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Dr. James Tyler Kent was born at Woodhull , Newyork on March 31 1849. He graduated from Madison university at Hamilton. He went to study medicine at the faculty of Bellevue Medical College He also attended two courses of lecture at the Eclectic medical institute at Cincinnati in the state of Ohio.
Dr. Kent was converted to Homoeopathy by Dr. Phelan who cured her Insomnia.
Editions of Repertory of Homoepathic Materia Medica
- First edition – 1897
- Second edition – 1908
- Third edition – 1924
- Fourth edition – 1935
- Fifth edition – 1945
- Sixth edition – 1957
- Sixth Indian edition – 1961
- Lectures on Philosophy
- Lectures on Homeopathic Materia Medica
- New Remedies Clinical Cases Lesser Writings
- The Dunham Lectures
- Use of the repertory
- How to study the repertory
- What The Doctor Needs To Know In Order To Make a Successful Prescription
There are 37 / 33 chapters in kent’s repertory. If urinary organs are considered as one chapter the H is 33 & as five separate chapters ( Bladder, kidneys, prostate, urethra, urine) the number of chapters are 37.
Chapters start with mind and ends in generalities.
Systematic arrangement of chapters
- Central Nervous System – (Mind, Vertigo, Head)
- Special Senses With Its Functions( Eye, Vision, Ear, Hearing, Nose)
- Gastrointestinal System (Mouth, Teeth, Throat, Stomach, Abdomen, Rectum, Stool)
- External Throat Comes After Throat
- Genitourinary System (Bladder, Kidneys, Prostate, Urethra, Urine, Genitalia Male, Genitalia Female)
- Respiratory System (Larynx & Trachea, Respiration, Cough, Expectoration, Chest)
- Cardiovascular System ( Chest)
- Locomotor System (Back, Extremities)
- Stages Of Fever (Chill, Fever, Perspiration)
In the arrangement of chapters structures are followed by functions
- Eye, vision
- Ear, hearing
- Exception – respiration, chest
The name of the chapter is given above the pages in capital roman letters
Chapters starting in alphabetical order
Mind, Head, Eye, Vision, Ear, Hearing, Nose, Face, Mouth, Teeth, Throat, External Throat, Stomach, Abdomen, Rectum, Stool, Bladder, Kidneys, Prostate, Urethra, Urine, Genitalia Male, Genitalia Female, Larynx &Trachea, Respiration, Chest, Back, Extremities, Sleep, Skin,
Chapters starting with time followed by alphabetical order
Cough, expectoration, generalities
Chapters starting with the name of the chapter, followed by time, then alphabetical order - vertigo, perspiration
Chapters starting with rubrics related to the chapter, followed by time, then alphabetical order - chill — coldness, fever — heat
Rubrics are arranged in alphabetical order with exceptions given above
Rubrics are represented in bold capital roman letters
Rubrics are arranged from generals to particulars i.e. it starts with a general rubric followed by particular rubrics with exceptions
Many rubrics start with particular rubrics – e.g. Nose, Discharge, right
Rubrics & medicines are separated by a colon
Medicines are separated by a semicolon
Medicines are given in alphabetical order with gradations.
In rubrics medicines are given as abbreviations , index of which is given in the beginning of repertory.
Medicines in rubrics are represented in 3 grades
I – bold roman
II – Italics
III – Roman
Sub rubrics are represented with ordinary roman letters with locations as exception which is given as a separate heading
Subrubrics are arranged under the rubric with indentation to the right
Subsubrubrics are arranged under the subrubrics with indentation to the right.
Subrubrics are arranged in STME pattern ie side, time, modalities, extension with many exceptions
STME pattern is inappropriate to represent the arrangement of subrubrics in kents repertory
STMEL is a better pattern to represent the arrangement of subrubrics , ie side ,time , modalities, extension, locations.
Generally all sub rubrics are in STMEL pattern except at some places
In a set of rubrics, time is given after modalities , i.e. , MT pattern instead of TM
- Side is not given in alphabetical order
- Right is given first then left
Time is arranged under rubrics in the order of sunrise to sunset followed by night with the exception of daytime
- Day time – dawn – dusk ( 6am – 6pm)
- Morning – (6 am — 8 am) – (9 am — 11 am)
- Forenoon – (8am — 11 am) – 12pm
- Noon — 12 pm – 1 pm
- Afternoon – 1pm – ( 5pm – 6 pm)
- Evening – (6pm – 9pm), twilight
- Night – 9 pm – 6 am, it includes sub rubrics like midnight before, midnight, midnight after.
In some chapters midnight is given as a separate rubric. E.g – Chill
Defects of time arrangement
- Clock timings overlap at many places
- Difficult to find out a particular time
- Rubrics & subrubrics over laps
- Does not follow arrangement — STME
Modalities are arranged in alphabetic order
It includes aggravations, ameliorations, concomitants, alternations, causations, accompaniments
Locations are not directly represented in Kent’s repertory.
Locations are represented under sensations or modalities ( ie under rubrics) with some exceptions.
Locations are given directly at some places
Eg. Liver, Spleen, pancreas
Locations are represented under rubrics after the completion of STME pattern of general rubric & given in bold roman letters as a separate section but as a part of the rubric under which STME pattern is followed.
Locations are also represented at the end of the general rubric as normal subrubrics ie after extension.
Locations are arranged under the rubric in anatomical order& in alphabetical order.
Anatomical order – Extremities
Alphabetical order – Head, Throat, Abdomen, Genitalia male
In chest locations are given in alphabetical order except for the heart which is given at the end of locations
Head – Brain, Occiput, Sides, Temples, Vertex, Forehead, Hair,
Eye – Margins, Conjunctiva, Canthi, Lids, Lachrymal Glands, Eye Brows, Iris, Lachrymal Canal, Lachrymal Sac, Meibomian Glands, Retina, Optic Nerve,
Ear – Concha, Eustachian Tube, Antitragus, Lobule, Tragus,
Nose – Root, Posterior Nares, Septum, Tip, Wings,
Face – Cheek, Chin, Infra Orbital, Lips, Jaw, Articulation, Mental Foramen, Parotid Gland, Submaxillary Gland, Zygoma, Sub Lingual Gland
Mouth – Gums, Palate, Tongue, Inside Of Lips
Teeth – Incisors, Canines, Molars, Upper Teeth, Lower Teeth, Bicuspid,
Throat – Oesophagus, Oshyoids, Tonsils, Pharynx, Uvula, Fauces
External Throat – Carotids, Thyroid Gland, Jugular, Cervical Glands
Stomach – Stomach
Abdomen – Mesentrics, Region Of Hip, Caecal Region, Liver, Spleen, Inguinal Region, Sides Of Abdomen, Lower Abdomen, Muscles Of Abdomen, Hypochondrium, Hypogastrium, Umbilicus, Ileocaecal Region
Rectum – Perineum, Between Nates, Anus
Bladder – Neck Of Bladder, Region Of Blader, Sphincter,
Kidneys – Ureter, Region Of Kidneys
Prostate Gland – Prostate, Region Of Prostate
Urethra – Anterior Part Of Urethra, Fossa Navicularis, Meatus, Glandular Portion Of Urethra
Genitalia Male – Penis, Scrotum, Testes, Spermatic Cord, Prepuce, Glans Penis, Fraenum, Root Of Penis
Genitalia Female – Ovaries, Vagina, Uterus, Cervix,
Larynx & Trachea – Larynx, Trachea, Throat Pit, Epiglottis,
Chest – Axillae, Lungs, Mammae, Region Of Heart, Heart, Nipples, Sternum, Clavicles, Lowerpart Of Chest, Middle Of Chest, Sides Of Chest, Upper Part Of Chest, Pleura, Diaphragm, Endocardium, Pericardium, Pectoral Muscles
Back – Cervical Region, Dorsal Region, Lumbar Region, Sacral Region, Spine, Scapular Region, Between Shoulders, Sacrum, Coccyx, Scapulae, Ilium, Iliac Crest, Lumbo Sacral Region, Sacro Iliac Junction,
Extremities – Psoas, Nates, Lower Limbs, Upper Limbs,Shoulder Joint, Humerus, Upper Arm, Elbow, Fore Arm, Hand, Metacarpal Bone, Wrist, Fingers, Thumb, Finger Joints, Hip, Femur, Thigh, Knee, Tibia, Fibula, Leg, Ankle Joint, Foot, Heel, Toes, Toe Nails, Soles,
Pain starts as in general followed by STME pattern , types of pain in alphabetical order with subrubrics in STME pattern -Eye, ear, nose, throat, kidneys, extremities,
In Head, chest, male genitalia pain is not followed by sides but sides are given under locations only
In abdomen, face pain starts with particular types – aching not with pain in general
In mouth, penis pain in general have no subrubrics & immediately followed by locations with subrubrics & with particular type of pains
In teeth pain starts with locations followed by STME pattern.Under some locations side is given.
In generalities pain starts with the appearance of pain followed by locations followed by type of pains in alphabetical order.
Cross references & synonyms
Cross references & synonyms are given soon after the rubic or subrubric in brackets
Synonyms contain medicines only in one rubric.
Cross references contains medicines in both or all rubrics. Cross references means rubrics with similar meaning & used in different context.
Cross references or synonyms are given after prefix see
They are also given without the prefix eg. Bladder ,urination, feeble stream, ( slow)
Repertory of Homoeopathic Materia Medica – J T KENT
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