The Similitude- a journal Review

Dr Sushil Vats

THE SIMILITUDE [ Oct.2004- Editor Dr.Satish Rana]

This issue is dedicated to great Kent. The life of James Tyler Kent-article written by Dr.D.Costra of Chandigarh is most interesting and is full of incidents from great physician’s life.He writes…Kent was the dynamic homeopath, the world has ever seen., who could interpret the condensed and rather difficult Organon of medicine which Hahnemann had bequeathed, made it easily understandable in a philosophical manner and presented it to the homoeopathic world and who surpassed our great master Hahnemann. Dr.Kent was born on March 31st, 1849, at Wood Hull, New York State, U.S.A.

His study of homoeopathy brought him such certainty and conviction that he knew no peace until he was able himself to apply this doctrine with all the conscientiousness and strictness it demanded. So he devoted his full time to his patients, enlightened by all he had learned, and in a very short time his homoeopathic practice flourished. Through exceeding hard work he confirmed the absolute veracity of Law of Similars and established the need for individualization.

As he was unable to obtain a good and reliable repertory for his reference he himself set about compiling a Repertory of symptoms. In the course of his gigantic work he imposed a great stain on his health but the result was the best repertory ever made. At the out set he used as a guide the small work of C.Lippe, titled ‘Repertory of the more characteristic symptoms of our materia medica’ [published in New York in 1879] which was repertory of 318 pages, the ones of Jahr, Boenninghausen, Gentry, Biegler’s diary and pages of Minton’s Diseases of women. Kent’s work was based on the principles of Organon and when completed, it consisted of not less than 1,349 pages.

One of the greatest homoeopath died on June 6th, 1916.

Dr.Jaidev Sharma  has written a detail article on Kents’s Twelve observation.Giving instance from his practice he explains how Kent’s observations when applied to our practice help us in taking hold of a deteriorating case. According to him in all such cases Kent’s observations provide us the compass to monitor the changes in the patient during treatment.

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