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Homeopathy Medical Repertory, 2nd Ed.

Elaine reviews Robin Murphy’s Homeopathy Medical Repertory and finds it worthy of buying and using!

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Author: Robin Murphy, ND
Publisher: The Hahnemann Academy of North America
Pages: 1,946
Reviewed By: Elaine Lewis

It is with great enthusiasm that I present this Repertory for your consideration. It is very substantial at nearly 2,000 pages, printed on Bible paper, making it lighter and not as thick as one would expect. This repertory is very complete and I rarely need to consult another one when doing a case.It is modern–the copyright date being 1996–and therefore includes all our modern diseases including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Agoraphobia, AIDS and other conditions you wouldn’t expect to find in Kent’s Repertory; plus, it has many of the newer remedies like Chocolate and Hydrogen, and even includes the Bach Flower remedies.Aside from having many more homeopathic remedies and ailments than Kent’s Repertory, the great advantage of this book is that it is the only modern repertory formatted in alphabetical order. I can remember taking my introductory course in homeopathy, the first sessions of which were spent entirely on learning–not homeopathy–but Kent’s Repertory, and how to figure it out; because truly, it is not self-explanatory; and oddly enough, all subsequent modern repertories except for Murphy’s have replicated this arcane construct, perpetuating this burdensome feature of our most essential reference tool.Murphy’s Repertory is a veritable breath of fresh air! He has not only put the entire repertory in alphabetical order, he has also added new chapters so that things can be found where one would expect to find them. For instance, he created a much-needed “Food” chapter so that those essential food and drink cravings can easily be found. He created a “Pregnancy” chapter, so that if your patient has morning sickness, it can easily be found by going alphabetically to “Pregnancy” and then alphabetically to “M” for “Morning sickness” within the chapter. There are 70 chapters in Murphy’s Repertory to Kent’s 39.

Here’s an interesting chapter: “Environment”; scroll down to “c” for “Cloudy weather agg.”; or “m” for “Moon, full moon agg.” How about a much needed “Emergency” chapter; scroll down to “b” for “Bites of cats”-acet-ac., Hypericum(3), lach.(2), Ledum(3)”.Then there’s the “Toxicity” chapter. Scroll down to “c” for “Chemotherapy, treatment, for side effects of-ars., Cadm-s.(3), chin., ip.(2), nux v.”Other newly added chapters include: Headaches, Delusions, Glands, Joints, Hips, Hands, Feet, Elbows, Diseases, Constitutions, and Children.You can see that an effort has seriously been made here to truly make the Repertory user-friendly. In fact, if Robin Murphy had done nothing else for homeopathy in his life but reformat the Repertory with all the additions, including new rubrics, he’d deserve a life-time achievement award for this alone.*****More Information About Murphy’s Repertory

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Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at [email protected]
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at: and

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