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Date posted: April 16, 2013

Dr Samir Chaukkar

Birth: Dr.William Boericke was born in Austria on
October 25, 1849 http://www.wholehealthnow.com/homeopathy_pro/william-boericke.html
November 26, 184 http://www.homeoint.org/biograph/boericke.htm

Education: He studied for one year at the Vienna Medical School and then immigrated to the United States where his family settled in Ohio.

He graduated from the Philadelphia Medical College in 1876 and from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia in 1880. Moving to San Francisco he practiced as a Homoeopath for over 50 years.
Career: In 1863, he engaged in the homeopathic pharmaceutical business with the celebrated firm of Boericke & Tafel, in Philadelphia. In 1870 he came to San Francisco and opened for them a branch pharmacy in this city. In about 1890, William Boericke formed a partnership with E. W. Runyon, in San Francisco, and formed the company of Boericke and Runyon.

From 1880 to 1920 he was the physician of choice in San Francisco. Consequently his family belonged to the ‘high society’ there. In fact, patients came from all over the world to be treated by him homeopathically. He was a hard worker and his family was devoted to him.

Contributions: 

1) Dr. Boericke was one of the incorporators of the Hahnemann Medical College, of San Francisco, and for four years was professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics.
2) He was a member of the California State Homeopathic Society, and of the American Institute of Homeopathy.
3) He was also the founder editor of the California Homeopath , which he established in 1882.
4) Dr. Boericke was one of the Board of trustees of Hahnemann Hospital College.
5) Co- founder of the Pacific Homoeopathic Medical College and Hahnemann Hospital in 1881. This facility was eventually incorporated into the University of California where Boericke became the first Professor of Homoeopathic Materia Medica and Therapeutics, a post he held for thirty years.

Marriage: He was married in San Francisco, in 1883, to Miss Kate W. Fay, daughter of the late Caleb T. Fay, an old pioneer, and at one time a prominent commission merchant of San Francisco. They had four children.

Death: On April 1, 1929 he died of a massive heart attack. A few months before, he had developed angina symptoms. Two months after he died, his house burned down. All that was left was the stone fireplace and all of his homoeopathic books.

Books:
1888. The Twelve Tissue Remedies of Dr. Schüssler. Philadelphia, PA: F. E. Boericke & Hahnemann Publishing House. 303p.

1893. The Twelve Tissue Remedies of Dr. Schüssler. 3rd ed., with W. A. Dewey. Philadelphia, PA: Boericke & Tafel. 384p.

1896. A Compend of the Principles of Homoeopathy as Taught by Hahnemann. San Francisco, CA: Boericke & Runyon. 160p.

1897. The Treatment of Disease with the Twelve Tissue Remedies. San Francisco, CA: Boericke & Runyon. 194p.

1898. Pain and its Homoeopathic Treatment. New York. 7p.

1899. The Twelve Tissue Remedies of Dr. Schüssler. 4th ed.,with W. A. Dewey. Philadelphia, PA: Boericke & Tafel. 424p.

1901. Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica. 1st ed., San Francisco, CA: Boericke & Runyon Co. 572p.

1903. Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica. 2d ed., San Francisco, CA: Homoeopathic Publishing Co. 682p.

1903. The Management and Care of Children, including homoeopathic treatment. San Francisco, CA: Homoeopathic Publishing Co. 199p

1908. Homoeopathy a Specialty in Therapeutics. SF, CA. 12p.

1906. Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica. 3rd ed. [Includes a repertory from O. Boericke] New York, NY: Boericke & Runyan. 1049p.

1912. Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica. 5th ed. [Includes a repertory from O. Boericke] Philadelphia, PA: Boericke & Tafel. 1155p.

1914. The Twelve Tissue Remedies of Dr. Schüssler. 5th ed., with W. A. Dewey. Philadelphia, PA: Boericke & Tafel. 450p.

1916. Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica. 6th ed., [Includes a repertory from O. Boericke] New York, NY: Boericke & Runyan. 1293p.

1922. Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica. 8th ed., [Includes a repertory from O. Boericke] New York, NY: Boericke & Runyan. 1128p.

Articles by William BOERICKE, MD
The Individuality of Arsenic
Source: Homeopathic Heritage
Aconitum napellus
Source: Homeopathic Links, Volume 11, Number 3. Autumn, 1998. Page 131-134
Notes on Several Medicinal Plants of California
Source: Resonance, Volume 20, Number 1. Jan/Feb, 1998. Page 25-27
The Development of Homoeopathy- http://www.homeoint.org/winston/development.htm
Differentiation between Melilotus, Glonoin and Belladonna- Pacific Coast Journal of Homœopathy, Oct., 1936

References:

  • http://www.hpathy.com/biography/william-boericke.asp
  • http://www.homeoint.org/photo/b/boericke.htm
  • http://www.homeoint.org/biograph/boericke.htm
  • http://oaks.nvg.org/re6ra27.html#wiboe
  • http://www.indbazaar.com/i-daksh/pioneers.asp?qid=4
  • http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~npmelton/sfbboe.htm
  • http://www.homeoint.org/cazalet/boericke/melilotus.htm
  • http://www.themews.com/dhr/search.asp?searchtype=author&searchtext=BOERICKE
  • http://www.wholehealthnow.com/homeopathy_pro/william-boericke.html
  • http://www.minimum.com/p7/engine/auth.asp?n=51
  • http://www.julianwinston.com/archives/bt/bt_history.php
  • Photo courtesy of Julian Winston
  • Photo courtesy of Margaret Gail
  • Retouches Sylvain Cazalet – Source : Homoeopathic Materia Medica B & T, 1927.

Dr.Samir Chaukkar
M.D.(Hom), P,G.Diploma addiction treatment(Canada)
Professor- Dept of HMM-Y.M.T.Hom.Medical College and P.G.Institute, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Email :drsamirac69@rediffmail.com

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