BOENNINGHAUSEN, Clemens von – Therapeutic Pocketbook with Polar Symptom Analysis
It is more than a repertory. It is a method. It is also a guide to the study of materia medica. The current resurgence of interest in the Boenninghausen method has practitioners giving this gem a second look. An invaluable bedside reference used by Hahnemann himself, frequently preferred to the other works. Systematic with detailed information on various locations, sensations, modalities & relationship of remedies, this work paved the way for all the future repertories.
This item includes both the Therapeutic PocketBook and the Polar Symptom Analysis module, which allows the practitioner to complete a Polar Symptom Analysis using The Boenninghausen Repertory.
Therapeutic Pocket Book:
RadarOpus comes with an up to date and very reliable version of the 1846 Therapeutic Pocket Book, edited by Peter Vint (Germany). This repertory is available in English and German.
In the Therapeutic Pocket Book from Bönninghausen, many rubrics have ‘Polar rubrics’ connected to them. Polar rubrics are the rubrics opposite to the patient’s symptoms. This is what enables one to perform a Polar Symptom Analysis.
Polar Symptom Analysis:
* In this analysis, polar symptoms (opposite to the patient’s symptoms) are considered to increase the probability of certain remedies
* Only works when symptoms are taken from the original Therapeutic Pocket Book as this book contains the necessary polar symptoms (it is not compatible with TBR2 edited by George Dimitriadis)
* When the user selects the patient’s symptoms (preferably in clipboard 1), RadarOpus automatically takes the corresponding opposite polar symptoms. The latter symptoms are displayed in a virtual clipboard, which is only visible when a polar symptom analysis is requested (in analysis window: click on the black-white circle icon).
* The user selects symptoms that are either polar (= have an opposite symptom, like agg. and amel.) or non-polar (= no opposite, like burning). The Bönninghausen polar symptom analysis calculates a score (polarity difference), considering the positive polar symptoms (= the patient’s symptoms) minus the opposite polar symptoms (= opposite to what the patient has). The higher the polarity difference (in bold), the more likely the remedy
* The virtual clipboard is automatically named “Opposite polar symptoms”. Clipboard 1 is named “Patient’s symptoms” except when the user has named the clipboard differently
* An option to include or not the non-polar symptoms in the positive polar symptoms score. By default non-polar symptoms are not included
The following lines are present in the analysis window:
* The sum of symptoms (the remedies are sorted secondary on the sum of degrees)
* The patient’s symptoms (this is the sum of degrees)
* The opposite polar symptoms (this is the sum of degrees)
* The polar difference
The polar difference is calculated as follows: the “sum of degrees of the opposite polar symptoms” is subtracted from the “sum of degrees of the patient symptoms”. The higher the polar difference, the better this is for the remedy. The lower the value (or even a negative value) means there are contraindications for that remedy.