HRep

Introduction

HRep is an Android App made for Homoeopaths - doctors and students. It is based on Kent's Repertory, with several additions from Boger Synoptic Key, Phatak's Repertory, Boericke's repertory, and also some prominent rubrics from newer repertories. It is completely free, with no Ads etc.

The app allows you to search Kent's repertory in several ways, as shown in this help file. It allows regular repertorization (classic) which counts the totality and grade. In addition, using some special rules we have built into the program, it outputs an "expert" analysis which gives different results if some drugs in the analysis contain keynotes. Further, we have linked the repertortorial analysis directly to materia medica, so you can confirm a drug immediately. You can consult Boericke's Materia Medica or Kent's repertory reversed.

There are several improvements that could be made to the app. Consistency in drug abbreviations is also something that needs more work. To take a simple example, we have calc-ars, nat-a, and aur-ar. This is simple enough to correct - and yet, it is just one of the dozens of things that vie for attention. Should we add more rubrics? Record more help videos? What about new drugs that are not in Kent's repertory - should they not be added first? What about drug classifications and drug relationships? And so on. Merely adding all rubrics from Boericke would take another six months, and we felt the app had reached a point where it could be useful if released now.

The plan is to do these things over time. However, given the constraints of time, we cannot give any assurance.

How to Use

The easiest way to learn and use HRep is by watching the help videos. Together, the five videos take only about 15 mins to watch. If you don't watch them, you may never learn how to use HRep to its full potential. Watch each video twice. In 30 mins, you will have the most powerful tools of HRep available for ready use.

Help Videos:

Overview

Overview of HRep

Search Boxes & Buttons

Repertorization in HRep

Quick Tip

Using frq

Quick FAQs

These are frequently asked questions, so even before you read about how to use the App, please read these.

1. When we select rubrics for repertorization, why are the drugs not displayed for each rubric?

It is important not to be biased when selecting the rubric. There may be a desire to choose rubrics which have the drug we already feel is suitable for the case. Simply choose the rubrics that are most appropriate.

2. Why are only few drugs shown in the repertory analysis?

The top 12 drugs are shown. We felt there is little benefit in showing the 30th drug in the analysis.

3. Why are ranking counts/marks not displayed in the repertory analysis?

Because the correct prescription may fall in any of the top 12 remedies - and sometimes even outside. You should not look at 6/12 and say this is better than 4/11 (total number of rubrics/ grade total). Imagine this is a plant identification program. Just because the first one got 6/12, you don't conclude it is a Rose. You must match the picture, and then you might see that it is a cactus... pink colored, with thorns and petals etc. Always go to the materia medica and look up the top drugs.

4. How can we save the repertory analysis?

Cases can be saved once the repertory analysis is complete. Go to the menu (...) and touch "Print this page". You can then either print the PDF file, or save it with the patient name. By default it is saved in the "Downloads" folder on your phone. But you can created a HRep folder and save all files there.

5. Why are unrelated rubrics showing when I search for "ear pain"?

The program searches for text within the rubric. "ear" will also find "fear" and "appear". To get an exact match, type it as "ear,_pain" (the underscore character "_" is put in place of a space. Every comma, sequence of word must be exact. Another search tool is the "%" sign. Try "gener%night" or "pain%lying%ear" (no spaces before or after % sign). Experiment with these searches to understand properly.

6. Can classification or rubrics from pocket repertory be used in repertorization?

A. Yes. However, ensure that the similar rubrics are not repeated. If you take "thirstless" from pocket repertory and also from KentRep, the same drugs like gels, ipec may get counted twice for totality, grade etc. The same is true if you take a rubric and its subrubric with the same drug. e.g. "Teeth, pain" and "Teeth, pain, night, agg." will cause some of the same drugs to repeat.

Repertorization

The process of repertorization is as follows:

  1. Search for rubrics using the key search words.
  2. Touch search to see all relevant rubrics.
  3. Once you have selected the rubrics, you can click Repertorize.
  4. At least two rubrics need to be selected.
  5. If the rubrics don't have even one drug in common, no output will be shown.

Other important points to note:

Repertory Search

KentRep (+additions) consists of Kent's Repertory with several drugs and rubrics added - e.g. carcin, anhal etc. Many rubrics have been added from Phatak's repertory. Look at "direction", "complaints" etc in the search to see some of these. KentRep (filtered) contains these additions but it will not display any polychrests. This helps in focusing on the smaller drugs (approx less than 600-700 rubrics).

Materia Medica

Special Keywords: frq, trp, pkr & classification

There are some special keywords which are present in rubrics to help focus the search. They can be used both while repertorizing as well as searching the materia medica. frq indicates rubrics that we frequently encounter in patients. trp represents rubrics that form the therapeutic indications in a specific condition. For example, you may have "head, pain, temple, left, eating after". Like this, there are thousands of specific rubrics which one may never encounter in the clinic. Much more common in headaches are - pain when going out in the sun, or from fasting etc. Such rubrics are marked with trp. A few rubrics are marked both trp and frq. Usually, frq represents more general symptoms - which can even be directly asked when thinking of / confirming a prescription. e.g. you think of Sulphur, look at Sulph in Kent's Repertory Reversed, used frq in search --> relevance view.

When you search for "head, pain" or "abdomen, pain" in Kent's Repertory, you will find more than 150 drugs for each of these, which is not very useful. We have added all rubrics from our custom "Pocket Repertory" which was included in our earlier app HQR. This allows you to use the special keyword pkr (for pocket repertory) in a search. When you search "pkr head", you get headache with 23 drugs. In some situations, this may be much more useful. You could use the rubric just as a reference/lookup, or even add it to your repertorization.

Another keyword is classification, which is a classification of all the drugs. For example, simply type "classification" in the Repertory Search to see the complete list. Or search for "classification carbon". If you want to look up the classification for a particular drug, go to the Materia Medica, Kent Reversed , select the drug name and search for "classification". e.g., puls and "classification" will give you Ranunculaceae.

Experiment with and without these special keywords to understand how they work. For example, try searching "stomach desire" and compare it with "stomach desire frq". In the first search, it will show you all food cravings that are present in HRep, including desire for lard, boiled milk, clean rags, etc.! The special keyword "frq" is especially useful when searching the Materia Medica for a specific drug.