Repertory- Last moment revision for competitive exams

exam5Dr K R Mansoor Ali 
Govt. Homeopathic Medical College, Calicut

This work is meant for the serious students of Homeopathy and to those who are preparing for competitive exams. The work has been made with the purpose of helping the students who my wish to make themselves familiar with repertories – a simple and easy way of last moment revision.

This work is small but comprehensive and will prove very useful and beneficial for everybody. I have tried with best of my efforts, knowledge and hard work to make this a valuable and authentic work. I make no pretence that this work is either complete or final. My aim is to stimulate the students to make their own ideas and observations. I hope and wish that this work will be accepted and appreciated. I welcome any suggestions from any quarter it may be, so that this work can be improved upon.

Even Hahnemann who conducted many provings and who himself proved many drugs prescribed medicines after much reference to the materia medica. This was a stupendous task even to Hahnemann and he compiled a short repertory of leading symptoms which were printed in Latin. In spite of the small no. of drugs their close intimacy with the details of the symptoms, Hahnemann & his band of workers started to make repertories. In comparison to the smaller no. of remedies at that time, now it is true to say that the repertory was born to meet the challenges of the Materia medica.

During Hahnemann’s time there were only about 100 medicines, Now about 4000.Every well proved drug has got thousands of symptoms and for a man of average intelligence, it is almost impossible to remember all the symptoms of all the drugs to establish a total comparison with the disease picture. Many of the physician who have never used or have rarely used repertory complain about his elaborate and time consuming nature.

They said

Dr.P.Schmidt said “ No conscientious homoeopathic doctor can practice homeopathy in a serious & scientific way without a repertory”.

Dr.Kent “ True some men do some good work without the repertory, but they also do poor work, more than they would do with it”
The proper use of repertory will leads to correct offhand prescribing in simple cases in from 10-20 years.

The mechanical use of the repertory never leads to artistic prescribing nor to remarkable results – Dr.J.T.Kent

A tool is as good as the workman who handle it .A bad workman naturally blames his tool when things start going wrong – Dr.M.L.Dhavale

The need of the repertory comes from the character of Homeopathy itself- Dr.Barthel & Klunker

Our materia medica is so cumbersome without a repertory that the best prescriber must meet with only indifferent results _ Dr.J.T.Kent

It is impossible to practice Homeopathy without the aid of repertories and the best repertory is the fullest _ Dr.J.H.Clark

Every attempt to convert either the materia medica or repertory in to language of traditional medicine must result in total failure.- Dr.J.T.Kent

Which is the best repertory ?
The best is that which one makes oneself _ Dr.Kent .J.T

Which is the latest repertory ?
Repertorium Universalice by Roger Von Zandervoort

Therapeutic Pocket Book
Full name : The principle and practicability of Boenninghausen’s therapeutic pocket book for homeopathic physicians to use at the bedside in the study of Materia medica

Author : Baron Clemens Maria Franz von Boenninghausen( 12th March 1785-12th March 1864)
1st work by Boennianghausen – The cure of cholera & its preventives in 1831

Total number of medicines : In original edition : 126
In T.F.Allen’s edition : He added 220 and deleted 4 = 342
Allen dropped 4 remedies ( Angustra, Magnetis Polus Articus, Magnetis Polus Australius, Magnetis Poli Umbo)
In H.A.Robert’s edition (1935) : 362
Number of medicines in Concordance section : 148 (of which 21 by Allen)
15 medicines are found only in Concordance section

Source books of Therapeutic pocket book

  • Repertory of antipsoric medlclnes-1832
  • Summary view of chief sphere of operation of anti- psoric remedies and their characteristic peculiarities as an appendix to the repertory -1833
  • An attempt at Homoeopathic therapy of Intermittent fever-1833
  • Repertory of medicines which are not antipsorics-1835
  • Relative kinship of Homoeopathic medicines-1836

At first the repertory was limited to the remedies named in the first three volumes of chronic diseases.

Gradations : CAPITAL : 5 Marks
Bold : 4 Marks
Italics : 3 Marks
roman : 2 Marks
(roman in parenthesis): 1 Marks- mainly found in concordances

English translation (2 years later) by unknown person
French translation by Boenninghausen himself
Number of sections : 7
Mind & intellect conation 18+18 = 36 rubrics ( including concomitant)
Introduction (H.A.Robert’s) : 9 parts
Concordances : 12 sections

T.F.Allen added Boenninghausen’s Sides of body (1853) to TPB in 1864
In relation ship section (concordances) only Aggravations , no Ameliorations
The greatest literary work of Boenninghausen is “Editorship of Aphorisms of Hippocrates” in 1863
He graduated from : Dutch University

H.A. Roberts and Annie .C. Wilson gives a brief sketch of Boenninghausen’s life and they show how a lawyer turned to an expert Homoeopath.

T.F. Allen added many of the rubrics in the eye section. He also used an idea of combining Boenninghausen’s Repertory of the Sides of the Body with the original Pocket Book.

Infact the idea of concomitant came from Dr: Hahnemann’s instructions on case taking where he emphasised the importance of enquiring into the symptom before, during and after the main complaint.

The bedrock of Therapeutic pocket book as

  • Doctrine of analogy
  • Doctrine of concomitants
  • Evaluation of remedies
  • Concordances

Boenninghausen was the first person to grade the remedies
Chapter on mind contains rubrics in relation to emotions and Intellect contains rubrics in relation to understanding and memory. His first repertory , repertory of antipsorics contains large number of rubrics under mind section when compared to Therapeutic pocket book.This is the least elaborate of all sections in Therapeutic pocket book

Boenninghausen makes 4 divisions of back namely

  • Scapula
  • Back in general
  • Kraus-part of back between hips corresponding to the region of the sacrum
  • Steiss-region of coccyx

In Allen’s edition the title of this chapter 5 is given as sensation but it should be read as sensations and complaints as given in his original repertory .The next three sections as glands bones and skin should be considered as subchapters of sensations and complaints in general, this can be considered as sensations and complaints in glands bones and skin.

Original edition contained three chapters as Aggravations according to time Aggravation according to situation and circumstances, Amelioration according to situation and circumstances. Aggravation are more important and more reported by provers than amelioration.

But Allen’s edition contains only 2 sections
In his Repertory of Anti psorics aggravations & amelioration are given at the end of each chapter but in TPB given separately in chapter 6.

Allen has deleted few rubrics from amelioration and put it under aggravation of the contrary state.

Clock timings are not given in Therapeutic pocket book, day timings are followed by a rubrics on periodicity. In Therapeutic pocket book there is no general rubrics for pain ,only specific types of pains are mentioned.

Concordance helps to find out- the geniuness of medicines
– selected medicine is correct or not
– comparative value of symptoms in symptom group
– to find out superficial remedy in advanced pathological conditions
– studying relationship among various levels

In Mind section almost all the rubrics contain VERATRUM ALBUM in high grade
Many of the rubrics lack important medicines-desire for salt – Natrum mur is not mentioned.

Dr.M.L.Dhawale proposed a variation in repertorising cases without compromising Boenninghausen’s principles.

Boger’s Repertory
Full name : Boennighausen’s Characteristics & Repertory with word index
Author : Cyrux .Maxwell Boger (1861-1935)
Forward by H.A.Robert
First edition : 1905 Boerick & Tafel
Second edition : 1937 Roy & Company India
New reprint edition by Bjain publishers New Delhi contains ‘Introductory’ part by Dr.S.K.Tiwari

Life history by Bradford
Preface by Boger

Gradations : CAPITAL : 5 Marks

  • Bold : 4 Marks
  • Italics : 3 Marks
  • roman : 2 Marks
  • (roman in parenthesis): 1 Marks- mainly found in concordances
  • Rarely Capital in brackets Eg : [ASAF] in Upper Extremities Caries

Source books

  1. TPB
  2. Repertory of anipsorics
  3. Repertory of apsorics
  4. Boenniaghausen’s sides of body
  5. Therapeutics of intermittent fever
  6. Therapeutics of Whooping cough
  7.  Aphorisms of Hippocrates


  1. Doctrine of complete symptom
  2. Doctrine of pathological generals
  3. Doctrine of causation & time
  4. Clinical rubrics
  5. Evaluation of symptoms
  6. Fever totality
  7. Concrodances

Total number of medicines : 359 (He added 17 medicines to TPB)
As per index prepared by S.K.Tiwari : 464 medicines but actually 478 medicines (including concordances)
In relation ship section : 125
In materia medica part : 140 medicines and only 2 gradations (Italics and ordinary roman)
14 additional medicines are found in concordances

Dr.S.K.Tiwari prepared the Medicine index and Dr.S.P.Roy prepared Word index
Dr.S.K.Tiwari has written ‘introduction’ to BBCR which contains the philosophical background of repertory and working method of different types of cases. He has suggested seven different methods for working out cases with BBCR
He is the first repertorian who has given 7 doctrine to the study of BBCR

Number of chapter As per index : 53 but actually 58 chapters
(NAMES of all main sections are written in DARK CAPITALS. Thus we can see a total of 58 main section in this Repertory [In index 53 only]
Names of subchapters are written in ORDINARY CAPITAL.
Name of chapter is printed in the Top of each page. If it is subsection name of main chapter will be written at Top left hand side of page & subchapter’s name in Rt hand side. Thus we can identify whether that section is a main chapter or a subchapter)

In mind 366 rubrics, No blank rubrics,186 cross references
Concomitance are found only in 22 chapters even though Boger emphasized its importance,Cross references in 18 chapters only
Chapters without subchapters : Stomach & Prostrate gland
Introductory part is the most important contribution of Boger to Boenninghausen’s work.

Chapter Sensorium is not alphabetical

Boger divided preface into 4 parts : Preface proper,On the use of repertories,Repetation of doses, Homeopathic prognosis

The star * used to designate paragraph from TPB as altered by the Dunham copy, + denote new paragraph which will help in the selection of similimum, ’ are attached to single abbreviations and indicated as a true pathogeneic symptom.

According to Dr: Boger when symptom are pointing to one particular remedy and if modalities don’t agree it will not be indicated and we will have to search for another remedy having same or similar modalities.

In Materia medica part after all remedies a brief note is given regarding the duration of Action of Remedies where he classifies all remedies. There are taken from the notes of Hering confirmed by Boenninghausen and it is said that the symptoms which appeared last in the proving are of great value.In a section on important hints 12 observation given by Dr J.T Kent to arranged in a condensed form.

Clock timing are given only very rarely only in some chapters.
There is no general rubric for pain.
Main rubrics are printed in bold letter and sub rubrics in Italics.(In TPB same font for main & sub rubrics)

According to Boger periodical return of symptoms such as menses,all seasonal influences are less important but the hour of the day when they are better or worse are more important.
If no antidote is known, apply very smaller dose of the same medicine

Boger was in correspondence with Dr..L.D.Dhawale of India for a long time

Boger’s concept of analysis & evaluation
of symptoms was different (in Synoptic Key) as in the following order :

  • Modalities- causative modalities are most important
  • Mind
  • Sensations
  • Entire objective aspect
  • Parts affected

Boger was the first person who appreciated and mentioned several clinical conditions which are useful for day to day practice.
Locations and sensations are mixed in this repertory.
According to Boger mental states should be used only for the final selection of the drugs

Kent’s repertory
Full name : Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica
Author : Dr.J.T.Kent (31st march 1849- 6th June 1916)

  • First edition : 1897 by Kent at Philadelphia
  • Second edition : 1910 by Kent at Lancaster
  • Third edition : 1924 by Ethart at Chicago
  • Fourth edition: 1935 Feb Chicago by Clara Kent at- Chicago
  • Fifth edition : 1945 edited & revised by Clara Kent, dedicated to Clara Kent – at Chicago
  • Sixth edition : 1957 at Chicago
  • Indian edition : 1961
  • Seventh edition (final general repertory) : 1974 by P.Schimdt & Diwan harischand

Dr P.Schmidt assisted in revising 3rd, 4th and 5th editions
Dr.Kimball,Thruston and Geigler helped Kent to get enough subscribers
Total 1423 pages, 37 chapters,69,360 rubrics

Total medicines : 648-6 = 642
Six synonyms are
Hippozaenium – Glanderin
Illicium anisatum – Anis stellatum
Kaolin – Alumina silicate
Lappa arctium – Lappa major
Nux jugulans – Jugulans regia
Pothos foetida – Ictodes foetida

: Bold : 3 Marks – proved,reproved & verified on sick
Italics : 2 Marks – recorded in few, confirmed & occasionally verified
roman : 1 marks – 1or 2 provers,not reproved but verified.

This repertory mainly has three parts
1. Prefix part (this was in subsequent editions, not in the original work)
Use of the repertory by Kent
How to study the repertory by Kent
How to use the repertory by Kent
Repertorising by M.L.Tyler & John weir
Hot & Cold remedies by Gibson Miller
Few cases by M.L.Tyler & John weir

2. Repertory part
Preface part
Different editions
List of remedies with abbreviations
Text proper
Word index

3. Suffix part (this was in subsequent editions, not in the original work)
Sides of the body & drug affinities by Boenninghausen
Relation ship of remedies with duration of action by Gibson Miller

  • In prostate only 21 rubrics- smallest chapter,no blank rubrics but 1 cross reference
  • Largest chapter is Extremities having 268 rubrics, medicines in 207 rubrics only
  • In hearing 4 rubrics – lowest rubrics, no blank rubrics or cross references
  • In mind 529 rubrics – maximum number of rubrics , medicines only in 343 rubrics, cross references : 92, 3248 sub rubrics
  • In generalities : 246 rubrics , 1723 sub rubrics
  • Arhtur Allen copied Eye for Kent from other repertories
  • Gladwin copied Thirst for Kent from other repertories
  • Kent’s philosophy in 1900
  • Kent’s materia medica in 1905
  • Kent became the professor of materia medica in 1883
  • He graduated from Madison University
  • Psora not represented in Kent’s repertory

Dr. Kent used Lippe,s repertory for a no. of years- the repertory of grand old remedies. The plan that Dr. Kent followed was chiefly that of Lippe. Lippe’s repertory has 34 sections but Kent made it to 37. Dr Lippe’s repertory in turn developed from the Repertory to the Manuel of Allen-Town Academy and this Repertory was developed out of Boenninghausen’s Repertory of the Anti Psoric Remedies.

In the first edition of Kent,s repertory he has given more of particularization & details of modalities than in later editions. These things were generalized later.

of the plan of Kent’s repertory is mostly based on the headings available under individual drugs of Allen’s Encyclopedia.
Main source of Kent’s repertory was 6 volumes of Gentry and Lippe’s repertory.

Dr Lee completed the chapters Mind and Head directly, where as chapter’s Eyes and Vision; and Urinary organs, Chill, Fever, and Sweat. by Dr Kent.

Rubrics related to the speech is dived into the chapters Mind – Mouth _ Larynx. This division can be easily understood as when the quality of the speech is altered ( symptoms of the higher center involvement) you should look into chapter mind, when the motor functions are involved you should look into the chapter Mouth, when the quality of the voice is altered one should look into the chapter Larynx.
Smell contain rubrics related to conditions that- acute, diminished or lost
But odor is related to illusions & different types of odors
Rubric moisture is given instead of discharges in Rectum
In rectum ‘tenesmus’ is given under pain,but in urinary organs as separate ‘Tenesmus’

Some remedies, which are not given in the index, represent certain rubrics. example Nux-J in Talk indisposed to; Kali-ox in Insanity

Dr P.Schmidt assisted in revising 3rd, 4th and 5th editions.

For a question about the no: of chapters in Kent’s repertory one may answer that upto 6th editions there were only 37 sections including the 5 sections on urinary organs and in Kent’s final general repertory by Pierre Schmidt contains 39 chapters (he gave independent status to smell and voice) and Kents repertorium generate by lost Kunzli contains 27 chapters by putting vision under eyes, external throat under throat ,bladder, kidney ,prostate, urethra and urine under urinary organs and chill, fever and perspiration under one section.

In every chapter arrangement of rubrics is in alphabetical order except in some situations,e.g. Vertigo- Vertigo is the first rubric, then time modalities and only after this we can find the anatomical arrangement.

Key word or RUBRIC is kept close to the margin line and is printed in CAPITALS of heavy block type. Modifications or sub-rubrics are placed two spaces to the right of the margin line. Remedy line is four spaces to the right. Every sub-rubric to placed two spaces to the right of one above

The S T M E Arrangement was brought forward by Julia Minerva Green, a disciple of Kent. This arrangement is mainly seen for subjective sensations like pain, numbness etc. but in objective symptoms like discharges, eruption, discoloration etc we do not find this STME arrangement. In the chapter on chill TIME is given as a separate rubric. Skin, Fever, Perspiration, sleep etc do not follow this arrangement.

Each rubric is modified by six factors
According to Kent In Physical generals – perversion of sexual sphere including menstrual symptoms are more important.
Elizabeth Wright has compiled rubrics found in TPB which are not found in Kent
CCRH New Delhi added few rubrics from Boerick’s repertory to Kent
No single rubric in Kent’s repertory can match with Gibson miller’s Hot & Cold remedies

Synthetic Repertory
Full name : Synthetic Repertory
Author : This was originally published by G.Haug Verlag Gmbh & Co. & improved on 1982 by Barthel & Will Klunker. It was basically an extension of Kent’s Repertory.
Barthel : Vol 1&2
Klunker : Vol 3

  • First edition : 1973
  • Second edition : 1982
  • Indian edition : 1987
  • Third edition : 1993

It was first in German then French and lastly in English
1594 medicines,6 chapters
Author used 16 authorities
138 new rubrics than Kent denoted by * asterisk

Gradations : CAPITAL Underlined : 4 marks
CAPITAL : 3 marks
Bold : 2 marks
roman : 1 marks

  • Remember no italics in gradations
  • In mind 600 rubrics,33 cross references , 18 rubrics of Kent are missing in Mind chapter
  • Appetite rubric is not in this repertory
  • Remedies are printed under each rubric and not after the rubrics.
  • For practical reasons Kent’s abbreviations have been Kept
  • The pages of the repertory are divided into two by a middle line – both divisions are counted as separate pages.
  • This repertory mention for the first time the exact source of symptoms or drugs added to Kent’s repertory. And uses a numbering system

Murphy’s Repertory
Full name : Homeopathic Medical Repertory
Author : Robin Murphy ND
Base : All Kent + A part of Kneer repertory

  • First edition : 1993
  • Indian edition : 1994
  • Second edition : 1996
  • Third edition 2010

Gradations : BOLD CAPITAL
Bold Italics
67+3 : 70 chapters in new editions
1851 drugs , from 55 sources
39,000 new rubrics, 2 lakh additions
Alphabetical repertory
Missing chapters compared to Kent
Prostate gland
Kent’s extremities is divided into 12 chapters in Murhy

Synthesis repertory
Full name : Repertorium homeopathicum Syntheticum
Editor : Frederick Schroyens
Base : 6th edition of Kent’s Repertory
First edition : 1987 RADAR
Book version : 1995
Indian edition : 1996
9th version of RADAR : 2004

was first developed as research project at University of Namur,Belgium under supervision of Jean Fichefet who is a professor of Maths ,his sympathetic reaction after the homeopathic cure of his son was the begning of everything.

Gradations : BOLD CAPITAL
Bold roman
Blue italics

3712 medicines, from 390 sources, 2,35,000 additions, 60,100 new rubrics
International time table 0-24hr has been followed
Aggravations are not mentioned except in Generalities Food & Drinks
Aggravation of a particular food means also the ailments from having that particular food.
More readable symptom format
Repeatedly checked additions
New standard list of remedy abbreviations
New standard list of author abbreviations
Chapter Eye & Vision- thoroughly revised by Edwared Kondrot-a homeopathic ophthalmologist

Kent’s Repertorium General
Full name : Kent’s Repertorium General
Author : Jose Kunzhli having 40 years of clinical experience
First edition : 1987 in German
English edition : 1987

72 sources, 689 medicines, 98 more remedies than Kent
Red dots are famous in homeopathic circle – therapeutic efficacy of a drug or therapeutic importance of a rubric.
He omitted 7 drugs in Kent
The work was compiled & edited by Michael barthel with the able assistance of Charlotte Barthel & Ilse Seider

Complete Repertory
Author : Roger Von Zandvoort
The initial version came out as a database file for use with Kent homeopathic associates Mac repertory. After the death of Jost Kunzli, the supervision work was taken up by Dr. Dario Spinedi.
Preface by Dr. Dario Spinedi.

First editions : 1996
Base : 1st . 3rd and 6th edition of Kent’s repertory
5,15,000 additions
41 chapters, Dreams in Mind
Three volumes or All in one volume

Bold italics
Number of medicines : 2171
Author identification numbers are based on chronology , based on the dates of the listed authors first published their work.

Corrected Kent’s Repertory
Author : Dr.Sivaraman in 1994
Gradations : BOLD CAPITAL
Bold Italics
Sub rubrics are printed in bold roman to avoid confusion
Time changed as 12 am –to 12 night
12 pm – to 12 noon
He prepared a separate book on word index and also a book on 1st grade remedies.

Phoenix repertory
Author : J.P.S.Bakshi
In 2 volumes , 1225 drugs
1,25,514 rubrics
Bold italics

Concordance Repertory
Full name : The concordance repertory of the more characteristics symptoms of the materia medica
Author : William Gentry

First edition : 1890
Second edition : 1892
30 chapters, 6 volumes
420 medicines
only one grade

Medicines in bracket indicates some related remedies are there
On the top of the page Lt side is the first 3 alphabet of the starting rubric in CAPITAL BOLD ,on Rt side page numbers,In the middle of the top chapter name in Italics

Kneer Repertory :
Full name : Repertory of Hering’s guiding symptoms of our materia medica
Author : Clavin B Kneer ( Son in law of Hering )
First edition : 1896
428 medicines, One volume, 48 chapters

Gradation : 4

  • II : most frequently verified by cures
  • I : remedies confirmed or verified on clinical practice
  • II : occasionally verified
  • I : less occasionally verified
  • Hand mark : cross reference]
  • @ theta mark : standing between the cured symptom and the pathological condition,
  • — symptom observed on the sick only
  • : — the perpendicular dotted line , marks observation taken from the old school such as harmonize with our law of cure.
  • t — toxicological extracts

The basic difference of this repertory from that of Allen,s Symptom Register is that it contain symptoms & remedies which have had not only provings & toxicological pathogenesis, but had also clinical provings & confirmation

Synoptic Key
Full name : A synoptic key of materia medica
Author : C.M.Boger
First edition : 1931
2 parts Analysis part ( repertory ) having 489 medicines
Synoptic part ( materia medica ) having 323 medicines

3 gradations : CAPITAL
Bold roman

Pathak’s repertory :
Author : Dr. S .R Pathak. An MBBS doctor

Based on Boger’s Synoptic Key
This is an alphabetically arranged clinical type of repertory

First edition : 1963
Second edition : 1977
Third edition : 2000
3 grades : CAPITAL

Mr.S.L.Kapadi prepared the skeletal work
Dr.Miss Homai merchant, his student type up the copy for repertory.
New additions of the rubrics are marked with ‘ + ’ mark in the third edition.

General modalities are represented in CAPITAL as AGG or AMEL but modality related to particular part in small letters as Agg or Amel

Desires and Cravings are two separate rubrics
– under desire we find all mental rubrics, but under cravings we find rubrics regarding food & drink
Indian foods are also given

The modalities regarding position & posture of the patient is so much valuable. This modality is not given in any of the standard repertories
No index of medicines or authors
No authenticity claimed, exact source of words not known

Analytical repertory of Mind
Full name : Analytical repertory of Mind
Author : Hering (Born in Germany) (1800-1880)
Based on Hering’s guiding symptoms
First edition : unknown
Second edition : 1881

He is against alphabetical arrangement
Gradation 4 :
749 drugs, 48 chapters
As the drugs given in the left margin are differentiated on the basis of Mental or Physical concomitant – this repertory is called the analytical repertory.
Star * mark indicate symptom goes from one side to other
Hering graduated from : Leipzic & wuerzburg universities
Hering proved 72 drugs

Repertory of Antipsorics
Full name : A systemic alphabetic repertory of homeopathic remedies
Author : Boenninghausen

First edition : 1832
Second edition : 1833
Third edition : 1900
Preface by Hahnemann. First repertory approved by Hahnemann
Translated to English in 1900 by C.M.Boger

45 chapters, 4 grades
52 drugs ( 50 anti psoric, 1 anti sycotic – Thuja, 1 anti syphilitic Merc )

In this work Boenninghausen given the expiry date of Homeopathic medicines ( medicated globules) as 18-20 years, and also explained the duration of action of medicines.
Main rubrics are given in Bold and sub rubrics in Italics

Repertory of Nosodes
Full name : A repertory of Homeopathic nosodes & sarcodes
Author : Dr.Berkeley Squire
First edition : 1997
Plan as in Boger’s repertory
106 drugs,35 chapters, from 30 sources
No grading
He is against grading nosodes

Symptom register
Full name : Symptom register
Author : T.F.Allen
An index to Encyclopedia of T.F.Allen
Alphabetical repertory
First edition : 1880
820 medicines
4 grading : CAPITAL

Time of remedies and moon phase
Full name : Time of remedies and moon phase
Author : C.M.Boger
First edition : 1931
330 medicines
3 grades : CAPITAL
Bold roman

Bell’s Diarrhoea
Full name : The homeopathic therapeutics of Diarrhoea
Author : Dr.James Bell
First edition : 1820
141 drugs
4 grades : Bold

Sensation as if
Full name : Sensation as if
Author : H.A.Robert
First edition : 1937
Source : Hering, Allen & Clark
740 drugs
only I grade – Italics

CARD repertories

  • 1892 : W.J.Guernesy – First card repertory ( made in 1888, but available to profession only 1892) .126 drugs, 2500 cards, based on TPB
  • 1912 : M.Tyler . first punched card,1000 cards
  • 1922 : Field , Fist time given code numbers to medicines, called Magnum Opus.6800 cards,360 drugs
  • 1928 : Boger’s card repertory 250 drugs
  • 1948 : Marcos Jeminis, Introduced gradation in cards, perforated cards ,600 cards based on TPB
  • 1950 : Sankaran’s card repertory 4200 cards,292 drugs
  • 1959 : Jugal Kishore – the biggest card repertory
  • 1984 : Sharma’s Cards 3000cards,400 medicines

Kishore’s cards :

  • First edition :1959
  • Second edition : 1967
  • Third edition : 1985
  • Forward by : Majumdar
  • Size : 9X3 inches
  • 692 medicines, 9192 rubrics
  • Source 91 books

Lippes Repertory
Full name : Repertory of more characteristic symptoms of materia medica
Author : C.Lippe
Published in : 1879
Based on Hering’ s guiding symptoms
34 chapters, 2 grades

Repertory of fevers
Author : H.C.Allen
Published in : 1880
3 grades Bold
147 drugs

Repertory of Intermittent fever
Author : W.A.Allen
Published in : 1883
Forward by T.F.Allen
3 grades Bold
133 drugs

Jahr’s repertory
1835 : 3 volumes, 33 chapters
1847 : Symptom codex 3 volumes
Preface by Hering , Transalation by Hempel ,Published in USA
1847 : manual of Homeopathic materia medica with repertory

Shrivastava’s repertory
Full name : Alphabetical repertory of characteristics of Homeopathic materia medica
Author : Srivastava & Chanda
Alphabetical repertory
Published in 1990
680 drugs
only I grade – bold roman
No chapters- Kent’s chapters are converted to rubrics

Number of medicines in
Moon phase : 186
Times of remedies : 420
Synoptic key : 489
Card repertory : 250
BBCR : 489
3202 additions to Kent

Clinical Repertory
The concept was evolved by Burnett but first clinical repertory published by J.H Clark
Author : J.H.Clark
Published in 1904
5 sections,1011 drugs (in index 1063 drugs)
2 gradations
Drugs in bracket means Not in Clarks dictionary of Materia Medica
Abbreviations are used largly from Cipher repertory Eg : X for Acids

Clinical repertory by Boerick
Full name : Pocket manual of Homeopathic materia medica with repertory
Author : Oscar .E.Borick
Appended to 9th edition of William Boerick’s Materia medica
Materia medica published in 1906 but repertory in 1927
25 chapters
2 grades Italics , Roman
1409 medicines In index 1414
After the rubrics or subrubrics clinical conditions are given and not the cross references

THEMATIC repertory
By J. A.Mirilli
Having 300 themes like forsaken,death etc..

Important events in evolution of repertories

  • Fragmenta de viribus : 1805 in latin 4239 pages include 27 remedies
  • Glazor, first alphabetical repertory : 1833
  • Weber,repertory of purely pathognomic effects : 1833
  • Jahr’s repertory : 1835 in German
  • Lafflie- A Homeopathic repertory of symptamatology : 1843 ( 1st French repertory- Hahnemann died this year)
  • Clopaer Muller : 1848
  • Hempel’s repertory : 1847
  • Brayant : 1851
  • Hempel’s complete repertory : 1853
  • Lippe’s repertory of comparative materiamedica : 1854 144pages
  • Lippe’s repertory of more characteristics : 1879 322 pages
  • Cipher’s repertory : 1859
  • Huge’s cyclopedia of drug pathogenesy : 1892
  • Morgan’s urinary organs : 1899
  • JH Clark’s clinical repertory : 1904
  • Minton’s uterus : 1906
  • Nash repertory : 1906
  • Raue’s special pathology : 1906
  • Boricks repertory : 1927
  • Bell’s Diarrhoea : 1820
  • Berridge’s eye : 1873
  • Guernesy’s desire & aversions : 1873
  • Guernesy’s hemorrhoids : 1880
  • Moon phase by Boger : 1931
  • Synoptic Key by Boger : 1931
  • Sensation as if by H.A.Robert : 1937
  • Rheumatic remedies by H.A.Robert : 1945
  • Repertory of fever by H.C.Allen : 1880
  • Repertory of Intermittent fever by W.A.Allen : 1883
  • First Indian Repertory Augustus Muller : 1885
  • English translation of anti psorics by Boger : 1900
  • T.F.Allen Symptom register : 1880
  • Hering’s Analytical repertory : 1881
  • Gentry’s concordances : 1890
  • Kneer repertory : 1896
  • N.M.Choudary ‘s material medica with repertory : 1929
  • In 1838 the first English language repertory was published by C.M.Hering


  • First computer repertory : Melanic in 1979
  • Kentopath _ Pune
  • CIRH – Kerala
  • Hompath _ Dr. Jawahar shaw
  • Organon _ 96 (Dr.Dixit,case taking only )
  • Cara _ Sanjeevani creations
  • Lamina _ Australia.
  • Cara _ Computer aided repertory analysis.
  • VEs _ Vithoulkas expert system.
  • Radar _ Rapid aid to drug aimed research.
  • KBex _ Knowledge based expert system.


  1. 1987. Kent’s Repertorium General by Kunzli.
  2. 1987. Synthesis by Dr.Fredericke schroyens based on RADAR.
  3. 1996. Comparative repertory of Homoeopathic MM by Dockx & Kokelenberg.
  4. 1993. Homoeopathic Medical Repertory by Robin Murphy.
  5. 1996. Complete Repertory by Roger Von Zandervoort.
  6. 2004. Repertorium Universalice by Roger Von Zandervoort

Hahnemann & Repertory

  • In foot note to aphorism 153 he mentioned the Repertory of Jahr & Boenninghausen
  • Case taking : $ 83-104
  • Chronic case taking : $ 94- 98
  • Acute case taking : $ 99-102
  • When patient coming directly : $ 83-90
  • When patient coming from other physicians : $ 91-93
  • A concise idea about case taking : $ 5
  • General directions in case taking : $ 83-93
  • Incomplete information can be made complete : $ 86
  • When the case taking come to a dead end : $ 88
  • Nature of consultation : $ 84
  • Every new expression in fresh line : $ 85
  • Don’ts in case taking : $ 87
  • Discounting symptoms : $ 91
  • Case taking in fulminate acute disease : $ 92
  • Exaggerating patients : $ 96
  • Modest patients : $ 97
  • Epidemic diseases : $ 100

Method of identification of chronic miasmatic disease : $ 103

  • Acute exacerbation : $ 215-216
  • Mental disease : $ 208-230
  • Leading questions : $ 88
  • Classification of diseases : $ 72-81
  • Types of acute disease : $ 73
  • Types of chronic diseases : $ 74
  • Artificial chronic diseases : $ 75
  • False chronic diseases : $ 77
  • True natural chronic diseases : $ 78
  • Record keeping : $ 104
  • One sided disease : $ 173
  • Local maladies : $ 185
  • Intermittent diseases : $ 231
  • Alternating diseases : $ 232
  • Intermittent fevers : $ 235

Materia medica pura by Hahnemann : 1811-1821
Hahnemann’s thesis in 1779 – A consideration of etiology & therapeutics of spasmodic affections.
Translation of cullen’s materia medica : 1790
He got MD at the age of 24- 10th April 1779
Essay on new principles ….: 1796
Medicine of experience : 1805
Chronic disease : 1828 5 volumes
Hahnemann graduated from : Erlengan University
Hahnemann never graded symptoms except rare,uncommon peculiar and commons. But he only want that symptoms of the patient should match with materia medica.Hahnemann died of bronchial catarrh.

Record Keeping :

  • Aphorism 104
  • Dr.Boenninghausen was the first to publish the case histories recorded by Hahnemann
  • Hering recommend loose sheets instead of bound journal
  • Hering always notes the weather condition and position of moon in each visit.
  • Lutzes firstly recommended ingenious filling slip system.
  • Without case records you are at see without a compass or rudder : Kent.J.T

Cross references in various repertories

  • Kent’s repertory : Against the rubric in bracket
  • Boger’s repertory : At the end of chapter
  • Kneer repertory : Hand sign
  • Boerick Repertory : After the medicines
  • Synthetic repertory : Under (below) the rubrics in italics
  • Synoptic Key : After the remedies
  • TPB: No cross reference

Remedy Degrees used in the Repertory
Remedy degrees have been chosen using specific guidelines for the grades indicated in the material medica. Here are a few examples.

Complete Repertory
Hahnemann’s Materia Medica Pura and Chronic Diseases
(Between brackets) not relevant enough to use
Normal print infrequently seen in provings/patients First degree: plain type
Bold text often seen in provings/patients Second degree: italics
Stapf’s Archiv and Additions to the Materia Medica Pura
Normal text First degree: plain type
E x t e n d e d text Second degree: italics
Noack and Trinks Handbüch der Homöopathischen Arzneimittellehre
Normal text First degree: plain type
E x t e n d e d text Second degree: italics
Jahr’s New Manual of Homeopathic Practice
Normal text First degree: plain type
Italic text Second degree: italics
(both can include ° pathogenic symptoms from provings that have been cured in the patient, and * pathogenic and clinical symptoms in normal and italic type.)
Hering’s Guiding Symptoms, Analytical Repertory of the Symptoms of the Mind 
Knerr’s Repertory to the Guiding Symptoms
| or no sign occasionally confirmed proving symptom First degree: plain type
|| more frequently confirmed proving symptom First degree: plain type
| (bold) symptoms verified by cures Second degree: italics
|| (bold) symptoms repeatedly verified by cures Third degree: bold
approved characteristic Third degree: bold
Θ, the Greek letter theta indicates a specific pathological or physiological state during which a specific symptom was cured by the remedy. We included those remedies when there was more than one entry for that situation and/or when these entries were not in plain type. These remedies have a certain value not restricted to that specific situation and therefore should be mentioned. Toxicological symptoms were included. π symptoms have been included, standing for symptoms observed in the sick. The Knerr repertory omits the Θ and π symptoms.
T F Allen’s Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica
Normal text not verified symptoms First degree: plain type
* Normal text verified symptoms First degree: plain type
Italic text more frequent in provings Second degree: italics
Italic text more frequent in provings, verified in cures Second degree: italics
Bold text frequent in provings Third degree: bold
Bold text frequent in provings and verified in cures Third degree: bold
H C Allen’s Materia Medica of the Nosodes 
Allen probably used a combination of information from Jahr and Hering
| or no sign proving symptom, not or only occasionally confirmed First degree: plain type
|| more frequently confirmed proving symptom Second degree: italics
Italics more frequently confirmed proving symptom Second degree: italics
Italics symptoms verified by cures ? Second degree: italics
||| frequently confirmed proving symptom ? Third degree: bold
Θ, the Greek letter theta indicates a specific pathological or physiological state during which a specific symptom was cured by the remedy. (see Lac vaccinum defloratum)
W Boericke’s Materia Medica, O Boericke’s Repertory
Normal text First degree: plain type
Italic text Second degree: italics
J H Clarke’s Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica
Normal text First degree: plain type
Italic text Second degree: italics
Kent’s Lectures on Homeopathic Materia Medica, Lesser Writings, Minor Writings
Normal text First degree: plain type
Italic text Second degree: italics
UPPER CASE text Third degree: bold
Boger’s Bönninghausen Repertory 
Bönninghausen’s Therapeutic Pocketbook and Systematisch Alphabetisches Repertorium der Antipsorischen Night Antipsorischen Arzneien
Bönninghausen’s degree division was used by Hering.
(text) conditional
Normal text First degree: plain type
Italic text Second degree: italics
Bold Capitalisedtext Third degree: bold
UPPER CASE text Third degree: bold
BOLD UPPER CASEtext Third degree: bold

Revision of the grading system in complete repertory
Repertory gradings provide an additional source of information about the characteristic nature of remedy symptoms, but are frequently misunderstood. Many think they represent the intensity of a symptom, which may even originate in Kent’s teachings (1). This is incorrect. Repertory gradings, regardless of specific criteria which vary from repertory to repertory, have always indicated frequency: the number of times a particular symptom has been recorded for any one remedy. Gradings are consequently a confidence rating – an indication of reliability, or characteristic quality, or simply the fact that the remedy is a polychrest and has more documented clinical confirmation. This has no direct relationship to intensity.

With the structural changes to the repertory introduced for the Repertorium Universale, the grading system for the entire repertory database was completely revised, changing from a Kentian-based classification to one based on Bönninghausen’s criteria.

according to
Complete Repertory 4.5,
Complete Repertory Millennium,
Kent’s Repertory
Found in provings, or sourced directly from clinical experience, toxicology, or herbal use Kent’s second degree.
Found in provings and clinically verified
Kent’s third degree.
Found in provings and often clinically verified
Repertorium Universale,
Complete Repertory 2001-03,
Boger’s Bönninghausen Repertory,
Therapeutic Pocketbook
Found in provings, or sourced directly from clinical experience, toxicology, or herbal use Found in two or more provers, not necessarily clinically verified Found in provings and clinically verified Found in provings and often clinically verified

The important point to note is that the first grade/degree in Kent equates to both the first and second degree in Bönninghausen’s system.
Source :

Converted Homeopaths

  • Kent converted to Homeopathy due to the complete cure of insomnia of his first wife by Dr.Paheln by Lachesis.He treated Clara Louise for a long and finally married (second wife) He died of Brigths disease
  • Boenningahusen converted to Homeopathy due to the complete cure of his purulent tuberculosis by Dr.Weigh by Pulsatila. He died of Apoplexy
  • Hering converted to Homeopathy due to the complete cure of gangrene by Ars.alb. He died of Paralysis of Heart
  • Dunham converted to Homeopathy due to cure by Lachesis

: Complete the cure which others begin
Similar symptomatology but opposite modalities
Antidote : Modify the effect of wrongly selected remedy
Similar symptomatology but acting in opposite direction
Inimical : Very similar, not follow each other
Seems to mix up the case


  • Father of Indian Homeopathy : Rajendrala Duta
  • Ranking of symptoms first given by : Gibson miller
  • Concept of anti type medicines : R.P.Patel
  • Concept of EET (essential evolutionary totality) : M.L.Dhawle
  • CCH act – 1973
  • CCRH – 1978
  • NIH Calcutta – 1975
  • PG regulations – 1989
  • DHMS regulations – 1983

PDF is considered for prescription but not for actual mathematical calculations – to differentiate the group of remedies.

Classical method
of repertorisation is the Total addition method
Modern method means Repertory chart technique

Dr.Boenninghausen ; Group is more important than a single symptom no matter how much peculiar it is

H.A.Robert :No single symptom, no matter how strong rare and peculiar can strong without the support of well taken case and the likeness of whole patient of the remedy

started a monthly journal Ant-Organon in 1810

Paradoxical symptoms means symptoms which are self contradictory or opposite in nature – Contradictory symptom Eg. Sleepy but cannot sleep

Anamnesis means medical history of the patient
Catamnesis means study of the follow up of the case
Associative anamnesis means interpersonal or intrapsychic case taking

Rearranging totality in terms of repertory is called Reportorial totality
First Homeopathic medical college in India was established in Kolkatta in 1880
Annotated copies means corrected handwritten copies

J.H.Allen :The isolated study of drugs in homeopathic materia medica is a meaningless exercise. It has to be studied in relation to areas of similarity and dissimilarity

Repertory is essentially an index _ C.M.Boger

The more the allopath grows old,the more he is pessimistic .The more the homeopath grows,the more he is enthusiastic and optimistic : P.Schmidt                                              

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