Homœopathic domestic physician: containing the treatment of diseases; with popular explanations of anatomy, physiology, hygiene, and hydropathy: also an abridged materia medica. By J. H. Pulte. / Title Contents

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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851, by H. W. DERBY & CO., In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the District of Ohio. E. MORGAN & CO., STEREOTYPERS, PRINTERS AND BINDERS, 111 MAIN STREET.

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PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION. THE rapid sale of the first edition (upward of twelve hundred copies within four months) has convinced the author, that his labors.have been received with unusual favor by the public, whose decision is the best test of the usefulness of such a work. In addition to this public testimony, the author has received letters of many of his professional brethren from all parts of the country, approving of the plan and execution of the work. Such undoubted proofs of its

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iv PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION. The author, thankful for the reception with which his work has been received by the public, would also express his grateful acknowledgments to those of his professional brethren,,"who favored him with suggestions for improving this second edition; they will find that their wishes have been fulfilled. Similar favors from the profession, for the future, will be thankfully received by the author, for by such co-operation alone will it be possible to arri

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PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION. OF late years a great deal of attention has been bestowed upon the preparation of popular works on the treatment of diseases, by the medical profession, as well by members of the Homoeopathic as of other medical schools. This shows, evidently, that the hitherto backward world of medical science has been caught at last, with the proper spirit of modern progress, whose distinguishing feature in scientific matters consists, undoubtedly, in the tendency to pop

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VI PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION. profession in general seems now to regard them as necessary allies in the great work of reforming the medical state of the world, and bestows a great deal of care on their constantly increasing perfection, by making them more practical and definite, progressing in their improvement as the science itself progresses. In this spirit the present volume is written and given to the public by the author, who has attempted to embody in it the results of a practice o

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TABLE OF CONTENTS. LIST OF MEDICINES....................................X..... xiii INTRODUCTION............................................. xvii DIETETIC RULES............................................. i PART I. DESCRIPTION AND TREATMENT OF DISEASES, CHAPTER I. General Diseases. Rheumatism-Acute---Chronic. Rheumatic pains or cold. Gout. Pains in the small of the Back, Loins and Neck. Pain in the Hip. Hip-disease. Inflammation of the Knee-joint. Inflammation of the Psoas-muscle. Cra

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viii TABLE OF CONTENTS. CHAPTER III. Cutaneous Diseases. 1. Eruptive Fevers. Rash. Nettle-Rash-Hives. Erysipelas. St. Anthony's Fire. Measles. French Measles. Scarlet Rash. Scarlet Fever. Chicken-Pox. Small-Pox. Varioloid. 2. Chronic Eruptions. Irritation of the Skin-Itching-Pruritus. Chilblains. Excoriations-Intertrigo. Ringworm-Herpes Circinnatus. Tetter-Herpes. Itch -Scabies. Milk-crust- Crusta Lactea. Scald Head-Tinea Capitis. Corns-Indurations of the Skin. Warts -Verruca. Whitlows.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS. ix Margins of the Lids. 2. Inflammation of Eyeball-Ophthalmia. 3. Chronic Inflammation of the Eyes. a. From Gout and Rheumatism. b. From Scrofula, Scrofulous Sore Eyes. c. From Syphilis or Venereal Disease. d. From Abuse of Mercury. 4. Stye on the Eyelid. 5. Weeping or Watery Eyes. 6. Cataract-Glaucoma. 7. Weakness of SightAmblyopia-Blindness-Sudden and Incipient-Amaurosis. 8. Short Sightedness-Myopia. 9. Far Sightedness. 10. Squinting-Strabismus. 11. Falling of the Eyeli

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X TABLE OF CONTENTS. Swelling of the Tongue-Glossitis. 6. Canker of the Mouth-Stomacace. 7. Inflammation of the Palate. 8. Abscess in the Gums-Gumboils-Swelling of the Jaw bone. 9. Scurvy-Scorbutus. 10. Salivation - Ptyalism. 11. Paralysis of the Tongue. 12. Difficulty of Speech-Stammering. 13. Ranula or Swelling under the Tongue. 197 CHAPTER XII. Affections of the Throat. Sore Throat-Quinsy-Angina Faucium. a. Common Sore Throat. b. Ulcerated and Putrid Sore Throat-Malignant Quinsy--Angin

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TABLE OF CONTENTS. xi Costiveness. Diarrhea-Looseness of the Bowels. Dysentery-Bloody Flux. Cholera Morbus. Asiatic Cholera-Cholera Asiatica. PilesHemorrhoids. Itching of the Anus. Prolapsus Ani. Rupture-Hernia. Dropsy of the Abdomen-Ascites. External Injuries of the Abdomen................................................. 256 CHAPTER XV. Affections of the Urinary and Genital Organs. Inflammation of the Kidneys-Nephritis. Inflammation of the Bladder - Cystitis. Strangury. Dysury. Ischur

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Xii TABLE OF CONTENTS. Snuffles-Obstruction of the Nose-Coryza. Swelling of the Breasts in Infants. Restlessness - Sleeplessness. Inflammation of the Eyes. Thrush, or Sore Mouth of Infants-Aphthle. Heat-Red Gum-Heat Spots. Excoriations-Rawness of the Skin. Jaundice. Erysipelas. Convulsions or Spasms. Teething-Dentition. Constipation. Diarrhea. Fevers. Dropsy of the Brain -Hydrocephalus. Asthma-- Choking Fits-Asthma Millari. Remittent Fever of Infants. Vaccination. Cholera Infa

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LIST OF MEDICINES, THEIR SYNONYMES AND ANTIDOTES. 1. ACONITE. Aconitum Napellus (plant). Antidotes-Camphor, Nux vom., Wine, Vinegar. 2. ANTIMONIUM CRUD. Antimony (mineral). Antidotes-Hepar sulph., Mercury, Pulsatilla. 3. ARNICA. Arnica Montana (plant). Antidotes-Camphor, Ignatia, Ipecac. 4. ARSENIO. Arsenicum album (mineral). Antidotes-For poisoning with it: rust of iron. For its dynamic effects: China, Hepar sulph., Ipecac., Nux vomica, Veratrum. 5. AuRux. Aurum metallicum. Gold. (Metal.) Anti

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xiv LIST OF MEDICINES. 19. COCCULUS. Indian Berries. Coccle (vegetable). AntidotesCamphor, Nux vomica. 20. COFFEA. Coffee Berries (vegetable). Antidotes--Aconite, Chamomile, Nux vomica. 21. COFFEA0 co. Is the two hundredth potency of Coffea. 22. COLCHICUM. Meadow Saffron (plant). Antidotes -Nux vomica, Cocculus, Pulsatilla. 23. COLOCYNTHIS. Colocynth (vegetable). Antidotes-Camphor, Causticum, Coffea, Chamomile. 24. CONIUM. Hemlock (vegetable). Antidotes-Coffea, Spiritus Nitri. 25. CaoCUS

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LIST OF MEDICINES. XV 43. MURIATIC ACID. Acidum muriatic (mineral). Antidotes-Camphor, Bryonia. 44. NATRUM MURIATICUM. Muriate of Soda (mineral). AntidotesArsenic, Camphor, Nitri spiritus. 45. NirrL AOIDUM. -Nitric acid (a mineral acid). Antidotes-Calcarea carb., Conium, Camphor, Hepar sulph., Sulphur. 46. NuxvoMIoA. Nux vomica (vegetable). Antidotes-Aconite, Cam phor, Coffea, Pulsatilla. 47. Oprrm. White Poppy (vegetable). Antidotes-Camphor, Coffea, Calcarea carb., Hlepar sulph., Sulphu

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xvi LIST OF MEDICINES. 66. SULPHURIC ACID. Oil of Vitriol (a mineral acid). Antidote-Pulsatilla. 67. TARTAR EMETIC. Tartarized Antimony (mineral). AntidotesCocculus, Ipecac., Pulsatilla. 68. TABACUM. Tobacco. Antidotes-Camphor, Ipecac., Nux vomica. 69. THUJA (OCCIDENTALIS). Arbor Vitro Tree (vegetable). AntidotesCamphor, Pulsatilla. 70. VERATRUM (ALBUM). White Hellebore (vegetable). AntidotesIpecac., Arsenic, Camphor, Coffea, Aconite, China. 71. ALOES. Antidotes-Vinegar, Vegetable A

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INTRODUCTION. To aid in the search for the proper place in the work, where a disease may be found, its different popular names have always been given, and carefully recorded in the index. Should, however, the identification of a disease be difficult or doubtful, it is only necessary to refer, in the book, to the divisions made as to the parts of the system which are affected, such as " Affections of the Head, Chest," etc., where all the ailments of these parts are generally put together. But th


Xviii INTRODUCTION. parations of iMfercury, only one kind has been used, atti whenever this is mentioned, under the name of.M-ercury, the Xfercurius vieus is understood by it. This was done for the sake of not unnecessarily confusing the reader with two different names for' mercurial preparations, which are essentially the same in their effects and use. On that account the _Afercurius sublimcat. has been left out entirely. Its use is, at any rate, confined to one disease only (t

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INTRODUCTION. xix us in applying the various attenuations with real benefit, which is not so difficult as many practitioners might believe. There are principles according to which the different potencies of a remedy must be applied in different cases. But to enlarge upon this subject here, would carry us too far; we content ourselves by remarking that, for a domestic familychest, we would propose, as a general rule, the third potency for all vegetable medicines, and the sixth potency for al

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xx INTRODUCTION. attend to this scrupulously themselves, before presenting them for refilling; because much depends on it, as regards the genuineness of the medicines. The medicines should be kept in a dry place, where no odors can reach them. A renewal of their strength, if well kept, is not necessary for years; but if the slightest doubt in this respect should arise, it is better to have it renewed.

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DIETETIC RULES. THu, observance of a strict diet is essential to the success of a homoeopathic treatment, not so much on account of the injury done to the system by the use of improper articles, as because these might be antidotal in their effects to the medicine. On this account, homceopathists so generally forbid coffee, it being an antidote to most of their remedies. For the same reason, the use of all other things of a medicinal nature is strictly forbidden,'such as spices, perfumeries, per

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XXii DIETETIC RULES. as potatoes, turnips, rice, barley, etc. If the disease appears mostly in the digestive organs, as a chronic diarrhea, all articles of a relaxing nature are in themselves injurious, such as fruits and other green vegetables, soups of meat, eggs, etc. In -cases where constipation is present, the opposite course must be pursued. Another consideration is, that articles of food, which disagree with the patient, although allowed or wholesome for others under similar circumst


DIETETIC RULES. "*xxiii Raspberries, Gooseberries, and other sweet berries, and Grapes (except in Colic and Diarrhea)r Water, pure, or sweetened with Sugar, Currant Jelly, Raspberry, or Strawberry Syrup, Toast water. Milk, in its different preparations, boiled Milk, fresh Whey, Buttermilk. Decoctions of Barley, Malt, Oat-meal, Farina, Rice, dried Fruit. Cocoa boiled with Milk or Water, pure plain, Chocolate, weak black Tea. Salt moderately used, Sugar. Ice-creams flavored with Strawberry an

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XXiV 0 DIETETIC RULES. should be taken by the patient to avoid allopathic medicine of every description and form, pills, herb-teas, etc., internally and externally; particularly all salves, aromatic waters, hartshorn, smelling bottles, etc.; also, all perfumery, musk, cologne water, or other aromatip substance, tooth-powders containing such ingredients, etc.; especially be careful in using matches, not to inhale the vapor of the burning sulphur; matches must be lit only where the

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CHAPTER I. *GENERAL DISEASES. RHEUMATISM. DIAGNOSIS.-Pains in the muscles and membranes, together with " swelling, of the surrounding cellular tissue, light redness, 4an heat; caused by having taken cold. This is the general appearance of all rheumatic affections; yet their degreqs and complications are so numerous, that it would almost require a separate treatise to do justice to such an extensive subject. We confine ourselves, here, to the more practical subdivision of acute and chironic rh

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2 GENERAL DISEASES. such cases, we refer the reader to the respective chapters, where the diseases of these organs are specially treated. There exists an intrinsic difference between rheumatism and gout. (See this article.) To prevent attacks of rheumatism and annihilate within us the predisposition to it, we must avoid all sudden changes of temperature and all excesses, which can create local and general debility. We ought to strengthen the system against injurious external

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ACUTE OR INFLAMMATORY RHEUMATISM. 3 Bryonia, in the same manner, when the pains are worse by motion or at night, when there is headache, fever, swelling of the joints, and gastric derangement, with constipation. Alternates well with Aconite or Rhus. (See this remedy.) Belladonna, when Bryonia does not relieve, or when the parts are much swollen, very red, shining, and the patient is sleepless at night, complaining of dryness in the mouth and throat, and congestion to the head. Both remedies

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4 GENERAL DISEASES. Rhus-principal indication for its use is: pains worse during rest, or as if the flesh was torn from the bones; worse in cold, damp weather. This remedy, when the latter symptoms are present, alternates well with Bryonia. (See Bilious Rheumatic Affection.) It is, also, of great use, when there is paralytic weakness or trembling of the extremities, on moving them. N. B. See also the remedies, stated under " Chronic Rheumatism." If the pains in the limbs should cease sudden

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ACUTE AND INFLAMMATORY RHEUMATISM. 5 him relief, if it is at all in the power of medicine to do so. But, frequently, the reactive force of nature is already so much weakened, that it first requires to be strengthened, which can only be done by a systematic hydropathic treatment. However, in cases of rheumatism, where the system is yet strong, the medicines, as detailed below, may be used, and will be found efficacious in a majority of them. Beside the remedies recorded under "Acute Rheumati

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6 GENERAL DISEASES. Sulphur: In almost all cases of chronic, and after a spell of inflammatory rheumatism, when the pains yet linger about. Often after Aconite, Belladonna, Bryonia, Mercury, or Pulsatilla. Sepia: For rheumatic affections in tall, slender persons, especially females. ADMINISTRATION. --In chronic rheumatism, the remedies ought not to be repeated often; every three or four days, one dose (four to six glob.) is enough. After a remedy has been tried for ten or fourteen days, ano

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GOUT. 7 impedes their movements and causes them to make a cracking noise. There is always connected with an attack of gout, flatulency, acid stomach, and other derangements of the digestive organs. The principal differences between rheumatism and gout are: rheumatism attacks more the muscles and membranes-gout, more the joints; rheumatism is hardly ever complicated with derangement of the digestive organs; gout is never without that-has, beside, permanent swelling of the joints, by calcareo

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8 GENERAL DISEASES. For gout in persons addicted to spiritous liquors: Nux vomica, Aconite, Sulphur, Calcarea. For gout in persons called high livers: Pulsatilla, China, Antimon. crud., Sulphur, Calcarea. For those who sometimes work in the water: Pulsatilla, Sulphur, Calcarea, Dulcamara, Rhus, Sarsaparilla. For gout confined to the big toe (Podagra): Pulsatilla, Arnica. For the stiffness of the limbs, which remains after an attack of gout or rheumatism, give Colocynth. ADMINISTRATION, DIET

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LUMBAGO -- NOTALGIA. 9 a real inflammation of the spine, the spinal marrow (myelitis), or go over, if not cured, into a chronic spinal affection. TREATMENT.-ACOnilC is the principal remedy in the commencement, and does more to relieve the patient at once, than the lancet can accomplish, which the old school always applies in such cases. Arnica, alternately with Rhus, if this disease is really the result of falling, overlifting, or any other mechanical injury. Bryonia, if the pains in the ba

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10 GENERAL DISEASES. mattress, or something similar, and not attempt to brave it out, as the phrase is; because the medicine will not be able to cure as quickly, and chronic weakness of the back remains, together with a liability to a return of the disease. PAIN IN THE HIP. HIP DISEASE. Sciatica. Coxalgia. Coxagra. DIAGNoSIS.-Pain in the region of the hip joint, extending to the knee, even to the foot, accurately following the course of the sciatic nerve. Its continual severity may impede

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PAIN IN THE HIP --HIP DISEASE. 11 In spontaneous limping, Mercury and Belladonna in alternation; every few days, a dose: Rhus, %Jolocynth, Pulsalilla, Sulphur, Calcarea. SYMPTOMATIC DETAIL.-Aconite, in alternation with Belladonna or Bryonia, where the attack is accompanied with a great deal of fever. Belladonna, in the inflammatory stage (see Aconite), when the pain is increased on the slightest movement, with limping, and on the parts affected the skin is red and shining; dryness of the th

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12 GENERAL DISEASES. Colocynth. This is the first and principal medicine in hip diseases, acute or chkonic, particularly when there is the sensation of a tight band around the hips and back, and the pains run down from the region of the kidneys into the leg; spontaneous limping; pains are worse lying on the back, or after a fit of anger or indignation. Hepar after.Mercury, when this has not relieved. Silicea, when the disease assumes the chronic form, after Hepar; or, where emaciation has t

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INFLAMMATION OF THE PSOAS MUSCLE. 13 DIET AND REGIMEN.-Also the same, but without any outward application, save cold-water bandages, when the patient feels relieved by them, at any stage of the disease. INFLAMMATION OF THE PSOAS MUSCLE. (Psoitis.) DIAGNOSIS.-Pain in the region of the kidneys, hip, and downward to the leg, which cannot be stretched, or drawn near to the abdomen, without pain; increased, also, by turning, when lying and lifting, with a feeling of numbness of the affected side

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14 GENERAL DISEASES. cramp, either with the hands or a rough towel, which, in a short time, will destroy the spasm. Another expedient is, to jump on the cold floor of the room, if the cramp occurs in the calves of the legs, and while in bed; but, if it should occur frequently in the night, take Veratrum, every night a dose (four glob.), for a few nights; or, if it occurs in pregnant females, Secale, in the same manner. If the cramps occur more in the day time, take Rhus, in the morning, in

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GOITRE - SLEEPLESSNESS. 15 manner. In this way, alternate with these two remedies until better, or apply to a homoeopathic physician, who has more remedies at his command, which, however, can be chosen, only according to the individual constitutionality of each one's case. GOITRE. ( Struma.) This disease consists in a swelling of the thyroid gland, in front of the throat. It is, in the majority of cases, of a scrofulous origin; depends, sometimes, however, on an endemical cause it, occuri

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16 GENERAL DISEASES. Nux vomica, when from study and meditation in hypochondriacs. Opium, after fright and fear, or in old people, or where frightful visions appear when closing the eyes. Pulsatilla, when having indulged too freely in eating. Aconite, when caused by agitating events and anxiety. If caused by drinking tea or coffee, see their antidotes in the articles respecting these substances. In children, beside Coffea and Bellad., are recommended Cham., Jalap, and ]Rheum., when it is ca

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PALSY. 17 Beside these remedies, daily exercise in the open air, the use of cold water internally, and externally in shower or sponge baths are recommended. PALSY. (Paralysis.) This affection of the nerves of voluntary motion, is one of those diseases, to remove which, it requires the greatest skill of a physician; and, by bringing it under our notice here, we intend merely to warn our readers not to waste time, health, and money, in using a variety of nostrums which might be recommended fo

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18 GENERAL DISEASES. DELIRIUM.TREMENS. (Mfiania a potu.) This terrible disease is almost exclusively confined to drunkards and opium-eaters, who are taken, especially when exhausted otherwise, with a delirium and frenzy, in which appearances of horrible monsters, animals, figures of all kinds, frighten their imagination, combined with ravings, convulsion fits, and complete inability to sleep. In the long and sleepless hours, they converse incessantly with these supposed realities, by which

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EPILEPSY-ST. VITUS' SDANCE. 19 sciousness is the most essential symptom, not the violence of the convulsions. The weakest convulsion, with unconsciousness, is epilepsy, while the most violent convulsion, but with consciousness, is not epileptic. Most of the epileptic patients can be cured, but it requires the attendance of a skillful homceopathic practitioner. We refrain, therefore, from mentioning here any more of the treatment of this disease, but that which relates to the attack itself.

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20 GENERAL DISEASES. Igualia, every evening a dose (six glob.) for eight days; after it, Sulphur, every other evening a dose (six glob.) for eight days, and ~then discontinue for three or four weeks, to await the effect. DIET AND REGIMEN.-NO greasy substances, no coffee or tea, but good plain food. Try to divert the attention of the patient from his disease; never speak of it in his presence. TETANUS. TRISMUS. (Lockjaw.) DIAGNOSIS.-Constant spasmodic contraction of one muscle,

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SOMNOLENCY-- LETHARGY. 21 TREATMENTr.-Enlarge the wound, if possible, and poultice it with bread and milk. Beside, give the following remedies: Arnica. In the beginning, externally, in a wash or fomentation; internally, in globules or drops, every two hours a dose (four glob. or one drop). Belladonna and Lachesis, in alternation, in the same dose and time, if the spasms increase. If no improvement after twelve hours takes place, give Opium and Hyoscyamus, in the same manner. Secale, if the

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22 GENERAL DISEASES. FATIGUE, OVERHEATING, AND MENTAL EXHAUSTION. Arnica, for a feeling as if the body were bruised, after overexertion of the body, and too long and fast traveling on foot; wash the fatigued limbs in water, with which a few drops of the Arnica tincture has been mixed. Rhus: Pains in the joints. After Arnica, if this was not sufficient. In alternations with Bryonia, if there are shooting pains in the small of the back on moving. China: Weakness after loss of fluids, or heavy