I am often asked why I chose the rubrics for a case that I do. When Vladimir and myself spent the time to rewrite each rubric using the German original from the existing Allens Pocket Book and dictionaries of the 1800s to understand the meaning of medical knowledge in that era, we became familiar with the intent of each symptom as related to the Materia Medica.
In the three years it took to refine the work, we saw the errors introduced by Allen due to his lack of language skills in German. In fact, this point alone was one of the driving forces behind our desire to have an accurate overhaul of the Repertory.
I think it worth mentioning that the motivation for rewriting the TPB was solely for use in our private clinics. I had found that using the Allens version had proved to be more beneficial to my patients than any other Repertory to indicate the correct remedy. Originally I had played with the TPB back in 1983, but found it so different to Kent and apparently ‘simplistic’ plus I lacked knowledge regarding the methodology that it was placed on one side.
later, with a little more knowledge regarding its usage, I came to like its accuracy even in my clumsy use of it.
A person who uses the TPB is a person who utilises the methology of Hahnemann. Boenninghausen incorporated the thinking and directions of the Master, and as such when used correctly, the remedies suggested are an accurate portrayal of how Hahnemann takes a case, and matches the patients symptoms accurately with the Materia Medica.
One incorrect complaint leveled against the repertory is that it is a ‘generals’ repertory and is not a specific local symptom repertory. We can demonstated how to use properly.
It was the most used repertory in German English and French from 1846 to late in the century, then due to Swedenborg influence in the USA homoeopathic sector, it stopped being printed.
Kents repertory is an amalgamation of 7 repertories and one or two booklets. The issue with that is that each individual repertory has its own methodology which is lost in the combination.
Sadly the same problem exists with the Boger Boenninghausen repertory, where everything has been placed together from all the different sources of Boenninghausen. As a book of collated symptoms it is excellent… as a repertory, not so much.
We will do a one or 2 day course at the IHM HQ in Eastbourne when the restricitions are lifted going through the essentials of understanding the TPB for prescribing success.