The basis of the material was secured from three major works : Hering’s Guiding Symptoms, Clarke’s Dictionary and Allen’s Handbook. Frequent references have been made to Allen’s Encyclopædia. Other volumes less well known, and including Anshutz’s New, Old and Forgotten Remedies , have served in adding further symptoms.
This must be our instruction to the one who uses this effort the reassertion of an axiom in homœopathic teaching :
Let the single symptom be only a partial indication to the application of the materia medica. Beware the keynote that is not backed up by knowledge of, or reference to, the materia medica. No single symptom, no matter how “strange, rare and peculiar”, can stand without the support of the well taken case, and the likeness of the whole patient to the remedy. It is true, however, that we may see cases where the regular course of repertorization fails to reveal the simillimum. It is in such a case as this that the special repertory may provide a clue to a remedy not included in the general repertory, or not so strikingly brought to our mind. This is the field of Sensations As If, as one possible indicator of the elusive simillimum.
H. A. ROBERTS.