Dr Hahnemann Founder of Homeopathy and the Homeopathic Medical System (photo)

Dr. Samuel Hahnemann Founder of Homeopathy and the Homeopathic Medical System (photo)

Dr. Samuel HAHNEMANN

1755 - 1843

Founder of Homeopathy and the Homeopathic Medical System

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Dr. Willmar SCHWABE Founder of Dr. Willmar Schwabe Pharmaceuticals (photo)

Dr. Willmar SCHWABE

1839 - 1917

Founder of Dr. Willmar Schwabe Pharmaceuticals

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Dr. William BOERICKE Author of the World Famous Pocket Manual of Homeopathic Materia Medica and Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica (photo)

Dr. William BOERICKE

1849 - 1929

Author of the World Famous Pocket Manual of Homeopathic Materia Medica and Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica

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Dr. Semen KORSAKOV Developed the KORSAKOV Homeopathic Potencies (photo)

Dr. Semen Korsakov

1788 - 1853

Developed the KORSAKOV Homeopathic Potencies

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Dr. James Tyler KENT World Renowned Homeopath and Author of the Kent Repertory and Lectures on Materia Medica (photo)

Dr. James Tyler KENT

1849 - 1916

World Renowned Homeopath and Author of the Kent Repertory and Lectures on Materia Medica

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Dr. Eduard GRAUVOGL Founder of the field of CONSTITUTIONAL Prescribing in Homeopathy (photo)

Dr. Eduard Von GRAUVOGL

1811 - 1877

Founder of the field of CONSTITUTIONAL Prescribing in Homeopathy

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Dr BACH Founder of the BACH Flower Remedies and Bowel Nosodes (photo)

Dr. Edward BACH

1886 - 1936

Founder of the BACH Flower Remedies and Bowel Nosodes

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Dr. Timothy Field ALLEN Author of A Handbook of Materia Medica and Boenninghausen's Therapeutic Pocket-book for Homeopathic Physicians (photo)

Dr. Timothy Field ALLEN

1837 - 1902

Author of A Handbook of Materia Medica and Boenninghausen's Therapeutic Pocket-book for Homeopathic Physicians

 

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Dr. James Tyler KENT

Dr. James Tyler KENT World Renowned Homeopath and Author of the Kent Repertory and Lectures on Materia Medica (photo)


(1849-1916)

 

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James Tyler Kent was born in Woodhull, New York, on March 31, 1849.

After completing two undergraduate degrees by the age of 21, Kent undertook two postgraduate courses, without graduating, at the Eclectic Medical Institute of Cincinnati, Ohio. At 26 years of age he set up practice as an eclectic physician in St Louis, Missouri and soon became a distinguished member of the Eclectic National Medical Association. He was a staunch Baptist.


In 1928, Kent’s second wife, Lucy, became ill. (Kent’s first wife, Ellen, had died at 19 years of age, shortly after their marriage.) In spite of Lucy’s symptoms of "nervous weakness, insomnia, and anaemia" being treated by both orthodox and eclectic physicians, her condition continued to deteriorate and she was bedridden for months.

 

Under ridicule and opposition from Kent, the homœopathic physician, Dr Richard Phelan was called in to see Lucy. Following his prescription, she made a dramatic recovery.

 

As a result, Kent elected to study with Phelan and changed his allegiance from eclecticism to homœopathy. He considered homœopathy to be the only therapy that was guided by laws and principles and the only one to address the fundamental cause of illness.


He then became a careful student of Hahnemann's Organon and other works of the new school, with result in his complete conversion to homoeopathy, his resignation from the Eclectic Medical Association in 1879 and his appointment to the chair of Anatomy in the Homoeopathic Medical College of Missouri, which he held from 1881 until 1883, was appointed professor of Materia Medica at the Homœopathic Medical College of St Louis, Missouri, from 1883 until 1888, became professor of Materia Medica and Dean of the Post-Graduates’ School of Homœopathy at the Hahnemann Medical College (Philadelphia) and occupied the chair of professor of Materia Medica at the Hering Medical College and Hospital, Chicago.

 

During this period, Kent’s second wife died.


Thus for more than thirty-five years Dr. Kent had been a conspicuous figure in medical circles, and for more than twenty-five years in teaching and practice under the law of similia; and he is looked upon as one of the ablest teachers and exponents of the homoeoapthic school in America.

 

His contributions to the literature of the profession are known by their strength rather than their length, and include, more prominently, his "Repertory", "Homoeoapthic Philosophy" and "Lectures on Materia Medica".

 

Among the various professional associations of which he was a member, the more prominent of them, were the Illinois State Homoeopathic Medical Society, the American Institute of Homoeopathy and the International Hahnemannian Association, besides which he held a honorary corresponding membership in the British Homoeopathic Medical Society.


Both Lectures on Homœopathic Philosophy and Lectures on Homœopathic Materia Medica were compiled by Kent’s students from notes they had taken during class lectures. In 1916, his students insisted he take a holiday. Kent agreed, deciding he would write a "proper" book.

 

Not long after commencing his vacation, his catarrhal bronchitis developed into Brights disease (glomerulonephritis) and he died 2 weeks later, on June 6, 1916 at Stevensville, Montana.


Kent was an avid Swedenborgian and proponent of high potencies (200-c and up), often prescribing the CM and MM potencies and inspiring the "Kentians" with his belief that the homeopath must treat not only the patients physical body, but also the mental/emotional and spiritual elements simultaneously which required using the higher potencies.

 

Kent's famous Repertory was more systematic and readable than its precursors and is still the popular choice today. Kent developed "pictures" of constitutional types of patients, i.e.: Sulphur as "the ragged philosopher" etc. Later, his pupil, Margaret Tyler, developed this idea further in her book, Homeopathic Drug Pictures, and more recently Mr. Geroge Vithoulkas has developed his own profoundly insightful "essence pictures" along similar lines.

 

The influence and popularity of Kent's interpretation of homeopathic philosophy has steadily increased around the world since his death.  

 

Features of Kent’s teaching and practise were:


•High potency centesimal prescribing (200C and above for chronic cases).
•Single remedy prescribing.
•Emphasis on "mental" and "general" symptoms.
•"Watch and wait" methodology from the 4th Edition Organon (the dry dose medicine was not repeated until all improvement from the previous dose had ceased).

 

Kents writings include:

 

  • Repertory of the Homœopathic Materia Medica (1877). Initially compiled by him for his own use. Other homœopaths began asking for their own copies. Revised by his widow Clara (and others) up to 1961. Forms the basis of many of the more recent repertories.
  • What the Doctor Needs to Know in Order to Make a Successful Prescription (1900).
  • Lectures on Homœopathic Philosophy (1900).

  • Lectures on Homœopathic Materia Medica (1904). Drawn from his lectures on remedies from Hering’s Guiding Symptoms of our Materia Medica.
  • New Remedies, Clinical Cases, Lesser Writings, Aphorisms and Precepts (1926).

 

Since the early 1900’s the Kentian influence has dominated homœopathic practice around the world. Only in recent times are its weaknesses and limitations starting to be addressed. These include:

 

  • Only 4th edition Organon posology (dry dose/watch and wait methodology) is used even though the liquid dose/more frequent repetition methodolgy of 5th Edition was available to Kent. This has repercussions for understanding the response to the first prescription and for follow-up treatment.
  • It does not include the use or benefits of the Fifty Millesimal scale as the 6th Edition of the Organon was not available to Kent.
  • Some of the 28 provings conducted by Kent, now within our repertories, were not true provings but were manufactured by Kent to satisfy an Editor’s demands (e.g. Aurum arsenicum).
  • Excessive emphasis on the "mental" symptoms rather than an emphasis on symptom totality. This imbalance has resulted from Kent’s followers as much as from Kent himself.
  • The expectation (and desire for) an aggravation at the commencement of treatment to confirm the choice of remedy. Deliberately seeking an aggravation contradicts the ideal of rapid, gentle, and permanent cure, something that Hahnemann constantly strived for and evidenced by his refinements to posology by liquid dosing and the Fifty Millesimal Scale.

 

Books:

 

  • 1879. Sexual Neuroses. St. Louis, MO: Maynard & Tedford. 144 p.
  • 1881. Suppression of Syphilis. St. Louis, MO. 16 p.
  • 1885. Sycosis. St. Louis, MO. 6 p.
  • 1888. The Healing Principle. St. Louis, MO. 23 p.
  • 1888. The Second Prescription. St. Louis, MO 8 p.
  • 1889. Lectures on the Organon. Medical Advance, March.
  • 1890. The Action of Drugs as Opposed by the Vital Force. International Hahnemannian Association. 10 p.
  • 1897-99. Repertory of the Homoeopathic Materia Medica. Lancaster, PA: Examiner Printing House. 1349 p.
  • 1900. Lectures on Homoeopathic Philosophy. Lancaster, PA: Examiner Printing House. 190 p.
  • 1905. Lectures on Homoeopathic Materia Medica. Philadelphia, PA: Examiner Printing House. 965 p.
  • 1908. Repertory of the Homoeopathic Materia Medica. 2d ed., Lancaster, PA: Examiner Printing House. 1380 p.
  • 1911. Lectures on Homoeopathic Materia Medica. 2d ed., Philadelphia, PA: Boericke & Tafel . 982 p.
  • 1923. Lectures on Homoeopathic Materia Medica. 3rd ed., Chicago, IL: Ehrhart & Karl. 982 p.
  • 1924. Repertory of the Homoeopathic Materia Medica. 3rd ed., Chicago, IL: Ehrhart & Karl. 1423 p.
  • 1925. New remedies, Clinical Cases, Lesser Writings, Aphorisms and Precepts. Chicago, IL: Ehrhart & Karl. 698 p.

 

Kent's Minor Writings on Homeopathy:

 

  • Lectures on Homeopathic Philosophy.
  • The Dunham Lectures.
  • Use of the Repertory.
  • What The Doctor Needs To Know.

 

 

Dr William Schuessler Founder of Biochemic Therapy / The 12 Tissue Salts (photo)

Dr William Schuessler Founder of Biochemic Therapy / The 12 Tissue Salts (photo)

Dr. William SCHUESSLER

1821 - 1898

Founder of Biochemic Therapy / The 12 Tissue Salts

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Dr. Henry ALLEN Author of The Materia Medica of the Nosodes and Materia Medica of some Important Nosodes (photo)

Dr. Henry Clay ALLEN

1836 - 1909

Author of The Materia Medica of the Nosodes and Materia Medica of some Important Nosodes

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Dr. RECKEWEG Founder of Complex Homeopathic Specialities - Dr. Reckeweg Co. (photo)

Dr. Heinrich RECKEWEG

1877 - 1944

Founder of Complex Homeopathic Specialities - Dr. Reckeweg Co.

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Dr. Hans RECKEWEG Founder of the Theory and Practice of Homotoxicology (photo)

Dr. Hans-Heinrich RECKEWEG

1905 - 1985

Founder of the Theory and Practice of Homotoxicology

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Dr. NASH Author of the Leaders in Homeopathic Therapeutics and Expanded works of Nash (photo)

Dr. Eugene Beauharnais NASH

1838 - 1917

Author of the Leaders in Homeopathic Therapeutics and

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Dr. ANSHUTZ Editor of The Homeopathic Recorder, Author of New, Old and Forgotten Remedies, Twelve Tissues Remedies of Biochemistry (photo)

Dr. Edward Pollock ANSHUTZ

1846 - 1918

Editor of The Homeopathic Recorder, Author of New, Old and Forgotten Remedies, Twelve Tissues Remedies of Biochemistry

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Dr. Baron BOENNINGHAUSEN Author of Incredibly Valuable Books Including Therapeutic Manual for Homeopathic Physicians and The Aphorisms of Hippocrates (photo)

Dr. Baron Clemens Maria Franz Von BOENNINGHAUSEN

1785 - 1864

Author of Incredibly Valuable Books Including Therapeutic Manual for Homeopathic Physicians and The Aphorisms of Hippocrates

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Dr. Constatine Hering Author of Analtical Therapeutics and Condensed Materia Medica (photo)

Dr. Constantine Hering

1800 - 1880

Author of Analtical Therapeutics and Condensed Materia Medica

 

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