A Repertory Based on Allen’s Key Notes & Nash’s Leaders

Dr Aji Punnen

The author of the book is Captain K K Sirker M.B ( CAL UNI), A.I.R.O, I.M.S. (Retd.). He is the Ex-Lecturer of Midwifery & Gynaecology, Ex- Visiting surgeon of the surgical, Midwifery & Gynaecological Wards of Calcutta Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, and Lecturer of Organon in D.N.De memorial Homoeopathic Medical College.

Other books by Author

  • A Handbook of Repertory ( On the basis of Kent’s Lectures on Materia Medica, Herring’s condensed Materia Medica, Boericke & other standard Materia Medica.

The book used for review is a reprint 2007 edition. Publishers are B. Jain Publishers. It is printed by JJ Offset Printers. The Price of the book is 119 Rs.

This book was published earlier in another name i.e. A keynote Repertory of Materia Medica.


  • A Keynote Repertory Of Materia Medica – Reprint Edition – 1995
  • A Repertory Based On Allen’s Key Notes And Nash’s Leaders – 2005
  • Reprint edition – 2007

Source books
The repertory is based on Keynotes and Characteristics with Comparisons by ALLEN H. C. & Leaders in Homoeopathic Therapeutics by E.B NASH.

Preface,Quote by Boericke & Tafel, Contents, Repertory proper, Relationship of remedies, Remedies & their abbreviations.

Preface is by Captain K K Sirker. This book have been prepared to be useful to students & practitioners of Homoeopathy for ready reference.

There are no separate chapters for aggravations & ameliorations. General aggravations & ameliorations is in the chapter Generalities. Particulars will be found in different sections.

Relationships are in a tabular form for the convenience of readers. There are some important additions besides Allen’s Key notes & Nash’s leaders.

Quote by Boericke & Tafel “ … the subject is well presented & admirable …”

Chapters are given in alphabetical order with page numbers. After chapters there are relation ship of remedies & Remedies and their abbreviations.

The chapters are arranged in alphabetical order. The name of the chapters are given above the page in bold capitals. There are 40 chapters.

Chapters Are Abdomen, Alternation Of States, Back, Bladder, Chest, Chill, Cough, Ear – Hearing, Extremities, Eye – Vision, Face, Fever, Genitalia Male, Genitalia Female, Generalities, Head, Kidneys, Larynx & Trachea, Mind, Mouth, Nose, Perspiration, Prostate Gland, Rectum & Anus, Respiration, Sensation As If, Sensation Of, Skin, Sleep, Stomach, Stool, Teeth, Throat, External Throat, Urethra, Urine, Vertigo

Abdomen – Inguinal gland, spleen, ,liver, gallstone colic, hernia,ileocaecal region, ,intestines

Alternation of states – It contains rubrics relating to symptoms which alternates. Eg. Cough & eruption – Crot – t

Back – spine, cervical region, coccyx, opistothonus, dorsal region, lumbar region, lumbosacral region

Bladder – urging, retention, tenesmus, urination

Chest –axillae, lungs, mammae, heart, emphysema, hydrothorax, pleura, milk, murmurs, palpitation, phthisis,

Chill –

Cough –

Ear – hearing – hearing is given as a subchapter in ear, but given as a separate main heading with ear

Expectoration —

Extremities –awkwardness, nails, felon, ataxia, upperlimb, lowerlimb,

Eye – amaurosis, cataract, hair falling from brows, glaucoma, lachrymation, photophobia, pterygium,

  • Vision – as a sub chapter of eye but given as a main heading with eye

Diplopia, hemiopia,

Face – antrum, parotid gland, lips, chin, cheeks, expression, falling of whiskers, submaxillary gland, risus sardonicus,

Fever – typhoid, exanthematic fevers, hectic fever, peurpural fever, septic fever

Genitalia male – erection, phimosis, semen, seminal emission, sexual passion,

Genitalia female – abortion, uterus, desire, ovaries, fallopian tubes, leucorrhoea, lochia, menopause, menses, metrorrhagia, sterility

Generalities – alcoholic stimulants, anaemia, analgesia, apoplexy, bathing, burns, change of symptoms, chlorosis, chorea, clothing, constitution, convulsion,  faintness, food, injuries, moon phases, paralysis, pulse, side, traumatic affections, weakness, weariness, wounds

Head – dandruff, baldness, hair, hydrocephalus, brain, meninges,

Kidneys – suppression of urine, uraemic condition

Larynx & trachea – croup, voice, hoarseness,

Mind – nymphomania, somnambulism, unconsciousness,

Mouth – gums,odour, tongue, saliva, speech, taste

Nose – coryza, epistaxis, smell

Perspiration – odour, profuse, scanty, staining linen

Prostate gland,

Rectum & anus – cholera, constipation, diarrhoea, dysentery, flatus, haemorrhoids, involuntary stool, irregular stool, urging

Respiration – asphyxia, asthmatic, dyspnoea,

Sensation as if —  sensation in various parts

Sensation of  —  sensation of various parts

Skin – capillary aneurism, ecchymosis, jaundice, bed sore,

Sleep – dreams, sleepiness, sleeplessness, yawning

Stomach – apetite, aversion & desire for food, eructation, indigestion, nausea, thirst, vomiting,

Stool –

Teeth – caries,

Throat – pharynx, tonsil, palate, uvula, diphtheria, swallow,

External throat – goitre, thyroid gland

Urethra – meatus, fossa navicularis,

Urine – copious, odour, sediment, sugar, scanty,

Vertigo —

Most chapters start in alphabetical order

  • Abdomen, back, bladder, chest, ear, extremities, eye, face, genitalia male, genitalia female, head, larynx & trachea, mind, mouth, nose, rectum & anus, Prostate gland, respiration, sensation as if , sensation of, skin, sleep, stomach, throat, external –throat, urethra, urine,

Some chapters start with time then alphabetical order

  • Cough,expectoration,generalities,

Some starts with a general rubric related to the chapter followed by time then alphabetical order

  • Fever – heat, chill – coldness

Some starts with the general rubric as the name of the chapter then alphabetical order

  • Perspiration,vertigo

Rubrics are arranged in alphabetical order. Rubrics are represented in BOLD CAPITALS ( first word ) followed by  ordinary roman letters. Subrubrics & Subsubrubrics are represented in ordinary roman letters.

Medicines are given after the rubrics.

Medicines are given in three gradations.

  • Bold Roman – 3 mark
  • Italics – 2 mark
  • Ordinary – 1 mark

Synonyms are given after the rubric in brackets with the prefix See.

Cross-references are also given after the rubrics in brackets with the prefix See.

In Rubrics in between medicines modifications are given in brackets

Eg. Abdomen , Distension, Carb- v ( Upper abdomen ) Chin ( whole abdomen )

Sub rubrics are given under rubric after an indentation . Subsubrubrics are given under subrubrics after an Indentation.

Relationship of Remedies

It includes relationship of remedies given in an tabular form. It consists of  complementary, follows well, followed by, antidote, inimical, incompatible, similar & common remedies. Relationship part contains 173 medicines.

With Compl Follows well Followed by Ant, Inm, Incom Sim ,Com
ACONITUM NAPELLUSArn, in traumatism.

Coff, in fever, pain, sleeplessness.

Sulph in all cases.

Acon is acute of sulph

Arn, Coff, Sulph,  Verat Arn, Ars, Bell, Bry, Hep, Sulph. For abuse of acon – sulphAnt – Alcohol, Nux –V, Sulph.

Remedies & their abbreviations
Remedies and their abbreviations are given in two columns. Abbreviation are followed by name of the medicine. It starts with Abies nigra & ends with Zincum metallicum. It contains 318 medicines.


  • Precise & compact
  • Relationship of remedies in tabular form
  • Alphabetical order , so easy to find symptoms
  • Remedy abbreviations given to avoid confusion.
  • Easy to use at the bedside


  • A Repertory based on Allen’s Keynotes & Nash’s leaders
  • A Keynote Repertory of Materia Medica
  • A Handbook of Repertory

Dr Aji Punnen
Email : ajipunnenkocheril@gmail.com

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