I had an interesting case recently, an asthmatic, to use a diagnostic term, who had suffered a number of years and had some help from homoeopathic prescribing. the repertorial analysis with boenninghausen’s method brought out Sulphur as the leader, and Arsenic as one of the others, and two or three others which I cannot recall at the moment. I had considered Kali carb. because he had some definite indications for that remedy, among which was a marked three or four or five a.m. aggravation, Kali carb. did not come through.
We used 34 rubrics and of the 34 Kali carb. lacked at least seven or more, which makes it rather low grade, but he had taken Kali carb. on his own and had obtained some benefit. I sent a blood specimen to Dr. Grimmer to see if we could write a little more accurate prescription through a method he sometimes uses, and I think the remedy that came through was Alumina silicata. Now, you would never reach that by Kent or Boenninghausen, Kali carb. came through fairly closely.
DR. GRIMMER: It was the second remedy over the blood, Dr. Sutherland.
DR. SUTHERLAND: Dr. Roberts called that a “near similar,” and I was going to give him Kali carb.
DR. HARVEY FARRINGTON (Chicago, Ill.): Boenninghausen’s Repertory, I think is useful where you have only a few common symptoms and not many peculiar symptoms, or those that are really characteristic. For instance, if you have a man with lumbago, worse from cold, worse lying down,and by observing the rate of value, one, two, three, four, you will arrive at a few remedies and you can add them up as an ordinary problem in arithmetic.
Now, it is not the ideal way to prescribe for a case, I will admit, and you not get your similimum by adding them up, adding their rates of value, but the idea is this: to confine yourself as far as possible to a few remedies,to arrive at a few remedies to be studied, and then you can go to your Materia Medica and look at the remedies and perhaps get hints as to some further questioning of the patient that will bring out a concomitant or a modality, or something which he has forgotten to give you.
DR. WILLIAM P. MOWRY (Detroit, Mich.): After you got the report from Grimmer, did you refer to the Materia Medica and did those symptoms fit in with the selection of Alumina silicata?
DR. SUTHERLAND: No, because I got it from him when he arrived at the convention.
DR. GRIMMER: I referred to Kent’s New Remedies, and it had essentially the symptoms that the doctor brought out.
DR. SUTHERLAND: I will read it up when I get home. It was interesting to me.
DR. GRIMMER: I never depend on the blood analysis along. The history and symptoms are the main study. The blood is only confirmatory, because the blood gives the polarity and our remedies have been classified in four groups, and when you get the polarity, as with the repertory, you can eliminate, and the right remedy will be in the polarity, group, and our homoeopathy is just as useful and more useful.
DR. RAY W. SPALDING (Boston, Mass): The paper is not really an attempt to sell the Boenninghausen method or as an analysis of various repertories. The title is “Do you Repertorize?” and my answer would be,”Yes”.
Now, it doesnt matter what repertory you use. I happen to be Favorable to Kent because to me it is a little easier, but I never prescribe for a case that I don’t refer to a repertory. You may come down to a group for study, but there is one signal advantage in using the repertory, and that is to increase your knowledge of Materia Medica. You can’t do this paper and see the aggravation “lying,” without wondering if you knew that Lycopodium in the analysis, and that is one reason why I certainly use the repertory.
DR. WILBUR K. BOND (Greensfork, Ind.): A great many times in repertorizing a difficult case, Kent does not have enough figures for evaluation of the remedies and your top four or five come out pretty much as a tie. Then I take that case to Boenninghausen, which has the advantage of greater evaluations, of 5,4,3,2, and 1, and I believe there are cases when these top four read about the same in the Materia Medica. It is almost impossible to decide in the Materia Medica but through Boenninghausen coming out by a careful high numerical figure, one usually can almost depend on the high numerical value of Boenninghausen as being the remedy.
DR. SUTHERLAND (closing): Usually the essayist just sits quietly absorbing all that is said in discussion and then lets loose with a final blast, but I am not going to do that. I have been
blasting since I got on the platform.
I thanks those who have participated in the discussion because I think a paper is of absolutely no worth unless it elicits questions or discussions, or brings out additional points.