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ReferenceWorks 4 is a ground-breaking program that combines the completeness of a huge materia medica library with the ease and analysis power of a repertorial program. We offer two versions of ReferenceWorks to fit your level of practice: ReferenceWorks Professional and ReferenceWorks Classic. ReferenceWorks Classic is available with either the Core Library or the Full Library and ReferenceWorks Pro is only available with the Full Library.
Curling Up In The Library
ReferenceWorks starts with the world's richest homeopathic library; hundreds and hundreds of wonderful gems from the greatest homeopaths. From old, rare books and journal articles to cured cases and the newest provings, everything you need is here.
Want more? We have included two thousand remedy substance descriptions with pictures, movies, natural history and proving information. And you aren't limited to what we've collected; you can add your own collections of class notes and cured cases. They are displayed and searched along with the masters.
Going Into The World
If that still isn't enough, ReferenceWorks searches the Internet directly for natural history, herbalism, side-effects, definitions and pictures. This isn't just some random search; we focus your searches on over 2,000 of the best peer reviewed sites on the 'net. Have fun!
You can browse through the books just as you can the ones on your bookshelf only more quickly and effortlessly; click in and out of the list of books or leap directly from book to book following a single remedy. Hering would be so envious!
Finding What You Need
Type in a word or phrase and instantly find the exact symptom you need no matter where it may be hiding in over 800 materia medica and repertories.
Knowing What To Ask
It isn't always easy to know the best words to use to find a symptom, that's where experts come in handy. In cooperation with Princeton University we've created a lexical reference system that gives you synonyms, related words, definitions (current and from 1900), even words that sound similar and translations into half a dozen languages.
Analyze With The Masters
Now we come to what has made ReferenceWorks a revolution for homeopathy. As you search for symptoms you create 'rubrics' that can then be analyzed just as though they came from a repertory! Actually... far better than from the repertory since these rubrics are a distillation from the whole library and are typically three to ten times more complete. For example, you'll find 62 remedies in ReferenceWorks for 'fear of dogs' while Kent's Repertory only knows of 6. This means you will be 10 times more likely to find the right remedy!
Once you've collected your rubrics, a single click creates bar, scatter, waffle, city, family and hundreds of other graphs of the best remedies for your case. The remedies are scored based on the importance each author gave them, how many authors suggested the remedy for the symptom and the rareness of the remedy. You can even fine-tune the results by selectively emphasizing the books you value the most. MacRepertory and ReferenceWorks share all of the same graphic abilities. (see Families description)
Focus On What Matters
ReferenceWorks makes it easy to focus on just the remedies that make sense. Search only in provings or books of keynotes, limit a graph to animals or bacteria, or only show books that discuss Melilotus. Choose from dozens of pre-built limits or create your own and save them for everyday use.
Homeopaths are not alone in having more substances than anyone could remember; every discipline became a science when it developed a way of organizing its world into logical groups. Of course, putting remedies into functional groups is not new; Hahnemann found it useful to separate the 84 remedies remedies he knew into three miasms. Faced today with 3,400 remedies the use of some sort of categories is very helpful, perhaps even necessary. Depending on their degree of similarity families can help rule out remedies that are only superficially good choices or point you towards an obscure cousin.
With the help of Jan Scholten, Rajan Sankaran, Massimo Mangialavori, Andreas Bjørndal, Vega Rozenberg, Roger Morrison and others, we've organized all of the remedies into 1,800 color-coded botanical, chemical, biological and functional families and integrated them deeply into MacRepertory and ReferenceWorks. Every remedy in our materia medica has been placed in their correct natural category. And we've gone beyond the traditional kingdoms with such groups as Bjørndal and Rajan's Miasms, Five Elements, Plant Chemicals, Vega's Boxes, Murphy's Planets, Boyd's Types, Morrison's Organics, Massimo's Groups, etc. If you feel that isn't enough, you can easily create your own!
Promoting Strong Family Values
The programs are designed so that anywhere you can display individual remedies, you can also display the family groups. You can focus most windows on a particular family; for example, you can limit the materia medica books in ReferenceWorks to only display the insect remedies or limit a search to syphilic remedies that have a fear of death.
Mapping The World
We have created a hundred beautiful graphs to illuminate the families. There are a wide range of miasm, mineral, bacteria, fungi, plant and animal graphs. The graphs have three uses: first, to map out the kingdoms parts; second, to show how prominent the family is in the current case; and finally, by clicking on the family to help you to focus the remedy analysis on just its members.
As an example, when you click on the snakes in the Animal Graph, a remedy graph appears with only the snake remedies analyzed for this case. Dragging a second family to the graph crosses the groups: sunflowers that are syphilitic or animals that are sycotic, etc.
ReferenceWorks Classic is ideal for those who want a basic information tool without the advanced searching and analysis tools that ReferenceWorks Pro offers. Its easy-to-use interface and searching capabilities let you find information in the language and format that makes sense to you. You can quickly expand or narrow your searches within remedies, books and sections and use a bar graph to illustrate the results of your search. Create rubrics of your ReferenceWorks searches and export to MacRepertory to include in case analysis.
ReferenceWorks uses the materia medica directly to find a patient's remedy, eliminating the repertory middleman, and going straight to the cure. You simply type in each symptom, ReferenceWorks collects every reference and creates a graph of the result. The remedies are scored based on the importance each author gave to them, how many authors suggested the remedy for the symptom and how rare the remedy is. You can even fine tune the results by selectively emphasizing the books you value the most. You don't have to stop with describing one symptom. You can describe several symptoms at a time and create a bar graph of the results.
Of course, a simple analysis can give too much importance to the common remedies and common symptoms, so we've included sophisticated analysis strategies that compensate for these inequities. You can choose to emphasize the keynotes, strange, rare and peculiar symptoms, small remedies or the remedies that have the greatest number of symptoms in the case. Since ReferenceWorks. graphs are based on thousands of references, they display the importance of each remedy for the symptom more precisely than the three grades in the repertory can.
From this great variety of viewpoints, utilizing the genius of hundreds of authors, you'll find that your results are more accurate than from using a repertory program alone.