Supplement to the domestic practice of homoeopathy, being a companion to the various works thereon. By George Lennox Moore. / Title Contents
Supplement to the domestic practice of homoeopathy, being a companion to the various works thereon. By George Lennox Moore.
Moore, George Lennox.
London, Manchester: Henry Turner and Co., 1867.
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THE DOMESTIC PRACTICE
COMPANION TO THE VARIOUS WORKS THEREON.
GEORGE LENNOX MOORE,
LICENTIATE OF THE FACULTY OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS.
HENRY TURNER & CO., 77, FLEET STREET, E.C.,
AND 74, NEW BOND STREET, W.
41, PICCADILLY, AND 15, MARKET STREET.
THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES IN THIS COUNTRY,
WHO BELIEVE IN THE TRUTH,
THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED THE BENEFIT, OF HOM(EOPATHY,
WHICH IS DESIGNED TO ENLARGE THE SPHERE
AND TO INCREASE THE USEFULNESS OF ITS OPERATION,
IS MOST RESPECTFULLY ADDRESSED
IN publishing this volume, the Author has several
objects in view: to fill a void in the literature of
Homoeopathy; to supply a desideratum that has long
been experienced by every practitioner and family; to
render the domestic practice of the best healing art
more complete and efficient than it has hitherto been;
and to bring within a small compass a variety of
information, collated from various sources, which
every one who wishes " God-speed" to Homoeopathy
ought to know and to have
THE GENERAL FEATURES OF HOM(EOPATHY.
1. Its discoverer Hahnemann-His experiments on the action of
drugs-His discovery of the principle that "like cures
like"-His labours and character.
2. Its law of cure-The action of medicinal substances in health
-Examples of the homoeopathic action of drugs from an
3. Its dose-Smallness of dose not essential to homoeopathypower of small doses.
4. Its separate medicine - Evils of mixing different drugs
10. Its diet-Ignorance on this point-Regulation of diet necessary sometimes-Restriction no essential part of homoeopathic treatment-Medicines will act in spite of digressions
from dietary rules.
11. Its remedies-List of 389 medicines used in homoeopathic
practice-Their abbreviated, synonymous, and common
Circumstances under which non-professional assistance may be
advantageously and safely rendered-When a medical man
SICK-ROOM, NURSES, ETC.
Importance of proper nursing-Its influence on the patientThe sick-room as regards position-Beds and beddingFurniture of the sick-room, chairs, tables, and the likeTemperature of the sick-room-Ventilation of the sick-room
-Importance of this in infectious diseases-Meaning of the
words infection and contagion-Infectious and contagious
diseases-How such diseases may be warded off-Circumstances which favour their extension-Disinfectants, meaning
kinds of bandages-The roller, how to make and applyRoller for hand, lower arm, foot, leg, knee, armpit, and
finger-Arm-sling-Head bandage... 46-76
DOMESTIC MANAGEMENT OF DISEASE AND OF ACCIDENTS.
Insanity-Meaning of the word-How brought on-Treatment
best in an asylum-Suggestions to be observed in home
Hypochondria-Characteristics-Medicinal and hygienal treatment.
Hysteria-Hysterical fit-Causes-Treatment during and after
-From sulphuretted hydrogen-Treatment of apparent
death from these two gases-From intoxication-Treatment
of-From hanging-Treatment of-From poisoning-Poisons divided into narcotics, irritants, and acro-narcoticsExamples of each class-Symptoms produced by-Treatment of poisoning by the class of narcotics, and by arsenic,
corrosive sublimate, the mineral acids, oxalic acid, the
caustic alkalies, copper salts, fish, mushrooms, etc.-Emetic
of mustard-In cases of criminal poiso
Definition of health-Characteristics-Perfect health rareDifference of health either original or acquired-Original
difference from temperament, idiosyncrasy, constitution,
hereditary predisposition, and age.
Temperaments-Sanguine, bilious, phlegmatic, nervous, melancholic, athletic-Their respective characteristics-Different
classes of disease which affect members of each temperament. Idiosyncrasy-Constitution, consumptive and apoplectic-Hereditary predispo
ought to be regulated-May be advantageously joined with
recreation-Exercise of the chest.
Sleep-Condition of body and mind in-Causes which interfere
with-Excess as injurious as want of.
Clothing-Should not be tight, but moderate, warm, clean, and
well aired-Wet clothing hurtful-Should be suitable
rather than fashionable-Also adapted to the season and
state of weather.
Ventilation-Different means by which the air is contaminated
- Artificial and natural ventilators-Principle o
spinal cord, and the spinal and cerebral nerves--Functions
of the cerebro-spinal, and sympathetic systems.
Digestion-Definition of-Stages of-Prehension-Mastication
-Action of the teeth-Chemical composition of salivaThe salivary glands-Action of the saliva-DeglutitionChymification-The stomach-Its situation and coveringThe gastric juice, and its action on food-Chyme-Chylifaction, food separated into chyle and excrement-Chyle
absorbed by villi in intestines-Defecation-Excrement
The ear-Its structure-Sound-Definition of.
The eye-Composed of membranes and humours-Description
of each-Eyelids-Lachrymal glands-Tears, their usesVision-Nature of light-Young's theory-Sources of light
-Importance of light to health.
The nose-Its structure-Its nerves-Functions of the noseOlfaction-Odours, etc....... 145-188
A Dictionary of Medical Terms...... 189-205
List of duly qualified Medical Men practising Homceopathy in
THE GENERAL FEATURES OF HOM(EOPATHY.
ITS DISCOVERER-ITS LAW OF CURE-ITS DOSE-ITS SEPARATE
MEDICINE-ITS FOLLOWERS-ITS SUCCESS-ITS ADVANTAGES
-ITS PREFERABLENESS-ITS TESTS-ITS DIET-AND ITS
I. ITS DISCOVERER.-Samuel Hahnemann, who discovered, or, perhaps more accurately, worked out the
principle of homoeopathy, was born in Germany in
the year 1755. After going through the usual preliminary education of a youth, he began, and indeed
continued, the study of
into the healthy body. He discovered that bark
occasioned a condition of the body similar to ague.
In this he is borne out by Dr. Routh, an opponent of
homceopathy, who states that "bark certainly produces symptoms, as alleged by homceopathists, very
like those of ague." Hahnemann now carried his
investigations further, and, assisted by a few devoted
followers, experimented upon the actions of a considerable number of medicinal agents. The result
was, that he laid down the
ITS GENERAL~ FEATURES.3
because upon this point hinges the selection of a
medicine to cure disease. It was formerly the custom
to ascertain in what way the sick frame was affected
by substances whose medicinal properties were little
or altogether unknown. This is a fallacious method
of experimentation, because it is impossible to discriminate between the results produced by the drugs,
especially if several be mixed. together, and the
changes consequent upon the progress or the abatement o
donna is the most appropriate remedy to give, not
when the child has eaten the berries, but when it has
been exposed to contagion, or to some other cause of
scarlet fever. According to experience, we know
Belladonna to be the most successful means of restoring and of retaining health under such circumstances.
The reader will now perceive the difference between
Belladonna curing scarlet fever (like curing like), and
Belladonna curing its own effects (same curing same).
ITS GENTERAL FEATUItES.
III. ITS DosE.-In the practice of homoeopathy,
the quantity of medicine administered in sickness is
extremely small, in comparison with the considerable
doses which it is the custom of the old method to
introduce into the body. Hence it has been inferred,
that the cures and relief which are acknowledged to
occur cannot be due to the action of minute doses,
but rather to the influence of diet, faith, imagination,
etc. It is necessary here distinctly to state, that t
small that they possess no sensible properties, no
taste, smell, or colour-the power to oppose a virulent
and dangerous malady, and to bring the sufferer
through anxiety, pain, and danger, to health and
vigour? The personal experience of every homoeopathic practitioner and family answers in the affirmative. The strongest argument, then, adducible in
support of this statement is the undeniable fact, that
not in one isolated case only, but in hundreds of
thousands, the admini
ITS GENERA.L FEA.TURES.
on the other hand, discards all complex and unwieldy
machinery, and gives a single remedy by itself. By
this means, the medicine, which is chosen according to
the resemblance between its known action in health
and the symptoms of the disease, produces the desired
and anticipated effects, its action being undisturbed
and unqualified by the contrary properties of drugs
V. ITS FoLLoWERs.-The practitioners of homceopathy are frequently stigmatized a
with several European courts; upwards of thirty are
professors to continental universities; all are engaged
in the great work of relieving human affliction, pain,
and sorrow, by the gentlest and most expeditious
means within their knowledge and command. They
offer every inducement to the honest investigation of
the claims of their medical faith; they invite the
sceptical to witness the treatment adopted; they do
not act secretly and for individual benefit, for in all
ITS GENERAL FEATUIES.
Fallacies of Homceopathy," gives the following results
of the two modes of treatment:1. In inflammation of the lungs, Dr. Routh states
that, in the allopathic hospital of Vienna, twenty-three
patients out of every hundred die; whilst in the homwopathic hospital in the same city, only five patients die
out of every hundred.
2. In pleurisy thirteen patients out of every hundred die in allopathic hospitals; whilst only three in
the same number die in homeopathic hospita
families who have participated in its advantages and
VII. ITs ADvANTAGES.-We shall have occasion,
further on in this work, to enumerate the numerous
favourable circumstances attaching to homceopathy;
but in this place we shall epitomize its more important advantages. They are:-The law of cure, which
teaches the immutable and universal relation subsisting between medicinal and natural diseases; the guide,
furnished by this law, to the selection of the most
ITS GENERAL FEATURES.
Because, in confronting the disease, it furnishes him
with a safe and unerring guide in selecting the best
remedy. His knowledge of the specific action of
drugs, derived from his own investigations or from
the researches of his professional brethren, and his
acquaintance with the symptoms or outward manifestation of the diseases he is called upon to treat, enable
him to determine, with certainty and precision, what
particular remedy most closely resembles the suff
some decisive and effective measures of relief must be
immediately resorted to, else the patient will die.
Pftily, Because he has no need to torment his patient
-perhaps an infant or a child-with nauseous drugs,
and to torture him with cruel and painful applications.
The simplicity and gentleness of the homceopathic
means of cure are no slight recommendation in its
favour to the sensitive feelings of the humane physician. His duty does not consist in drug-giving and
ITS GENERAL FEATURES.
health, owing to structural change, it can effectually
alleviate suffering and assuage pain. Thus, although
it cannot cure consumption-" a disease which medicine never cured"-yet it can relieve the cough, nightsweats, and purging.
2. The patient prefers homceopathy for several
reasons, which may be summed up in a few words,
being chiefly a recapitulation of the chief advantages
of the system. They are the following:-He recovers
more quickly, thoroughly, and permanen
"Good practice differs from its opposite in five
particulars"1. It has fewer fatal cases, in proportion to the
whole number that come under treatment.
"2. It has fewer bad cases, because it does not
convert light cases into grave ones, and succeeds, in
many cases, in arresting disease at its very commencement.
"3. The patients have commonly a shorter sickness.
" 4. They are in better health after they have
recovered, less apt to have bad results left behind,
and less liable
ITS GENERAL FEATURES.
in regulating the diet of the invalid in accordance with
the disease-its nature, progress, and stage-is but following out an essential necessity. The appetite is generally a correct index of the wants of the system, and he
who can obey, without overstepping its desires, will
not, as a rule, be doing much wrong. There are cases,
however, marked by slight self-control in the patient,
and by depraved or excessive desire for food, in which
it is of the utmost consequenc
drugs in secret, and yet these substances do not seem
to materially affect the curative action of the medicine
chosen homaeopathically. Poor people, who cannot
choose their food, who are no less glad to eat what
they can get, than to get what they can eat, and to
whom a pipe of 'bacca and a cup of strong tea are
true luxuries in the midst of want and distress,
recover from their diseases after much the same
fashion as their better-to-do brethren higher up the