Synthesis Repertory 9.1
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Sharp, accurate and all-encompassing.
This newest edition adds more than 300,000 remedy occurrences and over 1,600 completely new remedies to the already superb Synthesis 8.
2,088 pp - plus appendices hb
This new Synthesis Repertory is a revolutionary work, integrating a vast array of information. This is the culmination of 17 years of work from the different currents of the homeopathic community.
-- Numbers at a glance --
Remedy Occurrences: 1,066,987
-- 23% more than Synthesis 8
Author References: 1,773,453
-- 65% more than Synthesis 8
Number of remedies described: 2,373
-- 1,698 more than Kent
With Synthesis 9 you now get:
1. Access to Boenninghausen and Boger
The complete content of all the main Boenninghausen and Boger Repertories has been seamlessly integrated.
2. Complete Sources Integrated
The complete content of Oscar Boericke's Repertory, Phatak's Concise Repertory, and all the symptoms from Julian's Nosodes are now integrated.
3. New and Updated Remedies
Additions from the clinical experience and provings of contemporary homeopaths have been added, including Farokh Master, Andre Saine, Jeremy Sherr and many others.
4. More Efficient Access
The 'Mind' chapter and all 'pain' rubrics were thoroughly analyzed and the remedies were copied, where appropriate, into the superrubrics.
5. The Source Repertory
All new additions are traced back to the original source. Over 100,000 hours of research work in the original languages guarantees the accuracy and reliability of the information.
6. Easy To Use
A standardized and simplified repertory structure:
- Streamlining: the symptoms are presented in a standardized way, strictly following coherent and universal rules.
- Restructuring: the Repertory structure has been simplified and reorganized. Related information is brought together by moving the 'descriptions of pain' to the last level - uncovering information that was previously hidden or dispersed.
With the Repertory is a CD is that includes:
- Information about the structure and language of the Repertory, e.g. explanations of more than 1,150 key symptoms
- Searchable remedy and author catalogues
- Extensive information about families, relationships of remedies and where to get new remedies.
This CD also includes the Companion to Synthesis, which assists you in finding information in Synthesis more easily:
- By listing rubrics with similar meanings or themes, the Concepts part of the CD increases the possibility of finding associated symptoms in Synthesis
- A searchable word index (more than 5,000 words indexed)
From the Book
From the Foreword
Synthesis 9 is the first version that is being released in two steps. Synthesis 9.1 has more or less the same content as Synthesis 9.0.
The difference between these two versions is a long awaited, crucial step in the development of the repertory. I have been dreaming about this improvement ever since I became accustomed to my very first Kent's Repertory, which I bought in 1977.
What then is this change?
1. STREAMLINING AND RESTRUCTURING
The change to Synthesis 9.1 addresses a problem well known to deft repertory users: a lot of information is hidden in the subrubrics of the pain descriptions.
Let's clarify this with an example. A patient tells you his pain in the eye is definitely better from rubbing the eye. Synthesis 9.0 offers 7 remedies with this modality in the rubric:
"EYE - PAIN - rubbing - amel.".
The meaningful bit of information here is "rubbing amel.". The experienced repertory user knows that the "eye . pain" section contains other symptoms which include this same modality.
These are hidden as subrubrics of the pain descriptions, as follows:
"EYE - PAIN - burning - rubbing - amel."
"EYE - PAIN - foreign body; as from a - rubbing amel."
"EYE - PAIN - pressing, pressure, etc. - rubbing - amel."
"EYE - PAIN - sand, as from - rubbing - amel."
These four rubrics all contain remedies whose pain in the eye is improved with rubbing. The relevance is that, if we combine these rubrics, we now look at 13 remedies instead of 7! Considering these additional remedies may increase the likelihood of choosing the correct remedy.
How has this issue been addressed in Synthesis 9.1?
In all the symptoms of the pain sections, the description of pain was always on level 3 ("eye .pain . burning - morning"). In Synthesis 9.1 this description has been moved to the last level of the symptom. The above symptoms therefore became:
"EYE - PAIN - rubbing - amel. . burning"
"EYE - PAIN - rubbing - amel. - foreign body; as from a"
"EYE - PAIN - rubbing - amel. - pressing pain"
"EYE - PAIN - rubbing - amel. - sand; as from"
This restructuring increases the number of remedy choices for thousands of modalities, sides, times, extensions and localizations. These hidden symptoms and their remedies were hardly ever looked at before. Now it has become very easy to consider this information when necessary.
In addition, the remedies of these symptoms expressing the same side, time, modality, extension or localization have been copied to the common superrubric.
Reverting to the example above, this means that "EYE - PAIN - rubbing - amel." has 13 remedies in Synthesis 9.1 (instead of 7 in Synthesis 9.0). For each remedy the source rubric has been indicated.
In order to achieve this drastic change, it had to be preceded by another step: a thorough streamlining of all symptoms. Here is the explanation why:
The modality "cold air agg." is expressed in several ways at different places in the Repertory. For example, in Synthesis 9.0:
HEAD - PAIN - cutting - cold - air agg.
HEAD - PAIN - tearing - air - cold; from
If we restructure this information, these rubrics would become:
HEAD - PAIN - cold - air agg. - cutting
HEAD - PAIN - air - cold; from - tearing
This would result in a cluttered pattern of rubrics with identical meanings, expressed in different ways. Therefore, we have streamlined the modality "cold air agg." throughout the Repertory into "cold - air - agg." before undertaking the restructuring.
In Synthesis 9.1 the above rubrics have become:
HEAD - PAIN - cold - air - agg. - cutting
HEAD - PAIN - cold - air - agg. - tearing
As a consequence of this streamlining and restructuring process, some familiar rubrics may have undergone some changes.
First of all, the symptom level expressing the description of pain has been moved. There is only one thing to remember in order to find the new symptom location: move the "description of pain" to the last level of the symptom and you will find the symptom in Synthesis 9.1.
This applies only to pain symptoms that contain a "description of pain" (e.g. burning, cramping, tearing, etc.). Some examples:
|Synthesis 9.0||Synthesis 9.1|
|HEAD - PAIN - stitching - evening||HEAD - PAIN - evening - stitching|
|HEAD - PAIN - stitching - coughing, when||HEAD - PAIN - coughing, when - stitching|
|HEAD - PAIN - stitching - Forehead - extending to - Occiput||HEAD - PAIN - Forehead - extending to - Occiput . stitching|
|HEAD - PAIN - stitching - Temples||HEAD - PAIN - Temples - stitching|
Second, the streamlining may have moved a familiar rubric to a different place altogether, even considering the first explanation above. You look for a symptom modified with "air . cold", and in fact in Synthesis 9.1 you will find it under "cold . air" not under the letter "a"(ir), but under "c"(old).
It may take some time to adjust to the new streamlined modalities and locations. The advantage is that this streamlining is now consistent throughout the repertory. Previously this was not the case.
In Synthesis 9.0 and prior versions there were 36 ways to express "cold air agg."!
Now either "cold . air . agg." or the collapsed form "cold air agg." is used. And that's it.
This simplifies the search for rubrics in the repertory from now on.
For the complete text of this Foreword, please
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in "Book Review of Synthesis" (translated from the German)
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in Archiv für Homoeopathik
HeritageDerived from the RADAR computer program, contains many additions to Kent's Repertory on which it is based.
The Heritage of Homoeopathic Literature
copyright 2001 by Julian Winston
Reprinted with the permission of the author