Reviewed by Dr Mansoor Ali
Full name of the book : Logic of repertories
Author : Dr J Benedict D’ Castro
Published by B Jain Publishers New Delhi.201307
7th impression: 2017
According to the syllabus prescribed by CCH for BHMS
The book – Second edition of Logic of repertories is meant for BHMS students and Encyclopaedia of Repertories by the same author is meant for PG students.
This book will guide the student’s teachers and practitioners to find out the right remedy through proper repertorisation. Many blame repertory because of the improper or faulty methods of using it.
“The proper use of repertory will lead to correct offhand prescribing in simple cases in from 10-20 years. The mechanical use of the repertory never leads to artistic prescribing nor to remarkable results” – Dr.J.T.Kent
Quick sale of the first edition, demanded a corrected and updated version of the second edition.
Book is divided into two parts
1. Part 1 – dealing with Case taking and different types of symptoms
2. Part II- Different repertories and repertorisation
1. Exercise is given at the end of many chapters – which will help the students for preparing examinations
2. Explained the three basic repertories like Kent’s Repertory, TPB and BBCR in detail along with working methods and comparison with other repertories
3. Examples of short cases with selected rubrics given
4. A separate chapter on repertorisation exercise, in which 10 cases different varieties given. Students are requested to work out the case after removing the common symptoms, and compare the results given at the end of the book
5. 433 sets of allied/similar rubrics are grouped together in the chapter -Discrimination of rubrics in Kent’s repertory- knowledge of similar rubrics and the ability to discriminate between them is highly essential to get the correct remedy.
6. 593 old terminologies and difficult words of Kent’s repertory explained. It is very difficult to study the old terminologies with new generation dictionaries. But we need the dictionaries and references of that time. The author even successfully explained the meaning of the same rubric in different situations – there are certain words which are used in particular rubric to mean one thing and in another rubric to earn another.
7. A list of 215 diseases and their relative miasms explained A to Z order in the chapter Comparison of miasma – which helps the student and practitioners to select the correct miasmatic rubrics.
8. Model questions are given at the end of the book covering the entire Case taking and repertorisation topics.
9. This book is also available in the Spanish language
This book will definitely help the undergraduate and postgraduate students to learn the subject repertory with enthusiasm and useful also for the various competitive examinations in homoeopathy.
Reviewed by Dr Mansoor Ali