Amongst all the valuable literature available for homoeopathy, it would be unjustified to not mention, William Boericke's efforts. One of his most valued contribution is in the form of 'Homoeopathic Materia Medica and Repertory'. This book provides authentic information on homoeopathic drugs. The unique feature is the systematic representation of the drugs under various system headings like Mind, Head, Female, Respiration, Sleep, Extremities, etc. Every drug is followed by a brief about it's relationship with other remedies. This literature has an added advantage, as it is a compendium of a clinical repertory which is very useful for bed-side prescribing. The repertory is handy and easy to use and since it is based on the concept of clinical symptoms, its practical utility increases. It is the most widely used book of reference for Materia Medica and Clinical Repertory and would find place on every homoeopath's desk.
This new edition has added advantages which make it all the more invaluable:
• Section on rare and uncommon remedies
• To maintain the high standard, all abbreviations and remedy names have been derived from the 'Synthesis Repertory'
• A section on mother tinctures has been added to the book to make the study of the subject complete
• An index of the drugs, with both common and Latin names has been introduced in the beginning of the book
William Boericke was born on October 25, 1849 in Austria. He graduated from the Philadelphia Medical College in 1876 and from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia in 1880. After moving to San Francisco, he took over the Boericke and Tafel pharmacy and practiced as a homoeopath for over fifty years. He was an editor of the California Homoeopath and co-founder of the Pacific Homoeopathic Medical College and Hahnemann Hospital in 1881. He was also a member of the faculty of Hahnemann Medical College in San Francisco. In 1901, he authored Boericke's Materia Medica. On April 1, 1929, he died of a massive heart attack.
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