Repertorizing by ML Tyler & John Weir

Dr Aji Punnen

The article Repertorising is written by M L Tyler & John Weir.

M L Tyler
Margaret Lucy Tyler was born in 1857.She was a graduate of both Edinburgh & Brussels universities. She worked at the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital for forty years. Her speciality was in treating the mentally backward children.

Other works

  • Acute Conditions, Injuries
  • Different Ways Of Finding The Remedy
  • Drosera
  • Hahnemann’s Conception Of Chronic Disease, As Caused By Parasitic Micro-Organisms
  • Pointers To The Common Remedies
  • A Study Of Kent’s Repertory

Sir John Weir
Sir John Weir, (19 October 1879–17 April 1971), MB ChB Glasgow 1907, FFHom 1943, Physician Royal to several twentieth century monarchs

Born in Paisley Renfrewshire Scotland, Dr Weir was to become Physician Royal to King George V (reigned 1910–36; Weir his physician from 1918), King EdwarD VIII (reigned 1936), King George VI (reigned 1936–52), Queen Elizabeth II (physician 1952-68), and King Haakon VII (1872–1957) of Norway, whose wife Maud (1869–1938) was the youngest daughter of King Edward VII (1841–1910).

Weir returned to the London Homeopathic Hospital as Consultant Physician in 1910.He rose to become President of the Faculty of Homeopathy in 1923.

It consists of  grading of symptoms, eliminating symptoms, Dr. Gibson Miller’s hot & cold remedies & & worked out cases.

Authors offers apologies to Dr. Gibson Miller, Dr. J. T. Kent and Dr. Samuel Hahnemann.

Grading of Symptoms

In generals symptoms of first grade & highest rank are the mental symptoms

Mental symptoms

  • Mental Symptoms if well marked & definite are the most important symptoms of the case & will rule out symptoms of lesser grade.
  • Mental symptoms are given in mind section
  • Master all the rubrics of mind section with crossreferences to reach the correct rubric.
  • Combine rubrics that practically amount to same thing but gives a different list of remedies.

                   i.            Aversion to company and better alone
                 ii.            Worse in the dark, fear of darkness ,fear of robbers, fear of ghosts-of apparitions.

  • Better you know your Repertory, the more rapid the  work will be, and the better will be the  results.

Second Grade symptoms
General symptoms of the patient  as his reactions, as a whole, to bodily environment

  • Rection to times and seasons, to heat and cold, to damp and dry, to storm and tem pest, to position, pressure, motions, jar, touch, etc.
  • They should be in capitals or in italics in the patient as well as in the Repertory, to take this rank or to be safely used, some of them, as eliminating symptoms.

Third grade general symptoms

  • Desires and aversions – Symptom must be strong in the patient .remedy must be big type in Repertory  & in corresponding types everywhere and all through
    • Patient is only a little restless, Ars. and Rhus., superlatively restless remedies, will be rather contra-indicated.

While taking the case, it is well to vary the type of  symptoms

  • Poorly marked symptoms must be given  in brackets,
  •  Underline the intensely marked symptoms

Next  important symptoms  in women is the menstrual state, i.e. , general aggravation of symptoms before, during and after the menses.

Menses early, late, and excessive are symptoms of lower rank .Such symptoms are only considered if there is nothing such a polypus, fibroid, menopause, to account for it.

Particulars are the symptoms that form bulk for the patient & the reason they are consulting the physician. They should be taken down with utmost care & detail but must be considered last. Particular symptoms are of minor importance  (certainly in chronic cases) because they are general to the patient as a living whole, but only particulars to some part of him. Particular symptoms helps in the confirmation of our choice of drug.

Particular first grade symptoms are those anything peculiar or unusual or unexpected or unaccountable. General symptoms are one those refer to patient himself  as a whole & of which he could say “I” instead of “My”.

General symptoms can be contradictory in some drugs.

  • Headache of chilly Arsenicum is ameliorated by cold applications.
  • Stomach symptoms of  hot Lycopodium are ameliorated by hot food & drinks.

Hot & chilly is a general of highest importance & one of the most safest, useful eliminating symptom if strongly marked.

Studying drugs as people around us leads us to good prescription.

Common symptoms
Common symptoms are symptoms common to all cases of certain diseases

Not great use in picking out the individual remedy for a particular case of that disease

It may be common to a very great number of drugs, and therefore indicate one of a large group of remedies onlyand  of very little use in repertorising.

Common symptoms in uncommon circumstances are of great value.

Correct diagnosis is of imperative before using repertory as it helps to differentiate common & uncommon symptoms

“Eliminating” symptoms
Hot & chilly are the safest & useful eliminating symptoms if strongly marked.

It helps to cut out our tedious effort of repertorisation.

Common symptoms selected for repertorization make people repertory funk

A case is worked out to show method of repertorization using eliminating symptom.

Dr. Gibson Miller’s hot and cold remedies  (extracted from dr. kent’s works, etc.)  

Robert Gibson Miller 1862 – 1919 was an Englishman born in Kent in 1862, and was educated at Blair Lodge and the University of Glasgow, where he graduated in medicine in 1884.

He was an orthodox doctor who converted to homeopathy.Robert travelled to St. Louis to train with James Tyler Kent and on his return, he founded the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital.

Miller was also an important influence on the future Physician Royal, Sir John Weir, who he treated for boils and converted to homeopathy . Dr. Gibson Miller died of cancer in 1919, having spent his last years working punishing long hours and mourning the loss of his son.

Remedies predominantly aggravated by cold


Remedies predominantly aggravated by heat


Remedies sensitive to both extremes of temperature

 MERC., Ip., Nat-carb., Cinnabar.

Ant-cr., agg. by both heat and cold : agg. by overheating and radiated heat, though many symptoms amel. by heat.

MERC. in chronic troubles agg. by cold : in acute agg. by heat

Worked out cases

7 cases are worked  out to show the working method

In cases where we cannot get definitely marked mental or general symptoms care must be taken to select symptoms for eliminating purpose.

Important symptoms are times of day, worse from damp, worse from dry weather, better in wet weather, afraid or aggravation  to wash,

Symptoms of least importance is the name of the patients malady which helps to confirm our choice of remedy.


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