Always write out the entire list of remedies from the general rubric and the modality such as a special period of aggravation. Many brilliant cures are made from the general rubric. – Kent
Kent is a stickler for knowing the Materia Medica to the point of having a feeling about a patient for a remedy since the patient does not always give you a clear picture.
Clarify the anemnesis by selecting a group of three or four essentials in one case and discarding all other remedies which do not turn up here. – Kent
A better method that demands that judgment be passed on all the symptoms after the case is carefully taken.
The value of these symptoms are in proportion as they relate to the patient rather than to his parts.
The order of symptoms to take are those most peculiar to the patient and then those less and less peculiar until those that are common.
Generalities first: aggravations and ameliorations of the general state or many of their symptoms.
Mental symptoms are then to be taken in this order:
1. Loves and hates, or desires and aversions
2. Rational or intellectual mind
Omit all symptoms that relate to a pathological cause and all that are common to disease and to people.
Then a group of five to ten or so remedies will appear which can then be compared and related to the remaining symptoms of the case.
Physical symptoms next to be taken:
1.Generalities related to the entire man and his entire body, or his blood and fluids. Includes both symptoms and modalities. All the remedies that are found here are to be retained with the mental group.
2. Particulars of the regions of the body, organs, parts and extremities. Preferences are given to discharges from ulcers, menstruation, ears, etc., as these are closely related to health.
3. Modalities of the parts affected which often are the opposite of the patient.
Strange and rare symptoms are to be ranked much higher.
Keynote symptoms can guide to cure or help a case provided that the mental and the physical generals do not contradict the modalities.
Three spheres of influence – mental, emotional, and physical.