Polarities before RadarOpus 1.41

Some users who updated or upgraded to RadarOpus 1.41, had the impression that they were already using some polar symptom analysis in previous versions of Radar 10 or RadarOpus.
Here are some clarifications which may help to understand why we announced this as a new feature of version 1.41.

Polarities in Radar 10.*

Radar 10 came with versions of Bönninghausen's Therapeutic Pocket Book (b2) which contained polar symptoms (called polarities at the time). A polar symptom is a symptom which is opposite to another symptom, such as "eating agg" and "eating amel". They were indicated with a blue background and by clicking on them, the user jumped to the opposite symptom, much like a cross-reference.

When an analysis was made including polar symptoms, these were highlighted in blue to draw the attention of the user. There was no specific function related to that.

In addition, the polar symptoms were used in the Bönninghausen Module, more precisely in its part the B-method wizard. This wizard prompted the user to enter a main symptom, a localization, a sensation, a modality and a concomitant. When the user had completed these steps, automatically, the related polar symptoms were added to that list.
However, there was again no specific function related to that. In the resulting analysis, the remedies were sorted following the method "sum of symptoms and degrees", as can be seen the screen shot below. The polar symptoms were included in this sum, waiting for further development of a more correct calculation.

As the development of Radar was stopped in 2010, this correction never took place in Radar. Therefore we can say that the polar symptom analysis in Radar was not functional or even non-existent.

Polar symptom analysis in RadarOpus (prior to v1.41)

While developing RadarOpus, it was planned to complete and correct the polar symptom analysis, a project begun in the Radar environment. The first steps to do so where put in versions preceding version 1.41. They offered the following features to all users, also to those who had not bought the Bönninghausen Module:

  • Polar symptoms in Bönninghausen's Pocket Book (b2), English and German, were labeled by adding the opposite polar symptom, preceded by a white-black circle
  • When a polar symptom was taken, RadarOpus automatically added the opposite polar symptom to the analysis
  • The calculation was corrected: the opposite polar symptoms were subtracted from the polar symptoms and not added (as in Radar)

Some users felt that the polar symptom analysis had become a bit more accessible. The completion of that project however was only realized in version 1.41 with these additional features:

  • All opposite polar symptoms are automatically saved in a virtual clipboard, separate from the patient's symptom clipboard
  • If the user has put patient's symptoms in more than one clipboard, RadarOpus suggests to automatically move them all into clipboard 1 at the time that a polar symptom analysis is requested
  • Visual and quick interpretation of the resulting analysis is much facilitated by this automatic separation of patient's symptoms in clipboard 1 and opposite polar symptoms in the virtual clipboard
  • As all opposite polar symptoms are in one clipboard, it is very easy to spot the contraindications for any remedy, to say the occurrences in 3rd and 4th degree (standing out because orange and red)
  • Ease of interpretation is even more enhanced by automatic naming of these two clipboards (except when the user has named the clipboard differently)
  • An additional row of figures clarify how the polar difference is calculated (sum of degrees of patient's symptoms minus opposite polar symptoms = polar difference)
  • To the left of each row with figures, a short text explains the meaning of each figure in that row
  • The "Polarity difference" row is put in bold to make the interpretation of the polar symptom analysis self-explanatory
  • An option to include or not the non-polar symptoms in the positive polar symptom score should accommodate all tendencies applying polar symptom analysis

For all these reasons, the polar symptom analysis is only now fully operational, slick and easy. In Radar it was virtually non-exsitent, in the earlier RadarOpus version it was only a rudimentary version that was not protected and temporarily usable also by those who did not buy the Bönninghausen module.

In the nearby future, we have some more improvements planned:

  • Add polar symptom information to Bönninghausen's Systematisches-alphabetisches Repertorium (b4b7) so that its symptoms can be used in the polar symptom analysis
  • In the analysis, option to sort remedies by polarity difference

Also these future features will be free for those who bought the Bönninghausen module.
Read more about the options you have to upgrade to the polar symptom analysis.

Polar symptom analysis in RadarOpus 1.41