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Bryant’s pocket manual or repertory of homoeopathic medicine

Dr Muhsina Mariam. M. T 
MD Organon GHMC Calicut
Medical Officer, Department of Homoeopathy, Govt of Kerala

Full name of the book :  A pocket manual or repertory of homoeopathic medicine.

Alphabetically or nosologically arranged ; 

May be used as the physicians Vade-Mecum, the traveller`s medical companion or the family physician: containing the principle remedies for the most important disease symptoms, sensations, characteristics of the diseases, etc with the principle pathogenetic effects of the remedies on the most important organs and functions of the body: together with diagnosis, explanation of the technical terms, direction for the selection and exhibition of remedies , rules of the diet , etc, etc.compiled from the best homoeopathic authorities . 

  • Name of the author : J Bryant . M D. 
  • First edition in 1889 
  • Fifth edition now .
  • Published by B Jain publishers
  • Printed  in J.J. Offset Printers
  • Distributed by Harjeeth and Co


The book has been divided in to 3 parts 

  • Introduction
  • List of medicines contained in the manual with their technical names, abbreviations, and antidotes
  • Repertory proper 

Introduction is again divided in to different headings

  1. The design, compilation and arrangement of the manual
  2. On the selection of  remedies 
  3. On potencies 
  4. On the administration of the medicines 
  5. On the repetition of the doses 
  6. On the changing of the medicines 
  7. On diet 
  8. Rules to be observed under homeopathic treatment 
  9. Conclusion


The design in the compilation of this  manual has been 3 fold.

First : to furnishes the physicians and especially beginners in Homoeopathic practice with a convenient Vade Mecum ( a work of  ready reference) at the bed side of the patient. 

Secondly : to provide travellers, who are liable to attacks of illness where it is impossible to procure the services of the homeopathic physician, with a valuable Medical Companion. 

Lastly :  to supply the families residing at a distance from the homoeopathic physician, as a Family Physician in cases of emergency & for many minor ills.

For the compilation of this work source books are
     1.Materia medica of Hahnemann
     2.Manuals of Jahr and Boeninghausen
     3.The transactions of the American Institute of Homoeopathy
     4.The works of Hartman,  Hering, Laurie and other distinguished     Homoeopathic     writers and practitioners have been consulted.

 The principal remedies for the most important diseases, symptoms, sensations and characteristics of diseases, have been given, with the principal pathogenitic effects of the medicines on the most important organs, and the functions of the body, with their relative value typographically distinguished under their respective heads. 

These are alphabetically and nosologically arranged in the following order viz, the most important Diseases ,Organs, and functions of the body
                             general symptoms and sensations
                                 causes and characteristics of the Diseases 

Such affections which have a pathological name are given as PRIMARY HEADS and are printed in CAPITALS. 

Under these primary heads ,are given in SMALL CAPITALS , the symptoms, causes, conditions, concomitants, varieties of the diseases etc belonging to each primary heading. 

Under these subordinate heads, which are printed in SMALL CAPITALS, are given in italics, the variety of symptoms, sensations, causes, conditions etc, belonging to each subordinate head. 

Thus the print following in the descending order, distinguishes the subordinate from the primary heads. A glance at the Manual will show its arrangement and by bearing in mind Alphabetical order , it will be easily understood.

The medicines have been divided into three classes, according to their relative value as indicated by the print. Those printed in the CAPITALS are medicines which from their pathogenetic or curative effects, are most frequently indicated for the disease, symptoms, sensations etc, under which they, appear. Those printed in italics, are medicines of high relative value, but less frequently indicated than those printed in CAPITALS. The medicines printed in simple roman letters, are those which in general are the least frequently indicated.


This  section is especially meant for the lay practitioners. In this section, he talks about the law of cure or law of similia. Medicines should be selected according to the totality of the symptoms , as he gives the guidelines for the selection of the similimum. First carefully note down all the symptoms which the patient complains, along with the state of mind, and the characteristics  of the disease as regards its agg or amel, according to time, circumstances etc.,all medicines which corresponds to all the symptoms, sensations & characteristics of the disease, especially to all most prominent, characteristic, and leading symptoms of the case. If the remedy is not found under name of disease, then re- examine the to see error in selection . If no error found then select the remedy which nearly correspond to the totality of symptoms and characteristics of disease, doesn’t matter whether remedy is found under the head of disease or not. If 2 or more remedies equally indicated then select the one which is distinguished by the print as being of the highest relative value.

3. ON POTENCIES : At that time Physicians were using various potencies ranging from the tincture to two thousandth attenuation. In this again recommended that, lay men who use this should manual make use of the potencies ranging from the third to thirtieth  dilution & in cases which requires a higher or lower attenuation, in order to complete the cure, the choice or selection of the potency should be left to the judgement of an experienced homoeopathic physician.

4. ON ADMINISTRATION OF THE MEDICINES : Medicines may be administrated by placing three or four globules of the medicated pellets on the tongue, or eight or ten pellets may be dissolved in ordinary sized tumbler two thirds full of pure soft water and agitated or stirred for several minutes until the medicine is perfectly dissolved and incorporated with the water; and a teaspoonful of the solution is given to children and a small dessert or table spoonful to adults. When medicines are used in form of tricturations or dilutions , from one to three drops of dilution or one third of ordinary sized penknife blade full of tricturation prepared with same quantity of water and administered in same manner as above. Prefer glass vessel ; avoid coffee or tea cups; avoid cracked, worn off , imperfect cups. Spoon except silver spoon should not be allowed to remain in medicine.


  • In acute diseases the proper interval between the repetition of the doses will vary , in general from one to six hours , according to the nature of the case or severity of the diseases. 
  • In those severe and dangerous diseases , which rapidly run their course to fatal termination , unless arrested in their progress , as croup, cholera etc, it may be necessary at the commencement of the treatment, to repeat the dose at intervals of every ten, twenty or thirty minutes until there be a mitigation of the symptoms, when the interval between the doses should be lengthened as the patient improves. 
  • In chronic cases, the proper interval between the repetitions of doses will vary from twelve hours to as many or more days. If improvement follows no medicine should be given. If slight aggravation of symptoms  characteristic of medicine speedily follow its administration no medicine given. If medicinal aggravation is violent antidote it. If same medicine is again indicated, then repeat same medicine in smaller dose.


Laymen & beginners of practice should  guard against too frequent change of medicines.The frequent changing of medicine is a miracle and most mischievous practise. Remedy should always  be changed after a reasonable length of time has been allowed for its action and we perceive no effect or when effect is unfavourable. Medicinal aggravation soon subsides. An unfavourable effect known by gradual & progressive aggravation of the disease without partaking characteristics  of disease but rather increases patient’s sufferings.

7. ON DIET : 

All articles of food diet, and drinks, which contain medicinal properties strictly prohibited under homoeopathic treatment: as coffee, green tea,& herbal teas; ginger, pepper, vinegar, mustard, all spice, cinnamon, cloves, vegetables of aromatic or medicinal character as onions, garlic, asparagus, raddish, tomato, parsley..,and every variety of animal food, strong scented or difficult digestion, as old smoked meat, bacon, pork, and all flesh of young animal .

In acute diseases the diet should consist of most light and nutritious kinds of food: such as toast water, barely water or rice water , arrow root gruel. When violent symptoms are subsided substantial food allowed in moderate quantities- beef tea, chicken tea, boiled rice, bread, biscuits free from soda ,or not newly baked; in most severe cases( no colic or diarrhoea) sweet ripe juicy fruits allowed in moderate quantities ( sweet  grapes, sweet cherries ,ripe peaches).

In chronic diseases almost every variety of wholesome, nutritious and easily digested food may be allowed, provided it does not answer the description of such kinds of ailments as are above prohibited. As a drink,, pure water should be allowed in all cases except it disagrees with the patient and in such cases toast water, barely water or rice water should be substituted .


Guard against all extraneous influences which may neutralise or counteract the effects of medicines- baths & poultices, smelling of camphor, hartshorn, cologne, all kinds of flowers & perfumery. Avoid cosmetics & tooth powders; all kind of artificial & mineral water, distilled & fermented  liquors unlesss allowed by physician. Room of sick should be well ventillated. Strong mental emotions like anger, grief, care etc., are guarded against.

9. CONCLUSION : Compiler flatters himself that the work will be found in the main , as substantially correct as any other kind of work that appeared in English language.,can be used for general purposes of Homoeopathy.

Medicines are given under 3 columns viz – name of medicines , abbreviations,and their corresponding antidotes. Total of 221 medicines are given with gradation. Polychrest medicines are given in small capital letters , and semi poly chrest are printed in italics and those which has been less extensively or seldom used , have no distinction. Besides that the most common polychrest has given a star mark (*) at the starting of the medicine . ?- given if antidote is not mentioned.

There is no chapter wise arrangement. Every main rubrics is printed in capital letter alphabetically starting from ABDOMEN – ZONA. But no medicines listed. Denotations are given next to main rubrics in brackets. It is followed by sub rubrics in alphabetical order, but in many rubrics are first given the rubric “In General”. 

(Eg – Abscess( a collection of purulent matter in a sac or tumor, resulting from local inflammation terminating in suppuration) Remedies  IN GENERAL).

Sub sub rubrics are  represented after a Hyphon ( -) , then alphabetically arranged in Italics . The locations , sides , color and character of Pains are arranged in alphabetical order. 

In every chapter Character of Pain is again given various locations with a double hyphon ( – – ) . 

for eg., ABDOMEN 

  PAIN  in the abdomen


Pains  drawing : Acon, bry ..

epigastrium :

This book can be used for quick bed side reference because of its user friendly arrangement. Also it is a valuable aid for the lay practitioners. Each heading or each rubric is well explained. The meaning of each rubric is given in brackets side by side. Mental symptoms are also given and so this repertory may also be used for the further Repertorisation of the case.

Numbers of medicines are comparatively less regarding the modern repertories.

REFERENCE : A pocket manual or repertory of homoeopathic medicine.


1. Accouchement: child bearing
2. Achor : suppurating pustules ending in a scab
3. Adipsia : thirstlessness 

4. Agonia : impotence, sterility
5. Agripnia : sleeplessness
6. Ague: chill, in intermittent fevers
7. Ague in breast: See inflammation of mammae
8. Amaurosis (gutta serena): paralysis of the optic nerve
9. Ambylopia : dimness of sight
10. Amygdalitis : inflammation of the tonsils
11. Anasarca : dropsy of the cellular tissue
12.Anthropophobia  : dread of society
13.Arthrocace : morbus coxarious: hip joint disease
14. Asthma of Miller: a disease resembling croup, but distinguished from it by its  periodical paroxysms, absence of fever, and pale urine
15. Balanitis: inflammation of the glans penis
16. Balanorrhoea : pseudo- gonorrhoea
17. Barrenness :  sterility
18. Blenorrhoea: mucous discharge
19. Blepharoplegia: paralysis of eyelids
20. Bronchia : ramifications of the windpipe
21. Bronchocele : goitre
22. Buboes: inflamed glandular swellings
23. Bulimy: morbid appetite
24.Cardialgia: pain in stomach
25. Catalepsy: spasm, with the limbs remain fixed ,as at the moment of the  attack, yet w ithout spasmodic rigidity, as in tonic spasms
26. Catamenia : monthly fux ( see menstruation) 

27. Cephalalgia: headache
28. Chin cough : hooping cough
29. Chiragra : gout in the hands
30. Cholera morbus : sporadic cholera
31.Cholerine : diarrhea preceeding an attack of Asiatic cholera, or during the      prevelance of the epidemic
32. Cirsocele : varicose enlargement of spermatic veins
33. Coma somnolentum : excessive drowsiness
34. Coma vigil: fruitless desire for sleep
35. Cornua: horny excrescences
36. Corpulency (polysarcia) : obesity
37.Coup de soleil : sun stroke
38. Coxalgia (coxagra) (ischias) : hip gout
39. Coxarthrocace.: hip joint disease
40. Critical age: menoposia
41.Angina membranica: croup
42. Crusta lactea : milk crust
43. Cynanche : angina, sore throat
44. Cystoplegia: paralysis of bladder
45. Cystorrhoea : catarrh of bladder
46. Derbyshire neck: bronchocele (see goitre)
47. Diplopia : double vision 

48. Dysecoea (Surditas, difficulty of hearing ) : see deafness

49. Ebullition: boiling, effervescence
50. Emprosthotonus : tetanus, the body bend or drawn  anteriorly by spasm 

51. Ephelis : summer freckles
52. Ephialtes : incubus , night mare
53. Neuralgia occulorum : neuralgic pain in eyes
54. Trichiasis : inversion of the eyelids
55. Fames canina : voracious appetite 

56. Flooding : uterine haemorrhage
57. Flour albus : leucorrhoea
58. Frog tongue: ranula
59. Furor uterinus : nymphomania
60. Galling : chafing, abrasion
61. Gastrodinia : neuralgic pain, in the stomach
62. Gastromalacia : softening of the stomach
63. Gastrosis : gastric derangement
64. Gleet: secondary gonorrhoea
65. Globus hystericus : hysterical choking sensation as of a ball in the throat
66. Glossitis : inflammation of the tongue
67. Glossoplegia : paralysis of tongue
68. Gonagra : aithritic inflammation of the knee
69. Gonitis : inflimmation of the knee
70. Gonocele : dwelling of the knee joint
71. Grippe : epidemic catarrh 

72.Parulis : gum boil
73.Agnail : hang nail
74. Haemalopia : effusion of blood in the eye
75. Hectic fever: fever preceding or attendant on pulmonary phthisis
76. Hemeralopia: nocturnal blindness
77. Hemicrania pain on one side of the head
78. Herpes squamosis: psoriasis
79.Singultus: hiccough
80. Hives : vulgar name for croup, also applied to certain cutaneous eruptions
81. Hooping cough : pertusis , chin cough
82. Hydrarthra : dropsy of knee joint
83.Hydrosarca: anasarca
84. Hyperoitis: inflammation of the palate
85. Hypogastrocele : ventral hernia

86. Incubus : night mare
87. lcterus albus : chlorosis
88. Synocha: inflammatory fever
89. Insolation ( coup de soleil) : sunstroke
90. lschiatica: neuralgic pain in the hip
91. lschuria : difficult urination
92. King’s evil: scrofula
93. Lethargy: continued sleep or stupor
94. Leucoma: white speck on the cornea 

95. Whites , fluor albus : leucorrhoea
96. Lientery: passage of undigested food
97. Lippitudo: inflammation of the tarsi of the eyelid
98. Lues venera : syphilis
99. Lupia : a wen or an encysted tumour
100. Lupus, Noli me tangere : a tuberculous corrosive ulceration of the face, nose,etc
101. confinement after parturition
102. Maculae: marks, spots, blemishes
103. Magrums : chorea , St. Vitus’ dance
104. Malacia : depraved appetite , desire for strange or particular things
105. Mamillae : nipples
106. Megrim : hemicrania
107. Melaena , morbus niger: black vomit
108. Merocele: crural hernia
109. Meteorism : atmospheric distension
110. Morbilli : measles
111. Morbus coeruleus , blue disease: cyanosis
112. Morbus pedicularis ; phthiriasis
113. Mortification: death of a part ,gangrene
114. Nausea marina: sea sickness
115. Navel rupture: umbilical hernia
116. Nephralgia : acute pain in the kidney 

117. Notalgia: back ache
118. Nyctalopia : night vision, diurnal blindness
119. Odontalgia : tooth ache
120. Onanism : masturbation
121. Opisthotonus : retrorsal convulsions , head bent backwards in tetanus
122. Oscheocele: hernia in scrotum
123. Ostitis : inflammation of a bone
124. Otorrhoea: discharge from the ear, chronic otitis
125. Palsy: local paralysis
126. Pamplegia : general paralysis
127. Panaris : felon
128. Paramenia: dysmenorrhoea
129. Paronchia : felon
130. Perineumonia: inflammation involving both the lungs and  pleura
131. Pneumonia notha : asthenic pneumonia , as occurring in old people
132. Podagra: gout in the feet
133. Priapsmus : strong involuntary erections
134. Prosopalgia: neuralgic pain of the face , tic doloreux
135. Proud flesh : fungus, sponge like excrescences, unhealthy granulations in       wounds, ulcers etc
136. Prurigo: itching
137. Pseudopia : false sight
138. Psoitis : inflammation of the psoas muscles
139. Ptyalim : salivation 

140. Cynanche tónsillaris : quinsy
141. Raphania : ergotism, disease said to be caused by eating spurred rye 
142. Red gum : infant rash / strophulous/ skin rash seen in infants and children
143. Rhagades: chaps, cracks
144. Rhinorrhoea: epistaxis
145. Rose rash: rubeola
146. Rupia : a vesicular eruption degenerating into scabs
147. Salt rheum : a disease of the skin
148. Sarcocele : fleshy tumor of the testicle
149. Saturnine colic: lead colic
150. Ship fever: typhus petechiae
151. Spermatorrhoea: pollutions
152. Sphacelus : mortification
153. Psellismus : stammering
154. Stomacace : scurvy in the mouth
155. Sudor anglicus : sweating fever
156. Suggilation : ecchymosis
157. Surfeit: excess in eating
158. Tabes : wasting, marasmus
159. Tabes dorsalis : atrophy of the spinal marrow, emaciation from onanism or excess venery , characterized by formication in the back and  pain and  weakness in the  back and limbs 

160. Tympanitis: abdominal emphysema 

161. Febris nervosa : typhus fever
162. Ulitis : inflammation of the gums
163. Varioloid : modified small pox
164. Vermes ; worms
165. Vomica : abscess in lungs
166. Vomiturition : retching
167. Wens: indolent or encysted tumors
168. Febris verminosa : worm fever
169. Typhus icterodes : yellow fever
170. Zona: herpes zoster/ shingles
171.Luxations: dislocations
172.Metralgia : uterine spasmodic pain
173. Synochia : inflammatory fever

REFERENCE :  A pocket manual or repertory to homoeopathic medicine – Bryant

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