New World Veterinary Repertory
The first repertory edited for veterinary use is now available. Of the more than 110 repertories published over the last two centuries*, this is the first that has been carefully constructed to be of special application to veterinary practice. Until now veterinarians practicing the homeopathy of Hahnemann have used the repertories designed for human beings – Kent's, Boenninghausen's Therapeutic Pocketbook, Boger edition of Boenninghausen's repertory, The Synthetic Repertory, etc. These are excellent repertories for human use but can be a challenge to veterinarians for two reasons.
1. They contain much information, such as sensations, types of pains, locations, that only humans who are verbal can communicate.
2. Some of the most common animal problems are minimally presented or not even present as rubrics to use.
Veterinarians Richard Pitcairn and Wendy Jensen, together with over 45 years experience in exclusively homeopathy practices, bring their knowledge of animal conditions and the most useful rubrics to this unparalleled reference work. The Boenninghausen repertory, edited by Boger, was the foundation for the work because of its emphasis on physical conditions and skillful use of modalities and concomitants that are so necessary in animal work. After editing out the non-applicable material, rubrics especially helpful in animal cases were added or enlarged – primarily from Kent's repertory but also from other sources including Jahr, Boger, Allen, Hering and Boericke. As well, special emphasis was given to cross references to make the comparing of similar rubrics much easier than ever before.
This work, the first of its type, will greatly enhance the work of any homeopathic veterinarian.
Marc Baer, DVM
All in all I can recommend the New World Repertory to any practitioner. Back to the roots is the claim that Richard Pitcairn and Wendy Jensen are making, a claim that I advise to follow.
I Repertory Organization
To make the best use of the New World Veterinary Repertory (NWVR), begin by getting to know its working parts and how they relate to each other. The NWVR is loosely organized by parts of the body, beginning from the head and working back to the rear toes. Mind is found at the very beginning, and Generalities at the very end. Each chapter describes a different part of the body, and begins with a list of rubrics containing remedies especially pertinent to specific anatomical areas within that body part, loosely working caudally. For example, the Face chapter begins with the rubric Proper, which refers to the face in general. Within this rubric we find the sections of the face, beginning with left and right sides and then proceeding through forehead, eyes, temples, cheeks, upper jaw, maxillary joint, mouth, and parotid gland. Note: When searching for a rubric describing an anterior limb symptom, also check the posterior extremity chapter, as this is where Kentian general extremity rubrics were incorporated.
Each sub-rubric is designated by a single indentation from the parent rubric, and applies to specific variations of the main rubric. For example, in the Skin chapter the rubric Eruptions is followed by sub-rubrics describing various types of eruptions, from acne to bleeding eruptions, from boils to itching eruptions, and from pemphigus to petechial or pustular eruptions.
Common chapter sub-rubrics following the anatomical listings include Time, Agg., Amel., and Concomitants. Time refers to the time of day during which a symptom is present or felt most strongly. Agg. refers to aggravation, which describes a situation that exacerbates the symptom or the patient as a whole. For example, Mind; Agg.; Company (the semi-colon delineates a sub-rubric of the preceding rubric heading), describes the patient who might be fearful or even aggressive with other animals or family members, but when left alone or with minimal disturbances, looks and acts more relaxed and congenial. Or more specifically, Urinary; Agg.; Company, refers to the patient who has difficulty with urination when someone is watching. Likewise Abdomen; Agg.; Breakfast; after, refers to abdominal complaints that come on strongly after the patient eats breakfast.
Contrarily, Amel. refers to amelioration. This means that the symptom, body part, or even the whole patient, in the case of the Mental and Generalities chapters, is eased and made to feel better in that specific situation. For example, Mind; Amel; Air, open, in, describes a patient who feels better outdoors. If he is anxious, then this mental symptom is notably improved when he leaves the house. If he is clingy, he voluntarily gets down from the client's arms only when she walks outside. Another example from the Generalities chapter is Amel.; Covers, desires. This patient might have trouble relaxing unless she is covered with a blanket. She might often be found burrowed right under the sheets at night. If a condition is listed without a qualifier, the default is always Agg. So Skin; Itching; bathing; after, means that there is more itching, or the itching is aggravated, after bathing.
Many chapters have their own Agg. and Amel. sections, but individual rubrics may also note an aggravation or amelioration specific to that particular symptom, such as Skin; Itching; heat of stove, amel. This refers to the patient who acts very itchy and is constantly scratching, unless he is warmed by the heat of the stove. Another example of an amelioration of a particular state is Mind; Irritable; eating, after; amel. Note that this rubric is found under Mind; Irritable, not Mind; Amel. There is a rubric Mind; Amel.; Eating, after, but the remedies are different, with the exception of Phosphorus. This is because the first rubric describes irritability which improves after eating, whereas the second describes a patient who functions better mentally after eating. The distinction is important.
Aggravations and Ameliorations are cornerstones of this repertory. Along with Time, they are modalities, or situations which alter the expression of the patient's symptomatology. Modalities lie at the heart of the case and will point the way to the curative remedy. What makes your patient feel better? What makes her worse? What eases or exacerbates her condition? Strive to answer these questions for every patient.
Along with modalities, generalities provide critical clues to the healing remedy. Generalities refer to any symptom that involves the whole of the patient. If our patients could speak, they would describe a general symptom by beginning with the words, "I feel...." rather than "My leg feels...." or "My tail feels...." Any symptom or modality affecting the energy and vitality of the entire patient provides an important guide to the practitioner and must find its match in the prescribed remedy. Concomitants refer to symptoms which occur during the same time period. For example, Teeth; Concomitants, lists other symptoms which occur when the patient is suffering from dental problems. Concomitant rubrics are useful sections to examine, but if the symptom you search for is not found here, simply search for the observed symptom within its respective chapter. In other words, if your patient has attacks of vertigo or dizziness, and along with these attacks suffers from diarrhea, first check Vertigo; Concomitants, but if you can't find diarrhea there, then go to the Stool section for the best description of the diarrhea.
Other chapters not limited to a specific body part include Sleep, Cold, Fever, and Circulation. These are found near the back of the repertory before Generalities.
For specific remedy abbreviations, refer to the listing in the front of the repertory. The remedies are printed in different ways to delineate the grading of the remedy within each rubric. Grading refers to the prominence and strength of the symptom within that remedy. Bold remedies printed all in capitals (CALC) are the highest grade, followed by bold with just the initial letter capitalized (Calc), followed by lowercase italicized (calc) and lastly, the lowest grade is plain (calc).
III Cross References
Cross references are found within parentheses following the pertinent rubric. These are suggestions to the busy practitioner searching for a more exact description of the patient's suffering. Often a cross reference will have a closer fit, but occasionally the differentiation is so minor that both rubrics are useful in the same patient, thus opening up the selection of possible remedy matches. Rubrics and their cross references may also describe somewhat different states, so take the time to achieve clarity in your patient evaluation before selecting the rubric. For example, your patient has trouble eating. You might find “desires food which is refused when offered” under Appetite in the Stomach section. 7 remedies to consider, and a cross reference to “craving, but knows not for what.” 11 remedies here, and only one, hep., is common to both lists. Look back at your patient to determine which rubric is the better fit. Read the materia medica to see how the remedies portray that symptom.
As another example of cross references encouraging careful patient examination, consider also the Discoloration rubric in Anterior Extremities. The cross references lead you to Spots (what exactly is the discoloration like in your patient?) and also Skin; Color (is the skin discolored in the rest of the body as well?). Or in another case you might find a more complete listing of rubrics in the cross reference. For example, Skin; Nails (claws, hooves) has 27 sub-rubrics, whereas Anterior Extremities; Nails, has only 12. Let the cross references lead you to the most complete and accurate rubrics for your patient.