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(Article published in the August 2009 issue of HomoeoBuzz magazine, New Delhi,

Ask any Homoeopath “which is the most useful book, when you are at the clinic”, the most probable answer would be Boericke, which is the ultimate book for most of us. This can be understood very clearly if you refer the back volumes of The HomoeoBuzz magazine in which most of the experts who were interviewed in Idol spot section mentioned Boericke as an All time guide for a homoeopath. Now, we have many schools in homoeopathy and this article is never intended to confuse the young chaps by promoting a “Boerickian school of homoeopathy”, but to share my humble views on this wonderful book.

In fact, the book we call “Boericke” is a combined works of a few authors like William Boericke, O E Boericke, Gibson Miller, Boennaughausen and a few Indian authors. This work is now available in the market as Pocket Manual Of Materia Medica & Repertory and New Manual Of Materia Medica with Repertory.

Some unique features of Boericke are:

· It is said “Every time you read Boericke, you will be getting something new”. In fact, I have experienced this many a time. I read the book on a regular basis. But, even now, when I go through any drug in this book, I get something new that I have not noticed previously.

· There are many hidden points in Boericke that can be utilized in our day-to-day practice.

· This is one among the books in homoeopathy that contains almost everything needed to prescribe.

· If there is no computer with us, at least we should have Boericke, as it is a treasury of information.

· When you go for a medical camp, books like Boericke can be of great help.

· It can be used by a classical prescriber as well as a keynote prescriber or a person who gives specific remedies and even lower potencies.

· Since modern terminologies are used in this book, modern medical people can also understand the efficacy of homoeopathy.

· In the examination point of view, it is very essential for the students to get the therapeutics of all clinical subjects.

· It is a treasury of rare remedies, poorly proved drugs, forgotten drugs etc.

· Mother tinctures are given due importance. In the new manual, there is a separate chapter for tinctures.

· Nosodes and sarcodes are also given under separate sections.

· Materia medica contains useful doses along with the non-homoeopathic use in material doses.

· Most of the drugs in the Materia Medica section contain a relationship part. Here, apart from relationship there are a number of rare drugs.

· Though the remedies in repertory are few, there are many useful drugs that help in practice.

· There are a number of single remedy rubrics, which are very useful in practice.

· When we are confused between a few drugs, read Boericke, it will surely guide us to the right remedy.

Different sections of Pocket Manual Of Materia Medica (Reprint edition 1998, published by B Jain):

1. Materia Medica by William Boericke (Abies can to Zingiber)
2. Repertory by Oscar E Boericke
3. Index to repertory
4. Therapeutic index
5. List of remedies in common name with page number
6. List of remedies in pharmaceutical and Latin names with page number
7. 50 homoeopathic Indian drugs proved by Indian doctors
8. Relationship of remedies with duration of action by Gibson Miller
9. Sides of body &drug affinities from Boenninghausen’s Lesser writings
10. Essentials of rare and uncommon remedies reproduced from regionals of Boericke 1991 edition.

Different sections of New Manual Of Materia Medica (3rd Revised & augmented edition, published by B Jain):

Here some changes have been made using modern terminologies, new spellings and abbreviations. Apart from that, more information is given along with new additions in Indian drugs. Index of drugs with common and Latin names is given in the beginning. There are some footnotes in the bottom of some pages with the name of source book.

1. Materia medica from Abies can to Zizia
2. Repertory
3. Index to the repertory
4. Therapeutic index
5. Some Indian drugs
6. Important Nosodes
7. Important Sarcodes
8. Important mother tinctures
9. Rare and uncommon remedies
10. Relationship of remedies
11. Sides of the body
12. Drug affinities
13. List of abbreviations
14. List of remedies with common names
15. New abbreviations

Repertory by O E Boericke:
Nowadays, new drugs are added under different rubrics of various repertories. But such addition may be confusing while doing a bedside prescription. Here comes the importance of clinical repertories like Boericke, Phatak, Clarck’s etc. Repertory by O E Boericke is one of the most popular clinical repertories. It was introduced in the third edition of Boericke. It has 24 chapters from Mind to Modalities, which follows the Hahnemannian schema. Here the rubrics are arranged alphabetically, with extension under Cause, Type, Location, Character of pain, Concomitants and Modalities. There are 1409 medicines given in the repertory. The use of technical or clinical names as rubrics makes this repertory unique. Drugs given in italics are more frequently verified. This work is very useful for reference, bedside prescription and to repertorize cases with more clinical symptoms and one-sided diseases. Since it is a clinical repertory, in the prefatory note itself the author has suggested to refer general repertories like Kent or Kneer to repertorize cases that are rich in symptomatology.

New Materica Medica and repertory books are published frequently and new versions of softwares are introduced with newly added symptoms and newly proved drugs. But, the Boericke still stands unique in many ways, and is cherished by most of us as a full-time guide.

1. Pocket manual of Hom Materia Medica & Repertory- B Jain publishers, New Delhi.
2. Boericke’ New manual of Hom. Materia Medica With Repertory- B Jain publishers, New Delhi.
3. Reference to Repertories- Dr P V Siju- B Jain publishers, New Delhi.
4. Essentials of Repertorization- Dr S K Tiwari, B Jain publishers, New Delhi.

Dr Muhammed Rafeeque, BHMS.
Family Homoeopathic Clinic

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Comment by Veeraraghavan A.R. on April 22, 2011 at 2:47am
After E.B.Nash, I often refer Boericke.
Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on December 24, 2010 at 6:23am

Thanks for the comments.


Practice without Boericke is really boring, even for those who criticize this book!

Comment by Nilanjana Basu on December 24, 2010 at 1:02am
A great repertory for pathological general sypmtoms!
Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on September 26, 2009 at 12:03am
Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on September 5, 2009 at 6:02am
very glad to get feedback from you
Comment by Vaikunthanath das Kaviraj. on September 5, 2009 at 2:46am
Dr Rafeeque,

I learnt the entire science by using only Boericke and always carry the pocket edition with me.
My teacher (Indian Railways Dr for 51 years of his life) said that if you know Boericke, you have everything you need at hand. I have gone through about 15 copies in my 30 years as a homoeopath, the majority (11 or 12) of them when i worked in India.
Boericke contains the essence of nearly all remedies we use in daily practice and a thorough acqaintance leaves you seldom grabbing for other Materia Medicas, except perhaps in extremely complicated and chronic cases.
It is, next to Clarke's Dictionary and Herings 10 vol MM the sole source i use in prescription in 90% of all cases.
Thanx for the nice summary.
Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on September 5, 2009 at 12:12am
Thanks Debby.
Comment by Debby Bruck on September 4, 2009 at 2:38pm
Very nice summarization and review of Boericke.

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