Boenninghausen’s Therapeutic Pocketbook by Timothy Field Allen
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Baran Climens Martia Fronz Von Boenninghausen, born in the Netherlands in 1785, was a prominent figure in the field of homeopathy and is considered the father of homeopathic repertories. Boenninghausen had a close relationship with Hahnemann, who was a major influence in his work. One of his most significant contributions was the Therapeutic Pocket Book, which was published in 1846 and combined four of his books: Repertory of Antipsoric Medicines (1832), Repertory of Medicines Which Are Not Antipsoric (1835), Kinship of Homoeopathic Medicines (1836), and Sides of the Body (added by Dr. T.F. Allen in 1853). The original German version of the book was later translated into English by several homeopathic physicians, including Hempel. The literature was edited and revised by many other experts in the field, such as Okie, CM. Boger, H.A. Roberts, and Annie C Wilson. The Therapeutic Pocket Book is based on Boenninghausen’s doctrines, which include the Doctrine of Concomitants, Doctrine of Generalization, and Doctrine of Analogy, and it groups symptoms according to Hahnemannian teachings. This book is commonly known as T.F. Allen’s Boenninghausen’s Therapeutic Pocket Book, as he made many significant additions and deletions, including the addition of 120 remedies and the removal of four, leaving a total of 342 remedies. Boenninghausen’s work remains influential in the field of homeopathy, particularly in the United States.
Here are some interesting facts about Boenninghausen and his work:
- Boenninghausen was not only a physician but also a lawyer, diplomat, and writer. He served as the mayor of Münster, a city in Germany, and was appointed as the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Westphalia by Napoleon Bonaparte.
- Boenninghausen’s interest in homeopathy began after he became ill and was treated successfully by a homeopath named Dr. Hahnemann. He became a devoted follower of Hahnemann and worked closely with him for many years.
- The Therapeutic Pocket Book is considered one of the most important works in the field of homeopathy, and it is still widely used today. Its unique approach to symptom grouping has influenced many other repertories and materia medicas.
- Boenninghausen’s work was not limited to homeopathy. He also wrote about topics such as legal theory, international law, and diplomacy.
- The first English translation of the Therapeutic Pocket Book was done anonymously, and it was later revised and expanded by Constantine Hering and then by Timothy Field Allen. Allen’s version, which included many of his own additions and changes, became the most widely used and influential edition.
- Boenninghausen’s legacy is celebrated by homeopaths around the world, and there are many organizations and schools named after him. In Münster, his hometown, there is a museum dedicated to his life and work.