fact that scarcely half a year had elapsed after its appearance before a 2nd edition was demanded.
• Mentions the drug added in 2nd edition from Hahnemann’s Chronic Diseases.
• Also about the changes that occur after administering a similar remedy.one of 2 events occur:
A. The state of illness is changed or
B. It remains the same

• 1st. The condition is ameliorated – wait 7 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.

5. PREFACE TO 1ST EDITION
• Here Boenninghausen describes about the sources of his work: first three vol of Chronic Diseases by Hahnemann, also from Archive, R.A.M.L.
• Describes about typography used
• Boenninghausen was the first to give evaluation to te remedies which was then followed in later repertories.
• Regarding duration of action of remedy & antidotes he explains in this.
• Regarding multiple dose he had described.

Boenninghausen Allen BTPB (1891) Boger (1900)
6. INRODUCTION
• Hahnemann has given his valuable practical instruction about Repetition of Homoeopathic remedies.

7. INTERCURRENT REMEDIES IN CHRONIC DISEASES
• Mentions certain drugs to be given as intercurrent in certain conditions or after a particular drug in particular condition.
• E.g. Hep s alternated with Nit ac in excessive irritation from abuse of mercury.
8. REVIEW OF ANTIPSORIC REMEDIES
• Here he mentions about the 52 drugs he had used in this repertory.
• Total no. of drugs – 52, antipsoric – 50, antisyphilitic – 1 (Merc), antisycotic – 1 (Thuja)
• He gives the source from where he had taken the drugs,its no. of symptoms, duration of the drug, its antidotes.
• Thus it gives a partial relationship of remedy(1836 relationship of remedies)
• Mentions that symptoms of Aur mur & Bor ac are not yet known but are expected in 5th vol of Hahnemann’s Chronic Disease, they will be added to the 2nd part of this repertory

9. REPERTORY TO ANTIPSORIC REMEDIES
• Boenninghausen followed Hahnemannian anatomical schema & inside the chapters construction is based on concept of complete symptom: Head internal
Location(fore head, temple, vertex)
Sensation(alive, ball like)
Time
Aggravation(air, cold)
Amelioration
Concomitants
• This book has extremely logical arrangement with alphabetical order and systematic arrangement & introduction of most useful innovation in the form of gradation & evaluation of drugs.
• In contents he has given 93 headings & in repertory proper starting from Mind to generalities there are 90 sections.
• Here particularization on grand scale is observed in its philosophy.
• This formed the basis for future repertories.
• Boenninghausen gave locations in general to comparatively fewer parts of anatomy. In section, Head, Abdomen, Upper &Lower extremities has given locations. No where else he has given locations.
• Modalities were appended at the end of various sensations in a particular region or area & there were no particularization of modalities for different sensations mentioned against a particular region.
• Concomitants or accompaniments were given together in a generalized manner like modalities at the end after modalities.

• The most valuable part was the generalities given at the end of the book, followed by general modalities, aggravation, amelioration.
• In his Therapeutic Pocket Book he changed Generalities into sensation.
• Kent much later combined Boenninghausen’s generalities & modalities into one chapter at the end of the book.
• Chapter heading given in bold capital large font. Subheading are given in capital bold small fonts.
• The sequence of Aggravation, Amelioration, Time, Concomitant is changed from section to section.
• Time is given as morning, forenoon, afternoon, evening, night & not as alphabetical order.
• Each chapter ends by underline. Most of the times not found leading to confusion.
• Rubric given in bold ordinary roman followed by colon ‘:’ & then antipsoric remedies are given in their typography.
• Subrubric given in ordinary roman italics.
• Antisycotic & anti syphilitic are given in last remedies after hyphon ‘-’
• Boenninghausen says generalities as 44th chapter.

1. MIND
2. VERTIGO
• Rubric followed by aggravation, amelioration, time.
• Time given last.
• In general, rocking, staggering, falling. Then Time, agg, Amelioration, concomitant given.
3. HEAD INTERNAL
• The location are given in abbreviation.
• The abbreviation are given under chapter heading.
• Under sensation, locations are given.
• Then agg, amel, time.
• Time given last.
4. EXTRENAL HEAD
5. EYES
• Rubrics followed by Time,, Agg, Amel.

• Different locations are given as sub heading.
• Eyeball & eye in general.
• Eye brows
• Orbit
• Lids – few abbreviation given for location. Under conditions locations are given
• Canthi
• Vision – illusions, cataract, squint, etc are given.
• Followed by Time, Agg, Amel
6. EAR
7. NOSE
• General rubrics are given
• Hearing – illusions given
• Followed by Time, Agg, Amel
• General rubrics are given
• Smell – illusion
• Followed by Time, Agg & Amel are given together. Amel are given as better or ameliorated in brackets.
8. FACE
9. TEETH & GUMS
• In general is given
• Lips – certain abbreviation for location are given
• Lower jaw
• Chin
• Followed by Time, Agg, Amel.
• Abbreviation for tooth are given under heading
• Eyetooth – canine tooth
• Gums – certain abbreviations are given
• Followed by Time, Agg, Amel, Concomitants.
10. MOUTH
• Cavity
• Palate – abbreviation given
• Pharynx & throat – compare with symptoms of larynx
• Saliva
• Tongue – discoloration given directly, coating also given
• Speech & voice
• Followed by Time(mouth in general), Agg (mouth in general), Amel

11. TASTE
12. APPETITE
13. THIRST
• Rubrics followed by Time, Agg, Amel.
• Desire, Aversion, Hunger given
• Time only given.
• No Agg & Amel.
• Rubrics followed by Time only.
• No Agg & Amel.
14. ERUCTATIONS
15. WATERBRASH & HEARTBURN
16. HICCOUGH
• In general
• Followed by Time, Agg.
• No Amel.
• Worm symptoms are also given here.
• Followed by Time, Agg, Amel.
• Rubrics followed by Time, Agg.
• No Amel.
17. NAUSEA & VOMITING
18. STOMACH & EPIGASTRIUM
19. HYPOCHONDRIA
• Rubrics followed by Time, Agg & Amel.
• Stomach
• Epigastrium
• Followed by Time, Agg, Amel.
• Abbreviation are given.
• Time, Agg, Amel given
20. ABDOMEN
21. FLATUS
• Abbreviation are given
• First regions are given
• Then sensations & complaints are given
• Then Time, Agg, Amel
• External abdomen
• Inguinal & pubic region.
• Rubrics followed by Time, Agg, Amel
22.STOOL
23. ANUS & RECTUM
24.PERINEUM
• Diarrhoea, difficult, hard, urging, worms etc are given
• Concomitants before, during & after stool are given.
• No Time, Agg, Amel.
• Abbreviation given
• No Time, Agg, Amel.
• No Time, Agg, Amel.
25. URINE
• In general
• Sediment
• Micturition
• Before urination
• At the beginning of urination
• During urination
• Urination at close of
• Urination after
• No Time, Agg, Amel.
26. URINARY ORGANS
27. GENETALIA IN GENERAL
• Bladder
• Urethra
• No Time, Agg, Amel.
• Glans
• Penis
• Prepuce
• Spermatic cord
• Testes
• Scrotum
• Genetai – female organ
• No Time, Agg, Amel.
28. SEXUAL IMPULSE
29. MENSTRUATION,LEUCORRHOEA
• Erections, impotency, semen, desire, thoughts, etc
• Concomitants after coition
• After pollution
• No Time, Agg, Amel.
• Menses & leucorhoea given alphabetically
• Concomitants before menses
• At the beginning of menses
• During menses
• Concomitants after menses
• No Time, Agg, Amel.
30. CORYZA
31. RESPIRATION
32. COUGH
• Rubrics followed by Time, Condition (Agg & Amel), Concomitants.
• General rubrics, then impeded by, Time, Agg, Amel.
• In general, types of cough given
• Expectoration
• Time, in night, before midnight, after midnight, day & night, returning periodically are given.
• Excited by (agg), Concomitants
• No Amel.
33. LARYNX & TRACHEA
34. EXTERNAL NECK
• Larynx
• Trachea
• Time for larynx & trachea
• No Agg, Amel.
• External neck
• Nape
• No Time, Agg, Amel.
35. CHEST
• Inner chest
• External chest
• Axillae
• Mammae
• Nipples
• Chest, heart & region of – blood orgasm given
• Time, Agg, Amel.
36. BACK
37. UPPER EXTREMITIES
• Scapulae
• Back proper – spinal region
• Lumbar region
• Scrum & coccyx
• Time, Agg, Amel.
• Abbreviation are given under heading for locations
• Under conditions or sensations locations are given.
• Followed by Time, Agg, Amel.
38. LOWER EXTREMITIES
39. BONES & GLANDS
40. SKIN
• Same as upper extremities.
• Bones
• Glands
• No Time, Agg, Amel.
• Under itching, Time, Agg, Amel given without heading. Pg 225
• No Time, Agg, Amel given for skin as a whole.
41. SLEEP
• Awaking, falling to sleep, during sleep, sleep, sleeplessness, yawning are mentioned.
• Dreams a separate heading is given.
• No Time, Agg, Amel.
42. FEVER
• Circulation – blood ebullition given
– Time, Agg given, no Amel.
• Chill – for localized chill see localities
– in general, followed by Time, etc, – chill accompaniments of given.
• Heat – in general, Agg, Time given without heading pg 241, accompaniments of heat given.
• Coldness – in general, Time given without heading
• Shivering – in general, Time given after an underline
– accompaniments of shivering given.
• Sweat – in general
– sweat character of
– sweat occurring – Time & condition are given without heading
– concomitants of sweat
43. COMPOUND FEVERS

44. GENERALITIES
• Beginning with chill
• Beginning with heat
• Beginning with shivering
• Time, Concomitants are given.
• No Agg, Amel.
• This is the last chapter
• Anaemia, cold tendency to take, dropsy, emaciation, indisposition, influenza, jaundice, womb, are some main rubrics.
• Time, Agg, Amel represented well.
10. INDEX
• This is the last part of the book.
• Here it is arranged in alphabetical order given with page number & in chapter heading. Subheadings are also given.
• There is no uniformity in the arrangement as well as chapters are not clearly demarcated from the other. But the first attempt is very much fruitful with easy comprehension in selecting rubrics from particular sections.
• Time, Aggravations, Ameliorations, Concomitants not given for all chapters.

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