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Munjal Thakar – Unraveling Boenninghausen (Part 1)
A LECTURE ON THERAPEUTIC POCKET BOOK BY DR. MUNJAL THAKKAR
In the following lecture, Dr. Munjal has taken efforts to explain Dr. Boenninghausen’s ‘Therapeutic pocket Book’ in great detail. Therapeutic pocket book is a repertory that can serve as a valuable asset in practice. He begins the lecture advocating few points on the history of the book and its development. Therapeutic pocket book is based on Dr. Boenninghausen’s concept of Generalization. It is interesting to know that Dr. Hahnemann’s Materia Medica Pura and Hering’s guiding symptoms are the sources of the book. The repertory is extremely proficient in cases where there is a complete symptom constituting the location, sensation characteristic modalities and concomitants. Also in cases where the same phenomena is repeated in two or more parts of the body.eg Burning in chest and burning in extremities. This repertory becomes significant when the physical characteristic symptoms are not well defined and proves extremely useful where there are number of general symptoms especially in cases of fever. The book is essentially divided into 7 parts and each of them corresponds to the questions that we ask in practice which is the key feature of this repertory. It is finely structured in a manner to make case solving more comprehensive and simple. It is interesting to see the Gradations of symptoms in the repertory. Dr. Munjal briefs through every chapter to familiarize them with the students. He makes the lecture more involving using number of case examples and facilitate the students to solve them with the help of the TPB. This is followed by an interesting question and answer session towards the end of the session.