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Date posted: March 28, 2012

Dr Sanil Kumar K

Complete repertory is one of the widely used repertories since the last decade. This project work is done by the Institute of Research in Homoeopathic Information and Symptamatology.

In practice, they first treated most people with herbal medicines, but when they felt that they really knew the correct homoeopathic remedy, only when it was clear, they gave homoeopathic remedy. But after a while the entire practice was homoeopathy. And then he bought a computer in 1987, and a Mac repertory to help in practice.

Roger started comparing the information that Bill Gray had with the Vithoulkas additions to the Synthetic Repertory, and saw that there were many differences. He liked the Synthetic repertory, so he started collecting material to add to Mac Repertory and saw that the authors were not always the same, although they had the same additions. So he got involved in finding out where these additions really came from. There’s a lot of information missing in Kent’s Repertory, and that is one of the reasons that he began this work. 

Number of drugs  : 2171 approx

Book edition published : 1996

Gradation:

  • First grade           : Roman
  • Second grade      : Bold – Italics
  • Third grade          : BOLD UPPERCASE
  • Fourth grade        : BOLD UPPERCASE AND UNDERLINED

Some gradations were changed referring to Kent’s lectures, Lesser Writings, and Minor Writings.

Philosophical background: General to Particular as that of Kent’s Repertory.

Plan and construction:
The Repertory is available in the print form and electronic form. In the print form it is available as a single all in one volume or in three volumes. In the electronic form it is available with Mac Repertory / Hompath Classic / Cara etc.

The complete Repertory          : Mind (Vol. I)

The complete Repertory          : Vertigo to Speech and voice (Vol. II)

The complete Repertory          : Respiration to Generalities (Vol. III)

The basic information used to create this repertory came from the first, third and sixth American edition of Kent’s Repertory.

This information was combined with many corrections and additions by checking and re-checking was found in: Homoeopathic journals

The Complete against Kent’s Repertory, Kunzli’s Repertorium Generale and Schmidt’s and Chand’s Final General Repertory using the original sources.

  • Sivaraman’s Additional and corrections to Kent’s Repertory.
  • CCRH’s corrections to Boenninghausen’s Repertory.
  • Boger’s and Phatak’s additions, Boenninghausen’s Repertory and Boenninghausen’s unique private additions.
  • Boericke’s Repertory additions.

In addition to these, confusing remedy abbreviations were extensively verified and corrected.

Textural changes to Kent’s Repertory

  1. The format of each rubric is carefully examined and inconsistencies corrected.
  2. The most important word in a rubric is moved to the beginning of that rubric.
  3. The rubrics were re-alphabetized.
  4. The hierarchy of the rubrics is reconstructed to follow the format: General, sides (left, right), times, agg. and amel. and concordances, extending to, localizations and sensations (pain).
  5. Older terminology is replaced when clearly needed by more modern terminology following the American English spelling.
  6. The language of rubrics were corrected to more precisely match its materia medica source.
  7. The inconsistent use of several words was replaced with the same meaning by a single word throughout.
  8. The remedy abbreviations were again examined. Different abbreviations for one and the same remedy were put together.
  9. The remedies in each rubric were re-alphabetized, according to the alphabetical order of the abbreviations instead of the alphabetical order of the full names of the remedies. 

Reorganizing rubrics:
There have been some important changes to some of the main rubrics in the mind section. The dreams have been put in the mind section. After speaking to many homoeopaths the general idea has formed that the dreams are a substantial part of the mind section. The dreams represent emotional impressions and mental strain.

The location of the main rubrics and their sub rubrics for Speech in the Mind and Mouth section of the Repertory has changed.

The original reason that Kent used Speech in the Mind section and another part of speech in the mouth section, was that he wanted to make a difference for those sub rubrics of speech, that had a mental – emotional aetiology, as distinct from those sub rubrics of speech, that were more patho-physiological in their aetiology. Nevertheless, many rubrics have seen confused or were open to mis-interpretation. What it is done is the meaning of the rubrics was reexamined and then used them in the new chapter for speech and voice, it was used them under other main rubrics, mainly talk, talking, talks, when the aetiology was more of emotional – mental one.

The main rubric speech under speech and voice includes all those rubrics that are more connected to the motor control of speech.

The separate rubrics talk, talking and talks have been combined into one rubric named talk, talking, talks since they were inconsistent in their meaning and therefore confusing.

The bodily anxieties and apprehensions have been included in the mind section under anxiety. The reason for this is that, although felt in a specific part of the body, it is still an expression of emotional value and therefore should be included in the mind section. Of course we also preserved those rubrics in the specific body part section.

The sub rubrics dealing with animals and body or body parts under the main rubrics delusions, dreams and fear have been collected together in large sun rubrics.

In delusions many sub rubrics with the same meaning were found and their remedies were transferred to the most likely place to find that information. Cross-references were inserted, where the rubric had been in the Kent’s Repertory, to indicate t where it has been moved.

All of those moves can be traced by using the search mechanism to find all occurrences of any word and its synonyms.

In all chapters the Discolorations and Eruptions have been re-organized so that all of their sub rubrics now have the same hierarchical layout.

All the pains, except for the Head pain section and Extremity pain section, have been reorganized hierarchically. They all start with General, followed by the time modalities, the general modalities and causations, the “extending to” rubrics followed by the pain types, including ‘wandering”, “radiating” and “pulsating/throbbing”.

Additions
Additions were made from various sources, using information about the reliability of authors, and using the book reviews for those sources from old homoeopathic journals as a guideline for quality.

As a general rule, additions were made from the oldest author available for that addition. The grade of the additions and the existing information were also taken into account, in order not to destroy the valid information in Kent’s Repertory.

The original source is credited with their additions. In most cases there is extensive materia medica available to confirm and check information.

New rubrics
New rubrics were created when there were no existing rubrics that covered their Materia Medica meaning in Kent’s Repertory. The meaning of the rubric was studied using the information in the materia medica and the information in contemporary dictionaries, from the time that the information become available. Also, the rubric to be added should have real homoeopathic value, i.e. the new information should be information that helps the consulting homoeopaths find the right remedy. 

Cross-references
To help locate as many close alternatives to a specific rubric as possible, most of the similar, but still somewhat different rubrics have been included as cross-references for many rubrics. This gives us better choices for our patients.

References and cross-references
References are connected to rubrics that have no remedies and points to the rubrics to look at that certain remedies. References start with a “ ” sign, followed by a “ . for every next reference.

Cross references are connected to rubrics that have remedies and will follow behind the remedies of that rubric pointing to the rubrics with related meanings. Cross references always start with a  . sign.

References can be found in the same main rubric or sub rubric, depending on the location of the rubric these references are referring to, when these first references are written in lower case italics.

If the reference is pointing to a main rubric then the first letter of that rubric as a reference is displayed in upper case italic and the other characters in lower case italics.

If the reference indicating another section of the Repertory then that sections name in the reference is displayed in upper case italic.

Author identification numbers
The author identification numbers (ID’s) are based on chronology, based on the dates that the listed authors first published their work. This is a change from the system used in the pre – 3.1 computer versions of the Complete Repertory, the Synthetic Repertory and the Repertorium Generale. The new system enables to have an idea about the time the addition has been made and by whom. Author numbers are displayed as subscript numbers behind the remedy abbreviation.

The last three numbers of an author number are used to specify the authors place in the chronological system we used that starts with the 1 for Hahnemann S. as being the oldest homoeopath to, at this point in the development of the Complete Repertory, 239 Riefer M. as the last person added to the list and therefore the most recent author that we took additions or new remedy names from. Since this work started with a rather complete list of authors, while giving everyone a suitable ID number, most ID numbers fall into the 3 digit category. Nevertheless and of course, some authors have been added later in the process. These authors got 4 digit numbers where the first digit only indicates the first, second, third or even fourth time of renumbering.

Therefore

  • Hahnemann S.
  • Stapf E.
  • 1002 Hartmann F. (from the same time as Stapf, but added in the first re-numbering session).
  • 2002 Jorg J.C.G. (from the same time as Stapf, but added in the second re-numbering session)
  • 100 Blackwood A.L
  • 1100 Shedd P.W (from the same time as Blackwood, but added in the first re-numbering session). 

Repertory page references
Page references for Kent’s Repertory [K], the Synthetic Repertory [SI, SII or SIII] and the Repertorium Generale [G] have been included for those rubrics that are mentioned in these repertories directly behind the rubric text.

Enhancing main rubrics
In the Complete repertory main rubrics always include in the remedies found in their sub rubrics. From the view point that e repertory is first of all an index to the material medica that policy can easily be redefended. All remedies in sub rubrics not in the main rubric have been added in plain type. When the remedy was already in the main rubric by a later author (often Kent) then the author for that remedy in the sub rubric the remedy in the main rubric got the author in the sub rubric. The grade of that remedy in the main rubric was kept as it was. Depending on the way one repertories this can be very useful and in cases where patients cannot be specific enough about their symptoms it is more than welcome to have a complete collection of all possible remedies in the main rubric. The enhancement should not make homoeopaths use main rubrics only. Homoeopathically, it is still the best to go the most specific (sub) rubric in order to find the similimum, if possible.

Remedy abbreviations
Some remedy abbreviations have been changed to ensure that there will be less confusion about what each abbreviation denotes. The confusion was particularly marked for the mineral salts, acidums and aceticum. Also where some remedies have been known by more than one Latin abbreviation this has been corrected.

Special features

  • Certainty about finding the correct rubrics and remedies
  • A complete overview of related rubrics using cross – references
  • A choice of information from old and new sources, using the latest provings.
  • The best possibilities curing your patients
  • And it is the most comprehensive repertory in existence because it has: more than 515,000 checked additions.

Dr Sanil Kumar BHMS,MD(Hom)
Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
Govt. Homeopathic Medical College. Calicut.10. India
Email : drsakumkumar@yahoo.co.in

Comments

2 Responses so far.

  1. Dr Makkar says:

    Best Repertory ever .I revised many cases .My official software from last 2 years complete dynamics update on regular basis .I love Roger & Roger work .

    With Regards ,
    Dr Makkar

  2. The report is quite informative, keep posting such useful stuff.

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