PCKent : Témoignages

NATH Anjan K.

Over the number of years that PC-based softwares for Homoeopathic diagnosis have been available, I have been fortunate to be able to try out quite a few of these of which a number of them are really very specialized programmes incorporating several systems and many more materia medicas than are really necessary. Most of the programmes that do incorporate "everything" that a Homoeopath "should know" belies the fact that an average practitioner in fact does not know everything and hence the very purpose is defeated by the complicacy of the exercise necessary for a clear and quick diagnosis, which is in fact what a busy practitioner desires.
For the busy and "learned" Homoeopathic physician and the amateur beginner alike, I find "PC-Kent" to be a very reliable and "user-friendly" tool. It is based on Kent's Repertory with which most learners of homoeopathy are familiar and has the added features of synonyms and close realtionships which make the choice of rubrics easy. The rubrics (symptoms) are added to the clipboard with an easy double-click of the mouse and the analysis chart can be view at any time during the process of adding symptoms. Another notable feature of this process is that the list of remedies along with the head rubric can be seen at the lower end of the menu table with the option of consulting the main repertory page at any time. This feature facilitates the proper selection of the rubric and at the same time aids in the selection of other related symptoms which might have escaped the notice of the physician at the time of consultation.
The analysis chart carries a maximum of 36 symptoms, is easily read, and has an added feature of XREFS where less valorized symptoms can be added to the diagnosis. Once this is done the charts have three options based on valorization, order of symptoms, and gradation. Thus, from these choices the selection of the right remedy is narrowed down further. And if a final decision is required between two or more remedies then the "Differential Diagnosis" offers this choice.
The system is logical, easy to use, and the result is more than often CORRECT. It compares very well with other more complicated and expensive softwares on the market, but does the work as effeciently and more easily and correctly. The chances of error are minimal.
So far I have used PC-Kent version 1.5. There a few features which needed improvement in this version and this has been done. The ensuing version with further incorporte all Hering's "Guiding Symptoms" with more improvement in its user-friendliness. I am looking forward to this "new" version.

Anjan K. Nath, Ph.D.
Tunghai University
Taichung: TAIWAN [R.O.C.]