This book review is reprinted with the permission of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians
HOMEOPATHIC MEDICAL REPERTORY:
by Steve Albin, N.D., DHANP
Hahnemann Academy of North America
"This repertory is described by the author as "a modern alphabetical repertory" that "was designed to be a modern, practical and easy to use reference guide." "It is a cross between Kent's, Repertory of the Materia Medica, with its sections on different parts of the body and Phatak's, Concise Repertory of Homeopathic Remedies, which is completely alphabetical without any sections." This repertory has sixty-seven sections listed in alphabetical order with the rubrics in the sections also listed in alphabetical order.
"There are many other changes and innovations in Dr. Murphy's Repertory. Much of the language of the repertory has been modernized. For example, the rubric, avarice, has been changed to greedy; sadness to depression; eructation to belching; head-pain to headache. Some of the sections or chapters of the repertory have been divided up."
For example, Kent's section on Chest has been divided into Breasts, Breathing, Chest, Lungs and Heart. Extremities has been divided into chapters on Ankles, Arms, Elbows, Feet, Hands, Hips, Joints, Knees, Legs, Limbs, Shoulders, Wrists. Some new sections that have been added are Blood, Bones, Brain, Children, Emergency, Environment, Pregnancy, and Toxicity. There also are many new rubrics and remedies included.
I have been using this repertory for about a month. At first I wasn't sure about it and carried both it and my Kent's repertory around. After a week I realized that I never looked at Kent's any more and started using Dr. Murphy's repertory exclusively.
I must say that I haven't had so much fun and been so frustrated with anything since first starting to use Kent's repertory. The repertory is fun because there is so much more information in it. Every day I discover something in it that I wasn't aware of and this helps me with prescribing. The frustration occurs because I have spent years learning where everything is in Kent's repertory and when I look in Murphy's repertory it is often under some other section or rubric name. This isn't a criticism of the repertory but just a reality when changing from one system to another.
Homeopathic Medical Repertory has some other practical advantages. Compared to Kent's and the Synthetic Repertory, it is compact, and therefore much easier to carry around. The binding is excellent and the paper is of good quality. The price is also very reasonable compared to the Synthetic Repertory. The Indian publishers will have a hard time copying it in a competitive way.
I have a few criticisms. There is no listing of the sources of the remedies contained in rubrics. Since some sources are more reliable than others this is an important omission. Also I find the dividing up of the Extremities section cumbersome. So many conditions in this area of the body are not confined to individual parts. For example, to have to go from the section on Ann at the front of the repertory to Wrist at the end of the repertory for some condition that involves both is frustrating.
This repertory is a valuable addition to homeopathic literature and will be well used and treasured for many years to come. Robin Murphy deserves much praise and recognition for obvious time, effort and knowledge put into this book. Since the knowledge and understanding of Homeopathy is accelerating at a great rate I hope that there will be revisions from time to time and that a computerized version of the repertory is in the works.
We've seen tremendous changes in Homeopathy in the past twelve years and books like this reflect the high level of knowledge and expertise that has been attained.
Summer 1993 Volume VI No. 2
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