Dr. Boger has at last completed his Card Index Repertory which he promised us some time ago. This work was much delayed by the disastrous fire which destroyed so much valuable material in Dr. Bogers office. The fourth edition of the General Analysis has been used as the basis of this card system, which contains 305 cards or rubrics, each rubric in the Analysis appearing on a card by itself. All remedies mentioned in the General Analysis appear on each card and those remedies which have the system appearing in each individual rubric are perforated, so that when the various rubrics are selected to make up the totality of symptoms in any given case and these cards are put together, we have a clear vision of the remedies which have all the symptoms in common.
As every case has its own peculiar combination of manifestations or symptoms just so this system endeavors to reproduce them in an assembled replica, which will point toward the remedies most similar thereto.
This repertory is constructed on the assumption that the character of the pain (using pain as an illustration) is more important whenever it is associated with its concomitance and when the pain has not been located primarily with the organs or part affected, considering the concomitance to be of roe value than the location,as a symptom.
This is a very practical Analysis, quickly mastered,and we have only to use our judgment and dissuasion in interpreting symptoms into their “least common denominator”, as it were, and into the language of the repertory. The two cases cited here illustrate the working out of the system.
A man sixty-nine years of age came to me complaining of asthmatic attacks. He gave the following symptoms:.
Respiration asthmatic, < by dust;
Upon asking further about his general condition,he volunteered the information that he was troubled by pain in a small spot back of the metatarsal bone of the great to toe, which was < on walking. Inquiry about his earlier history elicited the following.
Eruptions two years ago on the lower leg, associated with varicose veins; ther was oozing, they became moist, itched intensely and became ferry red; there was burning heat. these symptoms were> by cold water. The legs would swell badly. This eruptions disappeared and the asthma, which he had had as a boy,returned. As boy he suffered from in continence of urine until he was quite well grown.
This worked out very quickly with the cards, which were found by referring to the General Analysis which accompanies the repertory. the cards were selected as follows:.
Waves, flushes, etc.
Dust, feathers, etc.
Change of temperature, etc.<.
Time, 4 a.m.
These symptoms were used as the first group, covering the present conditions.
Following the thread of the symptoms back into the earlier history, I selected the following cards:.
Moistness,m fluidity, etc.
To these I added the still earlier symptom of in continence, stool, urine, etc.
the only remedy coming through all of these symptoms was sulphur, which proved to be his remedy.
A young woman twenty-four years of age came to me complaining of headaches, which were< on waking,with shooting, stabbing pains,and accompanied by faintness and nausea, < on waking,< stooping,
Further investigation revealed that she was annoyed by a foot sweat,which was odorless, < from warmth; ther was oozing between the toes which crusted our forming scabs; her feet were cold; there was cream colored leucorrhoea. The case repertorized as follows:.
Shooting, darting, like lightning, etc.
Sleep, waking from, after, <.
Faint, faints easily, etc.
Crusts, scabs, etc.
Mucous secretions altered.
This case also repertorized to Sulphur.
It is well to reiterate that in the case of this card system, as in all repertoires, the final decision of the analysis rests upon the reference to the materia medica; the repertory cannot do more than indicate the remedies which re among those we must consider as being more or less Homoeopathic to the case. This system is much simplified and much more quickly worked out than any of the card types of repertories heretofore in existence.
This system depends largely upon the relation of the concomitant symptoms, and the number of symptoms has been reduced to the least number that has seemed convenient to work with. The rubrics which Dr.Boger finds necessary and which have not already appeared in the repertory as it was published are sent to the subscribers as the additions are brought out, so that ther will eventually be more rubrics than there are now.