Clinical Repertory

Clinical Repertory

  • John Henry Clarke, MD




Contains five repertories, arranged as clinical, causation, temperaments, clinical relationships, and natural relationships.
347 pp pb


A Clinical Repertory to the Dictionary of Materia Medica, by John H. Clarke, was published in 1904. Clarke described his repertory "as being designed for use in the study of the materia medica...(and) an instrument for finding out the indicated remedies." To extend the usefulness of this book Clarke added 4 other repertories-of Causation, Temperaments, Clinical Relationships, and Natural Relationships.

Prefixed to each remedy in Clarke's Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica is a list of the affections in which it has been found most frequently indicated in practice. The Clinical repertory section is an index of these headings.

Under Causation you will find an alphabetical list of causes and the remedies that have been observed to be curative. The Repertory of Temperaments indexes the types of constitutions a particular remedy is suited to.

It was Clarke's experience that some patients' constitutions corresponded so accurately to a particular medicinal type that "the corresponding remedy will cure almost any indisposition they may happen to have." Included in this section are also complaints common in people of a certain type and age.

The Repertory of Natural Relationships shows the place of a remedy in the 3 kingdoms-Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, and how it relates to similar remedies. Clarke valued these groupings but criticized the tendency of some homeopaths in "taking the grouping first, and thinking that this might prove a shortcut to learning the materia medica."

Independent of natural relationships, Clarke felt medicines were interrelated in various ways in points of therapeutic action. "A knowledge of these relations is all-important to those who aim at accurate prescribing." The repertory of Clinical Relationships includes several interactions:

Antidote-the ability to arrest a medicinal action
Complement-similar action in a particular state
Compatible-prepare the way for other remedies
Incompatible-spoil the effect of other remedies

Dr. John Henry Clarke, M.D.

(1853 - 1931)

Dr. Clarke was one of the most eminent homoeopaths of England. He had his famous Clinic at 8 Bolton Street, Piccadilly, located in London.

Anyone who met Clarke even once must have been impressed with the feeling of an exceptional human being, a forceful personality, a man apart. He was so busy in his studies that he had very little time to mix with others. He was a prodigious worker, as his published works testify, to say nothing of the host of private patients from all parts of the world.

He was also a consulting physician to the London Homoeopathic Hospital. He was the editor of the 'Homoeopathic World' for twenty-nine years. His famous publications are as follows:

The Prescriber - A Dictionary of the New Therapeutics
...with an essay on "How to Practice Homoeopathy." This little book has helped thousands of lay practitioners to prescribe successfully and carry the message of homoeopathy to far off lands.

It is one of the 'must-have' books for every new practitioner of Homoeopathy. Its indications of remedies are based on personal experiences of a number of reputed homoeopaths like Burnett, Hughes, Cooper, Ruddock, Neatby, Salser, etc.

The Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica
...consists of 3 volumes. In it he has given the synonyms, the source, the provers' experiences, clinical indications, temperament, keynotes and characteristics, modalities, pathological, sensational, locational and causational indications of each drug. He has also given the provings of the drug. In addition, the relationship of the drug to other remedies.

A Clinical Repertory to the Dictionary of Materia Medica
...was specifically designed by him for the study of his huge Materia Medica. The Repertory is very helpful for individualization of the simillimum from other similar remedies.

Dr. Clarke belongs to the band of provers of Nosodes, the products of disease used as homoeopathic remedies. The chief stalwarts among them were: Swan, Fincke, Clarke, Burnett, Hering, Stearns, Wheeler, Bach, Patterson, Grimmer and others.

He has the credit of introducing the following remedies to the Homoeopathic Materia Medica: Pertussin, Carcinosinum, Epihysterinum, Baccillinum Testicum, Morbillinum, Parotidinum, Scarletinum, and Scirrhinum.


A clinical repertory containing five repertories: clinical, temperaments, clinical relationships, and natural relationships.

Based on the information in his three volume Dictionary and arranged by clinical symptom. Remedies in italics are found in The Prescriber.

The Heritage of Homoeopathic Literature
copyright 2001 by Julian Winston
Reprinted with the permission of the author