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Introduction to Homeopathic Repertories


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Article Updated: Oct 18, 2009


To a layperson large, thick directory-like book adorning every homeopath's shelf is the Repertory. Every person has his own first experience with this book. I remember having my first introduction with it when I was a 2nd year student, pursuing my Grads in Homeopathy. Our curriculum then, introduced the subject of Repertory in Final year, so I was unknown to the existence of any such book. I was preparing for my Medicinal Therapeutics and had to put in a lot of effort finding which medicine could cover the disease picture. I went to the local homeopathic book store and came across a heavy directory sort book; and whoa! It had alphabetic arrangement of disease along with medicines indicated in those conditions. I was very happy over my discovery and walked home with pride carrying the large packet. It was only later owing to the benevolence of my teachers that I learned that it was not a discovery but uncovering of the facts.

Frederika Gladwin, who was one of those who worked with Kent on the preparation of his Repertory recounted her first experience with a Repertory. She says: "Before me was the symptom, 'disposition to commit suicide by drowning.' Among the words following were 'Ant' and 'Bell'. They were words I knew but I was solely puzzled to know what an ant and a bell had to do with drowning. A little further on I recognized 'Hell' and 'Puls' but they had left off the 'e' in the spelling of 'pulse'. I wondered, but had a vague idea that the pulse and hell might be some relation to 'wanting to drown oneself'. I tried to read more but found it no use. It was just words and words; most of them meaningless, so I gave up."

Need of 'Directory of Symptoms'

When homeopathic practice was in its infancy, we had quite a few remedies. So learning their symptoms and remembering all their cross references and relations was not unmanageable.  As our assemblage grew it became practically impossible to remember all the facts about them. The need to meet the demands of our augmenting resources led to the birth of Repertory. 

Hahnemann alone, and later with the help of his students attempted to construct such a system which could facilitate this task. But no one could come up with a universal solution, every work had some shortcomings and lacunae. The task of putting together the first repertory that could be used in practice fell to Clemens Maria Franz von Boenninghausen, a lawyer who became interested in homeopathy through his own cure by the system. Hahnemann supported and applauded his work.

Within a few years of the publication of Boenninghausen's Repertory in 1832 it became obvious that this new tool was beginning to create problems. In 1834, Hahnemann wrote to Boenninghausen, "Even if the homeopathician perceive that the Repertory is insufficient for finding the best remedy for every case of disease, nevertheless, they calm down when they have such an overview in their hands, and even believe with some probability to be able to dispense with sources [materia medica], and they don't buy them and use them."

The concern that people were using the Repertory as a shortcut to find the remedy, without bothering to look further in the Materia medica to more finely differentiated remedies. In the introduction to his manual, Jahr cautions against using the Repertory mechanically.

Repertory is just a tool, it is the mind which uses it that performs the exercise. The logic of Repertories, their usage, their scope should be imbibed before working with them. So here, we discuss with you the salient features of the common Repertories and their utility:

Year

Name of Repertory

Author

No. of Remedies

No. of Chapters

Gradation

1805 Fragmenta de viribus medica mentorum positivis sive in sano corpore humano observatis Samuel Hahnemann 27 713 pages: (including 470 paged Alphabetical Repertory) Single grade
1817 Symptom Dictionary (handwritten) Samuel Hahnemann Cut and pasted symptoms from his materia medica.
1826 Systematic Representation of the Pure Effects of Medicines for the Practical Use of Homeopathic Physicians Carl George Christian Hartlaub      
1830 Systematic Description of Antipsoric Remedies George Adolph Weber 1830    
1830- 1831 Systematic Presentation of all Homeopathic Medicines, 1st manuscript not published

2nd edition: 1835

Ernst Ferdinand Ruckert Re-arranged Hahnemann's dictionary published in three volumes.
1832 Repertory of  Antipsoric Remedies (German)

2nd Edition: 1833

English Translation - 1900 (Boger)

Clemens Franz Maria von Boenninghausen 52 44 chapters.

256 pages

CAPITAL BOLD

Roman Bold

Italics

Roman

Roman in parenthesis

1833 Repertory of Intermittent Fever Clemens Franz Maria von Boenninghausen   4 Single grade
1834 Jahr's Manual of Homeopathic Medicines

-          1st edition published (German)

-          1841 - A Gerald Hull re-translated, revised and re-edited the New Manual of Homeopathic Medicine, became known simply as Hull's Jahr.

-          4th edition - 1851- Boenninghausen's gradation of remedies incorporated.

-          1853 - Charles J. Hempel edited - Jahr's New Manual or Symptom Encordex and the third volume the Repertory.

-          1853 - with additions from Possart's work and was further revised and translated by Hempel.

George Heinrich Gottlieb Jahr   29 in 3rd edition Single grade. In 4th edition he adopted Boenninghausen's gradation.
1835 Repertory of Medicines which are not Antipsoric

-          Prefaced by Hahnemann.

-          English Translation - Boger (1900)

Clemens Franz Maria von Boenninghausen   266 pages  
1836 An Attempt at Showing the Relative Kinship of Homeopathic Medicines. Clemens Franz Maria von Boenninghausen      
1838 Repertory to Jahr's Manual published in Allentown Academy

-        the first repertory in English language.

-        Precursor of Kent's Repertory

Constantine Hering   419 pages  
1842 Pure Symptomatology or Synoptic Pattern of All The Materia medica

- first Repertory in French

P.J.Lafitte, Paris   974 pages  
1846 Therapeutic Manual for Homeopathic physicians for use at the sickbed and the study of the Materia Medica Pura (Therapeutic Pocket Book)

Translators:

-          In 1848, German to English translation was done by Stapf.

-          Boenninghausen himself did French translation.

-          Roth translated again German to French.

-          A. Harward Okie - 1847.

-          Charles J. Hempel - 1847

-          Laurie translated from Roth's French edition to English language.

-          T.F. Allen in 1891 - Added 220 remedies by dropping 4 remedies and so total 342 and incorporated Sides of the Body. And in Relationship of Remedies section he added 21 remedies, so altogether 142 remedies.

-          H.A. Roberts - Few changes with addition of few remedies (18 remedies) and a beautiful introduction given to the Therapeutic Pocket Book - 1935.

-          Recent revised edition by Gypser and Dimitriadis - 2000.

Clemens Franz Maria von Boenninghausen 342 7 CAPITAL BOLD

Roman Bold

Italics

Roman

Roman in parenthesis

1848 Manual of Homeopathic Materia medica in 3 volumes, where the 3rd volume is repertory and was later revised by Clotar Muller. Karl Friedrich Trinks      
1851 A Pocket Manual

-popular book for physicians and as 'domestic manual' for laypersons.

Joel Byrant   352 pages  
1854 The Sides of the Body and Drug Affinities. Clemens Franz Maria von Boenninghausen 129   4 Grades in Sides of the Body.

3 Grades in Drug    

   Affinities.

1859 Repertory of Homeopathic Materia medica (Cypher Repertory)

-Boger described as 'pure gold'

Robert Ellis Dudgeon   2 vol. bound as one (1878)  
1869 Homeopathic Therapeutics of Diarrhoea. James B. Bell 141 5 Roman Bold

Italics

Roman

Roman in parenthesis

1873 Complete Repertory to the Homeopathic Materia Medica, Diseases of Eyes. E.W. Berridge 1171 2

321 pages

CAPITAL ITALICS

Italics

Roman

Roman in parenthesis

1875 Analytical Therapeutics

-Re-issued in 1881 as Analytical Repertory of Symptoms of Mind

Constantine Hering   48, 352 pages Boenninghausen's grades

I, II, I, II

1879 Repertory to the More Characteristic Symptoms of the Materia Medica

- Based on Hering's Allentown Repertory

Constantine Lippe 301 34, 112 pages Italics

Roman

1879 The Therapeutics of Intermittent Fever Henry Clay Allen 147 9 Roman Bold

Italics

Roman

Roman in parenthesis

1879 A Repertory of Headaches John C. King   297 pages  
1880 Symptom Register.

-Volume 11 and 12 of Allen's work

Timothy Field Allen 820 1331 pages CAPITAL

Italics

Roman

1881 Analytical Repertory of the Symptoms of the Mind. Constantine Hering 669 48 4 grades: I, II, I, II
1882 The Homeopathic Therapeutics of Haemorrhoids. W.M.Jefferson Guernsey 135 3 Roman Bold

Italics

Roman

1885 Alphabetical Repertory

- First in India

Father Muller      
1889 Guernsey's Boenninghausen Slips. W.J. Guernsey 126 2500 cards Boenninghausen's 4 grades
1890 The Concordance Repertory of the More Characteristic Symptoms of the Materia Medica William D. Gentry 420 6 volumes, 5500 pages Single grade
1892 Ophthalmic Diseases and Therapeutics. A. B. Norton 151 17 Single grade
1894 Sensation As If. A. W. Holocomb      
1896 Repertory of Hering's Guiding Symptom of Our Materia Medica. Calvin B. Knerr 408 48 4 grades: I, II, I, II
1897 Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica

-          2nd edition: 1908

-          3rd edition: 1924 (Kent's life ended with this edition)

-          4th edition: 1935

-          5th edition: 1945

-          6th edition: 1957

James Tyler Kent 648 - 6 = 642 37 Roman Bold

Italics

Roman

1898 Repertory of the Symptoms of Rheumatism, Sciatica, etc. Alfred Pulford   28 CAPITAL

Italics

Roman

1900 A Repertory of the Cyclopaedia of Drug Pathogenesy. Richard Hughes 412 12 Single grade
1904 A Clinical Repertory. John Henry Clarke 994 5 parts Single Repertory; 5 repertories have been included.
1905 Boenninghausen's Characteristics and Repertory.

2nd edition: 1937 by Roy and Co., Calcutta.

Cyrus Maxwell Boger 448 49 5 grades

CAPITAL BOLD

Roman Bold

Italics

Roman

Roman in parenthesis

1906 Boericke's Repertory - 3rd edition onwards the repertory part was incorporated though the first edition came in 1901. Oscar Eugene Boericke 1405 25 Italics

Roman

           
1922 Fields Card Repertory (Symptom Register) Richard Field 360 6800 cards 1st and 2nd grade of Kent's Repertory
1926 The General Analysis - printed form. Cyrus Maxwell Boger 222   Single grade
1928 The General Analysis - Card Repertory. Cyrus Maxwell Boger 222 304 cards Single grade
1931 Synoptic Key to the Materia Medica. Cyrus Maxwell Boger 323 4 3 grades

CAPITAL

Roman Bold

Ordinary Roman

1932 Addition's to Kent's Repertory Cyrus Maxwell Boger   37 CAPITAL

Italics

Roman

Roman in parenthesis

1937 Sensation As If - A Repertory of Subjective Symptoms. Herbert A. Roberts 740 25 Single grade
1937 Times of Remedies and

Moon Phases.

Cyrus Maxwell Boger 330

186

9

4

3 grades

Single grade

1939 Unabridged Dictionary of the Sensation As If. James William Ward   2 volumes Single grade
1939 Repertory to the Rheumatic Remedies. Herbert A. Roberts 207 25 CAPITAL

Small Capitals

Italics

Roman

1948 Practical Homeopathic Repertory in colored and perforated cards - Gradation of drugs. Marcos Jimenez 480 552 cards 3 grades.

Red Square

Blue Square

Uncolored Square

1950 Spindle's Card Repertory Robert H. farley 274 190 cards  
1959 Kishore's Card Repertory Jugal Kishore 692 in 3rd edition 9192 cards Single card
1963 A Concise Repertory of Homeopathic Medicines

- 2nd Edition: 1977

S. R. Phatak   Alphabetical CAPITAL

Italics

Roman

1972 Synthetic Repertory Barthel and Klunker 1594 3 volumes BOLD CAPITAL -UNDERLINE

BOLD CAPITAL

Small Letter Bold

Small letter

1974 Additions to Kent's Repertory George Vithoulkas     Same as that of Kent
1978 A Handbook of Repertory Major K. K. Sirkar   41 Bold

Italics

Roman

1980 The Final General Repertory Diwan Harish Chand and Pierre Schmidt      
1981 Sequelae G. S. R. Sastry      
1984 Sharma's Card Repertory Shashi Mohan Sharma 400 3000 cards  
1987 Repertorium Generale Jost Kunzlli von Fimmelsberg 682 37 Bold Roman

Italics

Roman

           
1990 Alphabetical Repertory of Characteristics of Homeopathic Materia Medica G. D. Srivastava and J. Chandra 680 Alphabetical Single Grade
1993 Synthesis Repertorium Homoeopathicum Syntheticum Frederik Schroyens 2373 38 CAPITAL BOLD

Bold Roman

Italics

Roman

1993 Homeopathic Medical Repertory

-2nd Edition - 1997

Robin Murphy 1595 70 CAPITAL BOLD

Italics

Roman

1995 Thematic Repertory J. A. Mirrili      
1996 Complete Repertory Roger Van Zandvoort 1725 42 BOLD CAPITAL -UNDERLINE

CAPITAL

Bold Italics

Roman

1999 The Phoenix Repertory J. P. S. Bakshi 1225 38 BOLD CAPITAL -UNDERLINE

CAPITAL

Bold Italics

Roman

2005 Repertorium Universalis Roger Van Zandvoort   43 BOLD CAPITAL -UNDERLINE

CAPITAL

Bold Italics

Roman

As Dr. Green said, "Repertories are generally a repetition of some previous one, or the result of combining two". They are compilations; rubrics have been copied from one another. This is very true in the cases of Repertories; at present we have hundreds of repertories but we can find common rubrics in all of them. So it is not the number that counts but the value. We should just understand the need and utility of each of them so that we could use them at the right time.

Buried in the pile of repertories are treasures that we have forgotten about.


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