Marc Baer's Review of the New World Repertory
I have used repertories all my veterinary life long, which is now for nearly 30 years. Over the years I had been working with Kent's Final General Repertory, with the Boger Boenningshausen Repertory, the Repertorium Generale and on database Synthesis, Winstaphise and the Complete Repertory. Besides these books I also made acquaintance with the repertories of Knerr, Boenninghausen (therapeutic pocket book), Boericke, Ward (sensations as if), Ferreol (a small veterinary repertory) and others. Having received the New World Veterinary Repertory my first thought was, I have to admit, “one more in the pack”.
I then started to look into Richard Pitcairn's and Wendy Jensen's repertory and saw how useful it can be. It's a good compilation of mainly Boger and Kent. This is a huge advantage as a lot of the additions in the new repertories are highly speculative, unfounded and misleading. Richard and Wendy didn't get trapped to put too many information into the book.
A second advantage is the reduction to rubrics useful in veterinary homoeopathy. This way our veterinary repertories become easier to navigate within. Of course the choice of rubrics is also a personal choice of Richard and Wendy. The rubrics don't only tell about remedies, but also about which rubrics proved to be important in the veterinary career of both of them. In other words a user of the New World Repertory doesn't only profit from the two reasons stated above, but also from the immense knowledge these practitioners have gathered over the years.
I want to add one thing which seems so important to me. Please do read the introduction. In some side remarks Richard and Wendy do make some very important statements. The value of mental (mind) symptoms in a case is clearly stated – truly according to Hahnemann's thoughts. Amidst so many books overrating emotions, amongst so many authors using rather speculation then reasoning in homeopathy the words of Richard and Wendy are absolutely important.
If I have one point that I would have liked to be different, it's the source of the remedies in the rubrics that aren't mentioned. To know whether an entry comes from Boger or Kent might be a luxury, but nevertheless in a few cases it would be worthwhile.
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.
Marc Baer, DVM