The major repertories used in this century:
• Kent’s Repertory
• Bönninghausen’s Therapeutic Pocketbook
• Boger’s Bönninghausen Repertory
• Barthel and Klunker’s Synthetic Repertory
• Künzli’s Kent’s Repertorium Generale
Though they all are excellent repertories but there are some shortcomings and mistakes. Accuracy of repertories is of vital importance since we use them as the primary tools to lead us toward the choice of the simillimum.
Important points to be found in the repertory:
• To be reliable the repertory should refer to the oldest source of an addition rather than a later one.
• To maintain continuity it should show the related page number for each rubric for the other major repertories.
• To help new and experienced practitioners to find exactly what they are looking for, it should have extensive cross references.
• To enable us to zero in on the simillimum it should have all of the additions from every available reliable source.
ORIGIN OF COMPLETE REPERTORY
Dr. Roger Van Zandvoort, while practicing in 1982 started working on additions and corrections to Kent’s repertory for his personal use. He found certain differences between Kent and Synthetic repertory. By comparing information from several sources, looking at grades of additions and looking at the variations in rubrics he decided to take up full time repertory work.
In 1990, Dr. R.V. Zandvoort, Dr. Jost Kunzli and a group of doctors accepted the challenge to make the “Complete repertory” a more mature work by making corrections and additions based on various source books.
Guided by Dr. Kunzli, 40 dedicated doctors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland took up the work of integration and divided the sections each one will work on. After the death of Dr. kunzli in 1992, the supervision work was taken up by Dr. Dario Spinedi, who was an intermediary between every single participant and Dr. R.V. Zandvoort.
The initial version came out as a database file for use with Kent Homoeopathic Associates Mac Repertory. Later in 1996 the book version was published by Institute for Research, Homoeopathic Information and Symptomatology, Leidscheridom, the Netherlands.
The first, third and sixth American editions of Kent’s Repertory are the basic sources.
• Homeopathic journals
• Pierre Schmidt and H. Chand’s Final General Repertory
• Jost Künzli’s Repertorium Generale
• Sivaraman’s Additions and corrections to Kent’s Repertory
• Boger’s Additions to Kent’s Repertory and
• CCRH’s Corrections to Boger’s Bönninghausen Repertory
PHILOSOPHICAL BACKGROUND AND
PLAN OF CONSTRUCTION
As it is based on Kent’s repertory the philosophical background is same General to Particular.
It has 41 chapters based on Kent’s repertory. Chapters in addition are:
Head pain, Smell, Taste, Speech and Voice, Extremity pain and all the chapters under Urinary organs are considered separately.
The book version has 3 volumes:
Vol.1- Mind, Vol.2- Vertigo-Speech and Voice, Vol.3- Respiration-Generalities.
TEXT CHANGES TO KENT’S REPERTROY
The hierarchy and text of each rubric have been examined and the most important word in a rubric has been moved to the beginning of that rubric. E.g. during urination was changed to urination during. The rubrics have been re-ordered alphabetically.
The hierarchy of the rubrics has been restructured to follow the format: General; sides (one-sided, left, right); times; agg. and amel.; concordances; extending to; localizations and sensations (pain).
Older terminology has been replaced clearly by more modern terminology following the American English spelling.
E.g. miscarriage is included in abortion, and siesta is included in afternoon sleep.
The text of the rubrics, when unclear, has been corrected to match its materia medica source text.
The inconsistent use of several words with the same meaning, have been replaced by a single word throughout.
E.g. micturition became urination, qualmishness became nausea.
Confusing remedy abbreviations were extensively verified and corrected. E.g. Cocc-s changed to Cocci-s (to avoid confusion from Cocculus).
The remedies in each rubric have been re-ordered alphabetically according to the alphabetic order of the abbreviations instead of the alphabetic order of the full names of the remedies.
The Dreams have been added.
The location of the rubrics for Speech in the MIND and MOUTH chapters of the repertory has been changed. The meaning of the rubrics have been re-examined and then put them either in the new chapter SPEECH & VOICE, or have been put under other main rubrics, mainly Talk, talking, talks when their aetiology was a more emotional-mental one.
The bodily anxieties and apprehensions have been included in the MIND chapter under Anxiety. Though these rubrics are also preserved in the specific body part chapter.
E.g. STOMACH; Anxiety in has been included in Mind; Anxiety; Stomach, in.
The separate MIND rubrics Talk; Talking and Talks have been combined into one rubric named Talk, talking, talks.
The sub-rubrics mentioning animals and body or body parts under the main rubrics Delusions, Dreams and Fear have been put together under: body, body parts or animals.
E.g. Fear; dogs, of (Kent p 44) became Fear; animals; dogs, of.
Discolorations and Eruptions rubrics – all of the sub-rubrics fit the same hierarchical layout; the general rubric, then sub-rubrics concerning the time modalities, the general modalities and the locations, followed by the specific colors or specific type of eruptions with their specific locations as sub-rubrics.
In all chapters the main Pain rubrics, except for the HEAD PAIN chapter and the EXTREMITY PAIN chapter, have been reorganized hierarchically.
Forehead as a location could be found in both FACE and HEAD chapter. It is now contained in the FACE chapter with cross-references at the old location. In the NOSE chapter – Eruptions only those that stand for Eruptions, inside have been kept, all other ones have been moved to the FACE chapter. In the FACE chapter all locations for “eyebrows, about“, eruptions about the eyes have been added, from the EYE chapter.
All noises in all different chapters have been put together, in the EAR chapter, under the main rubric Noises.
The Aversion and Desire rubrics in the STOMACH have been moved to the GENERALITIES.
In the STOMACH – Indigestion rubric contains all the modalities around Indigestion and the Disordered rubric contains all specific foods that cause Indigestion or Disordered stomach.
In the ABDOMEN all epigastrium locations have been moved to the STOMACH and have been put in the general Stomach rubrics there.
In the STOOL all colors have been put under the main rubric Color, similar to the URINE.
In the MALE and FEMALE GENETALIA the rubrics for Excitement, Sexual passion, Desire diminished have been reorganized into Sexual desire with diminished or increased as sub-rubrics.
In the FEMALE GENETALIA the rubrics Menses, Leucorrhoea & Lochia have been reorganized with all general modalities under rubric General followed by the rubrics describing appearance of menses, leucorrhoea, and lochia.
In the RESPIRATION chapter the sub-rubrics for Difficult and Impeded have been compared and when the same, they have been put under Difficult with cross-references at the original locations of the rubrics.
The FEVER chapter is renamed to FEVER, HEAT. The CHILL chapter to CHILL, CHILLINESS. The main rubric Chilliness in, here is confusing and could possible be combined with similar rubrics in the Generalities chapter.
In the SKIN all the pains have been put under Pain, with the hierarchy told. In the Ulcer sub-rubrics the pains have been reorganized following the same principles as for the pains in other chapters.
In GENERALITIES abuse of several substances and poisoning by several substances have been put under the main rubric Abuse of, poisoning with.
ADDITIONS AND CROSS-REFERENCES
Additions have been made from the oldest author available for that addition. The grade of the additions and the existing information have been taken into account in order not to destroy the valid information in Kent’s Repertory.
Some of the additions come from very different sources than expected. For reliability, the information is not included that can’t be confirmed.
New rubrics were created when there were no existing rubrics that covered their meaning in Kent’s Repertory.
Cross-references have been created to help locate as many close alternatives to a specific rubric as possible.
ALTERATIONS TO REMEDY ABBREVIATIONS
Different abbreviations for one and the same remedy were put together.
E.g. Kaol and Alum-sil Alum-sil.
Aceticums, aceticas end in -acet. Previously -a or -ac or -acet.
E.g. Bar-ac changed to Bar-acet., Calc-ac changed to Calc-acet.
Alkaloids end in –in. E.g. Dub. changed to Dubin.
Arsenicosums, arsenicicums etc. end in -ar. Previously -ar or -a. or -ars.
E.g. Nat-a changed to Nat-ar.
Carbonicums end in -c. One exception is Calcarea carbonica which remains as Calc.
Cyanatums end in -cy. Previously sometimes -c. E.g. Arg-c changed to Arg-cy.
Ferro-cyanatums end in -fcy. Previously -fer. E.g. Kali-fer changed to Kali-fcy.
All Irises now begin with Iris- followed by the abbreviation for the sub species.
Magnetas begin with M- (previously Mag-), to avoid confusion with Magnesiums, which will all remain Mag-. E.g. Mag-p-a changed to M-arct.
Lacticums end in -l. Previously -l or -lac.
Metallicums now have no suffix at all. Arg-m changed to Arg. Exception to the rule Arsenicum metallicum which remains as Ars-met. to avoid confusion with the muriaticums (-m) and differentiates it from Ars, which stands for Arsenicum album.
Muriaticums end in -m. Previously -m or mur. E.g. Arg-mur changed to Arg-m.
Nitricums, nitrates, etc, end in -n. Previously sometimes -nit.
Oxydatums end in -o. Previously -ox or -o. E.g. Ant-ox changed to Ant-o.
Oxalicums end in -ox. Previously -ox or -o. E.g. Kali-o changed to Kali-ox.
Sulphuricums, sulphates, sulfites, etc, end in -s. Previously sometimes -sul or -s. E.g. Merc-sul changed to Merc-s.
DIFFERENCE OF GRADATION FROM SOURCE BOOKS
All new rubrics that were sourced from these repertories have been included with the degrees of the remedies as in these repertories, except for the bold upper case remedies that stand for the fourth degree in these repertories. This degree was downgraded to the third degree when adding the information to the Complete Repertory.
Some degrees were changed, overruling the original degree for the specified remedy in Kent’s Repertory, after referring to Kent’s Lectures, Lesser Writings and Minor Writings.
P. Schmidt’s additions along with approved characteristics of Herring’s guiding symptoms are taken as 4th degree remedies. These additions stand for confirmed proving symptoms repeatedly verified in practice.
Some degrees were changed using J. Künzli’s Repertorium Generale. The text in the Complete Repertory should be identical to the text in the Repertorium Generale. This book became the reference Kentian style repertory in the last few years and has been thoroughly checked by the Künzli-group under supervision of D. Spinedi.
KEY TO COMPLETE REPERTROY
References and Cross-references
References are connected to rubrics that have no remedies and point to the rubrics to look at that contains remedies. References start with a → sign, followed by a • sign for every next reference.
Cross-references are connected to rubrics that contain remedies and follow the remedies of that rubric pointing you to rubrics with related meanings. Cross-references always start with a • sign.
If the reference points to rubrics that can be found in the same main rubric or sub-rubric, then these first references are displayed in lower case italics. Example: micturition → urination, where urination can be found at the same level.
If the reference points to a main rubric, then the first character of the reference is displayed in upper case italic with the other characters in lower case. Example: talking, from → Talk, talking, talks.
If the reference indicates a rubric in another section of the Repertory, then the section title is displayed in upper case italics.
E.g. • GENERALITIES; Weather; cloudy; agg.
Semicolons (;) indicates the hierarchical levels within the rubric. E.g. • Exertion; mental; agg.
Dashes (-) used in references indicate several sub-rubrics within a main rubric.
E.g. • Fear; bad news, hearing – horrible things – sad stories, which stands for Fear; bad news hearing or Fear; horrible things or Fear; sad stories.
References to several other sections are displayed in the order in which they appear in the Repertory, following the Head-to-toe schema.
Author Identification Numbers
The author identification numbers (IDs) have been arranged chronologically, from the dates when the authors first published their work. Author numbers are displayed as superscript numbers after the remedy abbreviation.
ID # Author
1 Hahnemann, Samuel
2 Stapf, Johann Ernst
3 Caspari, Edward
4 Noack, Alphons
5 Bönninghausen, Clemens von
6 Roth, J.
Degrees of remedies
Plain type – 1st degree remedies
Bold italics – 2nd degree remedies
BOLD UPPER CASE – 3rd degree remedies
BOLD UPPER CAES UNDERLINED – 4th degree remedies
Repertory Page References
Page references for Kent’s Repertory [K], the Synthetic Repertory [SI or SII or SIII] and the Repertorium Generale [G]. The page references are displayed within square brackets and are located directly after the rubric text.
E.g. Mental [K95, SI 23, G76]
Differences in Complete repertory 4.5 and Complete Repertroy published in 2005
In latest 2005 edition, it contains more than 1.5 million remedy additions in over 158,000 rubrics.
Since the release of the Complete Repertory 4.5, an additional 33,000 rubrics and 600,000 remedy additions have been made.
Rubrics CR 2005 CR 4.5
Face; Cancer; lips 46 35
Clinical; Asphyxia 99 42
Heart; Heart &
mitral 13 0
RU V CR 2005 Library
1192 Agrawal, M.L. Materia medica of the Human Mind 1989
234 Aleem, M. The Rhythm of Volcano, Hecla lava Homeopathic Links 7, Spring 1994
Alexandre, J. Carsinosinum 0/200 Experience clinique et ajoutes au repertoire de Kent Homoepathia europea proceedings 1986
36 Allen Timothy Field Index of the Encyclopedia
56 Allen, Henry C. Therapeutics of intermittent Fever 1884
56 Allen, Henry C. Salicylic Acid Proceedings of the International Hahnemannian Association 1895
56 Allen, Henry C. Malaria officinalis Medical Advance 39, no.4 180 1901
56 Allen, Henry C. Silica Medical Advance 39, no.1 8 1901
• Essentials of repertorisation – S.K. Tiwari
• The principles and practice of repertorisation –