Dr. Boericke's Clinical Repertory: An Insight
Clinical Repertories, by definition are those that have clinical rubrics with the Homeopathic remedies indicated for them. But, a Homeopathic Clinical Repertory is much more than that. Dr. William Boericke gifted the Homeopathic profession with a detailed and useful Materia Medica. And, his brother, Dr. Oscar Boericke added a Clinical Repertory to the work. Consisting of 25 chapters, it is a Repertory that covers most aspects of the human body while following the Hahnemannian schema. This Course will discuss Clinical Repertories briefly and then go through the different aspects of Boericke’s Clinical Repertory including, among other things, the philosophy, plan, construction and the scope and limitations.
The Course begins with a module on the Introduction, Merits and Demerits of Clinical Repertory. This while introducing Clinical Repertories and their types, also takes up the general merits and demerits of every Clinical Repertory in Homeopathy. Then, the introduction to Boericke’s Clinical Repertory covers its history and also the Preface to the Repertory. Next up, the Philosophy, Plan and Construction begins by listing the contents of the work, i.e., not just the Repertory, but Boericke's New Manual of Homeopathic Materia Medica with Repertory. After that, the Course conducts a brief overview of the chapters and rubrics of Boericke’s Clinical Repertory. Here, each and every chapter of the Repertory will be taken up and the interesting and important rubrics and subrubrics in these chapters will be discussed briefly. Following that, Dr. Garth Boericke’s concept of analysis and evaluation of symptoms will be discussed, and the same will be applied practically to a case, to see how it actually works. Moreover, in the next module, a case will taken up from the start, i.e., from the preliminary information. This case will be repertorised using Dr. Boericke’s Clinical Repertory. Finally, the scope and limitations of Boericke’s Clinical Repertory will be listed one by one.
The usefulness of Clinical Repertories in Homeopathic practice has been a topic of debate since a long time now. This is especially because a Homeopath should ideally depend on the characteristic symptoms of the case, rather than the arbitrary name of the diagnosis while prescribing the Homeopathic remedy. But, Clinical Repertories happen to be useful to a Homeopath many a time. That being said, they do have their limitations. This is something that Dr. Oscar Boericke talks about. So, knowing the purpose of a Clinical Repertory is extremely important before starting its usage in practice.
Beneficiaries: UG/PG Students
A. The discussion of merits and demerits of Clinical Repertories will give the learner a general idea of what to expect in a Homeopathic Clinical Repertory.
B. The overview of chapters and rubrics will help every learner, regardless of their level of knowledge.
C. The course also works out cases. This sets the stage for the learner to begin proper usage of Boericke’s Clinical Repertory.