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Date posted: June 17, 2012

Clinical Utility  of Fever Chapter of  Boger’s   Repertory in the treatment of eruptive fevers in Comparison to Kent’s Repertory  – An extensive study on Fever

Dr Sunila. S  B. H. M. S.
Email : babusunila@gmail.com

Boenninghausen’s characteristics Materia Medica and Repertory  by Dr. Cyrus. M. Boger  is one of the greatest pieces of homoeopathic literature; based on the original Repertory of the   Antipsoric  Remedies .  It  was  published  by  Boericke  &  Tafel  in  1905.  Its  second  edition  was  published  in  1937  and  it  contains  characteristics  of  medicines  in  the  first  part  and  repertory  proper in the second. Mainly there are 7 chapters in this repertory. The work is an attempt to bridge  Boenninghausen  and  Kent.  In  Boenninghausen’s  Therapeutic  Pocket  Book,  there  is  no      differentiation   between   general   and   particular   modalities.   But   this   fault   is   absent   in   Boenninghausen’s  characteristics Materia Medica and Repertory. In this, the modalities for each   part are assembled at the end of the section of the repertory devoted to the part, as well as a   section toward the end of the book devoted to general modalities.

The term fever is defined as a raised central temperature.  Fever is perhaps the most common manifestation of ill health from the minor cold to the major AIDS or carcinoma. It is an early and nonspecific body response to many harmful agents. Normal body temperature remains almost   constant around 36.1-37.2 degree Celsius. Body temperature between 37.2-40.5 degree Celsiusand onwards is called  Pyrexia; while rise of temperature above 41.66 degree Celsius is called Hyperpyrexia.

Fever  is  also  known  as  pyrexia  from  the  Greek  word  pyretos  meaning  fire,  or  a  febrile response from the Latin word febris, meaning fever, and archaically known as ague.

Fever is most accurately characterized as a temporary elevation in the body’s thermoregulatory set-point, usually by about 1–2°C. Fever differs from hyperthermia, which is an increase in body temperature  over  the  body’s  thermoregulatory  set-point  (due  to  excessive  heat  production  or  insufficient thermoregulation, or both).

Summary and conclusion
The    study     was    undertaken       to    find    out    the     “Clinical     utility    of   chapter      “fever”      of Boenninghausen’s  Characteristics  Materia    Medica  and  Repertory  by  Dr.  C.  M.  Boger,  especially in the treatment of eruptive fevers in comparison to Repertory of Homoeopathic Materia Medica by Dr. James Tyler Kent.

After  statistical  analysis  it  was  found  that  the  treatment  based  on  Boger’s  Fever  chapter  is  more effective .This study shows the importance of Fever chapter of Boger’s repertory in treating cases of  fevers & found out that even in the treatment of eruptive fevers its efficacy is wonderful. We can find out medicines for fever cases with the help of FEVER chapter alone in Boger’s Repertory & that is its  significance.

The  medicines  which  occupy  in  the  top  of  Boger’s  repertorisation  is  found  within  five  positions  in  Kent’s repertorisation  and medicine which occupy the top position in Kent’s repertorisation is found  within five positions in Boger’s repertorisation also. This study gives only the medicines in the top  position only.

A study of 32 patients is too small to comment upon the effectiveness of Homoeopathic medicines  selected through Boger’s Repertory Fever chapter. To confirm the effectiveness, a larger study with  more patients should be conducted.

SCOPE & LIMITATIONS OF FEVER CHAPTER
Fever  totality  is  the  unique  contribution  of  Boger.  Fever  is  not  represented  well  in  any  other  Repertories like those in Boger’s Repertory. There are 6 chapters for fever & each stage is followed by  time, aggravation, amelioration & concomitant. Thus they help to repertorise any simple as well as  complicated cases of fever.

Though  it  is  claimed  that  Boger’s  Repertory  is  Boger’s  improved  Therapeutic  Pocket  Book,  many difficulties have been noticed while using Boger’s Repertory.

Construction: there are 6 chapters for fever. But a definite order is not followed.

Arrangement: a definite order of arrangement is not found. Practitioner finds it difficult for searching the rubrics.

Many rubrics have only few medicines. It doesn’t represent many medicines even if it is the   latest one among the three Repertories.

Download full paper : www.similima.com/pdf/boger-fever.pdf

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