Below, I will use the words “symptom” and “rubric” as synonyms yet it is important to emphasize that “symptom” is what the patient feels, while “rubric” is the formulation of the symptom in the Repertory.
The remedies are arranged in alphabetical order. Every remedy is presented with 40-50 rubrics. The full names plus the abbreviations of all remedies are given so that we can learn them both. The rubrics are exactly the same as they appear in the Repertory Synthesis 7.
Let us take for example the remedy Acon.
- All the fourth degree symptoms, if there are any, regardless of the number of other remedies in the rubric, are listed first in bold characters.
For instance the symptom
MIND – ANGUISH 4/135
The number 135 means that the rubric contains 135 remedies.
- All the symptoms, in which the remedy is the only one in third degree, regardless of the size of the rubric, are listed in bold characters, for example:
CHEST – PALPITATION of heart – fright, after 3/10
Here Acon. is the only one in third degree and this rubric contains 10 remedies, but all other remedies are either in second or in first degree. Therefore Acon. is the most important remedy in the rubric, and this is an important key symptom of this remedy – if we come across it in the patient, we should first think of Acon.
In this way, remedies that have a large number of rubrics in the repertory will remain in our mind only with those rubrics that are most significant for them.
- If the total number of the symptoms corresponding to the second criterion exceeds 50 as for Calc, Lyc, Sulph, etc. the priority goes to the rubrics containing fewer remedies. Therefore I put limitations on the size of the rubrics – for instance not more than 30 remedies.
- For some smaller remedies the total number of symptoms, corresponding to criteria 1 and 2, is relatively small. In that case I include rubrics in which there are also other third degree remedies. That is, the remedy in question is not the most important in the rubric. If needed, I put limitations on the number of remedies in the rubric so that the total of the extracted rubrics should be about 40-50. In such cases, rubrics in which the remedy is the only one in third degree are given in bold characters to be learnt first.
- The smallest remedies usually do not have any fourth degree rubrics, and have only a few third degree rubrics, in which the remedy is the only one in third degree. If, for a given remedy, the total number of third degree rubrics is to small, I include all the third degree rubrics for this remedy regardless of their size, plus the rubrics in which the remedy is the only one in second degree.