So aphorism 6 is the bedrock of detailing how symptoms expressed by the organism in disease, both mental and physical, are the totality of disease. Wonderful, we have the complete picture of the disease now.
Yet, and in truth… it doesn’t really help except where an application of common sense and thought process is applied to the knowledge.
Here is the rub. Most homoeopaths just throw symptoms into the repertory, lots of them and gives what comes up top.
Not so fast you prescribers, not so fast.
Aphorism 153 details what we do with the picture of the disease.
the more striking, singular, uncommon and peculiar (characteristic) signs and symptoms of the case of disease are chiefly and most solely to be kept in view; for it is more particularly these that very similar ones in the list of symptoms of the selected medicine must correspond to, in order to constitute it the most suitable for effecting the cure.
The more general and undefined symptoms: loss of appetite, headache, debility, restless sleep, discomfort, and so forth, demand but little attention when of that vague and indefinite character, if they cannot be more accurately described, as symptoms of such a general nature are observed in almost every disease and from almost every drug.
This is finding the essential nature of the disease from which all other symptoms spring, and thus can be ignored.
We teach this in the course with case examples. Many case examples.