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Date posted: April 15, 2013

Book review by Dr Sudheera  

Homoeopathic dictionary for Physical chapters (Vol.2)
Dr. Pravin Jain and Dr.Randeep Nanda

Dr. Pravin Jain- faculty- predictive school of Homoeopathy
Other works are : Essentials of pediatrics, Easy and simple remedy keynotes, Encyclopedia of mind
Dr.Randeep Nanda- Dept. of repertory, Homoeopathic Medical college , Chandigarh

Published by -Nitya publications
Encyclopedia gives detailed description about the various rubrics (mental generals, physical generals and particulars found in the repertory.
It throws light on something that we are not able to understand easily.
Clinical conditions that we encounter often in our practice have been explained briefly.

Foreword was given by Dr.Prafull Vijayakar
In 2 volumes

Vol 1 consists of rubrics belonging to mind.
Vol 2 consists of rubrics belonging to the body

Various repertories used for the references are written in abbreviated forms as follows
Boenninghausen’s characteristic repertory is denoted by BGR
Boerick repertory –BR
Clarke repertory is written as such
Complete repertory –CR
Kent’s repertory and synthetic repertory –KR
Murphy repertory-MR
Phatak repertory -PR

Pictures of live patients and clip arts have been given wherever possible to make the explanation more vivid

Plan and construction of the book:
All the words have been written in the alphabetical order with each alphabet having different colour for easy reference.

Word- dictionary meaning of the word-explanation of the word with differentiation

Adenoids :
The nasopharyngeal tonsil situated at the junction of the roof and posterior wall of the nasopharynx

Adenoid tissue is present at birth,shows physiological enlargement up tothe age of six years and then tends to atrophy at puberty and almost completely disappear by the age of 20 years.
Recurrent attacks of rhinitis, sinusitis , tonsillitis may cause chronic adenoid infection and hyperplasia. Enlarged and infected adenoids may cause chronic nasal obstruction and mouth breathing leading to characteristic facial appearance called adenoid facies characterized by elongated face with dull expression, open mouth, prominent and crowded upper teeth hitched up upper lip and pinched in appearance of nose due to disuse atrophy of alae nasi.

This is given as rubric in
BR- Ear, deafness, Adenoids/hypertrophied tonsils
CR- Hearing impaired, enlargd tonsils adenoids with
CR- Nose adenoids
CR- Throat swelling general adenoids

Merits:
# This is for the first time this type of work is published in the field of Homoeopathy.
# Attractive with beautiful layout, fine quality gloss paper and multicoloured pages
# Certain words are described very well
Eg; Ecchymosis
Gait
Jaundice
Keloid etc.

# Clinical tems like actinomycosis, addison’s desease,albuminuria etc are given which are useful for easy reference.

Demerits;
# Cost –Very high

# Encyclopedia: “A reference work ( often in several volumes) containing articles on various topics (often arranged in alphabetical order) dealing with the entire range of human knowledge or with some particular speciality”. The title given to this book is not suitable.

#Many words are given without its corresponding rubric
Eg: Abdominis: Recti abdominis
Knerr
Abdomen,Muscles;Pain, along digitation of oblique abdominis and serratus magnus, from working in a constrained position:Arn.

Knerr
Inner chest, Rheumatism;Working, from, in a constrained position, severe pain in left, along digitation of oblique abdominis and serratus magnus::Arn.

Allen
Transversalis abdominis, dull intermittent pressure, as from a foreign body:Arg.n.

# Some words are given with mentioning only the chapter for Eg; keratitis
This is given as rubric under eye chapter in the repertory. Does not give information about how it is represented in the repertory.

# Genupectoral position-knee chest position- the picture?

# Repeatedly given: Hydrogenoid & hydrogenoid constitution- description same

#Spelling mistake?
Dorsum: T1 to T2 between cervical and lumbar vertebra?
Hydrogenoid constition?

#Psora: given under that – KR- Generals, Psora
No such rubric in KR ( may be because of common abbreviation given to both Kent’s and synthetic repertories).

# Some rare terms- many of them are incompletely represented in our literatures.

Anodyne
An agent that sooths mind, allays anxiety pain etc
MR- kidneys- colic, kidney, pain, anodynes after: Nux.v.

Cephalagia:
Headache
Knerr
Lower limb,Legs;Pain (undefined);Tibiae, in, with pains in upper part of head (cephalagia periostitica): Med.

Catamenia:
Old term for menstruation
More used in repertories of Knerr, Gentry, Lippe, and Wards

Cerebral fever:
Kent
Fever,Continued fever,typhus,typhoid;Cerebral: Stram. and Hyos

Declivity:
Downward slope or descending slope
KR
Vertigo, walking near a declivity:Sulph-1

Defervescent:
A phase in fever when the body temperature is falling down
Phatak
Cough,whooping violent spasmodic, defervescent phase- Ant.t.,phos.,puls.
Boger
Cough Spasmodic, violent, whooping, etc.;Defervescent stage:
Boenninghausen
Cough, Whooping cough;Defervescent phase: arn. Puls-4

Dicrotic:
Phatak
Pulse dicrotic, gels.,kali.c.,-(only in)
Knerr
Heart, pulse
Boger
Pulse
Allen
Heart action dicrotic feebly
Carotids pulsation dicrotic
Arteries, large pulse, dicrotic
Pulse, dicrotic

Hebdomadal:
A condition occurring once in a week or weekly
Boerrick(only in)
Respiratory: Bronchial tubes, Asthma;Hebdomadal: cinch.,ign.
Fever, Exanthemata, eruptive fever;Intermittent fever (ague, malarial);Chill occurrence, type;Hebdomadal: cinch.

Hypopyon:
A collection of pus cells in the aquous humor of eye forming a visible white layer between the cornea and iris
Boger
Eye hypopion
Kent
Eye inflammation iris hypopion with:Hep.,sil.,
Allen
Eye, hypopion

Innominatum:
Without a name, anonymous
CR
Abd., pain drawing , os innominatum, above, tearing
Allen
Abdomen;Os innominatum:
Gentry
Neck and back, Thigh;Coxalgia; hip-joint feels as if femur were fastened to os innominatum, with darting pains from sacro-lumbalis muscle into T.:
Gentry
Abd. , Os innominatum;Sharp stitches in abdomen in region of O.innominatum, only when walking:
Knerr
Lower limb,Hips;Stitches;Os innominatum, in left, dull, at intervals, behind hip joint, worse from motion

Piquant:
Highly seasoned food
Boger
Appetite, desire for condiments,piquant, appetizing things
CR
Generals- F&D, spices, condiments, piquant, highly seasoned food desires

Porrigo:
Any of various diseases of the scalp marked by scaly eruptions like ringworm, tinea etc.
Clarke
Porrigo capitis
Gentry
Skin ,children dry porrigo of
Knerr
Skin, eruptions, porrigo

Potatorum:
Symptoms arising from chronic alcoholism-
Clarke
Amblyopia p-
Gentry
Amblyopia;A. potatorum; impairment of vision due to use of intoxicating drinks or dissipation in general:
Knerr
Urinary organs, Kidney;Aching;Dull, in region of (amblyopia potatorum):
Urine;Specific gravity, 1,002; 1,028,In amblyopia potatorum
Urine;Phosphates;Loaded with acid, in amblyopia potatorum:

Prattle:
Chatter or talk at length in achildish or inconsequential manner
BGN
Sleep, Sleepiness;Prattling, with:
Kent
Mind speech prattling with
Knerr
Mind and diseases;Talking;Prattling:
Vivacity;With love of prattling:
Weeping (crying, lachrymose disposition);Child, like a;About illness, with senseless prattling
Knerr, sleep:During sleep;Delirium;Prattling and muttering:
Bgn.
Sleep, Sleepiness;Prattling, with:
Allen
Speech the substance of what is spoken;Prattling:

Psora:
Any ( especially a contagious) itching skin disease, scabies-
CR- Generals, psora
Allen
Psora
Bgn.
Eyes, Psora, scrofula
Pathak- psora
-Scrofula (psora of childhood):
Knerr
Eyes,Conjunctiva;Pterygium;Psora, hereditary, in:
Upper face Eruption;Pustules;Few, a, like those of pocky itch (psora)
Male sexual, Syphilis;Psora, complicated with:
Stages of life, age;Children;Psora:
Wards
Psora;A peculiar sensation through the whole body, it seemed as if psora had been aroused by this drug, and was giving rise to all my symptoms: kali bi.

Rank:
Having disagreeable smell like damp party rotten vegetations, the other meaning of rank is abundant high social position or man of rank.this meaning is used in Mind chapter as Delusion, rank, he is a person of .
But under Perspiration- Odor, rank

Reeky:
To stink
BGR:Stomach, nasty, reeky, etc.

Rheum:
A mucous discharge caused by infection with a cold. Salt rheum is a American terminology for various cutaneous eruption particularly eczema,Rheum means discharge and salt means scaling. So salt rheum means scaling and discharging
Kent
Skin, ulcers, salt rheum like
Knerr
Skin,eruption;Salt rheum
BGR
Skin, ulcers, eczematous (salt rheum)
Gentry
Ulcers, like salt rheum

Singultus:
Hiccough
Boerick’s
Stomach hiccough, S
Gentry
Throat Oesophagus;Constant spasms of Oe. with singultus:
Knerr
Sleep, During sleep;Screaming;Singultus:

Conclusion:
After going through this book, we can see that this book cannot be used as an exclusive reference work, because of the demerits mentioned before. Hope the author will improve the quality of the book in coming editions.

Address for Correspondence:
Nitya Publications
212,1st Floor.New Mahavir Building
Telang Road.Matunga Central Railway.
Mumbai.400 019
Email : drpravin@vsnl.com

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