Historical and critical study of evolution of Repertory in homoeopathic practice

Dr Hemantha Mrudhula. D

Study of history is essential because it provides inspiration for the present and aspiration for the future. History reminds us of our past regarding the activities of the workers involved in the particular field. There by the posterity are inspired to go a long way to achieve the goal. Repertories have helped conscientious homoeopaths in their struggle for selection of the right remedy.The utility of the repertory has even led to its computerization. Therefore it is interesting and instructive to know the origin, progress and the present status of repertory. As we all are aware of the fact that history/evolution aims to reconstruct a record of human activities, to achieve a more profound understanding of them. Evolution springs from an outlook that is very new in human experiences; their assumption, that the study of evolution is natural; inevitable human activity. History/evolution outlines regarding the existing knowledge and search for new relevant data and creation of hypothesis.

History and evolution is a review of accomplishments and errors ,which was built on the best of the past. Studying them helps to make best use of the available literature to understand the present and future trends.


To meet the challenge of the exploding Materia Medica, the Homoeopathic Repertory was born .Imagine somebody trying to select a remedy from the ten volumes of Allen’s Encyclopaedia. This is well nigh an impossible task. Master Hahnemann himself consciously felt the need for an indexing of this growing pool of information.Hahnemann realized the limitation of human mind to remember all the symptoms and felt the need for an aid to retrieve the facts. He was also posed questions regarding finding out similimum from many similars.

In the Preamble to Materia Medica Pura, he wrote “For the convenience of treatment we require, merely to jot down after each symptom all the medicines which can produce such a symptom with tolerable accuracy, expressing them by a few letters (For ex. Ferr., Rheum, Chin.. Puls.) And also to bear in mind the circumstances underwhich they occur, that have a determining influence on our choice and proceed in the same way with all the other symptoms, noting by what medicine each is excited. From the list so prepared we shall be able to perceive which among the medicines, homoeopathically covers most of the symptoms present, especially the most peculiar andcharacteristic ones- and this is the remedy sought for.’ Here he has shown how Repertorization can be done. This laid the foundation of the present day Repertories.


  1. Early repertories (Pre.Kentian Era) : 1805-1896
  2. Middle age ( Kentian era) : 1897-1972
  3. Recent repertories (Post Kentian Era) : 1973-till date


Two main schools of repertorial thought eventually developed — the ‘Literal’ and the ‘Analogical.’

Literal :
Hering and Jahr were two of those biased towards the literal. They believed in recording each symptom in its entirety, as closely as possible to its description in the provings or clinical cases. This method resulted in a large amount of very specific rubrics containing a relatively small as possible to its description in the provings or clinical cases. This method resulted in a large amount of very specific rubrics containing a relatively small number of remedies. An index of this kind is very precise, and remedies can be narrowed down quickly, but it suffers from being inflexible if the symptoms of the case do not exactly match those of the index. This literality of inclusion also led to very, very bulky books.

George Heinrich Gottlieb Jahr produced his ‘Jahr’s Manual’ in 1834. This combination materiamedica and a repertory, separately titled, ‘Systematic Alphabetical Repertory’, was based on Hahnemann’s work. The following year, on the other side of the Atlantic, Constantine Hering edited and translated Jahr’s Manual’. His Repertory to the Manual was the first repertory published in english language. It may have been the first, but by 1841, A. Gerald Hull had revisited Jahr’s original – retranslated, revised and edited it, and published the result as the ‘New Manual of Homoeopathic Practice’. ‘Hull’s Jahr’, as it everywhere came to be known, was the most commonly used repertory of the period. Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Christian Science Movement, was alleged to carry only two books – The Bible and ‘Hull’s Jahr’.

Analogical :
The journey towards the analogical model began with Clemens Maria Franz von Boenninghausen in the mid 1830’s. After creating his first two repertories- The Repetory of Antipsoric Medicine’, ( Published in 1832, it had been the first repertory to appear in print) and the later ‘Repertory of Medicines that are not Antipsoric’, he started work on the project of constructing a new concise general repertory, using the same basic format as the first two. He found, however, that like Hahnemann’s Symptom Lexicon, it was becoming much too big and clumsy, and so decided on a new approach . Boenninghausen believed that remedies had certain aspects symptoms, their characterising dimensions, that were not limited to single symptom ,but ran right throught the picture. Hahnemann, Hering, Jahr and others had recognised and included these characterising dimensions in their works, but it was Boenninghausen who divided up the symptoms into their parts, and in 1846 published his ‘Therapeutic Pocketbook (For Homoeopathic Physicians, to be Used at the Bedside of the Patient and in Studying the Materia Medica Pura)’. This is the book that gave rise to the so called ‘Boenninghausen Method’.

Underpinning this analogical school of thought is the concept that complete symptoms can be built by analogy from the combination of the parts, reflecting the totality in a flexible way, and resulting in a repertory with far fewer, more generalised but more flexible, partial rubrics

Alongside his move to complete generalisation, Boenninghausen also drastically reduced the number of mental symptoms in his repertory because he felt that they could easily be misinterpreted by beginners.


1805 : Fragmenta de viribus medica mentorum positivis ”.

  • The first part contained symptoms observed and the second part formed the index of Repertory ,Later he had hand written the alphabetical symptomlexicon derived from his own Material Medica Pura and Chronic Diseases ,produced in 1817 .
  • With in 2 years of entrance in to the world of homoeopathy ,as early as 1830 he has already prepared an index for his own practice.which was appreciated by others and constantly asked to print

1832 : Boenninghausen’s repertory of the Anti-psories with a preface by Hahnemann.

  • Which is the progenitor of later repertories, this is not only used by hahneman but also formed basis of many repertories like jahr,allens town ,lippe

1833 : Glazer — First alphabetical pocket repertory.

            Weber-Pescheir Repertory of purely pathogenetic effects prefaced by Hahnemann.

1835 : Dr.Jahr’s symptom repertory, 3 volumes in German language. Later he published a repertory on the glands, bones, mucous membranes, ducts & skin disorders

  • At tht time jahr has been condemned for indicating remdies for diagnostic names in the repertory .hence he is considred as father of clinical repertories
  • Not satisfied with his own work, and went on from one form to another in an attempt to condense space and lessen the ardent task of finding the indicating remedy  

             Boenninghausen — Repertory of medicines,which are not Anti-psoric

  • Many authors of Materia Medica, from Hering onwards, have appended some sort of relationship of remedies at the end of the chapter on a particular drug, but it was Boenninghausen who was the first one to bring out our attention to these relationships or concordances. He introduced the word ‘relationship in the circumstances, when a remedy possesses the property of extinguishing the symptoms produced by another remedy by the similarity of its own action to that of the other. Hence, there is some ‘affinity between these two remedies and he denoted it as the ‘relationship

1836 : Boenninghausen – An attempt at showing the relative kinship of homoeopathic medicines

  • This was later used to form concordances and relationship of remedies of his therapeutic pocket book

1838 : A repertory published in Allentown academy by C. Hering.

  • he studied construction of repertories ,made lots of trials and errors

1846 :  Boeninghusen C.V – “Boenninghausen’s therapeutic pocketbook “

1851 :  A Pocket Manual Of Repertory Of Homoeopathic Medicine By J.Bryant

The design of the repertory is done in three fold.

  • First- to furnishes the physicians and especially for beginners in Homoeopathic practice, with a convenient vade-mecum or work of ready reference at the bedside of the patient.
  • Secondly – to provide travellers, who are liable attacks of illness where it is impossible toprocure the service of a Homoeopathic physician with a valuable medical companion.
  • Lastly- to supply families residing at a distance from any homoeopathic physician, with a work which may be used by them as a family physician in cases of emergency and for manyof minor ills.

1854 :  Lippe,A. — A Repertory Of Comparative Materia Medica.

1869 – Bells James,B.-The Homoopathic Therapeutics Of Diarrhea, Dysentery, Cholera Morbus, 

            Cholera Infantum And All Other Loose Evacuation Of Bowel

  • It was originally prepared for the personal use of the author as a time saving notes. Basic intention behind the book was not to include all remedies producing diarrhea, but only those remedies of which symptoms regarding;

1873 – Beridge/E.W.-Complete Repertory Of The Homoeopathic Materia Medica Diseases Of The Eye

  • Berridge was of the opinion that a perfect repertory should contain a reference to every symptom of a materiamedica under every rubric where it can be possibly be looked for. so he wanted to prepare a repertory which would have been complete in nature. bearing this in mind, first of all he started the work on diseases of eyes

Guernsey ,W.J – “Desires And Aversions”  

1879 –  C. Lippe — Repertory Of The More Characteristic Symptoms Of The Materiamedica.

  • Index to the more characteristic symptoms of the materia medica.
  • H C Allen.” The Therapeutics Of Intermittent Fever “
  • NEED long felt in my own practice was supplied by Bell’s Admirable monograph on “Diarrhoe and Dysentery,” and a desire for some better guide in the treatment of intermittent fever has been the inspiration which has induced me to undertake the Inbox of the present compilation..

1880 – T.F.Allen – “Symptom Register”.

 1881- Hering,C. — Analytical Repertory Of  Symptoms Of Mind.

  • Being a critic of reduction of mental symprtoms in therapeutic pocket book ,subsequently published his own repertory on mind

1882 – Repertory To The Symptoms Of  Intermittent Fever -W.A. Allen

  • As an aid for himself in the study of intermittent fevers

1883 –  Henry Minton.-“ Uterine therapeutics “

  • He collected and arranged in systemtic form for ready reference of all those symptom of materia medica that have any direct or specific bearing upon the subject of uterine disorders

1884 – Lee And Clarke,-“ Repertory Of Cough And Expectoration “  

  • No excuse is therefore necessary for the appearance of a volume whose sole aim is to assist the busy physician in treating a complaint so frequently met with, and of in such intractable forms. The numerous cough symptoms, before scattered through many volumes, are now for the first time brought together and properly arranged, so that the physician may readily find symptoms which before would have taken hours to discover. The object, then, of this repertory is to include under one head, and so to render more available, all the valuable and reliable symptoms connected with cough and expectoration found hitherto scattered through many volumes..

1885  : Fr.Muller–Manual of homoeopathy

1888  – William Jefferson Guernsey, “Guernsey’s Boenninghausen Slips”.

  • It was available to the profession in 1892. Later it was improved by Dr H.C. Allen

1890 : Gentry W.D. – “The Concordance Repertory Of More Characteristic Symptoms Of Materia Medica”

  • he was looking for a particular symptom; “constant dull frontal headache, worse in the temples with, aching in the umbilicus”which caused the compilation of this voluminous repertory. After a weary search and final success in finding the remedy, the author exclaimed that,
  • “If we had a repertoty arranged on the plan of Cruden’s Concordance of the Bible, it would have to be necessary only to refer the letter ‘U’ and under the ‘umblicus’, find at once the desired symptom”. These massive volumes were the end product of that desire.

1891 : Hughes, R – “A Repertory To The Cyclopedia Of Drug Pathogenesy.”

  • It was an endeavour to present the mteria medica of homoeopathy in the most genuine and intelligible form it as an modified form of material medica where the symptoms were written in an exact form as were observed in provers

1892 –  Opthalmic Diseases And Therapeutics By A.B Norton

  • The scope of the work as originally planned has been followed out closely, and was to give as concisely as possible all the essential features necessary to a thorough knowledge of the diseases of the eye, commencing with sufficient anatomy of the various structures to aid in an understanding of their diseases..

1894 –  Repertory Of Rheumatism And Sciatica By Pulford

             Repertory of respiratory  by Vandenberg

1896 – Knerr .C.B.” Repertory Of  Hering’s Guiding Symptoms Of Our Material Medica “


For about 50 years, Boenninghausen’s Repertory had a complete mastery of the realm in the field of Repertory. During about 25 years or so, between 1880 -1905 there were born quite a number of small Repertories, regional and clinical started appearing and there was some sort of unrest in the minds of the people that everything was not all right, so far as Repertories were concerned. The emergence of so many clinical and regional Repertories mean that there was something lacking in our Repertory making. This was the period preparatory to emergence of Kent Repertory

  • Not so many years after I was first a homeopath, there fall into my hands the first Boenninghausen’s Repertory, Lippe’s “Repertory, Biegler’s Diary, Minton’s Diseases of Women, and Jahr’s Repertory, which in form was very good. And Lippe’s Repertory, in characteristics and form was very good, I carried lippe Repertory with me for a number of years, until it was not only interleaved but doubly and trebly interleaved, the pages so closely written upon that it was impossible to find what I had written into it: so that ended in confusion. But this was the one upon which my earlier reliance rested.

Then came the time, when I began to teach MateriaMedica, in1883. when I could readily see that we ought to have more.

  • The Symptom-Register (Allen’s great Encyclopædia), was so limited that it lacked half of the symptoms
  • Jahr’s Repertory was placed next in importance because it was a repertory of the grand old remedies, It was very good for these, but our pathogenesis had increased so much that it was no longer a satisfactory work; it did not fill the requirements of my practice. So I began taking up these works and effecting a compilation

had a largemanuscript of most of the repertory with Lee,of Philadelphia, as Lippe’s abridged form of a new repertory was in his hands

I had completed a Repertory of the Urinary Organs, of Chill, Fever and Sweat, with other sections partly complete

Lee compiled mind and head section but were very incongruous

that the plan started upon by Lee was not what I had expected it to be

Lee became nearly blind, of both eyes, and said that his health was nearly ruined, that he could not go on with the work, and would have to give it up

I then revised it thoroughly and formed it according to my own plan, which you now have in my repertory

1897 –   Kent.J.T; “Repertory On Homoeopathic Materia Medica”.

1899 –   Douglas skin repertory

  • What not to do is an important thing to know in skin diseases. The physician must have a thorough knowledge of the general course and behaviour of skin diseases. Hahnemann’s rule is to treat the totality of symptoms complained by the patient and it is the only rule to cure the patient. The author has been prompted to prepare this work by a conviction of the existence of the urgent demand for work on Dermatology in our school which must include the advances made and set forth the distinctive character of our therapeutics in a rational and practical manner in the fewest possible words and avoided all controversial discussions which are of more importance to the specialist than to the general practioner.

1901-  Talcots Diseases Of Mind

  • he had engaged in the practical work of ministering to the needs of insane. This work has resulted in a gradual development of that form of treatment which has been designated as “The Hospital Idea”. . Individualization, hospitalization and Homoeopathic treatment were pursued in the institutions under his charge during the past quarter of century.
  • This work embodied, in a series of lectures, along experience in working for the good of the insane .He also says “This work is not an exhaustive treatise upon insanity. It consists simply of a few “blaze marks” guiding the way through the wilderness of mental disorder and into the sunny fields of health.

1904 – Clarke,J.H – “A Clinical Repertory To The Dictionary Of Materia Medica”.

  • Though the concept of such practice was conceived by jahr and burnett , they couldn’t compile a separate repertory for that purpose and hence thee credit for authorising the useful clinical repertory goes to him.


All repertories are serious compilations, but no Repertory is complete. There is always scope for not only making as many Repertories as possible, but also to make the existing Repertories as complete and as perfect as possible. It is very unfortunate that the task of revisions and additions has been neglected

Dr. Boger was a German scholar with rich clinical experiences.

understood the difficulties faced by the practitioners of his days.

It was that time where both Boenninghausen and Kentian schools were popular.

went through both the literature but appreciated

and accepted the Boenninghausen’s way of working out the case

able to read/study, the original work of Boenninghausen in German.

took the greatest responsibility of translating it in 1900.

During the process of translation work, he got thoroughly acquainted with Boenninghausen’s basic principles, plan and construction, comprehensibility and practicability.

was well aware of the criticisms against the principles and methodology of  Therapeutic Pocket Book’.

& Its Practical usefulness ” impressed Boger.

undertook the work of rewriting the Repertory.

adopted the plan and construction, principles of the book and enlarged the literature considerable into   what we now call ..

1905 – Boger,C.M – “Boenninghausen’s Characteristics and Repertory”.

  • This was an attempt to bridge Boenninghausens and Kents views. It contains a Materia Medica before Repertory proper

1912 – Dr Margaret Tyler’s,” Punched Card Repertory”

  • is based on Kent’s work, but Dr Kent did not encourage her to do so.

1915 –  Boger, C,M – Repertory with Synoptic Key

  • THE SYNOPSIS, is intended to make clear the general expression or genius of each remedy, and there by help the prescriber correct his bearings. The scope of its contents is much enlarged by bracketing the most nearly affiliated remedies after some of the more important symptoms ; this also helps in making differentiation
  • The analytic and synoptic methods are included

1924 –   Boger,C.M – Card Index Repertory

1927 –   Boericke, Oscar.E – Clinical Repertory

  • Most widely used bedside clinical repertory which has been attached to homoeopathic material medica by William boericke and was completely remodelled.

1931–   Boger – Times of Remedies and Moon Phases

  • has emphasised the importance of “time-factor” and the “Moon Phases” in the action of a drug. It is rather a new method of application of remedies developed from an extensive research work, carried on by this indefatigable worker in the cause of advancement of the homeopathic science

1937 –  Roberts,H.A – “Sensations As If – A Repertory Of Subjective Symptoms”

  • It has stimulated the author to take over the task of enlarging the valuable little work on senations as if which as compiled some years ago by, Dr.A.W.Holocomb

1939 –  Roberts – Rheumatic Medicine

1948 – Dr Marcos Jimenez ,” a simplified repertory”,

  • which was originally prepared by his father Dr Enrique Jimenez Nunez in 1910, based on Boenninghausen’s work. He was first to introduce the evaluation of drugs on the cards.

1959 –  Jugal Kishore – Kishore Card Repertory

1963 –  Phatak – a concise Repertory of homoeopthic medicines

  • Remedies for a particular rubric are reduced to minimum possible by a careful selection. No drug is given unless the author has used it in his own practice or unless there is strong justification provided for it, by authorities like Dr. Boger, Dr. Kent, Dr. Clark’s Dictionary etc.

MODERN REPERTORIES: (1973 – till date)

1973 – Barthel, H and Will Klunker– The Synthetic Repertory.

  • Until now almost 110 repertories have been published., Dr.Barthel and Klunker considered The “Repertory of the Homeopathic MateriaMedica” by J.T.Kent is most appropriate, most complete, and most reliable of all.
  • Just attempted to supplement continue  kent’s repertory In the course of revision, they realized that the additional information was so vast that it could not be properly integrated with kent’s.
  • Supplements to general and particular symptoms result in a multitude of material which requires a decision as to whether we should limit the number of authors and headings, or whether e should list only the general symptoms.
  • Since the general symptoms will affect the choice of drugs for chronic patients, this Synthetic Repertory is limited to general symptoms. For particulars Kent “Repertory is still the best reference book.
  • Hence author compiled and published a separate repertory called SYNTHETIC REPERTORY, although this new work is basically an extension of kent’s repertory.
  • According to the hierarchy of general symptoms the Synthetic Repertory is  separated  into the

following three volumes: Vol. I contains the mental symptoms,

Vol. II contains the general symptoms in a more selective way.

Vol. III contains the chapters of sleep symptoms and dreams, as well as the

male and female sexual symptoms.

1990-Kunzli Jost –Kent’s RepertoriumGenerale

Year Of  Publishing-1987 (in  german  language  by  barthel).It  was translated  in  english&  was  avaliable   in 1990. It is  based  on  kent’s repertory. This  work  was compiled  & edited  by  Michael Barthel.

  • The Repertory  Is  Enriched  With  Compilation  Of  Information  From  72  Sources.
  • Kunzil has also added many of Hahnemann’s observation from his Chronic Diseases as well as MateriaMedicaPura even though they were not been clinically verified. Kunzil included all symptoms from Kent’s lectures which are not found in the 3rd edition, he included a numbered annotation above every remedy taken from Kent’s lectures.
  • This allows the user to realize that although a remedy has been included in the new repertory, it was Kunzil, not Kent who included it. The original repertory contains ‘red point’. These are known as red points of Kunzil. These indicate Kunzil’s own therapeutic experience. At some places a black point is found behind the drugs. It means the therapeutic efficacy

1993  : Murphy Robin -Homeopathic Medical Repertory, Indian Edition 1994)

In modern terms the Homeopathic Medical Repertory represents the experimental and therapeutic database for the practice of homeopathic medicine. The general information contained in the homeopathic repertories and material medicas are derived from the following sources: history, provings. clinical practice, research, physiology and toxicology.

To achieve these goals a complete new repertory had to be constructed with a new schema, terminology, chapters, clinical rubies, additions and upgrades. Also there was a great need to fill in the clinical deficiencies concise and to correct the major flaws found in the older repertories

For the new repertory, 70 chapters were created and rearranged in an alphabetical order from the original 36 chapters found in Kent’s Repertory.


  • The second edition of the Homeopathic Medical Repertory was written to be a major upgrade of the first edition. The Homeopathic Remedies list was moved to the front of the book for easier access to the names and abbreviations of the all the homeopathic and herbal remedies. The Homeopathic References list was moved to the back of the book.
  • The vast majority of the new additions came from Hering’s Guiding Symptoms and Allen’s Symptoms Index of the Encyclopedia of Pure MateiaMedica. Jeremy Sherr’sprovings and clinical observations on the homeopathic uses of Chocolate(Choco.), Hydrogen, (Hydrogen.) and Scorpion, (S Corp.) are included in this edition.
  • The Homeopathic Medical Repertory now has 70 chapters. Three new chapters were created from the the orginal 67 chapters found in the first edition. These are: Diseases, Constitutions and Headaches..

1993 – Frederik Schroyens- Synthesis

The need of a continuous developing repertory was felt by many academicians and clinicians. Consequently, from time to time several repertories were compiled. In early eighties of the nineteenth century, a teamwork started towards achieving total information. It was Dr Frederik Schroyens and his team who could collect a lot of information through the co-operation of practicing homoeopaths throughout the world. The information was used in the making of R.A.D.A.R. computer programme. On the request of many homoeopaths, Synthesis was made available in print. It is a printed version of R.A.D.A.R


  • Version 1– In 1987; Synthesis was used as database for RADAR project.
  • Version 2– In April, 1988. (10.5 MB was released).
  • Version 3– In September, 1990. (11.5 MB was released). This version contains 136000 additions from 130 authors compared to Kent’s original repertory.
  • Version 4– In December, 1992. It contains 178000 additions from 200 authors.
  • Synthesis 5x– German edition was published in August, 1993. English edition was published in February, 1994. Indian edition in March, 1996. Dutch edition in April, 1994, with only ‘Mind’ chapter. This version was first time printed as book form.
  • Synthesis 6– German edition in August, 1995.
  • Synthesis 7.1– English edition in July, 1997. It contains 235000 additions from 330 different sources.
  • Synthesis 8.0– In February, 2002. It has 3031 author references and 4200 medicine references.
  • Synthesis 9.0– In November, 2003.
  • Synthesis 9.1– In June, 2004.
  • Synthesis treasure edition: The synthesis treasure edition was released as software in English and German on February, 2007. The French version was released in March, 2006. This edition is called treasure edition as the Synthesis repertory now includes Kent’sLost Treasure” — 11,398 additions and corrections that were noted by Kent in his personal copies of his Repertory, plus 333 handwritten additions taken from his copy of Hering’s Guiding Symptoms.


  • 1972, as a student of homeopathy, I had already realized that Kent’s Repertory third American and later editions, had many printing mistakes, and it surprised me that these errors had not been rectified by Kent. On closer examination I realized that the publication of the Third Edition appeared in 1924, after June 5, 1916 (the date of Dr. Kent’s death) and it occurred to me that Dr. Kent had never had the chance to correct these errors. tried to locate the second edition of the Repertory. had spoken to Mr. Roger Ehrhart (the last of the Ehrhart family that owned the famous Homeopathic Pharmacy of Ehrhart and Karl-original publishers of Kent’s Repertory Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth American editions) in 1972 when he was still .It was not clear if the library of Ehrhart and Karl had this second edition (of Kent’s own repertory or an uncovered one).
  • A paper in the January-February 1963 AIH Journal by Dr. K.C. Mittal was the first clue to the existence of Kent’s own personal repertory and this repertory was in the possession of Dr. Schmidt of Geneva, Switzerland.
  • In June, 1972 spoke to Dr. Pierre Schmidt about the errors I had observed in Kent’s Repertory, the paper of Dr. Mittal, and asked for him to shed light on the matter. He informed me that Dr. Mittal had come to Geneva and diligently worked with Kent’s own personal copy of the second edition of the repertory (abbreviated as “Treasure” from here on) and had copied carefully every correction from the Treasure into his own copy of the 6th American Edition 1957.
  • In addition, Dr. Mittal had also copied every correction from the two chapters “Mind and Generalities” into a copy of an Indian edition belonging to Dr. Pierre Schmidt which he showed me.. A facsimile of one such page (Chapter of Mind) is printed in the so-called Kent’s Final General Repertory. It is to be noted that the handwriting on this facsimile is completely different from Kent’s signature also appearing in this book in the preface. The handwriting is probably Dr. Mittal’s.
  • Pierre Schmidt informed me that, after carefully doing this work Dr Mittal had run away from Switzerland taking the Treasure with him as well as, of course, his own copy (6th American Edition of Kent Repertory) in which he had made the corrections from the Treasure and that if this copy could be traced it would be as good as the Treasure D. Mittal’s copy will be referred to as MKR in what follows. .
  • In 1978 Mme. Schmidt wrote a letter to Dr. Mittal and gave it to me to present to him personally when I went for a 3 week vacation to India. Schmidt told me that it was Dr. Eugene Alonzo Austin, beloved student of Kent who had passed on the Treasure to Dr. Pierre Schmidt in 1939, when the latter physician, had traveled to the US to learn homeopathy with two of Kent’s best students: Dr. Frederica Gladwin and Dr. Eugene Alonzo Austin.
  • Frederica Gladwin originally had acquired one of the three originally hand corrected (by Kent himself) 2nd Editions of Kent Repertories and had passed her copy to Dr. Austin or Dr. Schmidt It is not clear if Dr. Gladwin passed her copy directly to Dr. Schmidt or to Dr. Austin who subsequently passed it on to Dr. Schmidt together with a ring belonging to Dr. Kent, which Dr. Schmidt wore for the rest of his life.
  • The problem in finding Dr. Mittal was hard as he rarely stayed in one place, but after zig-zagging from Delhi to Lucknow to Delhi to Amritsar. Finally located him and presented him with the letter from Mme Schmidt. This opened the doors of my search.
  • Mittal informed me that he had been pursued by Dr. Schmidt and Dr. Chand who had called for the services of Interpol to retrieve the Treasure. He said that he had been constantly harassed and threatened and was fleeing from these people. The Treasure, however, was never found and, in fact, Dr. Mittal had cut up the Treasure into bits and pieces, some of which he currently carried on his person and some of which were hidden in a village,
  • During this visit to India I also met with Dr. D. H. Chand at his home in delhi, saw the Indian edition belonging to Dr. Pierre Schmidt mentioned in the introduction, and also several hundred bits of the treasure and some pages of the Treasure.
  • In 1980 I had occasion to return to India for vacation and again, after considerable effort, I was able to locate Mittal. Together we traveled a small village, Rampur, where he had told me he had hidden his any of the repertory together with the remains of the Treasure I endured the discomforts of a slow long train journey..
  • produce his books and after a lot of argument a large bundle wrapped in a large dirty cloth was produced and the contents dumped out on the ground. Among them was Dr. Mittal’s copy of the repertory (MKR), another Indian edition of the repertory, a copy of the First Edition of Kent’s Repertory published in 1899 and two volumes of Lectures on Materia Medica given by Kent in 1895 at the Hering Medical College and typed by his students. These Dr. Mittal made me take with me to the U.SA. In addition he entrusted me with thousands of pieces of the Treasure that had been cut up
  • With this I departed for Delhi and from thence my flight to the U.S.A. At the stopover in Frankfurt I phoned Schmidt and, with joy, told her of the recovered treasures:
  1. The MKR
  2. The Several Thousand Pieces
  3. A Copy Of The First American Edition Of Kent’s Repertory
  4. A Set Of 2 Volume Lecture Notes On Materia Medica Belonging To Mary Florence Taft
  5. A Typed Paper Written By Dr. K.C. Mittal Entitled The Importance Of Kent’s Repertory In The

Clinic And Practice Delivered At The International Congress For Homeopathic Medicine, (LICA

Dusseldorf, Germany, Sept., 1962.

Examination :

  • For two years I reviewed the material entrusted to me by Dr. Mittal There were several thousand pieces of the Treasure (in Kent’s own handwriting) that were cut up.
  • I spent several hundred hours identifying several hundreds of these to see where they fit in the Third and later American Editions and then compared these with the MKR.
  • I found that the MKR had the exact corrections of these several hundred bits (a slide of several of these bits has been shown in the past).
  • There are also 44 almost complete pages (22 double sided sheets) of the Treasure, easily identifiable as being from the Chapter on Extremities The agreement of the bits of the Treasure as well as of the 44 almost complete pages with MKR therefore leads to the conclusion that the MKR (Dr. K.C. Mittal’s copy of the 6 th American Edition of Kent’s Repertory) is a true and correct version of the Treasure (Dr. Kent’s personal copy of the Second Revised Edition).


Author:       Dr.FrederikSchroyens.

First edition: In 2007 October

Latest edition: February 2012 – second edition, Indian edition.

Forward by: Ahmed Currim

  • In his foreword Dr Ahmed Currim narrates “it must bring the soul of JAMES TYLER KENT great joy to see his repertory finally complete
  • As additions, corrections and changes in his own copy of 2nd edition are finally incorporated by Frederick schroyens in synthesis treasure edition.

1994 –  Thematic Repertory -J A Mirrili

  • he discovered Bernal’s thematic work he foresaw the possibility of organizing the homeopathic symptoms of the Pure MateriaMedica by themes. This work is an aid to understand the mental pictures of many of the polychrests using keywords and themes

1996 –  Roger Van Zandvoort- Complete Repertory

  • based on sound philosophy laid by J.T .Kent
  • Chronic Miasms In Homoeopathy And Their Cure With Classification Of Their Rubrics And Symptoms Kents Repertory ( Repertory Of Miasms )Repertory of Miasms – R.P Patel
  • During his 2 nd year at culcutta homoeopathic medical college one of his senior gave him a book ,the theory of chronic diseases
  • Importance of studying preface
  • Discovery of theory of miasms obstacles to recovery
  • He dared to put questions and suggested a remedy tuberculinum
  • He is misdiagnosed as myositis ossificans later operated him for a growth in his right fore arm

Severe pain not controlled by medicines and secondary tumours in the right lung uppe zone

  • Amputated his right arm
  • He noticed warts on his face and axilla.
  • He realised that the tumour and warts are playing hide and seek game
  • No recurrence of tumour and the secondaries in the lung disappeared without any trace. In my case all Homoeopaths who were well known in the World. failed to give me relief and stop the recurrence of tumour only because the miasmatic history was missing and remedies worked superficially.
  • More serious condition of a miasm was alternately appearing with less serious condition to safeguard the vital organs though in my case I had secondaries in my lung.
  • This lead me to study very deeply the miasmatic theory of chronic diseases. When I read cases (nearly 97 und more) described by Dr. Hahnemann from Page 49, in footnotes (P.49.1) regarding Psoric miasm it convinced me that 90% of the Homocopaths are missing very important clue to unlock cases of miasmatic origin as it had happened in my case
  • For clarification of miasmatic naics/symptoms, 1 have followed only original views ofAgain, there wak a problem according to paragraphs -153, and 154 of the Organon of Medicine in arranging patients symptoms in order of importance or hierarchy according to Drs. Hahnemann and Kent after analysis and evaluation, followed by classification and arranging their hierarchy or order of importance or level in miamatic order by going through several books, it was very much disappointing in future resulted in many eases as there was no standard book and proper guidelines to follow,
  • Have taken Dr. Kent’s Repertory (6 Edition) for miasmatic classification of rubrics/symptoms the statement by Dr. Kent: The third edition completes my lifework. I have brought it up to date. I have read and made numerous corrections in additions to adding many new remedies.
  • Kent’s comparative material Medica by docx and koklenberg
  • Aim: Differential diagnosis for remedies under each rubic of kent repertory.

1997  –  A Repertory Of Homoeopathic Nosodes And Sarcodes By Berkeley

  • First interest in the nosodes was the result of friendship with Dr. Gordon flint and his miasmatic approach to illness Vipera torva in the treatment of RA spurred on his failure to achieve desired ends in certain clinical cases, and at the same time convinced of the over whelming power of Homeopathic medicine, he went to study constitutional prescribing in some greater depth, and so became convinced of the value of nosode prescription.

1998 –  Tiwari, Shashi Kant ,” Homoeopathy and Child Care”

  • The fourth part – Repertory on Children – is an attempt to bring together all the relevant rubrics of children at one place. For this purpose almost all recent and old standard repertories in use have been referred to.

1999 – Bakshi, J.P.S.” The Phoenix Repertory”.

  • Bakshi was involved in working on a project of comparing rubrics in our repertories with modern classification of diseases.
  • As he was also specialized in psychiatry and he was particularly interested in Mind section where he felt that there are many rubrics in Mind section, which can be correlated with the psychiatric disorders.
  • working on this concept he came out with his first book named “The Manual of Psychiatry“.
  • he realized that such work can be extended to the other sections of repertory with respect to cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, etc.
  • This gave birth to “Phoenix Repertory”
  • A Phoenix represents “a mythical bird with gorgeous plumage, fabled to be the only one of its kind and to live five or six hundred years in the Arabian desert, after which it burnt itself to ashes on a funeral pyre ignited by the sun and fanned by its own wings, rising fron its ashes with renewed youth to live through another cycle.” This work, as I conceive it, is not a repetition of the past. It is something new; it undermines some past work, and yet retains whatever is useful in it. The approach here, so far as I know, is attempted for the first time.

2003 – Roger Von Zandvoort–RepertoriumUniversale

  • Efforts have been made to include rubrics from both Boenninghausen’s work into Kentian repertory – structured repertory (complete repertory). This results in repertory which offers the best of both the worlds, the greater precision of the complete symptom found within the Kentian structure, plus the greater flexibility of symptom combination provided the Boenninghausen – style rubric.


Computer has played a very important role in making homoeopathic repertories more accessible to the learners. Besides, it has also created an interest in the process of repertorization because of it’s non-time consuming operations. The general criticism about repertories is that they take away valuable time of busy practitioners which has been nullified with the advent of this electronic softwares

Several repertorial programmes have been worked out for speedy a repertorial work. An attempt has been made to describe a few homoeopathic repertorisation software programmes, which are available to the profession, today.

  • 1979, Le Répertoire De Kent ‘Melanie’-Docteur Georges Brous.
  • The Lamina Homoeopathic Repertory Analysis System2 (Australia) lists 14700 symptoms of Kent.
  • Homeo Rep – Boenninghausen’s Technique – Dr Roberts Bacheleric, France
  • The Profile – D.J. Vidlard, France.I.C.R.Twenty
  • The Samuel – The Co-operative Association, Holland,
  • Kenbo, I.S.I.S., Stimulare etc.

HOMPATH : This software was developed in India by DrJawahar Shah and is being improved in speed and features from DOS to Window

RADAR : It is developed by Frederick Schroyens of Belgiums’s Archibel . it is based on synthesis. It contains all the source repertories made till date

  1. Radar was developed as a research project at the university of Namur ( Belgium ) under the supervision of Jean Fichefet
  2. He was the professor of mathematics at university of namur, Belgium , Department of Computer science
  3. His sympathetic reaction towards homoeopathy was after the cure of his son.
  4. Now they are assisted by a group of representatives in more than 30 countries

Evolution of repertory

  • First edition : 1987
  • RADARBook version : 1995
  • Indian edition : 1996
  • 2th version of RADAR : 2006
  • 10th Version : 2007
  • 5 Version : 2009
  • Latest version : RADAROPUS 2.2

VISION :It is developed by David Witko of Miccant in the U.K., which has now evolved to his new programme, ‘Isis Vision  it is based on IBM/DOS world and has certain new features of browsing between repertories making a combined search between repertories. One can add new rubrics and can create one’s own repertory

MAC Repertory : It is developed by (the late) David Warkentin of Kent Homoeopathic Associates in the U.S.A. (now known as Synergy and owned by Rajan Sankaran in India . The version of mind-mapping, long advocated by Louis Klein, that groups rubrics into “themes”. By creating themes in this way one have a clear, visual representation of what is more central to the case. This Approach, unique to Mac repertory, focuses your thinking and leads to more consistent results.

AKIVA:Akiva is an efficient homoeopathic software that aids the homoeopathic physicians for finding remedies in acute conditions. Miccant software developers contributed this software.

COMPLETE DYNAMICS :It is developed by Eduard van Grinsven ,Roger van Zandvoort. The Complete Dynamics software program offers the ultimate experience in computer based reading and studying of the Complete Repertory. Even though the development of Complete Dynamics started in the mid- 90s, it was first published in the current form in 2009.

KENBO : It is developed by Dr Tarkeshwar Jain, MD (Homoeo) Assistant Prof: Dr M P K Homoeopathic Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, Jaipur INDIA. A complete homoeopathic solution developed by INFO ANON TECHNOLOGIES LTD, New Delhi/UK. Kenbo is a software that is meant to assist a physician in his clinical practice in which the programme provides a step-by-step guidance to select the most suitable remedy for a case. Kenbo issues the practical application of Hahnemannian concept in clinical practice, the processing and recording of case studies, as well as assisting in their maintenance.

MICROPATH :Micro Therapeutics Ltd, England.

KENTIAN :Dr. R. P. Patel & G. I. Patel, Sai Homoeo Book Corporation, Kerala, India.

PC KENT :The database is made of the 6th edition of Kent’s Repertory.

ATAMA ;A Homoeopathic tool and resource designed to facilitate Repertory and Materia Medica investigation and assist determination of acute disease similima. Primary sources of information used in Atama are: James T. Kent’s Repertory of the Homoeopathic Materia Medica (Sixth edition), William Boericke’s Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia medica, Samuel Hahnemann’s Organon of Medicine (Sixth edition).

HOMEOQUEST :Homoeopathic Software from Australia from HomeoQuest holds source material from 10 Repertories and 33 volumes of Materia Medica.

SIMILIMUM ULTRA : Clinical utility software package for homoeopathic practitioner, developed by Chandran K. C., Kerala.

REPERTORIUM HOMEOPATHICUM DIGITAL I, II : Homoeopathic Repertory in trilingual version (English/Spanish/Portguese), complete and up to date with thousands of new rubrics, cross- references and inclusions of remedies.

PRESCRIBER :Cough and Cold Prescriber homoeopathic software program by Dr. Rajesh Shah is made for the professional use and it is presumed that the user is familiar with the fundamental principles of homoeopathic medicine, the philosophy, materia medica and the concept of the repertory.

THE DOCTOR 24 x 7 :Online clinic website offering online clinic services and management for Homoeopathic doctors with automatic repertorization.


Vithoulkas Compass is a next generation expert system which is designed to effectively support practitioners of classical homoeopathy in deciding which remedy to prescribe to their patients. It incorporates several features and tools that make the practice of homoeopathy not only easier and more successful but also give a constant learning experience. The expert system emulates the thinking process of a master homoeopath in many ways.

OPENREP : It is developed by Vladimir Polony. OPENREP FREE is the first free open source homoeopathic software allowing simple, but effective repertorization and case taking .It is a free homoeopathic repertory software that was ignored after when the new version was released. Vladimir Polony put a sincere effort to keep the flame of this open source alive. In an attempt to this regard, both source code as well as the software are hosted for download .Recently, additions have been done from some clinical indications from the Materia medica books of several classical authors especially Dr John Henry Clarke.

MERCURIUS :Mercurius is a modern repertorization and Materia medica software for homoeopathic practitioners, providing the highest quality information based on which one can make the prescriptions confidently. This software is developed by AEON GROUP.

POLYCRESTA : It is develop by Dolphin cybernectic systems Pvt  Ltd ,Thane.

ORGONON 96 : It is based on standardized case record (SCR) system .The SCR system is a monumental work wherein Dr. ML Dhawale has systematized the practice of homoeopathy through integrating the approaches of Boenninghausen, Kent and Boger

STIMULARE :  It is developed by drive 2 destine solutions pvt. Ltd .Stimulare is evolved from the idea that a homoeopath uses computer not only for searching a repertory and materia medica, but also for managing his patients efficiently and gracefully. It is also designed for those homoeopaths who are neither skilled typists nor expert computer users. Therefore you can use computers during the process of case taking, and not after taking the case on paper, and then typing it later in the computer. With features like Symptoms list, you can directly add’ (without typing frequently used symptoms like desire, aversions, thirst etc instead of ticking a long list of symptoms spanning 15 to 20 pages or directly selecting the rubrics from the repertory with a click while taking a case.

H.R.S. :Homoeopathic Repertorization System is a simple programme of Kent’s repertory, Allen’s Keynotes and Hering’s Guiding Symptoms. One has to simply choose the symptoms from various repertory chapters and a graph will come up. In Allen’s Keynotes, it has the facility to browse between different remedies coming into relationships on the same search.

MEDICAL EXPERT SYSTEM :This expert system is written in Fox Pro-package. It consists of nearly 85,000 lines, 400 procedures and 850 Windows. Throughout the programme, the screen shows all the contents of mind, head, eyes, vision, hearing,  etc. The selected option shows about 70,000 rubrics in total throughout this programme, the questions and responses from the expert system are presented as screen diagrams.

PROFESSIONAL VERSION 2.0 :It was published by David Kent Warkentin and Kent Homoeopathic Associates, in November 1995. It is available for Macs as well as I.B.M. It is a computer programme library of all the main materia medicas


The changing pattern of sickness, the tremendous atmospheric and environmental changes, and use and abuse of potentially toxic drugs (crude) have created challenges today which were not known in Hahnemann’s time. It is, therefore, tragic if our instruments are not geared up to these challenges. The Materia Medica and its field of application and repertorial indices have to grow rapidly and made up to date. The background of our earlier workers in these areas should inspire us to do such things more extensively and with much greater speed, because of tremendous technological advances that modern world has seen.Their growth, therefore, is most vital for the very existence of the system.


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Dr.D.Hemantha Mrudhula,
PG scholar, Department Of  Case Taking & Repertory,
Dr.Gururaju Govenment Homoeopathic  Medical College , Gudivada.


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