MetaRepertory: Mind-Body-Clinical Index of Homeopathic Remedies (2021 Edition) (4th Edition) by Robin Murphy, ND


The MetaRepertory by Robin Murphy, ND, is one of the invaluable textbooks used by serious students and practitioners of homeopathic medicine.  In fact, it is one of the necessary texts.  It complements homeopathic materia medica, and specifically, it complementary Dr. Murphy’s Nature’s Materia Medica.


MetaRepertory: Mind-Body-Clinical Index of Homeopathic Remedies

by Robin Murphy, ND


The New 4th Edition of the Homeopathic Clinical Repertory

Book: 3 Sections, (Mind, Body, Clinical) and 49 Chapters, 2,630 pages

New Design, Rubrics, Additions and Updates!

1. Redesigned Book: The MetaRepertory 4.0 was designed to be a complete rewrite and major upgrade of the Homeopathic Clinical Repertory, third edition. The new MetaRepertory contains 49 chapters arranged in 3 sections,Mind, Body and Clinical. The 49 chapters were created from the 74 chapters of the 3rd edition.

2. New Rubric Additions and Updates: The new MetaRepertory has been updated to be a more clinical, practical and easy-to-use reference guide to the vast homeopathic materia medica. The MetaRepertory contains thousands of new rubrics, additions and updates from modern and historical sources.

3. MetaWord Index: Located at the back of the MetaRepertory, the Word index is greatly expanded to include many more clinical conditions and states.

4. MetaRemedy List: This expanded list includes the remedy abbreviations used in the MetaRepertory and the latin and common names for many homeopathic and herbal remedies.

MetaRepertory chapters

The MetaRepertory is the companion book to the Nature’s Materia Medica. Over 20,000 new rubrics, and more than 100,000 new additions and updates, all in a small lightweight book for convenience.

BELOW IS INFORMATION ABOUT THE 3rd EDITION OF THIS BOOK (the NEW edition is the 4th edition!)

Repertory Information:
The third editon of The Homeopathic Clinical Repertory was designed to be a complete rewrite and major upgrade of the Homeopathic Medical Repertory, second edition. The author has always made an effort to create a new and easy-to-use repertory for homeopaths to use in daily practice, while still remaining accessible for use at home and in the classroom. The changes made in this 3rd edition comprise my attempts to build on that philosophy. The Homeopathic Clinical Repertory contains hundreds of new remedies and thousands of new rubrics in addition to many thousands of updates and additions.

The Homeopathic Clinical Repertory, third edition was updated to be a more clinical, practical and easy-to-use reference guide to the vast homeopathic materia medica. After editing the second edition, I continued to add more modern terminology, cross references and corrected any errors. The final step was to systematically survey the homeopathic literature for reliable additions. My highest priority was to find more clinical information revelant to modern homeopathic practice. The result is the third edition of the Homeopathic Clinical Repertory, which contains 74 chapters, modern terminology and diseases, as well as consistent alphabetical formatting of chapters, rubrics and sub-rubrics.

The Homeopathic Clinical Repertory was designed to be a modern, practical and easy to use reference guide to the homeopathic materia medica. This alphabetical repertory contains thousands of new clinical rubrics, especially in the areas of mental disorders, emergencies, infections, pathologies and organs. Also, consistent alphabetical formatting, (chapters, rubrics and sub-rubrics) with updated medical terminology and modern disorders. The Homeopathic Clinical Repertory includes all of the original Kent’s Repertory and additions from the Allen, Hering, Boericke, Knerr, Kunzli, Phatak, Repertories etc., plus thousands of clinical updates from Dr. Murphy’s years of homeopathic and herbal research.

* New Remedies and Updates – New Remedies added from modern provings. Also additions from Allen, Boericke, Boenninghausen, Burnett, Clarke, Grimmer, Hahnemann, Hering, Julian, Kent, Knerr, Kunzli, Nash, Phatak and many more.

* New Chapters – Homeopathic Clinical Repertory-3rd edition chapters: Abdomen, Ankles, Arms, Back, Bladder, Bones, Brain, Breasts, Breathing, Cancer, Chest, Children, Chills, Clinical, Constitutions, Coughing, Dreams, Ears, Elbows, Eyes, Face, Fainting, Feet, Female, Fevers, Food, Gallbladder, Generals, Glands, Hands, Head, Headaches, Hearing, Heart, Hips, Intestines, Joints, Kidneys, Knees, Larynx, Legs, Limbs, Liver, Lungs, Male, Mind, Mouth, Muscles, Neck, Nose, Pelvis, Perspiration, Pregnancy, Pulse, Rectum, Shoulders, Skin, Sleep, Speech, Spleen, Stomach, Stool, Taste, Teeth, Throat, Time, Tongue, Toxicity, Urine, Vaccinations, Vertigo, Vision, Weakness, Wrists.

* New Clinical Rubrics – Addictions, A.I.D.S., Allergies, Anxiety attacks, Asphyxia, Appendicitis, Auto-immune disorders, Bi-Polar, Blood poisoning, Burns, Bubonic Plague, Cancers, Chemotherapy, Chronic Fatigue, Compulsive-Obessive Disorder, Chemical Poisoning, Coma, Dehydration, Diabetes, Drug overdose, Ebola, Endometriosis, Food Poisoning, Gastroenteritis, Hepatitis, Herpes, Infections, Infertility, Influenza, Malaria, Mononucleosis, Motion sickness, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Radiation Sickness, Retinitis, SARS, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Sea sickness, Surgery, Tetanus, Tourette’s syndrome, Typhoid fever, Vaccinations, Vaginitis, etc.

Review of previous edition:

This book review is reprinted with the permission of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians

by Steve Albin, N.D., DHANP

Hahnemann Academy of North America

“This repertory is described by the author as “a modern alphabetical repertory” that “was designed to be a modern, practical and easy to use reference guide.” “It is a cross between Kent’s, Repertory of the Materia Medica, with its sections on different parts of the body and Phatak’s, Concise Repertory of Homeopathic Remedies, which is completely alphabetical without any sections.” This repertory has sixty-seven sections listed in alphabetical order with the rubrics in the sections also listed in alphabetical order.

“There are many other changes and innovations in Dr. Murphy’s Repertory. Much of the language of the repertory has been modernized. For example, the rubric, avarice, has been changed to greedy; sadness to depression; eructation to belching; head-pain to headache. Some of the sections or chapters of the repertory have been divided up.”

For example, Kent’s section on Chest has been divided into Breasts, Breathing, Chest, Lungs and Heart. Extremities has been divided into chapters on Ankles, Arms, Elbows, Feet, Hands, Hips, Joints, Knees, Legs, Limbs, Shoulders, Wrists. Some new sections that have been added are Blood, Bones, Brain, Children, Emergency, Environment, Pregnancy, and Toxicity. There also are many new rubrics and remedies included.

I have been using this repertory for about a month. At first I wasn’t sure about it and carried both it and my Kent’s repertory around. After a week I realized that I never looked at Kent’s any more and started using Dr. Murphy’s repertory exclusively.

I must say that I haven’t had so much fun and been so frustrated with anything since first starting to use Kent’s repertory. The repertory is fun because there is so much more information in it. Every day I discover something in it that I wasn’t aware of and this helps me with prescribing. The frustration occurs because I have spent years learning where everything is in Kent’s repertory and when I look in Murphy’s repertory it is often under some other section or rubric name. This isn’t a criticism of the repertory but just a reality when changing from one system to another.

Homeopathic Medical Repertory has some other practical advantages. Compared to Kent’s and the Synthetic Repertory, it is compact, and therefore much easier to carry around. The binding is excellent and the paper is of good quality. The price is also very reasonable compared to the Synthetic Repertory. The Indian publishers will have a hard time copying it in a competitive way.

I have a few criticisms. There is no listing of the sources of the remedies contained in rubrics. Since some sources are more reliable than others this is an important omission. Also I find the dividing up of the Extremities section cumbersome. So many conditions in this area of the body are not confined to individual parts. For example, to have to go from the section on Ann at the front of the repertory to Wrist at the end of the repertory for some condition that involves both is frustrating.

This repertory is a valuable addition to homeopathic literature and will be well used and treasured for many years to come. Robin Murphy deserves much praise and recognition for obvious time, effort and knowledge put into this book. Since the knowledge and understanding of Homeopathy is accelerating at a great rate I hope that there will be revisions from time to time and that a computerized version of the repertory is in the works.

We’ve seen tremendous changes in Homeopathy in the past twelve years and books like this reflect the high level of knowledge and expertise that has been attained.

Summer 1993 Volume VI No. 2


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