Copyright
Joseph Laurie.

An epitome of the homoeopathic domestic medicine online

. (page 1 of 54)
Online LibraryJoseph LaurieAn epitome of the homoeopathic domestic medicine → online text (page 1 of 54)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


^K ^



<i\



Boston

Medical Lib baby

8 The Fenway




r



a:^



EPITOME



OF



THE HOMCEOPATHIC



DOMESTIC MEDICINE.



/



<



AN E P I T O U E



OF THE



HOAICEOPATHIC



DOMESTIC IMEDICINE



BY d! LAURIE, M.D.



THOROUGHLY -REVISED,



Digitized by the Internet Archive
in 2010 with funding from

BROUGHT DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME,

Open Knowledge Commons and Harvard Medical School
R.' S.*GUTTERIDGE, M.D.,

L^ite Physician to the Surgical Home for the Diseases of Women, and the Mttropolitan
Frovident Bispensary, ^c.y <^-c.



TI3:II^Tl^"-Ti3m^r) Ei:>iTioiNr.



LONDON:

LEATH AND ROSS.

Leamington : Leath and Woolcott.

Boston, U.S.A. : Otis Clapp and Son.

AND ALL HOMCEOPATHIG CHEMISTS.

http://www.archive.org/details/epitomeofhomoeopOOIaur



LOMJUN.

Primted bt Jas. Trlscott Ann Son,

Suffolk Lane, Citj-.




PEEFACE TO THIRTIETH EDITION.



The slightest comparison of this Edition with the last will
show that it is practically a new work. It will serve for be-
ginners and for those who prefer a small book; for further
information reference must be made to the larger work. This
Edition contains notices of most of the new Medicines, and is
brought down to the present time.



II. S. GUTTEIUDGE.



58 Beook Street,

Gbosvenor Square, W.



C/)

t— t

u

t— t

Q



o

H



O HI M
u> -

C I— ( I— I 5






mM



<>









(«5 1^


.'^


sc^ p:=>


t/3


1 D «• pi; p^


C


'ca ^HH


U3


2 S ^-<j <


T3




w




C/2C/3H>>



W CO






So






CO



C/2






§«



PhPO






(/5

o



U-),



m






ro '^ Lovo t-^OO 0^ O "-I N fO "^ vnvO 1>.00 0> O i-< N ro rf- 10



^^

CO C)

^ a;

S

(U '-'

s ««

c5 o
o x:
£ o






fO ^






P15



^-i






r*0 HH










::z; :< .

<<<<;pqpqcquuuuuuu



^ .

I— I (—1



iM W fO tJ- un»0 t^OO On O " M fO ■^ "-i>0 t^OO On O '-' <N ^*



0^



DOSES OF THE ^klEDICINES.

POE AN ADULT— Two Drops of Tincture, Three Pilules, or

Six Globules.
FOE A CHILD— Half the quantity.
FOE AjN" INFANT— One-third the quantity.

A Pilule or Drop of Tincture is easily divided hy mixing One
Drop or One Pilule luith Two Bpoonfids of Water, and
giving a Spoo7iful for a Dose.

For Further Directions, see pages 22-24.

The accompanying illustration shows the method of using the
glass-drop conductor supplied with every case of Tinctures. It
must be well washed every time after being used.




CONTENTS.



PART I.

INTRODUCTION. ,,^„

Preface. ^^^^

List of Medicines prescribed in this Work.

HoMCEOPATHY IN THE Treatment OF Disease i

Scope of this Work I

Advantages of Homoeopathy i

The Action of Homoeopathic Medicines 2

The Dilution of Medicines 3

The Small Dose 3

The Investigation of Disease 4

Its Causes, Character and Symptoms {, 6

The Pulse 6

The Method of Feeling the Pulst 7

The Healthy Standard 7

The Quick Full Pulse 7

The Tongue 8

The Breathing 9

The Breathing in Health 9

The Skin 9

The Thermometer in Disease 10

The Natural Heat of the Body 10

Right Method of applying the Thermometer 10

Pains, Character of ii

Thirst ; 12

The Appetite 12

State of the Bowels 12

Constipation 12

Diarrhoea.... 13

h



VUl CONTENTS.

PAGE

The Water and its Indications 13

,, character of 13

,, average quantity of 13

,, specific gravity of 13

„ variations in 13

,, pain in passing 13

Cough, its Character 14

,, derangements which it indicates 14

,, sympathetic 14

» lung 14

,, inconsistent with perfect health 14

,, to be estimated in connection with other symptoms 15

,, short dry -. 15

,, painful and hacking 15

,, predisposition to 15

„ chronic dry 15

„ loose IS

The Eyes, appearance of 15

,, dilated 15

,, contracted 16

,, languid 16

„ squinting or distorted 16

,, ' staring 16

,, sunken 16

,, pearly whiteness of 16

„ protruding or prominent 16

Diet and Regimen 16

Aliments allowed 16

Regularity of meals 17

Excess to be guarded against 17

Peculiarities of Constitution, with regard to 17

Aliments Prohibited 17

The Process of Digestion 17

Effect of Food on the Stomach 17

Necessity of taking at stated intervals. 17

Effects of too much liquid on Digestion ' 17

,, severe exertion on ,, 18

,, mental emotion on ,, ..••••••••;•••• • ^^

,, posture of the body on ,, 18

Absorption of liquids v • • v • !•••••••• ? .^. . .. ,18



CONTENTS. IX

PAGE

The chyme i8

Condiments, effect of. l8

Alcohol, effects of i8

Mastication, necessity for i8

The action of the stomach on the food iS

,, ,, bowels on the food 19

Effect of rancid and flavouring substances 19

Water-brash, how accounted for 19

Effects of hot weather on digestion 19

Less food required in 19

Cooking of food, effects of 19

Boiling ,, „ 19

Roasting ,, „ 19

Frying „ „ 19

Baking ,, „ 19

Pastry, indigestibility of 19

Additional list of allowed and prohibited articles of diet 20

Dress and Clothing 20

Children, young girls and ladies for 20

Winter in , 20

Right design of dress 20

Stays, objections to 20

Directions for general habits 21

Medicines, their form and administration 22

Tinctures ^ 22

Triturations 22

S accharated Extracts 22

Pilules and Globules 22

Directions for mixing medicines ■...,., 22

The administration and repetition of medicines. 23

The Dose of Homoeopathic medicines 24

On nursing the sick , 25

Qualifications for a nurse 25

Rules for the sick-room a 27

Accessories to Treatment 29

Lotions 29

Fomentations ,i 29

Compresses ,. «.. 29

Oiled Silk, use of -, 30

Spongio Piline, use of ,...,,i .'. 30



X COITEENTS.

PAGE

Poultices 30

„ Bread, of 30

„ Bran, of 30

„ Bread and suet, of 30

,, Carrot, of 30

if Fig, of 30

„ Linseed Meal, of 30

,, Yeast, of 31

,, , Charcoal, of 31

,, Mustard, of , 31

Mustard leaves 31

Spongio Piline 31

Simple Liniment, preparation and uses of 31

Glycerine 32

Simple Cerate or Spermaceti Ointment 32

Carbolic Acid 32

Compress, how to make 32

Enemas 32

Nutritive Enemas 33

Baths and Bathing, and Hydropathic Appliances 33

Uses of Baths 33

Ac*:ion of ,, 33

Tepid Baths .. 33

„ Sponging 34

„ Sitz Bath 34

„ Pack 34

Warm Bath 34

,, Sitz Bath 34

„ Foot Bath 34

Sponging, relief from 34

General Hot Bath 35

Hot Air Bath 35

Vapour Bath 35

Temperature of Baths 35

Rules for Diet 35

Mineral Baths and Waters 36

Rules for the use of 3^

Caution in taking 37

Great Britain in 37

Constituents of • 37



CONTENTS. XI

PAGE

Classification of Baths = 37

Seltzer 38

Enis 38

Apollinaris 38

Krahnchen 38

Carlsbad 38

Marienbad 38

Pullua 38

Friedrichshall 38

Kissengen 38

Epsom 38

Cheltenham 38

Leamington 38

Burton Spa 38

Cherry Rock 38

"Wiesbaden 39

Baden-Baden : . . . 39

Homburg 39

Woodhall Spa 39

Ki'euzuach 39

Bath 39

Weissenburg , 39

Lucca .: 39

Pisa 39

Buxton 39

Clifton 39

Gastein 39

Teplitz 39

Wilbad 39

Ido-bromine Springs 39

Hot „ 39

Chalybeate ,, 39

Sulphurous ,, 39

Springs containing Iron 39

Schwalbach 39

Spa 39

Harrowgate 39

Franzensbad 39

Booklet 39

Aix-la-Chapelle 39



Xli CONTENTS.

PAGE

Bareges 39

Sandefiord « 39



PART II.

SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT OF DISEASE.



FEVERS.



General Consideration of Fever 40

Causes of 41

General Treatment of 41

Diet in 41

Simple Fever 42

Continued or Inflammatory Fever 42

Typhus Fever 43

Enteric or Typhoid Fever 50

Relapsing or Famine Fever 53

Yellow Fever 55

Intermittent Fever or Ague 60

Eruptive Fevers 65

Scarlet Fever or Scarlatina 65

After Effects of 69

PuflEiness and Swelling of the Face and Limbs 69

Swelling of the Glands 69

Throat Symptoms 70

Deafness 70

Diet after Scarlatina 70

Measles 71

After Effects of Measles 78

Cough 73

Inflammation of the Windpipe 74

Diarrhoea 74

Inflammation or Discharge from the Ears 74

Deafness 74



COl^TENTS. Xlll

PAGE

Tenderness of the Skin,.. 74

Small Pox 74

Confluent Small Pox 7^

Modified Small Pox or Varioloid 79

Chicken Pock : 79

Nettle Rash 8i

Erysipelas ^.. §2

Diseases of Organs of the Digestive System.

Toothache 85

Sore Throat and Quinsey '. 88

Ulcerated Sore Throat 92

Relaxed Sore Throat 94

Clergyman's Sore Throat 94, 95

Diphtheria - 97

Mumps loi

Indigestion or Dyspepsia, and other Related Affections of
THE Digestive Organs.

The Process of Digestion 103

Indigestion or Dyspepsia 107, 117

Summary of subjects, causes and attendant symptoms 107, 117

Nausea, Eructations, Depression of Spirits 117

Waterbrash 117, 124

Acidity 117

Flatulence 117, 119, 122

Cramp in the Stomach 117

Indigestion or Loss of Appetite in Children 122

Flatulence , 122

Spasm or Cramp of the Stomach, &c 124

Water-brash 124

Heartburn , 126

Vomiting ^ 127

,, from Riding in a Carriage, Swinging or Travelling 128

Sea Sickness 128

Bilious Attacks 129

,, Vomiting 129

Sick Headache 129

Ulceration of the Stomach 132

Colic or Griping Pain in the Bowels 133



xiv CONTENTS.

PAGE

Constipation 136

Stoppage of the Bowels 139

Piles or Haemorrhoids 145

Bearing down and Protrusion of the Lower Bowel 147

Intestinal Worms ,. 149

Offensive Breath 151

Diarrhoea : English Cholera 153, 159

Dysentery 157

Asiatic Fever 160

Cholerine 165

Liver Complaint 1 65

,, Acute Inflammation of 166

,, Chronic 169

Jaundice 170

Gall-stones 173

Inflammation of the Bowels 174

Diseases of the Urinary Organs.

Albuminuria, or Bright's Disease 176, 177, 178

Inflammation of the Kidneys 179

Diabetes 180

Inflammation of the Bladder iSi

,, „ Chronic, or Catarrh 182

Irritable Bladder 182

Gravel 183

Nephritic Colic, or Fit of the Gravel 183

Stone in the Bladder 184

Diseases of the Organs of Respiration.

Catarrh, or Common Cold 185

Influenza 188

Cough ^ 192

Hoarseness 196

„ Chronic I97

Bronchitis I97

,, Chronic — Winter Cough 201

Hooping Cough 206

Croup 209

Windpipe, Inflammation 01 ■■' 212



CONTENTS. Xr

PAGE

Windpipe, Inflammation of, Chronic , 214

Inflammation of the Lungs (Pneumonia) 216

Pleurisy 220

Spurious or False Pleurisy 222

Spitting of Blood — Haemorrhage 223

Pulmonary Consumption 225

Hectic Fever* 235

Asthma , 235

Hay Asthma, Hay Fever 238

Diseases of the Circulatory System.

Diseases of the Heart 239

Inflammation of the Covering of the Heart or Pericardium 240

Angina Pectoris ,., 240

Neuralgic Angina 240

Functional Disorder of the Heart 242

Palpitation 242

Aneurism 245

Inflammation of the Veins 246

Varicose Veins 246

,, Ulcers 248

Diseases of the Brain or Cerebral System.

Determination of Blood to the Head 248

Giddiness 251

Apoplexy 252

Sunstroke 256

Paralysis 25S

Inflammation of the Brain , 260

Headache 261;

Sleeplessness 274

Nightmare 276

Hysteria 277

Fainting 280

Epilepsy or Falling Sickness 282

Chorea. — St Vitus Dance 281:

Cramp in the legs 287

Lock-jaw 288

Dipsomania or Craving for Stimulants 291

Delirium Tremens 202



XTl CONTENTS,

PAGE

Stammering 295

Neuralgia, Tic-Doloreux 297

Diseases of the Skin.

Inflammatory Redness ^ 300

Erythema i.... 300

Eczema 302

Lichen, Pimples or Red Gum 304

Irritation or Itching of the Skin 304

Herpes or Tetter 305

ShinglfcS 306

Ringworm of the Skin 306

Ringworm of the Head 307

Grubs of the Face — Acne 310

Boils 311

"Whitlow 313

Abscess 314

Ulcers or Sores 316

Varicose Ulcers 319

Chilblains 320

Corns 321

Warts 322

The Itch 322

Nettle Rash, Urticaria , 324

Chronic Nettle Rash 326

Diseases of Constitutional Origin.

Gout 326

Rheumatic Gout 329

Rheumatic Fever — Acute Rheumatism 329

Chronic Rheumatism 333

Lumbago 335

StiffNeck 335, 337

Sciatica 336

Cancer 338

Scrofula 341

Consumptiom of the Bowels 343

Mesenteric Disease 343

Derbyshire Neck, Goitre 343

Ilip-Disease 345



/

CONTENTS. Xvii

PAGE

White Swelling , 347

Dropsy 34S

Sweating Feet 351

Diseases of the Eye.

Inflammation of the Eye — Ophthalmia 352

„ M » Chronic 253

Weeping or Watery Eye , 354

Bloodshot Eye 355

Stye 355

Diseases of the Ear.

Inflammation of the Ear — Ear-ache 356

Discharge from the Ears 357

Deafness 35S

,, from Hardened Wax 359

,, ,, Enlarged Tonsils 359

,, after Measles, &c 360

Deaf-Dumbness 360

Diseases of the Nose.

Bleeding of the Nose 361, 394

Foetid Discharge from the Nose 361

Diseases of the Mouth and Tongue.

Canker 3^3

Inflammation of the Mouth 3^4

Mortification or Gangrene of the Cheek 3^5

Cancrum Oris 365

Gum-boil 366

Offensive Breath 367



PART III.

Domestic Surgery, or the Treatment of Common Accidents.

Introductory Observations 3^9

How to Treat a Fall or Blow and Slight Wounds 3^9



XVIU CONTENTS.

PAGE

Abrasions of the Skin 370

Bruises 370

Cuts and Wounds 370

Bleeding 370

Concussion of the Brain — Being Stunned 372

Rupture 373

Sprains 374

Strains 373

Contusion of the Chest 376

How to Apply a Bandage 376

How to Treat Wounds 379

Incised ,, 379

Lacerated ,, 379, 381

Contused ,, 380

Punctured ,, 380

Gunshot ,, 380

Poisoned ,, 380

Face, wounds of. 382

Head ,, „ 383

Fire-arms from 384

Bullets and Slugs from , 384

Conical Rifle-Bullets from 385

Fragments of Stone from 385

Snakes or Serpents Wounds from 387

Animals Bites of. 388

Putrefied Matter Wounds from 388

Stings of Insects 389

How to Treat Bruises 390

„ „ Black Eye 390

,, ,, Bruises, Swelling after 391

How to Stop Bleeding 391

„ ,, „ from an arm or leg 393

„ ,, „ a vein in the leg 394

„ „ „ ,, the nose 394, 361

,, ,, ,, after Tooth Extraction 394

How to Treat Dislocation 395

,, ,, Broken Bones or Fractures 396

,, ,, Burns and Scalds 398

„ ,, Hydrophobia 400

„ ,, Suspended Animation, as after Drownirs 40a



CONTENTS. XIX

PAGE

How to Treat Apparent Death from a Fall 405

„ „ ,, n Suffocation 405

„ » M » Hanging 405

„ ,, „ a Choking 405

„ „ Poisoning 406

„ ,, Over-Fatigue 410

Being Over-heated 411



>>



PART IV.

DISEASES OF FEMALES.

Introductory 413

Suppression or Delay of the Monthly Period 414

Green Sickness or Chlorosis 417

Excessive Menstruation 420

Painful and Difficult Menstruation 422

Change of Life 426

The Whites or Leucorrhoea 430

Diseases of the Womb 433

Congestion of ,, 434

Ulceration of „ 435

Displacement and Bearing Down of 438

Retroversion of 439

Bearing down of (actual) 440

Pregnancy 441

Marriage, Right Age for 441

Pregnancy, Exercise during 441

„ General Management of Health during 442

„ Diet during 443

„ Signs of 443

„ Duration of. 444

„ Quickening during 444

,1 Influence of Sights and Emotion during 444

„ Medicinal Treatment of 445

„ Lowness of Spirits during 445

„ Morning Sickness of 445



XX CONTEIJTS.

PAGE

Pregnancy, Constipation during 446

,, Diarrhoea during 447

„ Fainting and Hysterical Fits during 447

„ Toothache and Neuralgia 448

,, Varicose, or Swollen Veins. during 448

, , Pains in the Back 449

„ Longings or Fancies during.-. 453

Miscarriage, or Abortion 449

Pregnancy, Going into the Full Term 452

Nipples, Preparation of 454

Nurse, Choice of 454

Doctor, Choice of 455

Lying-in Room, Requirements for 456

Labour, Chloroform during 457

,, False Pains during 457

,, Progress of 458

,, Management of 458

Infant Management of at Birth 460

„ Disinclination to take the Breast 461

After Pains 462

Discharge after Labour, Regulation of 462

Breasts, the. Management of 462

Milk, Coming of 4^3

Nipples, Sore and Cracked 464

,, Depressed or Sunk 465

Milk, the, How to get rid of 465

Delivery, after. Diet and Management 465

Inflamed or Gathered Breast 466

Milk deficiency, or Super-abundance of 4^7

Infant the. Bringing up by Hand 468

Weaning, Rules for 470

Children, Diet for 470

Suckling Prolonged, Weakness from, Sore Mouth 471



PART V.

DISEASES OF INFANTS AND CHILDREN.
Infant Management *... 472



CONTENTS. Xxi

PAGE

Infant, Inflammation of Eyes ».... 474

,, Hiccough 474

,, Cold in the Head, Snuffles 474

,, Jaundice 475

,, Excoriation, or Chafing , 476

,, Crying and Wakefulness 477

,) Colic 477

,, Regurgitation of Milk 478

,, Acidity 478

,, Flatulence ;..... 478

,, Thrush 479

,, Constipation 480

,, Bowel Complaint 481

„ Diarrhoea 481

,, Teething, Derangements during 483

,, Water in the Head 4S5

,, Dropsy of the Brain 485

,, Asthma of Millar 487

,, Spasm of the Windpipe 487

,, Child-Crowing 487

,, Rickets 488

,, Emaciation 489

„ General Wasting 489

, , Convulsions 49 1

,, Feverishness 495

Infantile Remittent 496

Typhoid Fever of Children 496

Cerebro-Spinal Fever 501

Spotted, or Malignant Purple Fever 501

Deformities of Children and Young People 504

Spine, Affections of 504

Angular Curvature of the Spine 5^4

Lateral Curvature 5^4

High Shoulders 507

Pigeon Breast 5^7

Club Foot 508

Knock-knee 5°^

Bowed Legs 509

Left Handedness 5^9

Ungainly Habits 51°



XXll CONTENTS,

PAGE

Squinting 5^*^

Paralysis in Children S^^

Pseudo- Hypertrophic Muscular Paralysis 512

Vaccination 5^3

Cookery for the Sick and Convalescent 514



PART VI.



Characteristic Effects amd Indications of the Principal
Medicines 521




PART 1.



ElxttG^XXCtlOlL



HOMCEOPATHY IN THE TREATMENT OF

DISEASE.

A wore: of this kind presupposes that those who consult it, have
heard of the advantages of homoeopath}', and are inclined to make
trial of it, for themselves and their families.

They require a guide not too formidable in its appearance, nor
abstruse in its directions, and yet, as far as it goes, perfectly
reliable. Such this work aspires to be. It seeks not only to
supplant the ordinary domestic treatment by magnesia, rhubarb,
epsom salts, grey powder, and gregory ; by showing a method
of doing aU that they do, more efficiently, quickly, and pleasantly ;
but by giving plain rules for the ready administration of
medicines, to prevent the setting in of serious illness, or greatly
to mitigate its intensity, and abridge its duration. Few mothers
are so wedded to senna, castor-oil, jalap, calomel, and the like, as
to object to substitute remedies free from unpleasant odour, agree-
able to take, more promptly efficacious, and always at hand.
Homoeopathic medicines are also incontestibly superior to all
soothing syrups, carmina'tives, anl composing powders, however,
recommended, and however sweetened and disguised. Opium, or its
equivalents, and deleterious substances, in considerable quantities,

B



2 rNTEODTJCTIOlT.

enter into the composition of most patent medicines, so that,
under the delusion of perfectly safe and harmless compounds,
that is taken which, however agreeable, weakens and otherwise
injures the constitution. Xo better medicine can be taken for a
beginning in homoeopathic treatment than Aconite in 3rd tincture,
wherever there is a hot dry skin, or, in other words, whenever
there is feverishness. A dose of Aconite, six drops to a wine_
glassful of water — a teaspoonful every hour or half-hour — or a
pilule, crushed and put between the lips, will quiet the pulse,
allay the restlessness, and sensibly moisten the skin, cause a
modification of all the symptoms, or lessen the severity Df any
after-affection.

It is impossible for families who have adopted homoeopathy
to estimate their indebtedness to it, for many illnesses escaped,
or the mildness and short duration of others. There has been no
reason to procrastinate, and no excuse for it. Children have
no repugnance to homoeopathic medicines ; there is no scolding,
seldom even coaxing required.

How is the direct and speedy action of homoeopathic medicines
accounted for ? Their properties and action have been deter-
mined by long and careful experiment, so that the can be
readily selected for specific work. Light is not more nicely
adjusted to the eye, nor sound to the ear, than Aconite to the
circulation. Belladonna to the brain and congestion generally,
Fliosphorus to the lungs, and Pulsatilla to the stomach and
bronchial tubes.

We now and then meet with mothers who keep homoeopathic
medicines, who use them, and, up to a certain extent, have con-
fidence in them, but who allow a little thing to induce them to
seek the services of an allopath, even when a homoeopath is
■within reach, causing their little ones much unnecessary suffering,
prolonging the duration of their illness, and lessening the chances
of their recovery. Where homoeopathic professional advice is
not to be readily obtained, it is better to carry on a case by



rSTTEODTJCTION. 3

correspondence, stating fully, but succinctly, the origin, pro-
gress, and symptoms of the affection.

For the sake of her children, and her own comfort, we recom-
mend every mother to have recourse to homoeopathy.

Acute pain can be assuaged, violent inflammation subdued,
haemorrhage controlled, tumours dispersed, cancer cured, and
inherited tendency to disease counteracted, by no other means
more effectually and pleasantly than by homoeopathy. "No one
affection that has hitherto yielded to any kind of treatment is
inaccessible to its power ; whilst many of the diseases generally
considered intractable, yield to its influence.

The quantity and the dilution of the medicine selected are of
less importance than the principle on which the medicine is
administered, and a careful and judicious selection. The medi-
cines are individualised ; many have strong family resem-
blances, but no two are exactly alike. Choose the one nearest
in description to the case, and give it a fair trial ; the right
medicine will be sure to act.

Common sense and physiology demand that as small a dose
should be employed as is consistent with efiiciency. "We want
relief and curative action, not disturbance and distress. The
tendency is to give medicines in increasingly low dilutions, and
large doses. Still, taking the profession as a whole, the doses
in family administration are larger ; whilst a remedy, not un-
frequently, is so quickly followed by another, that complication
and disappointment can only result.

Hahnemann, in the earlier part of his practice, employed
strong tinctures, and made brilliant cures from their use ; it is,
therefore, open to his followers to copy his example : though
they find, as he did, that, in the majority of cases, a dilation
effects as much in as short a time, at less cost to the patient.
A dilution will cure some persons, whom a strong tincture
would drive mad, or permanently injure. Again, by the minute
subdivision or trituration of substances, such as Calcarea, Silicea*



4: INTRODFCTION.

Sepia, and all carbons and minerals, a proximate adaptability to
nervous filament and microscopic cell is attained -with the
happiest results, so that long-standing affections, by old habi-
tude well-nigh part and parcel of the constitution, are uprooted
morbid growths checked, fresh stamina implanted, and obstinate
skin affections cured.

Inflammation of the lungs, bowels, or windpipe, will be more
quickly subdued by quarter-drop doses of strong tincture of
Aconite, than by any quantity or potency of diluted tincture.

In the ordinary domestic practice of homoeopathy for a com-
mencement, confine your attention to a few remedies ; try to get
an accurate knowledge of the range and application of each ; as,
for example, Aconite, Belladonna, Nux Vomica, and Chamomilla ;
in any given case select your medicine carefully, and give it a fair
trial. Practice will soon give you confidence. Gradually make
yourself conversant with the introductory sections of this book,
and the characteristics of the medicines at the end of the work.

The Investigation of Disease.

COIfSIDERATION OP ITS CATTSi), CHARACTER, AND SYMPTOMS.

Here the homoeopath works upon secure ground, and sparing
the patient the experimental treatment of the allopath. The
homoeopath does not absolutely require to determine the subse-
quent course of the disease, because his treatment can never
either so stimulate or depress the circulation, as to become
injurious. Should the affection result in inflammation or total
prostration, the homoeopath has to consider whether the
symptoms are febrile, and he treats them accordingly ; whether
the affection be typhus fever, inflammation of the lungs, low



Online LibraryJoseph LaurieAn epitome of the homoeopathic domestic medicine → online text (page 1 of 54)