Boger-Bönninghausen Repertories

Clemens Von Bönninghausen is best known for his "Therapeutic Pocket Book" (b2), but he also wrote two other repertories: the two volumes of the "Systematisch-Alfabetisches Repertorium" (b4b7). Both of these latter 2 volumes contain hundreds of pages; one offers "anti-psoric, anti-syphilitic and anti-sycotic remedies" (b4) and the other "non-anti-psoric remedies" (b7).

C. M. Boger collated the work of Bönninghausen and his own into the "Boger Bönninghausen Repertory" (bg2). He also published two more repertories: the "Synoptic Key" (bg3) and the "General Analysis" (bg11).

The original source was used for all six repertories, whether English or German. The encoded symptoms and remedies were triple checked by different teams to ensure the highest possible accuracy and reliability.

These six repertories have been encoded and are available in their totality, as separate repertories that can be used at the same time as Synthesis. In addition, all the information from b2, b4, b7, and bg2 has been integrated into Synthesis 9.0 and is available there as well.

The Handwritten Additions Of Bönninghausen

At last the handwritten additions of Bönninghausen have been added to b4 and b7.

The son of Clemens von Bönninghausen carefully collected his father's last additions to his printed repertory work. These original handwritten additions are preserved in the Library of the Pierre Schmidt Foundation, St. Gallen, Switzerland and graciously given to us by Hans-Jörg Hee for integration into our databases.

There are about 6,500 new symptoms and many new remedies that were added to the Systematisch-Alphabetisches Repertorium (b4, b7) on the basis of these long lost treasures.

Integrating B-Bg Symptoms With The Kentian Synthesis Symptoms

Synthesis maintained its Kentian structure and origin until version 8. Most symptoms were individualizing symptoms, expressing precise and detailed symptoms with several symptom levels (e.g.: "STOMACH - PAIN - gnawing - noon - eating; after").

These symptoms are still written in the same way and located in the same place in Synthesis 9 - nothing has changed there.

The b-bg repertories, on the other hand, offer generalized information (e.g.: "STOMACH - NOON"), which indicates that stomach symptoms of whatever type tend to occur at noon. The corresponding remedies have been added to the new Synthesis rubric "STOMACH - NOON". They have been kept separate from any other specific Synthesis rubrics, such as "STOMACH - PAIN - noon".

In other words, the existing, individualized, and known rubrics were left as they were, and new rubrics were created to contain the generalized information of the b-bg repertories.

In some instances the b-bg repertories contain individualized information (e.g.: "STOMACH - ERUCTATIONS - breakfast - after"). The corresponding b-bg remedies were added to the already existing Synthesis rubric.

Almost all b-bg symptoms have been integrated into the known 38 chapters. Within one chapter you will find different levels of generalized-individualized information. One example, from most general to most individualized:

"STOMACH - PAIN - noon"
"STOMACH - PAIN - cramping - noon"
"STOMACH - PAIN - gnawing - noon - eating; after"

The first striking instance of this integration of b-bg information within the existing chapters is that the chapter MIND now starts with a few generalized b-bg time rubrics ("MIND - DAYTIME", "MIND - MORNING", etc.). These are immediately followed by the known and unaltered Synthesis symptoms such as "MIND - ABANDONED", vMIND - ABRUPT", "MIND - ABSENTMINDED", etc.

All existing Synthesis (version 8) symptoms have remained unaltered. The generalized b-bg symptoms have been integrated amongst the Synthesis symptoms without disruption. Synthesis 9 offers a seamless integration of individualized and generalized symptoms within one Repertory.

Three New Chapters

While examining the information of the six Boger-Bönninghausen repertories, it became apparent that some symptoms could not easily be integrated into the existing 38 Synthesis chapters. These symptoms related to localizations that were larger than the existing chapter.

An example: b-bg symptoms related to all the urinary organs, and not just to the bladder or the kidneys. In order to resolve this, we have created three new chapters:

  • Neck (This chapter contains symptoms related to the whole neck - the part joining the head to the body. It should be compared with the chapters "External throat" for the anterior part, and with "Back" (which contains the cervical region) for the posterior part.
  • Urinary organs (all urinary organs as a whole)
  • Male and female sex/genitalia (if gender does not play a role, as this is often not specified in the b-bg repertories)

With the additional Personal chapter, Synthesis 9 now counts 42 chapters.