|Synthesis has been the most favored repertories of the modern era ever since it first appeared on the horizon. The repertory which started its journey as an updated Kent’s repertory has now become so much more. Synthesis now includes information on nearly all new medicines, clinical information from a variety of established sources, data from works of Hahnemann, Boenninghausen, Boger, Phatak and many others. |
The best part is that Synthesis 9.1 now comes with a utility CD which adds to the beauty of the book. While retaining the quality of the book, the print size has been reduced slightly to make the book handier. The book follows the same schema as used in earlier version but with some useful restructuring of rubrics that we will describe later. Most of the details that follows have been taken from the book itself.
What’s New in Synthesis 9.1
Synthesis 9.1 comes with following additional new information as compared to Synthesis 9.0.
The most important innovation of the printed version 9.1 is that information normally reserved for the software users, has been made available with the book. It is presented on a CD and compiled into two additional volumes.
The “Textbook of Repertory Language” contains the following elements:
The second additional volume is called “Companion to Synthesis“. It contains all the information that may be helpful to find symptoms in Synthesis:
More comprehensive information about these additional volumes can be found on the CD itself. In addition, the CD contains a demo version of the Radar 9 software.
CHANGES IN STREAMLINING AND RESTRUCTURING
The change to Synthesis 9.1 addresses a problem well known to deft repertory users: much 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 symptoms are hidden as sub-rubrics of the pain descriptions, as follows:
EYE – PAIN – burning – 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 the past, for all the symptoms of the pain sections, the description of pain was always on level 3 eye – pain – burning – morning. In Synthesis 9.1 pain descriptions have been moved to the last level of the symptom. The above symptoms therefore become:
EYE – PAIN – rubbing – amel. – burning
As a consequence, the rubrics containing the same modality are now positioned next to each other, on the same page or screen. In Synthesis 9.0 they were pages apart, pages that were seldom turned. This hidden information is now easily visible and usable.
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 super-rubric. 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).
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.
If we restructure this information, these rubrics would become:
HEAD – PAIN – cold – air agg. – cutting
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
As a consequence of this streamlining and restructuring process, some familiar rubrics 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:
Second, the streamlining may have moved a familiar rubric to a different place altogether, besides considering the first explanation above. You look for a symptom modified with air – cold, and 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.
Synthesis 9.1 adds more armor to the homeopathic tool-kit and makes available lot of ‘integrated’ information that will prove useful to every homeopath.
Dr. Manish Bhatia
BHMS, BCA, M.Sc. Homeopathy (UCLAN, UK), CICH (IACH, Greece)
Dr. Manish Bhatia is the Founder Director of Hpathy.com, world’s leading homeopathy portal, serving homeopathy to more than half a million people every month. He is also Editor of Homeopathy for Everyone.
He runs a consultation office at Jaipur (Asha Homeopathy) and is one of the most well known Indian homeopaths globally. He has been practicing since 2001 and is helping Autism and other psychiatric patients since 2006. He was awarded Rajasthan’s foremost Raja Pajvan Dev Award For Excellence in the field of Medicine in 2015.
He has been working as an Asso. Professor of Organon of Medicine at S. K. Homeopathic Medical College since 2002. He was awarded with the prestigious APJ Abdul Kalam State Level Teacher’s Award in 2016. He has also given seminars and webinars in several countries of Europe, Americas and Australia.
He is the author of Lectures on Organon of Medicine Vol. I & II (English, Bulgarian, German editions), which are approved by the Central Council of Homeopathy (India) for BHMS and MD (Hom) syllabus. He is a contributing author to the book “Homeopathy and Mental Health Care: Integrative Practice, Principles and Research” and co-editor of “The Fireside Book of Homeopathy Tales.”