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Using the Therapeutic Pocket Book

Recently got a call from a new user of the TPB. She was frustrated that could not find a symptom.

happy-woman-fotolia_12331389_subscription_xxlThe patient had a new symptom of extreme dryness of the mouth on waking. Could not find it and needed help. The TPB . Despite much explaining that the TPB is based on components, it takes a while for practitioners to grasp the concept. Every symptom is reduced to the component of the totality and then recombined in a synthetic manner to reproduce the complete.

After reminding her of the above I nailed it down in 5 seconds. Combined with another symptom, she was able to make a good prescription of Phos.

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SYNOPSIS Repertory. How to search in individual Materia Medicas.

Mathematics, the computer and Boenninghausen

One of the most useful features of computers is in data examination. From the simple level of being able to count letters, numbers, duplicate of words, how many of a symbol exist, how many occurrences of an instance, percentages of occurrence etc etc to much more complicated routines which are limited only by lack of imagination or inexperience with being able to write routines.

P&W are fortunate to have the P part as a highly gifted and talented JAVA computer Engineer with a background in mathematical extraction and accounting. This has enabled us to examine in detail any body of work that contains an analysis module and insert applied criteria to it and see where the database differs or deviates from the stated purpose mathematically. In this way we can rectify non compliance of data when following a ‘rule’ or examine the reason for its non compliance and ‘excuse’ it and still keep it inserted within the routine.

During our testing phase of the T.P.B. as inputted data, we were able to extract information on so many levels. The most amazing thing was that we could lay out all the work based on percentages of occurrence. How many times remedy X was used overall, Which was the most used remedy, Which was the least, which remedy occurred most in an ailment concerning a particular location etc etc.

We made several models to test different approaches, we made a “Polarities”* module and trialed it in the program for nearly a year. We examined the resulting criteria against prescriptions made using the standard procedure and concluded that mathematically and in real terms, it was misleading. Being aware that a program was only as good as the data inputted, I personally checked against a German version of a Polarities based program with 10 of my cases, and 8 out of ten results it came to the same suggestion for remedy choice. I concluded that our program was following a correct criteria for analysis and as such, the results were not as useful as suggested. As you can see here, we left in the link to the Polarities* module in our preferences/setup menu (but removed the module) in case we ever decide to return to the module later with a fresh criteria for making it useful.

We found that in the T.P.B. that Boenninghausen had in several of the chapters, placed rubrics with different symptom descriptions but contained the same remedies for selection within. Vladimir ran comparisons based on ‘exact’ match criteria, and also on a variety of percentages of similar found in the remedy lists of each. In this way were able to cross reference EVERY occurrence of rubrics that contained the same data, for the purpose of preventing insertion into a case analysis so as to not give a false repertorisation result numerically.

The original intention of this work was to find rubrics we could merge if the criteria was the same, but in the event, we took the decision to NOT do that as some rubrics contained additional remedies or a variance of the grade assigned and we did not feel qualified to make a judgement on reassigning the indicated grade up or down.  Whilst mathematically, an even across the board change of a remedy within a rubric to the higher grade would appear to be a valid option, the fact remains that when Boenninghausen split a symptom into components, he assigned the same numerical grade to all the components. We did not feel that is was of benefit to alter this arrangement arbitrarily in one rubric component only.

However, we do indicate in the program where a similar rubric could be found for checking. We also indicate where a smaller rubric is contained in its entirety within a larger rubric if expansion of the symptom is required.

We also ran into a problem with the term Tetters. In discussions with others, and in research, we were unable to find an exact meaning for the term.  Our comparison tests showed where we COULD merge certain rubrics with a rubric for eruptions of a similar description, AND we understand that the smaller rubric is contained in entirety in the larger one, however, Boenninghausen differentiated the terms. We do not feel qualified or feel we  have enough information to merge the rubrics for Tetters with eruptions (where additional medicines are present) so we erred on the side of caution and leave it to the practitioners to make that decision.  We continually look for explanations of 1800’s terms for absolute definites and when we can justify in our research that we can merge a rubric for clarity, we will do so. It does not mean we are correct to keep the rubrics distinct and separate, it means we are unsure and cautious and accepting of our lack of knowledge on the matter.

One other area we continually work on is making a Materia Medica direct symptom search repertory. Back in the mid 90’s I was working on a concept of bypassing the Repertory altogether, and searching in the Materia medica’s only with a computer for a symptom detection and analysis.

This is one of the main reasons that I compared the 1846 edition of Boenninghausens rubrics against the Materia Medica for accuracy of comparison. (It was a long and laborious job which involved a lot of photocopying and typing. During the Hurricanes in Florida, I lost my residence and my computer and most of my research photocopies and typed notes. 3 years of work gone in an instant. Fortunately later I was able to replace the copies via Google Books).

Later Vladimir and I, in discussing the concept, were able to use our Materia Medica databases and extract symptoms direct via reference to the Materia Medica and extract a list of medicines that had the collected total of the symptoms inputted. Most homoeopathic computer programs will search for symptoms in medicines, but we were aiming for a totality of several symptoms to give the answer directly cutting out a repertory. For various reasons, it does not work. We believe Boenninghausen knew this. That is why his repertory is a synthetic approach based on an amazing technical understanding of Hahnemanns logic and observation. When Vladimir has time, his mind returns to the complexity of the issue and he mulls over different approaches to the extraction of information to give an accurate indication of which medicine is required. So far, it does not seem possible using the criteria we have formulated.

What we did get out of this exercise was an understanding of each and every rubric singularly and collectively, ie a joining together of the complete symptom via combination of rubrics. We matched the individual symptom in the Materia Medica with a grouping of 2 or 3 rubrics that described that symptom collectively, and were sure of the accuracy of our choices because the GRADE for each rubric would be the same.

We have so many projects that we would like to do with the information that we have, but time, money and the reality that most practitioners prefer the inaccuracy of other repertories, constrain our enthusiasm.We have to be content that the work we have done is as accurate as we can make it as a working and totally useful representation of the 1846 Boenninghausen Repertory for the practitioner.  We have spent a lot of years individually and together on this project. We wanted something we could trust for our patients.This is Boenninghausens work. This is Hahnemanns approach to case taking. This has been an interesting journey and one we enjoyed, but would not want to undertake again. Its done, its updated and it works well.

*approach suggested by Klaus Henning Gypser

A discussion of the features available from and benefits of the Polony & Weaver OpenRep SYNOPSIS software

Polony and Weaver are the creators of the OpenRep SYNOPSIS program. This powerful suite of repertories, Materia Medicae and homoeopathic literature, is available to be used from the security Dongle we supply, in both MAC and Windows. The program can also be installed on a machine, but can only be run with the Dongle inserted.

The cornerstone of the SYNOPSIS program is the updated and completely revised Therapeutic Pocket Book. Taking over 5 years of research, the T.P.B has been translated and corrected, using a comparison between the hand written original manuscript and the original published first edition. Again from original sources, we have corrected numerous incorrect grades assigned to medicines, and have made adjustments where medicines have been inserted wrongly.

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The original Boenninghausen layout in the German has been retained. We have used the familiar Allen’s layout for the English German and Hebrew versions.  This has allowed the use of the Concordances which we have also included in the Repertory. Many hundreds of hours were spent, with the aid of German speakers, medical dictionaries and other works of the 18th and 19th century in translating the exact meaning of each rubric from the German. We were then able to publish the work in German, English, Spanish and Hebrew (Other languages are being worked on).  Each rubric has an I.D. number which corresponds to the same rubric in different languages, so a person transferring a case, or a lecturer in another language can quickly show the rubric in the language of the observer.

We have a large list of other repertories in the program for using Kent’s updated final general, Boger Boenninghausen, Allen etc, 17 repertories in all at present. We also have the KENT in basic Spanish.

There are over 300 Materia Medicas and texts in the program. (A complete list of all the books and repertories can be seen on the http://homeopathyonline.org website.) All the material in the program can be searched from the repertory, by search word, by word connections, by reverse materia Medica and by rubrics. It is one of the most powerful search engines available.

Prices starting from $299

Agents for Synopsis

South America: Dr Guillermo Zamora

Spain: Dr Isidre Lara

Italy: Dr Marco Colla

Israel: Dr Vera Resnick

U.K. & USA: Dr Gary Weaver

 

 

Institute for Homoeopathic Medicine Diploma course

The I.H.M. in association with P&W are writing an external  Diploma course in Hahnemannian Homoeopathy using the Therapeutic Pocket Book for patient evaluation.

The course is aimed directly at post graduate therapists, who wish to return to the real methodology in the practice of genuine homoeopathy. As soon as we have more details, we will let you know.

The couse will also be available in Spanish.

 

For Our Spanish Colleagues.

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September 3rd 2013

Google translate. My Spanish speaking colleagues in a different time zone are still in bed 🙂

Sólo hay nueve lugares que quedan en el Seminario de Mallorca . En 4 semanas, el pasado 2013 I.H.M. Seminario se llevará a cabo . El Seminario se llevará a cabo en Inglés con un traductor profesional impartir la información a los delegados españoles presentes .

El enfoque del seminario será en tomar el caso . No todos los estilos teórico o personal de la determinación de los síntomas, pero un examen detallado de la metodología Hahnemanns e instrucciones.

Una vez que esto se ha explorado , la atención se desplazará hacia la manera de examinar el caso , con la vista puesta en las observaciones Hahnemanns sobre Enfermedades Crónicas , y cómo esto afecta o no a la evaluación del estado del paciente, y luego pasar a la forma de obtener prescripción de los síntomas de la information.gathered . El Seminario se trasladará a la utilización de las ayudas repertorial para determinar cómo hacer coincidir la imagen de la enfermedad con un medicamento que es el más similar.

Habrá un vistazo a la historia del desarrollo repertorial y una nitidez de enfoque en el Therapeutic Pocket ayuda Book.This de estudio Materia Medica es la metodología más cercano en la existencia de análisis de casos utilizando Hahnemanns thinking.In este día y edad, hay un lamento general para que más y más sustancias que ” probarse” con el fin de hacer frente a la aparición de enfermedades y las enfermedades modernas . En las clínicas IHM y centros de investigación , hemos encontrado que los medicamentos originales existentes ya poseen la similitud con las patologías modernas , pero no se conocen simplemente porque los profesionales modernos ya no leen las fuentes !

Este seminario es un llamado a la comunidad homeopática para echar un vistazo largo y duro en la práctica original de la homeopatía y ver que sus principios y , más importante aún, que su eficacia no se ha superado desde los primeros días de la utilización de los llamados , técnicas mejoradas y “pensamiento moderno” .

El I.H.M. y P & W se enorgullece en anunciar todo el nuevo único programa informático ESPAÑOL para ser lanzado en el Seminario . Se incluirá la última versión española actualizada de la edición del libro de bolsillo terapéutico , Materias Médicas y escritos de los maestros de P & W 2014 . Se actualizará de forma gratuita, más obras están traducidas en español .

Para los asistentes del seminario , vamos a ofrecer el programa a un precio especial seminario. También habrá un sorteo gratis para los delegados para ganar un programa.

Latest news.

There are only Nine places left at the Mallorca Seminar. In 4 weeks the last 2013 I.H.M. Seminar will take place. The Seminar will be conducted in English with a professional translator imparting the information to the Spanish delegates present.

The focus of the seminar will be on case taking. Not any theoretical or personal style of ascertaining symptoms, but a detailed examination of Hahnemanns methodology and instructions.

Once this has been explored, the focus will shift towards HOW to examine the case, with an eye on Hahnemanns observations regarding Chronic Disease, and how that affects, or not, the assessment of the patient state, and then moving on to how to elicit prescribing symptoms from the information.gathered. The Seminar will move on to the use of repertorial aids for determining how to match the disease picture with a medicine that is the most similar.

There will be a look a the history of repertorial development, and a sharpening of focus on the Therapeutic Pocket Book.This aid to Materia Medica study is the closest methodology in existence for case analysis utilising Hahnemanns thinking. In this day and age, there is a general lament for more and more substances to be “proved” in order to tackle the onset of modern illnesses and diseases. In I.H.M clinics and research facilities, we have found that original existing medicines already possess the similarity to modern disease states, but are not known simply because modern practitioners no longer read the sources!

This seminar is a call to the homoeopathic community to take a long hard look at the original practice of homoeopathy and see that its principles and, more importantly, that its efficacy has never been surpassed since the early days by utilising so called, improved techniques and ‘modern thinking’.

The I.H.M. and P&W are proud to announce an all new SPANISH only computer program to be released at the Seminar. It will include the latest Spanish updated version of the P & W 2014 edition of the Therapeutic Pocket Book, Materia Medicas and writings of the masters. It will be updated free of charge as more works are translated in Spanish.

For attendees of the seminar, we will offer the program at a special seminar price. There will also be a free draw for delegates to win a program.

 

As it is.

blind_leading_blindSo, from the pages of this blog, you can see all the wonderful stuff going on the world of conventional medicine. You will never hear, “we are sorry” or”We dont know what we are doing”. No, you will just see deception, and lies and self promotion. I am sickened in spirit reading of the deliberate choices made by pharmacies for profit, in the knowledge that the medicines they release into the marketplace (sic) are not good for cure.

And what about Homoeopathy? Does the therapy offer better choices for healthcare?

Sadly for Homoeopathy, the therapy is being reduced to a worthless and ineffective form of treatment, that is of no use to anyone. For the most part, and mainly in the Western world, the tenets and usage of homoeopathy is so far removed from how it should be practiced, that I am surprised when a person gets benefit from treatment at all.

The modern gurus of homoeopathy, have propounded theories,with their own fanciful spiritual leanings and incorporated into the framework of teaching, so much so that Hahnemannian homeopathy, the Therapy, no longer is taught. It is virtually impossible to pass any college exam without knowing the practice methodology of Sankaran and Scholten.

This, in itself, and by itself, has removed any vestige or usefulness of the medical practice. Homoeopathy proper, is not known to the advocates of the methods. People seeking urgent medical aid will need to go elsewhere for treatment. Sankaran has turned a medical practice into a quasi psychological evaluation based on supposition and speculative theories, that are not even very good models to use in any therapy. It has complicated a very sound scientific principle with defined parameters into a search for something that cannot be observed clinically, and is totally dependent upon the practitioners own spiritual belief, comprehension ability, emotional involvement, and speculative diagnosis. No two Sankaran practitioners would come to the same conclusion for a prescription in general.

Homoeopathy was designed to match observable symptoms of disease. The search for the ‘inner’ cause, was addressed by Hahnemann in great detail throughout his writings, and is the very first thing mentioned in his Organon of Medicine.

§ 1
The physician’s high and only mission is to restore the sick to health, to cure, as it is termed. 1

1 His mission is not, however, to construct so-called systems, by interweaving empty speculations and hypotheses concerning the internal essential nature of the vital processes and the mode in which diseases originate in the interior of the organism, (whereon so many physicians have hitherto ambitiously wasted their talents and their time); nor is it to attempt to give countless explanations regarding the phenomena in diseases and their proximate cause (which must ever remain concealed), wrapped in unintelligible words and an inflated abstract mode of expression, which should sound very learned in order to astonish the ignorant – whilst sick humanity sighs in vain for aid. Of such learned reveries (to which the name of theoretic medicine is given, and for which special professorships are instituted) we have had quite enough, and it is now high time that all who call themselves physicians should at length cease to deceive suffering mankind with mere talk, and begin now, instead, for once to act, that is, really to help and to cure.

 Im sure that for those that practice in the manner described above, exception and issue will be taken with these comments. Sadly for them, and for the patients they see, confirmation of Hahnemanns words are evident in the paucity of cures effected. Practitioners of the Sankaran method are NOT effective in treating medical problems of either an acute or deeper illness conditions. There comes a time when success has to be measured by a majority of cured cases in your clinic, not the occasional ‘amazing’ cure, no.. it has to be the coughs colds, traumas, fevers etc etc that leave the clinic with a curative response in evidence. It has to be done QUICKLY both in the evaluation of the disease symptoms and the choice of prescription based on sound reasoning and reality. This is real world medicine, as practiced by Hahnemann and others and there is NO room for anything but sound medical training and analysis. Anything other is Quackery.

Without strict adherence to the methodology of the application of the medicines, Homoeopathy cannot and will not stand up to scrutiny in the public arena. It fails every time simply because the people practicing under the banner of homoeopathy, are misleading themselves and the public. I have watched the decline of the reputation and of the therapy of homoeopathy in the last few years with a sense of acceptance simply because the therapy cannot and will not survive in the absence of clear principles, and in the presence of so much erroneous teaching.

Much of the homoeopathic literature written in modern times, is less than useful. Most of the prominent names in homoeopathy today, have nothing of value or use to offer to the therapy. Whilst enriching themselves, for cult status has its benefits, the progress of homoeopathy proper has been stunted, if not destroyed. Can the blame for the present state of the therapy be placed solely at their feet? No. It takes supporters to elevate an individual to guru like status. People who are too invested in hearing what they want to hear, listening to things that satisfy their spiritual leanings, and who are too indolent to open the writings of Hahnemann and check whether or not the teachers are teaching truth.

How many times has P & W heard from a person giving up the practice of homoeopathy because its is “too difficult”. One person who practiced Sankaranism, recently told Vladimir Polony that she was quitting because she was not getting any results.. he commented that perhaps her methodology was at fault to which he was told ” Oh No! the methodology is fine.. it must be me!” It has reached the point where if success is not achieved by following a fallacious protocol… its the practitioners fault because they must have done something wrong!  Now that is good brainwashing.

The Hahnemann Institute in Sydney, and the P & W Institute have independently studied myriads of original documents in various Institutions from around the world who hold them. It has involved P & W staff traversing the USA from Library to Library, Medical faculties and Museums. The Hahnemann Institute staff has traveled thousands of miles from Australia to Europe in their search for original literature. All this to ascertain truth and certainty as to what Homoeopathy really is and how to practice the therapy as devised by Samuel Hahnemann. Out of this research, has come very clear and precise knowledge with comprehension of WHY homoeopathy (the therapy) has to be practiced in a certain way to achieve success.  If the proper methodology is employed in case taking and case analysis, and adherence to the protocols of giving the medicines, then indeed, the therapy of homoeopathy could replace at least 70% of therapeutic treatments in mainstream medicine today.

The modern homoeopathic self appointed leaders, dont know that they dont know, and furthermore, they dont really care to know. They could know, if they bothered to read the literature. However, that would cramp their style, their status, and their income producing ability. It is better to reach out to peoples emotional and spiritual nature to encourage the belief that medicine can be practiced by anyone on non medical grounds and by a form of interpretive analysis…. sorry people, it doesnt work like that. As a physician, you would last only 5 minutes if you didnt produce results.

I would urge each person in practice, or in training, or indeed contemplating a career in homoeopathic medicine, to just READ the Organon of medicine (Dudgeons edition) without the overlay or interpretation of anyone. Do NOT read it as a Bible. Read it as a medical text book without a spiritual tone. Read it with the knowledge that it is a man searching for a better medical practice based on pathology and understanding of a disease process and how to use more defined signs and symptoms to elicit the problem and effect a cure using medicines.

I have no hopes for the therapy in the West. Governments seemed determined to stamp out all practices that are at odds with allopathy. Sadly homoeopathy cannot put up a defence scientifically as it is practiced today. Sadly, Sankaran et al, have destroyed homoeopathy as a useful mainstream therapy for this generation. It is down to individuals who have taken the time time to study and learn what the real practice is, that will be of localised usefulness to their patients. Sankaran and Scholten et al will merely shake their heads and lament its passing claiming that they enriched the world with their brilliance and comprehension of disease and treatment thereof, and be content.

History will record the story of the demise of the most effective therapy in the world, as being diluted to uselessness for the sake of greed and ego.

It could be solved so easily just by reading the literature. But then, Most people dont let the facts stand in the way of their prejudices.

Israel Workshop. THURSDAY FEBRUARY 28TH 2013

A workshop for professionals:

Case-Taking and Symptom Choice – The Finer Points

Lecturer: Vera Resnick

4-hour intensive workshop on case-taking and symptom choice for increased precision and accuracy.  Spaces limited.

The workshop covers:
* Relevant aphorisms from the Organon
* Focused case-taking
* Symptom classification and prioritization
* Boenninghausen’s techniques
* Provings orientation
* How to use mind symptoms
* Practical Work on cases
* and more

Cases will be demonstrated using the P&W Boenninghausen Therapeutic Pocketbook software, but the techniques learned can be applied with other repertories.

DATE:  THURSDAY FEBRUARY 28TH
TIME:  13:00 – 17:30
VENUE:  JBC, RECHOV HILLEL 24, 5TH FLOOR, JERUSALEM

ADVANCE REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT ONLY.
COST:  NIS 450 (payment before 20th February); NIS 490 (payment after 20th February).  Payment can be made by cash, cheque or credit card

If you wish to register, please write to vera.homeopath@gmail.com to reserve your place.  Call 054-4640736 if you do not receive a reply and registration information within 24 hours.

Special Discounts for participants:
– Special Discounts on the P&W Boenninghausen Therapeutic Pocketbook (valid till 31st March 2013)
– Special Discounts on future workshops

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Flu Shot reaction

Patient, Male, early 50’s, had a flu shot in the UK in early October 2012. One week after the shot, mild vertigo, back ache, headache, recurring mildly from time to time. Had a flare up of a respiratory disorder and a “heavy cold’.  Patient suffers from  cigarette induced COPD and is taking steroids and bronchial dilators. Has not smoked for 8 years.

Went on holiday to hot country at end of October for 1 week. Came home, resumed his occupation as transport driver. Took 4 days off work due to another “heavy cold” and respiratory difficulties.

On 25th November, started to feel unwell and slowly developed another “heavy cold”. Missed two days of work, then resumed work but did not feel well and then went into a full blown influenza type picture.

I saw the patient on 30th November.

Patient complained of:

Frontal headache, temples to upper forehead.

Was chilled easily at change of temperature, would shiver and shake.

Lumbar area backaches, sometimes in legs.

Vertigo rising from seat, a mild unsteadiness.

Felt hot, no perspiration.

I heard a very upper chest cough, loose with no expectoration.

I asked the patient if he was experiencing anything else. He said he was just feeling like his bones were sore, not much, but just not right.

My personal observation of this patient that he was unusually mild in manner, whereas his normal mood is bantering and cutting and quite critical at times.

As I had some very specific symptoms, I ran a few physical checks and diagnosed to all intent and purposes, Influenza. My concern was to keep his airways clear so went to the Repertory (SYNOPSIS P & W Therapeutic pocket book by Boenninghausen) and put in the following SX.

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I have found through my career, that it is the key symptoms, as expressed by the patient, that represent the whole modality(ies) of the illness, AND represent the main symptoms produced by a remedy, are the ones to keep in view. This remains a constant even if the production of the modality in a medicine is NOT particularly in the same location as the patient is expressing the disorder. However, in this case, it became obvious that the medicine that covered the influenza was one of three.

All three remedies covered the rest of the case. The back, the vertigo the headache, there was nothing to distinguish between them. I asked for more details and none were to be had. At this point, the door opened and someone came in to give me details of the physical tests, and I noticed that the draft from the door, made the patient shiver. The draft was not colder than the room we were in, just the intake of fanned air from the heater in the corridor.

I made the choice for Rhus Toxidendron 0/1 potency. I gave the patient enough for 5 doses to be taken 1 dose an hour.

I was informed that the patients head ache increased that evening, and was restless. I instructed the patient go to bed and expect to get hot and even perspire some. In the event, the patient burst into perspiration for two hours, and then fell asleep and slept the whole night through. The next morning declared himself 90% better. although still a little weak and tired, and went off to work his driving job. I will now concentrate on his chronic respiratory ailment and run a few tests to see what the actual reality of diagnosis should be, and then evaluate what can be done for him homoeopathically.

 

 

 

 

Advantages of the Therapeutic Pocket Book

I first looked at the Therapeutic Pocket Book in 1983 during my training. It was the Allens version. I remember flicking through the pages and thinking that it was very concise, not easy to understand and seemed quite vague in its symptoms. I did try one case with it, I dont remember the case details, (It was a case of diarrhea)  but I do remember I came to the remedy Aconite, which I dismissed out of hand (well its only an acute remedy you know!) and put the book down. Later in the 90’s when I began to use the methodology of Boenninghausen more, I cant begin to tell you how many cases of bowel problems, low grade fevered diarrhea that have been helped with Aconite.

In the mid 90’s, George Dimitriadis was stimulated to begin an exhaustive investigation into the Boenninghausen methodology after attending a seminar where the practitioner used the Allens version. In 2000 he released his competely rewritten and exhaustively researched work the TBR. The layout of the book has been changed from the original to his own anatomical referencing, and consequently the rubrics have been placed in other chapters according to his schema.

When I moved to Florida in the early 2000’s, I had chance to visit numerous colleges, museums and libraries collecting data regarding  homoeopathic history etc, and started to compile notes regarding Boenninghausen. In the mid 2000’s, teaming up with Vladimir Polony, we started to compile a computerised version of the Therapeutic Pocket Book from the notes I had,

P & W decided to keep the original layout of the Therapeutic Pocket book as published by Boenninghausen in 1846. We actually have in the software the Original German edition which has been updated in terms of accuracy regarding correcting Remedy errors and grading, for which we are incredibly indebted to The Hahnemann Institute in Sydney for their generous sharing of information.

Vladimir and myself undertook to translate the work into English from the original German. It took years longer than we thought simply because the language meaning and usage has changed from the 1800’s with regard to medical phrases and descriptions. We would spend hours poring over dictionaries of the time period, in German and English, along with medical texts trying to ascertain the 1800’s description of disease so we could accurately utilise it in modern parlance.

Once this had been completed, we devised several protocols for testing rubrics, medicines and occurrences within the Repertory itself. We linked the rubrics that had the same remedies and values and meaning together, so that there was no danger of using two SAME rubrics in a repertorisation that would cause confusion in the repertorization.

We made a system so that in choosing one rubric, a number of other rubrics were offered for evaluation that had similar meaning,  to be used or discarded at the practitioners choosing. This was done so that a rubric was not inadvertantly missed in selection, through lack of knowledge of its existence.

We then added a Spanish translation, facilitated by Dr and Mrs Zamora, and then a Hebrew translation facilitated by Vera Resnick.

All the versions share identical rubric numbers, so as to be able to switch between German, English, Hebrew and Spanish to check for comprehension in a  native speakers language. (We are working on more language options).

It takes a while to change mindset from using the repertory of KENT to the Therapeutic Pocket Book. However the benefits are far outweighed by the effort expended. Confidence grows in the remedy selection simply by the results.

Please remember one thing. This is NOT A PRESCRIBING REPERTORY. It will simply bring a selection of 1 or more medicines that cover the inputted symptoms and a quick look at the MATERIA MEDICA will be the arbiter of which remedy you will give. If a case is inputted correctly, the choice can be made within a few minutes depending on your knowledge of Materia Medica and understanding of what you are looking for.

Boenninghausen captured the ability to encapsulate Hahnemanns method to cover a large amount of remedies for differentiation. Its a shame to waste it.

Please see http://homeopathyonline.org for information regarding the SYNOPSIS program.