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What is your approach to study The Kent Repertory as a whole? What is simplest method of study?


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Dear Sir

Kent's repertory is a reference book. It is similar to a dictionary.It is worth to be familiar with its structure.

Its purpose is not for study.

Boenninghausen's Pocketbook is a dual purpose repertory: for refference and for study.

so-- if you want to study remedies get a copy of that and a Materia medica Pura and follow the instructions given in the HOMEOPATHY - STUDY - GUIDE.

Thanks much sir providing your valuable observations.



Study of Materia Medica produces bountiful results. I do not believe a homeopath can ever stop studying MM. I view the repertory more as an index to the Materia Medica, so I do not study it in the same way. I do learn from using it. Seeing various remedies listed side-by-side in the same rubric, with the added emphasis of bold face and italics for some, helps me learn relationships between remedies and may give me an insight into a remedy that I did not get from Materia Medica. But this is fortuitous, not something I set out to do.
Plan and Construction of KENT'S Repertory.
The plan of the repertory is uniform through out and it is following Generals to particular, and it is arranged so that one can expand its literature as the years and experience accumulates.
Chapters consists of location or Function are arranged on the basis of Hahnemann order that is to start with Mind, followed by Vertigo, head etc and to the last Generalities. All together there are 37 chapters.
Each chapter consists of related Rubrics which represents the symptoms, not the locations or organs generally, When pathological rubrics are given, it contain only leading drugs for the condition refereed. They are arranged from generals to particulars, in the alphabetical order.

Rubrics are of two types
1. Main or general Rubrics
2. Sub Rubrics.
Main rubrics consist of all the respective drugs (that are the drugs, which covers that particular symptom in general), irrespective of the modifying factors. And they are arranged in the alphabetical order. Cross referanse are also given along appropriate rubrics so that one can look into the related rubrics.
Sub Rubrics are related to the modifying factors of the respective Main rubric and arranged in a particular manner introduced by Dr.Jahr. As
1. Side. ( right then left)
2. Time.
1. Circumstances. Arranged in the order ailments from, alternating with and factors aggravating and amelurating.
2. Extension.(given under the point from which a certain symptoms extends, never under the the point to which extents.)
3. Sub locations.
The above said is again repeated.
Cross-reference is given whenever it was thought to be needed, and one can add further.
Drugs are represented by abbrevesions, as introduced by Dr. Hahnemaan. In total there are 648 drugs.
The drugs are of three Gradings.
Well proved, clinically verified drugs – Represented in Bold, those symptoms produced by majority of provers and frequently verified.
1. Occasionally proved drugs – Represented in italics produced by few provers and occasionally verifed
2. Only in small group of provers – Represented in roman
The grading of the drugs will help in easy and fast repertorisation with out compromising results.

How to Work out A Case with Kent’s Repertory
In his preface to the repertory Dr.Kent emphasis that after taking the case following the guide lines laid down by Dr. Hahnemann in his Organon of Medicine aphorisms 83 to 140, one should write all the mental symptoms and all the conditions predicted of the patient himself and search the repertory for the symptoms corresponding to those. Then search for such physical symptoms as are predicted of the blood, color of discharge, and bodily aggravations, and amelioration that include the whole being, then desires like open air etc, then individualize still further using the symptoms predicted for the organs, functions and sensations, always give an prime importance to the time of occurrence, Then examine the symptom pricture collectively and individually. And lastly go to the materia medica for further clarification of the remedies. So essentially it consists of the following steps.
1. Case taking
2. Evaluation or grading of symptoms
We should treat the patient as a whole. The symptoms are breaked into
a) Mental Generals. Among them the higher arche followed is
1. Love hates
2. Intellect
3. Memory.
b) Physical generals, here the importance is given in the following order
1. Related to blood, color of discharge, Aversions and Cravings
2. Menstrual functions (general aggravations related to menses, the character of menses)
3. Environmental factors
c) Particular symptoms, here the higher arche followed is
1. Peculiar or unusual symptoms
2. Discharges
3. Modalities
d) Common symptoms—they become important when they are absent or when intensified_
3. Conversion of symptoms to rubrics.
4. Erecting the reportorial totality.
5. Repertorisation proper. One can adopt repertorisation in two ways
1. Addition method
3. Elimination method
6. Analysis and prescription.
Very informative and correct way explained over here by Dr. Sarswat. Regards...
It is not possible to study all the rubrics in any repertory and remember them. But we can refer then and their. But we can remember keynotes as much as possible(Like Allen's keynotes)
Ok Sir, I agree. Everybody should familiar to all the aspects of repertory.

Dear Members

Practical hint: When the patient comes back and the symptoms have improved, due to the positive action of the remedy, take you repertory and mark this remedy in the rubrics used for this case with a red dot.

Over the years you will have a much improved repertory.

I think it won't work all times. If we select a remedy for a patients's disease's name it will not be a homeopathic medicine. It is not at all homeopathic priscription
Yes, I understand sir. I want to say the same "But it need not be similimum on that single rubric alone." Thank your sir.


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