Heli. O. Retzek: Complete Materia Medica Mind

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Retzek, Heli O.: The Complete Materia Medica Mind, 1932 S., geb.; Leidschenham (Irhish) 
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Denjenigen Homöopathen, die einsteigen wollen in das Studium der geistigen Symptome der Arzneimittelbilder, denen vorgefertigte Beschreibungen oft zu schematisch und bewertend daherkommen, die neugierig darauf sind, die Fülle an Symptomen in eine ihnen gemäße Ordnung zu bringen, ist die Materia Medica von Agrawal* eine große Hilfe. Denn hier stehen die in alphabetischer Reihenfolge aufgelisteten Gemütssymptome gleichsam uninterpretiert, nur durch ihre Wertigkeit gewichtet, vor einem und laden ein, das psychisch-seelischgeistige Arzneimittelbild sorgsam auszuloten.
Schon seit längerem (1995) gibt es eine Steigerung des Agrawals, die von Heli Retzek verfasste „Complete Materia mind“. Eine Steigerung, die in Prozentwerten gar nicht zu ermessen ist, im Hinblick auf die akribisch recherchierten Zusatzinformationen, die durch eine ebenso sorgsam ausgetüftelte Struktur dem Leser zur Verfügung gestellt werden: Um es konkret zu machen: Bei Agrawal umfasst z. B. das Arzneimittelbild von China annähernd drei Seiten, die Symptome in zwei Spalten angeordnet. Bei Retzek sind die Symptome auf stolzen 14 Seiten aufgeführt. Dafür ist auch das von Zandvort verfasste Complete Repertorium mit all seinen Nachträgen verantwortlich, demzufolge beispielsweise die Anzahl der „Unique-Remedy-Symptoms“ (hier ist ausschließlich China aufgeführt) von elf (Agrawal) auf 58 angewachsen ist. Zieht man den voreiligen Schluss, dass es sich bei diesen Unique-Remedy-Symptomen vorrangig um „neuzeitliche“ Ergänzungen handelt, wird man eines Besseren belehrt. Sie stammen überwiegend von Allen, Bönninghausen, Hahnemann, Knerr und Schmidt.
Bei den „Common rubrics“, also den Repertoriumsrubriken, die sozusagen von vielen Mitteln bewohnt werden, sind die wichtigsten Arzneimittel namentlich aufgeführt. Das ist ein weiteres Novum und von unschätzbarem Wert, denn Agrawal gibt nur die Rubriken in ihrem Wortlaut wieder. Ein zusätzliches Repertorium ist also nicht mehr notwendig, um andere in Frage kommende (d.h. hochwertigen) Mittel im Blick zu behalten. So kann z.B. nachvollzogen werden, dass in der Rubrik „Angst vor Hunden“ insgesamt 27 Mittel aufgeführt sind, darunter China eben dreiwertig, Belladonna (Nachtrag Pierre Schmidt) vierwertig und Bacillinum (Nachtrag Burnett) dreiwertig. Oder bei dem ebenfalls für China typischen Symptom „Reichtum an Ideen“ ist auf den ersten Blick ersichtlich, dass von den insgesamt 118 in der Rubrik aufgeführten Mitteln zwischen den dreiwertigen Mitteln China, Coffea, Lachesis, Opium (Nachtrag Pierre Schmidt) differenziert werden muss. Dass sich der Nutzen dieses Buches bei dem Vergleich ähnlicher Rubriken noch weiter potenzieren dürfte, ist sicherlich deutlich geworden. Zudem gibt es im Anhang eine Auflistung der Pflanzenfamilien (nach beiden Seiten zu nutzen, ausgehend von der einzelnen Pflanze und von der botanischen Familie).
Bleibt nur noch die bange Frage: Gibt es genügend Homöopathen, die sich nicht sofort von der Schwergewichtigkeit dieses Werks abschrecken lassen, die diese erste Hürde überspringen und die Informationsfülle der geistigen Symptome von ca. 1020 Arzneimitteln nutzen wollen und können? Und eine weitere: Sind diese datenbankähnlichen Informationen auf elektronischem Weg nicht besser zu handhaben? Ich befürchte, es gibt zu wenig Homöopathen, die „pflügen“ wollen und sich auch dabei nicht abhalten lassen von enzyklopädischen Dimensionen. Möglicherweise bietet eine elektronische Version einen rascheren und zugleich vernetzteren Zugriff auf die Informationen. Doch dabei ist auch immer die Gefahr gegeben, zu sehr in den einzelnen Details hängen zu bleiben und die Vernetzungsmöglichkeit überzubewerten. Die Gesamtheit des Arzneimittelbilds kann qua elektronischem Medium leicht aus dem Blick geraten, während das Buch diesen Weg zum umfassenden Arzneimittelbild vordergründiger anbietet.

Fazit

Unbedingt zu empfehlen. Um für alle Fälle ein (Buch) Nachschlagewerk zu haben für die geistigen Symptome von 1023 Mitteln. Und nicht zuletzt auch um diese immense und akribische Arbeit an der Sache der Homöopathie zu würdigen und dadurch auch verlegerisch risikoreiche, unkonventionelle Projekte zu fördern.

 

Christel Hämmerle

 

 

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This book review is reprinted with(out) the permission of the American Institute of Homeopathy 925 E. 17th Avenue Denver, CO 80218

The Complete Materia Medica Mind

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Based on Roger van Zandvoort’s The Complete Repertory: Mind

by Heli Retzek

Reviewed by Greg Bedayn, RSHom, NA

„Aggarwal on steroids“-this is what The Complete Materia Medica: Mind seems to be, but people are refer-ring to it as „The Brick“ as it is the largest tome offered in the history of homeopathy. Heli Retzek wrote the computer program that extracted the information from Roger van Zandvoort’s The Complete Repertory of the Mind. So, Roger is the source of the information, and Heli organized it for this book and is listed as author.

This book is a must-have for all homeopaths as it is a thorough and exhaustive compilation of materia medica of the mind, listed in a manner which makes it ultimately accessible to the practitioner. „The Brick“ is a required classroom textbook at the Hahnemann College and at Lou Klein’s Master Clinician Course. Mr. Klein feels Hydrogen might be the best proved remedy in the entire materia medica, and thus possibly the greatest polychrest. Hydrogen is a very „round“ remedy-it has many differing but clear aspects. The mental symptoms of Hydrogen are listed in great depth in „the Brick,“ along with many other modern remedies on which it is often difficult to find information.

It is from these very complete remedy descriptions that one could easily form a complete „essence picture“ of a remedy. This single feature alone is accelerating the knowledge and practice of homeopathy for all who use this valuable asset, and there is more…

The unique rubrics are listed first; then the common rubrics are listed, which I find uncommonly useful in understanding the distinctive qualities of a remedy. Authors are listed for each addition, and all references are listed by author so we can know who has listed the remedy/rubric and which work we can refer to, if necessary. There are many other simplified means of viewing and understanding the resources; all are covered in clear detail in the „guide“ section.

Aggarwal listed 600 remedies in his book, but „the Brick“ has 1,034, and they are much more complete. The contents of this book has the typical stamp of accuracy and high-quality that we have come to expect from Roger van Zandvoort.

All this book is missing is a suitcase handle with which to pick it up and carry. Minimum Price Books currently lists the Brick at $160.

JAIH Spring 1996, Vol. 89, No. 1

 

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This book review is reprinted (presently) with(out) the permission of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians P.O. Box 21488, Portland, OR 97212 FAX:(503) 795-7320 e-mail: hanp@igc.apc.org

THE COMPLETE MATERIA MEDICA MIND

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by Heli Retzek

based on Roger Van Zandvoort’s The Complete Repertory Mind

Available from Althea Homeopathics (206) 284-8967 or Minimum Price. Price: approximately $160

review by Jeff Baker

This book could be entitled „The Ultimate Agrawal“ or „Mega Medica.“ The best way to begin talking about this remarkable new book is to state at the outset that this work is the ultimate outgrowth of two already well known Homeopathic contributions: Agrawal’s Materia Medica of the Human Mind and Roger Van Zandvoort’s The Complete Repertory Mind. Although most contemporary homeopaths are quite familiar with both of these works it is well to mention how each of these contributed mightily in forming the basis for this extraordinary new materia medica.

In 1985 M.L. Agrawal published his compilation, which was based in its entirety upon the chapter ‚mind‘ of Kent’s Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica. Although, in essence, Agrawal’s book had nothing new to offer in the way of material, since the rubrics have long been in print, he did contribute an innovative format, which gave us a new way of studying materia medica. Let us not forget that repertorial rubrics are but extractions from materia medica in a readily recognizable, abbreviated form.

By conceiving of approaching remedies from an all encompassing rubric perspective, rather than vice versa, for the first time homeopaths could go to one source book to find all the mind symptoms of a particular remedy as they appear in the repertory. Additionally, Agrawal separated out rubrics which were unique to one and only one remedy as being of special relevance, and referred to them as ’single symptoms.‘ Those he placed at the beginning of the list of symptoms of each remedy. The schema also incorporated Kent’s system of grading, e.g., common symptoms in plain font, second degree symptoms in italics, third degree in bold type. The major shortcoming of Agrawal’s was that it included only the approximately six hundred remedies from Kent and no new additions from other authors and other repertories, of which there are so many.

Further evolution of Agrawal’s book took place in 1994, when H.L. Chitkara published a new Comprehensive Materia Medica of the Mind, which included additional listings taken from the Synthetic Repertory and Dr. Phatak’s Repertory, but those new additions still only applied to the remedies in Kent’s Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica, thus leaving out a vast number of remedies. With the advent of computer based repertories, such as Synthesis and The Complete Repertory Mind, came the possibility of a „super“ Agrawal-a book that could potentially include all the additional rubrics and remedies from the vast array of repertories and homeopaths not mentioned in Agrawal’s or Chitkara’s offerings. This, finally, is the book which fulfills that hope!

Although the rearrangement of a computer based repertory from standard rubric form to „Agrawalian“ form may appear, on the surface, to be relatively straight forward; it is not. In order for Van Zandvoort’s The Complete Repertory Mind to be reorganized into The Complete Materia Medica Mind an elaborate program had to be written. Heli 0. Retzek, an accomplished research scientist from Austria and presently a medical student, dedicated to homeopathy, volunteered to take up the challenge of creating the necessary computer program.

In so doing many well thought out and useful refinements to Agrawal’s original format have been incorporated, a testament to Retzek’s vision and commitment. The guide to The Complete Materia Medica Mind is itself 4 pages long. Suffice it to say there is a remarkable amount of useful information at one’s finger tips. Some of the outstanding features are: a numerical designation enabling one to know the source (identical to the format used in The Complete Repertory Mind, thus making these 2 books an invaluable set), the number of remedies in that specific rubric (enabling one to know the relative rarity or commonality of a rubric), designations enabling one to know if the remedy is highest ranked in that rubric by itself or if it shares the highest ranking with other remedies, in which case, providing that the list of equally high ranking remedies is not too vast (less than 8), then those remedies as well are listed.

But the real quantum leap forward is in the number of remedies listed, which is inclusive of virtually every remedy from any reputable source, so long as it has mind symptoms. The other characteristic which, in comparison to its predecessors, puts this book into a class of its own, is its quality. Roger Van Zandvoort, known far and wide in homeopathic circles for being a stickler where details are concerned, was uncompromising in the producfion of this work. Although it is 1,932 pages long nothing has been spared in terms of paper, binding and cover materials. It can be opened on a flat surface to its full extent, in either direction, and it holds its page position. I find this to be a very useful feature.

It is a huge book, weighing 7.7 pounds. Because of its size and voluminous nature I’ve dubbed it affably „MegaMedica.“ Perhaps for the all too sedentary homeopath it brings the opportunity for weight training and fitness right into the consulting room! All kidding aside, this book is a dream come true. In early 1994 I had thought of going through my computer program and generating individual remedy rubric extracts so that I might have ready access to the mind symptoms of any number of lesser known remedies. When I realized that I’d be generating an unmanageable stack of paper, over a foot high, I gave up on the idea. Even with the remedies I printed out there was no way of telling if symptoms were unique or shared in common with a vast number of other remedies. I am not a computer programmer.

If I had to choose any one materia medica, from which to start studying cases, this would be it. Why? 1. Because it is so vast and yet so easily usable, it is like a small reference library all in one place. 2. Because the mind and disposition are the keys to understanding a patient, making this the too] for perceiving the breadth and depth of the mind states of our medicines. 3. by virtue of the fact that rubrics are footnoted as to source, I always know which homeopath(s) is the authority on any given remedy, thus allowing me the capability of referring to the original source material to further review that remedy for its generals and particulars. Indeed The Complete Materia Medica Mind is the Mega Medica. We, as homeopaths, owe a big debt of gratitude to Roger Van Zandvoort and Heli Retzek. Great work guys!

Jeff Baker, N.D., DHANP, is a graduate of National College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is the founder of the Maui Academy of Homeopathy, on the island where he practices with his wife Susie.

Fall 1995 Volume VIII No. 3 / SIMILLIMUM

 

 

 

THE COMPLETE MATERIA MEDICA MIND

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by Heli Retzek

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by Heli Retzek, 
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1841 p.; Price: Fl. 200 
[Editor’s note: As of February 1997 Minimum Price Books‘ price is $145.00]

– the highest ranking remedies (with a maximum of 7) are given alongside the rubric (like we did in the old days in our handmade extractions) – this gives an immediate opportunity for a comparison with the most important remedies in that rubric (a small built-in repertory). 
– when the remedy concerned is the highest ranking remedy in the rubric this is indicated by two black dots after the rubric, if the remedy is within the 7 highest ranking remedies a single dot is given. 
– the dreams being very important mental-emotional symptoms are included (in the Complete Rep. of the Mind the dreams have been shifted from Sleep to Mind). 
– sources given (numerical) with every new rubric or added remedy that is not in the original Kent; at the end of the book there is a very handy fold- out page where you can see which index number belongs to which author or source. Also a bibliographical list of literature of author or source (from which the addition is drawn) is included (this list is not complete yet). 
– only one column per page allows space for adding your own notes (e.g. the complete symptom from the MM from which the rubric is drawn – sometimes very illuminating). 
The „follow-up“ of Agrawals Materia Medica of the Human Mind (which was based on the Mind chapter of Kent) was long awaited. Last year we welcomed the New Comprehensive Homoeopathic Materia Medica of Mind of Dr. H.L. Chitkara (Jain, New Dehli 1994) being based on the mind of the Synthetic Repertory of Barthel and Klunker and now the Complete MM Mind based on Complete Repertory is released. Before the computer era we made our own extractions of dozens of remedies from the Mind of Kent’s and the Synthetic Repertory. It took us about 6-8 hrs for an average remedy scrutinising every rubric for the remedy concerned. After this work we did not only have a written compilation of all the mind symptoms but by linking the different symptoms together with its basic feelings, the mental state of that particular remedy had imprinted its picture on our minds. Besides we made a wealth of cross-references on the way and we got to know rubrics never seen before. So far the good old days. 
Now we have in the Complete MM Mind an extraction of every remedy from Van Zandvoort’s Complete Repertory of the Mind. With its more than 1800 pages it has become quite a fat volume (10 cm from cover to cover) and its nick-name „Megamedica“ is very suitable. 
In comparison with Agrawal’s and Chitkara’s MM there are some substantial improvements: – after every rubric the number of remedies in the rubric is given in parenthesis (and thus giving us a clue as to the specificity or the completeness of the rubric) I am quite sure that the profession will be very pleased with this „megamedica“ because with very little effort and „at a glance“ you get a very good impression of the mental-emotional characteristics of (especially the smaller) remedies in the familiar structured style of repertory language. For a possible next edition in the future I would suggest a less rigid separation between the single remedy rubrics and the other rubrics of the remedy (called common rubrics). This was the original set-up in Agrawal, he listed the „single symptoms“ being the most characteristic first. This obviously „degrades“ very characteristic rubrics with 2-10 remedies to common rubrics and on the other hand puts too much emphasis to a lot of (newly added) single-remedy rubrics which are quite „common“ and not very characteristic for the remedy (e.g. Drawing, aptitude for, Business, talks of, in evening or Absent- minded , yellow fever, in are not so characteristic single-remedy rubrics for Sulphur and in the common rubric section we find rubrics like: Anxiety about his children (7) that are more characteristic for Sulphur. (The single- or double- dotted rubrics in the „common“ section is a successful try to make the more characteristic rubrics in this section stand out more; but you still have to screen the unique remedy-rubric list and the common rubrics in search of characteristic rubrics of the remedy.) One could make a section of key rubrics containing all the single-remedy rubrics, all the smaller rubrics let’s say within 10 remedies and all those rubrics in which the remedy is within the 7 highest ranking. Then you have the most characteristic rubrics of a remedy alphabetically together in one section and what is left are the real common rubrics. It can even be considered to slim down all the rubrics with more than 1 00 remedies only to the 7 highest ranking (of course exceptions can be made for the real small remedies); these rubrics hardly play a role in a differentiation between remedies (in repertorising we only consult their subrubrics) but do occupy hundreds of pages of text space (one rubric of 100 remedies takes in this MM one hundred lines, which is two pages of text space; this measure will save around 250 pages). It will make the Complete Materia Medica Mind (CMMM) indeed less complete but all the more characteristic (and portable). 
Homoeopathic Links – Autumn 1995

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R E V I E W

The Complete Repertory by Roger van Zandvoort

durch Dr. R. Appell,

publiziert im Allgemeine Homöopathische Zeitung 1, 1998

 

Die Repertorisation mit dem Computer hat die homöpathische Arbeit erleichtert, impliziert jedoch die Gefahr einer Partikularisierung der Materia medica. Symptome werden aus dem zusammenhang gelöst, und der Blick auf das Ganze, d.h. auch auf die Vergleichsmittel, droht verlorenzugehen.
Die (derzeitig) vollständigste Materia medica der Gemütssymptome, die Retzek jetzt herausgegeben hat, erfüllt hier einige wichtige Aufgabe. Sie stellt nicht nur die Gemütssymptome von 1.034 Arzneien zusammen, sondern arbeitet auch die Wesensmerkmale und Besonderheiten der einzelnen Arzneien heraus. Zunächst werden die Rubriken aufgelistet, in denen die jeweilige Arznei als einzige vertreten ist. Dann folgen die Rubriken, die die Arznei mit anderen teilt, wobei die Gesamtzahl der in der entsprechenden Rubrik vertretenen Arzneien angegeben ist. Bei kleineren Rubriken werden zusätzlich andere, gleichermassen wichtige und zu differenzierende Arzneien genannt. Die Wertigkeiten werden durch unterschiedlichen Druck ebenso hervorgehoben wie die Schlüsselsymptome. Schliesslich werden bei jeder Rubrik die Original quellen angegeben. Dass 3.700 g von einem Einband zusammengehalten werden, lässt den Benutzer auf die Qualität der Buchbinderei hoffen, macht das grosse Werk allerdings nicht gerade leicht handhabbar. Dafür ist es jedoch eine wichtige Hilfe bei der alltäglichen Arbeit, wofür Retzek und Van Zandvoort zu danken ist.

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