Rubrical & Regional Text-Book of Homoeopathic Materia Medica

Dr Aji Punnen

The author of the book ‘ The Rubrical and Regional Text-Book of the Homoeopathic Materia Medica Urine and Urinary Organs’  is William D Gentry.

Dedication, Preface, Notice, Index, book proper

The book is dedicated to Samuel Lilienthal MD of San Francisco

There are small & large works of Materia Medica. Larger works contain every reliable, unreliable, doubtful, visionary, & worthless symptoms mixed together. Smaller work contains more prominent & reliable symptoms compiled mostly from larger works & rearranged without reference to critical study of drug characteristics or original source of symptoms being the abridgement of the older & larger works.

For a reliable work a revision based on critical study of original sources & drug characteristics & pathogency of every symptom found in all Materia medica,  society reports & periodicals published during past twenty five years is required.

William D Gentry for fifteen years devoted his entire time to the study of  Materia Medica for the above mentioned symptoms for concordance repertory. Every drug has the natural power of producing some symptoms or class of symptoms peculiar to itself. Such characteristic symptoms if given in few words possible then our Materia medica will be well settled as Bible.

Two steps are take to make this book as settled as bible

  • Selection of reliable & Characteristic symptoms
  • Whenever the phraseology of a symptom was faulty, or could be expressed in fewer words without changing the sense or object of the sentence, it has been done.

This book can be said to be rubrical, regional & a true textbook.

It is rubrical, because it gives only symptoms which may be underlined with red ink as perfectly reliable.

It is regional, because it is in sections, and each section is devoted to a region or organ.

It is truly a text-book, because it has wide spaces between the symptoms to provide a receptacle for future provings, clinical symptoms, notes or observations, and for gleanings from other works and periodicals. Therefore it is called the Rubrical and Regional Text-book of the Homoeopathic Materia Medica.

The preface have been written on August 1890 from Chicago.

Each remedies & symptoms have been numbered. The number of remedy can be used either in writing prescriptionsfor pharmaciesor for others to prepare or may be written on the label on cork or on envelope or card for the patient to return when calling for another prescription

The symptoms of each remedy are numbered with an odd number & space is  left for writing an additional symptom& such symptoms may be given even or an vacant number. The number may be used in correspondence or in articles for publication.

If all sections are published each section will receive a number so that a section, a remedy, or a symptom may be referred.

Medicines are given in alphabetical order with serial numbers, common name abbreviation & page numbers.

Rubrical & regional text book of the Homoeopathic Materia Medica

The conditions of urinary organs, urine, and micturition are explained under each remedy.

It contains 372 remedies

Remedies are given in alphabetical order with numbers. The name of the remedy is given in bold capitals under which common name is given in brackets.

The symptoms are given in roman letters. It have only one gradation.

Similar remedies are given in brackets with symptoms. With some similar remedies modifications are also given. .

  • Dioscorea – Renal colic Patient bends backward ( If forward, Colocynth )

Some symptoms are referred to other sections in concordance repertory

  • Aconite – Acute prostatitis ( from cold) ( see section on Male Sexual organs)

All remedies are separated by a horizontal line.

Symptoms are given under the coomon name of some remedies.

  • Antimonium tartaricum contain no symptoms. Symptoms should be looked in Tartar emetic

Some remedies  have no much reliable symptom in the section of urine & urinary organs. Under such remedies the effect on urinary organs unknown have been mentioned by the author.

  • Aralia Racemosa – Effect of urinary organs unknown

Some symptoms are modified with specifications which is given in brackets

  • Arnica Montana – retention of urine ( from exertion )

Clinical tips are also given in brackets with symptoms

  • Terebinthina  — Nephritis, cystitis, urethritis, strangury ( if there is no blood in urine , this remedy will fail )

Symptoms are numbered with odd numbers with vacant space in between which enables the owner of the book to add symptoms of his own with numbers for future reference.


  • Only reliable symptoms are added
  • Space for further additions


  • The rubrical & regional text – book of the Homoeopathic Materia Medica Section on The urine & urinary organs – William D Gentry

Dr. Aji Punnen
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