Kent's Repertory

First published in 1897.

1,423 pages, 642 remedies.

Over 100 repertories have been published since 1873. Kent's Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica has commonly been the best because of its extensiveness and logical structure as well as it's low cost and availability. For advanced work, later repertories have extended Kent's work and verified many sources making them more accurate as well as more comprehensive.

Kent used older works of the materia medica and clinical observations when consistent with the remedy, but refused numerous insufficiently confirmed symptoms and drugs.

Kent was publishing in competition with Knerr and others and did not share information. He tried to include Allen's Symptom-Register but was only able to include a minority of symptoms. He continuously updated his repertory using his students to help compile information until his death in 1916. Clara-Louise, his wife, helped in the editing of the last three editions.

General symptoms are emphasized in Kent's Repertory since he stressed the working out of a case from the generals to the particulars and then cross-checking the remedy's picture. Pathological names are used in the repertory but only with the leading remedies.

Kent suggested that those who use this Repertory should first of all read the heading of the general rubrics from the beginning to the end and thus become acquainted with the plan upon which it is formed.

Kent's repertory was verified from a number of materia medicas but printed editions incorporated mistakes. Six editions were published with the last in 1957. Indian editions were published in 1961 with the last being the 3rd. The 2nd German language edition appeared in 1971. A French language edition is available in extracts.

Kent published his repertory in portions and sold them individually. The price of purchasing the repertory this way in Kent's time would be equivalent to several thousand dollars now.

Schmidt's Kent's Final General Repertory

Dr. Pierre Schmidt, who worked on the previous three last editions, revised and corrected the manuscript that Kent left. It has sometimes been called the 7th Edition.

The corrected manuscript was stolen and mishandled, finally being recovered after years of pleading and a payment of money by Dr. Diwan Harish Chand.

The corrected edition was finally published in 1980 with the help of Dr. Chand in editing out mistakes. Mistakes were of the nature of misspellings and incorrect remedies. A rubric such as On walking was corrected to On waking. Nose was divided into Nose and Smell. Voice was extracted from Larynx and Trachea to form a new section. Throat was made more descriptive with External and Internal sections. Genitalia also was labeled with Male and Female sections.

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