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HOM(EOPATHIC DOMESTIC MEDICINE. BY J. LAURIE, M.D., MEMBER OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OP SURGEONS, EDINBURGH. SENIOR PHYSICIAN TO THE WESTMINSTER AND LAMBETH HOM(EOPATHIO MEDICAL INSTITUTION AND DISPENSARY. ARRANGED AS A PRACTICAL WORK FOR STUDENTS. CONTAINING A GLOSSARY OF MEDICAL TERMS. FIFTH AMERICAN EDITION, ENLARGED AND IMPROVED, BY A. GERALD HULL, M. D. NEW-YORK: WILLIAM RADDE, 322 BROADWAY. PHILADELPHIA:-RADEMACHER & SHEEK, 239 ARCH-ST. BOSTON:-OTIS CLAPP, 12 SCHOOL-ST. ST. LOUIS:--FRAN

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RNTRRZD According to Act of Congress, in the year 1847, by WILLIAM RADDZI In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the fSouthern Distriot of New-York. go LUDW1IG AND CO.1 waINrZauN.Y

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PREFACE TO THE AMERICAN EDITION. THa editor recommends laymen who make use of this book, to resort to lower dilutions in the treatment of acute attacks of disease in preference to those set down in the text. For example: where Aconite, Belladonna, or Chamomilla of the 24th or 30th attenuation, are prescribed by Dr. Laurie, the editor would put one drop of the tincture of either of these remedies in a tumbler full of water and give a tablespoonful at a time; but in chronic maladies the editor

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"~w~; iv PREFACE TO THE AMERICAN EDITION. The editor's mode of using this work in acute diseases, then, is to put one drop of the tincture, or two drops of a first, second, or third dilution, into a tumbler of water, and to administer of this solution a tablespoonful to an adult, and a teaspoonful to a child as a dose. Or, again, when a trituration (a dry powder) is preferred, to stir one-third of an ordinary penknife blade full (about equal to one grain in weight) of it in a tumbler

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PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION. FRaM the favourable reception, and the rapidity of sale, of the last edition, the Author at first contemplated making little or no alteration in the contents of the present one, concluding that the aforenamed circumstances might be held as satisfactory indications that the work had been found sufficiently copious for domestic purposes. As, however, on the preceding occasion, he entered upon the experiment of bringing out the work in such a form, that it might prove

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PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION. IN offering to the public a Second Edition of this work, of which an impression of upwards of one thousand copies has been sold in less than eighteen months, the Author feels that a few words of explanation are required. On a comparison with the first edition, the reader will find a great number of serious and acute affections added, some others more deeply entered into, several alterations in the potencies prescribed, and more explicit directions given for the ad

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PREFACE. VU1 for the administration and repetition of the medicines in each disease; some remarks, also, are made upon this important point, in the Introduction, to which, and the article upon the Potencies of the medicine, the attention of the reader is particularly requested. PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION. IN presenting this little work to the public, the Author may be allowed to state, as briefly as possible, the motives that have led him to the undertaking. Of these, the principal are, t

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gone into. In others, such as "Inflammation of the Brain and Lungs," the course to be pursued to ward off all immediate danger, has been briefly, but it is to be hoped, clearly pointed out. Other acute or dangerous maladies, such as " Puerperal Fever," " Phlegmasia Alba Dolens," (puerperal tumid leg,) " Epilepsy," " Cancer," &c., have been slightly glanced at, or wholly omitted; convinced, that to do justice to their several treatments, would carry the work far beyond its intended limits and pu

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PREFACE. ix and complicated Acute diseases; such, it is evident, no individual, not fully competent, should take upon himself the serious responsibility of treating, unless coerced by an imperious necessity, and then with the closest attention to, and most minute observanceof, the symptoms. Under such conditions, the Author hopes that this work may prove useful; and when the symptoms are perfectly in accordance with those given under the different medicines, the administration of the latter

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CONTENTS. PART 1. INTRODU OTION. PASS Regimen.. 1 Clothing and Habits... 4 Potencies of the Medicaments.... Administration and repetition of the Medicines.. 9 Pharmaceutical Signs... 12 Synopsis of the Rules for Diet.... 14, 20 PART II. ON THE SYMPTOMS, CHARACTER, DISTINCTION, AND TREATMENT, OF DISEASES. FEVERS. General consideration of Fever, &c..... 1 Causes.... 19 General Treatment and Diet.. 20 Simple or Ephemeral Fever, Febris simplex...

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of xU CONTENTS. Ulcerated Sore Throat. Angina maligna 8 9 Mumps. Parotitis. Angina parot idea... 93 Bilious Complaints..... 95 Indigestion. Dys-pepsia.... ib. Want of Appetite..Apepsia. Anorexia...101 Derangement of the Stomach, Eructations, &c... 107 Flatulence.......110 Spasms of the stoma-ch. Ga-strodynia, Cerdialgia.. 112 Heartburn. Pyrosis.....119 Vomiting of Blood. Jiematemnesis.... 119 Constipation, Obstructio.Alvi....123 Piles. Hemorrhoids.... 128

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CONTRNTi. Xfil Pneumonia Notba Occulta...239 Typhoid, or Congestive Pneumonia....2-10 Consumption, or Incipient Phthisis....241 Inflammation of the Pleura. Pleurisy, Pleuritis...242 Pleurodynia. Pseudo-Pleuritis....251 Spitting of blood. Hfawmptysis....252 DERANGEMENTS OF THE CEREBRAL SYSTEM. Determination of the Blood to the Head. Congestio ad Caput.260 Apoplexy. Apaplexia....266 Inflammation of the Brain and its Tissues. Brain Fever. Phrenitis Enephsalitis....271 Tetanus..

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Xiv CONTENT8. Inflammation of the Tongue. Glossitis... 346 Offensive Breath...... 318 Face-ache. Neuralgia facialis..... 349 Palpitation of the Heart..... 351 Cramp in the Legs..... 352 Goitre....... ib. Sweating Feet...... 353 Sleeplessness. Agrypnia..... 354 Nightmare. Incubus..... 357 Acute Inflammation of the Spinal Cord and its Membranes. Myelitis. 358 Palsy. Paralysis...... 361 Rupture. Hernia...... ib. Fainting. Swooning. Syncope.... 367 Headache. Cephalal

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CONTENTS. XV DISEASES OF INFANCY. Inflammation of the Eyes in New-born Infants... 458 Hiccough... 458 Cold in the Head.. 459 Crying arid Wakefulness.. 460 Regurgitation of Milk... 462 Spasmodic Asthma.... 463 Milk Crust... 464 Thrush, or Aphthas.... 466 Constipation. Obstructio alvi neonatormun. 467 Bowel Complaints Diarhra neionato-umn.. 46 Excoriation Excoriationres neonatorumrn. 474 Jaundice. fcteru-s neonatoruum.. 474 Indurati

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XyI GONTEITA. Toothache... 515 Swelled Face... 516 Swelled Veins. Varices..... 517 Pains in the Back.. 513 Miscarriage. Abortus. ib. TREATMENT BEFORE PARTURITION. Preparation of the Breasts.. 524 Remedies before Labour.525 - False Pains.. 526 Parturition..523 Tedious orcomplicated Labours.. 528:>1 Spasmodic Pains, Cramps, and Convulsions. 531 TREATMENT AFTER DELIVERY. Introductory remarks... 532 After-pain.

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9 TABULAR I1NDEX OF THE MEDICINES, THEIR ABBREVIATIONS, SYNO~NY11MES, AND ANTIDOTES. Ac-HYDR.--ACIDUM 14YDROCYANICUM. Prussic acid. (Aminon. carb. C'emph. Ipecac. Coff Opium.) Ac-ar--Acidum Muriaticum. Muriatis Acidum,7 s. Hydrochioricum. Muriatic acid. (Camp/I. Bryonia.) AcoN;-ACON.ITUM NAPELLUs. Aconite. Monk's Hood. (Camp/I Nuxvc'm. M'ine, Vinegai-, Paris) AC-5FJLPFI.-ACITUMl SULPHURICUM, s Sulphuris Acidum, vitrioli. Sulphu-, ric acid. Vitriolic acid Oil of Vitriol (Pulsatilla.) ALUMI-ALU

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xvii" TABULAR INDEX. CAP.-CAPSxCUM AiNNUUM. Cayenne, Capsicum, or Guinea Pepper. (Camph. CAIS-A.-CARBO ANIMALIs. Animal Charcoal. (Camph.) CARB-V -CARIBO VEGETABILIS. Carbo Ligni. Wood Charcoal. (Arsen. -Camph. 'Coffee. Lath.) CAL1ST.-CATJSTICUM. (Tinctura acris sine kali.) Caustic. (Coffee. Colocyss Nit?, spir. Nucc vom.) CH1AM.-CH-AMOMILLA. Matricaria Chamomilla. Wild Chamomile. (Acon. Coccul. Coffee. Ignal. Nux vom. Pidsat.) 0cHINA. Cinchona Olficinalis. Chinx Cortex. Quinquina. Yell

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TABULAR INDEX. xix Io1Y.-IoGeATIA AMARA. Strychnos Ignatia. Faba Ignatia. St. Ignatius' Bean. (Pulsat. Chamom. Coccu/. Arnica. Camp/s. Vinegar.) IoD.-JODIUM. Iodine. (Arsen. Camp/s. Coffee. Phosphor. Sulpis.) IPEC.-IPECACUANcHA. Cephaelis Ipecacuanha, Ipecacuanha Root. (Arnlica. A4rsen. China.) JAL.-JALAPPA. Convolvulus s. Ipomuea Jalappa, Ipomcea Macrorrhiza. Jalap. (Camipi.) EALI-B.-KALI BICHROMATETM. Biclirousate of Potash. LACHa --LACHIEsIs. Trigonccphalus Laches 'is. Lance-Headed Se

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xx TABULAR INDEX. SA3AD.-SADADILLA. Veratrurn Sabadilla. Caustic Barley. (Campla. Pulsat) SAB3I1q. -SAIDI NA. Juniperus Sabina. Savine. (Camph.) SAasa -SAMBUCUS. ' Sambucus Niger. Elder. (Airsen. Camph.) SQUIL.-SQUILLA. Scilla Maritima. Squill. (Camph.) SEC.-SF.CALE. Secale Cornutum. Ergot of Rye. (Camph. Opium.) SENEG.-SENEGA. Seneka. Snake Root. (Arnica..Bellad. Bryon. Camp/s.),SE'LN.-SENIVA. Cassia Senna. Sauina. (Chamom.) SEP.-SEPIA. Sepia Succus. Inky juice of the Scuttle Fish.

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HOM IEOPAT-HIIC DOMESTIC MEDICINE. PART I. INTRODUCTION. THu principal points we have to notice in this part are, the Regimen to be observed under treatment-Clothing, and Habits-the Administration and Repetition of the medicines-and the Potencies in general use. REGIMEN. The excellence of the homoeopathic rules on regimen has wrested approbation even from our own opponents, although at the same time they disingenuously make use of it as a handle against the science itself, and ascribe the cur

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2 INTRODUCTION. The homoeopathic regimen consists merely of the avoidance of medicinal and indigestible substances during treatment, both as calculated to interfere with the actions of the medicines and the proper functions of the alimentary system. Consequently, among liquids the articles generally proscribed are green tea or strong black tea, coffee, malt liquors, wine, spirits, and stimulants of every description; lemonade, or other acid or alkaline drinks, and natural or artificial mine

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REGIMEN. 8 Among vegetables, all of a pungent, aromatic, medicinal, or indigestible description, or greened with copper, are prohibited; such as onions, garlic, eschalots, asparagus, radishes, horseradish, celery, parsley, mint, sage, mushrooms, tomatoes, beets, artichokes, parsnips, etc.; but others free from such qualities, such as potatoes, French beans, green peas or beans, cauliflower, spinach, seakale, etc., may be used with the needful precaution of avoiding any particular article of

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4 INTRODUCTION. should form the whole of the nourishment given. Nature, however, is our b st guide; and when she takes away appetite, thereby intimates the necessity of not taxing the digestive functions. CLOTHING AND HABITS. Upon the first point it were scarcely worth while entering into any observations, were it not simply to remark upon the impropriety of wearing garments impervious to air, and fitting closely to the shape, and the custum of exposing the extremities and chests of young c

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POTENCIES OF THE MEDICAMENTS. 5 The use of any medicinal or aromatic substances in the arrangement of the toilet, such as camphorated or otherwise medicated dentrifices, lip-salves, smelling salts, or cosmetics, is detrimental to the action of the medicines, and had therefore better be avoided. The deleterious gas that flowers emit during night, renders their presence in bed-chambers highly reprehensible. POTENCIES OF THE MEDICAMENTS. In homoeopathic practice there are three points which me

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6 INTRODUCTION. ceptions: I have found in practice, after a careful study of the individual, and a selection of a remedy suitable to temperament, a marked action and re-action produced by a very high potency, where a lower of the same medicament had failed to elicit any apparent effect, and vice versd. Second class. A marked susceptibility to medicinal action without a corresponding reflex action: such patients are generally of a highly nervous temperament, exceedingly difficult to treat, a

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THE MEDICAMENTS. 7 dose. Some further remarks upon this subject have been made in Diseases of Infancy. SEX. Females, for the most part, possess a higher degree of susceptibility than males, in which they approach nearer to children; for them the higher and medium potencies are generally most suitable; to this rule, however, there are many exceptions, particularly in those who are engaged in laborious employments. TEMPERAMENTS. In the Sanguine temperament, there is considerable susceptibili

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8 INTRODUCTION. and segregation of particles, such as Lycopodium, Natrum muriaticum, Calcarea carbonica, Sepia, Carbo regetabiiis, Silicea, etc., should generally be used at the higher potencies. Others also which have been found from experience to display considerable efficacy, even.when greatly attenuated, such as Phosphorus, Sulphur, Lachesis, Acidum nitricum, Arsenicum, etc. On the contrary, some which have a short-lived, but wellmarked action, may be used in some cases in the original

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ADMINISTRA'PION. 9 necessary to make a good bomoeopathist. For my own part, I consider the whole range, from the first atfenuation to the thirtie!h, and ev'en uptl'rds,* useful, according to the nature of the case, and the properties of the remedy, and moreover, that a rigid adherence to any particular dilution in all instances, savours rather of the empiric than of the professor of a liberal art. ADMINISTRATION AND REPETITION OF THE MEDICINES. Upon this subject I will offer a few remark

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10 INTRODUCTION. discrimination of the administrator, and a careful observance of the symptoms, than routine. However, throughout this work I have given directions for the exhibition and repetition of each medicine; these are intended, of course, to be modified according to circumstances, not blindly adhered to; the following observations may, therefore, prove useful: In acute diseases, we must carefully watch the symptoms, and when we feel assured we have chosen the proper remedy, if no pe

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ADMINISTRATION. 11 The distinguishing of the medicinal aggravation, from that of the disease, being a point of material consequence, we will here give the usual characteristics of each. The medicinal agrravation comes on suddenly and wiihout previous amelioration; the aggravation of the disease more gradually, and frequently following an amelioration. Moreover, in the former, several of the medicinal symptoms, some of which we may meet under the indications for the remedy, and not before re

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12 INTRODUCTION. tration, we should allow a longer interval to elapse before repeating, by which means the system gradually recovers itself, and the susceptibility to the medicinal influence remains unimpaired until the cure is completed. In rare cases, this susceptibility increases; in such instances a higher potency should be selected,-provided the remedy still appears to be appropriate,-and the intervals between the exhibitions lengthened. This occasionally occurs when the medicine has b

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LIST OF MEDICINE-. 13 stipation, recourse may be had to an enema or lavemeut of cold, or of tepid water when the former disagrees, to which may be added, if necessary, a tablespoonful of olive oil. It has repeatedly been found that some remedies act very beneficially when administered after the previous employment of certain others. The subjoined list affords a few such examples, and may prove useful in the treatment of particular cases: the remedy to be selected must be in accordance with

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14 INTRODUCTION. CINCHONA. Arsen., Bella., Puls., Verair., are sometimes suitable after Cinchona. CUPRtM. Calc. and Veratr. are sometimes of service after Cuprum. HEPAR SULP. Bella., 1Mere., Nitr. ac., Spong., Silicea, are sometimes suitable after Hepar sudp. IPECACUANHA. Amrn., Ars., Chin., Cocc., Ign., Nux, are sometimes suitable after Ipecacuanha. LACHESIS. Alum., Ars., Bell., Carb. v., Caust., Con., Dulc., Mer., Nux vom., Phos. acid., are sometimes useful after Lachesis. LYCOPODInUM.

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LULES FOR DIET. 15 SYNOPSIS OF THE RULES FOR DIET, UNDER HOM(EOPATHIC TREATMENT. "ALIMENTS ALLOWED. Soup or broth made from the lean of beef, veal, and mutton; to which may be added, well boiled, sago, tapioca, vermicelli, rice, semolina, or macaroni, seasoned merely with a little salt. Meats. Beef, mutton, (poultry, rarely,) pigeons, larks, rabbits, (venison, and game in general, may in most cases be partaken of in moderation, but never when high,) plainly cooked and roasted, broiled, or

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16 INTRODUCTION. Beverage. Water, milk, cocoa, chocolate, (unspiced), arrowroot, or gruel, made thin, toast-water, barley-water, milk and water, sugar and water, rice-water. Salt should be used in moderation. ALIMENTS PROHIBITED. Soups. Turtle, mock-turtle, ox-tail, giblet, mulligatawny, and all rich and seasoned soups. Meats. Pork, bacon, calf's head, veal, turkey, duck, goose, sausages, kidney, liver, tripe, and every kind of fat and salted meats. Fish. Crab, lobster, oysters,* and shell-

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PART II. ON THE SYMPTOMS, CHARACTER, DISTINCTION, AND TREATMENT OF DISEASES. FEVERS. Febres. GENERAL CONSIDERATION OF FEVER. CAUSES, TREATMENT, AND DIET TO BE OBSERVED. PERHAPS no form of disease has more occupied the attention of pathologists, or given rise to a greater number of theories, than fever. Many authors consider fever and inflammation as synonymous terms, others as mere modifications of the same pathological state of the system. The investigation is certainly one possessing peculi

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18 FEVERS. the period of convalescence is greatly shortened, and in many instances scarcely perceptible, the patient being, as it were, at once restored from a state of disease to one of perfect health. Although I shall avoid entering into any of the theories respecting fever and inflammation,' I cannot but render the tribute of my admiration to the gifted men who have devoted so much of their time and energies to the elucidation of this difficult point, since every new pathological disco

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FEVERS. 19 there is some difference in the calculations of physicians upon that point; some counting from the day the shiverings declared the onset, others from the first hot fit; except in cases where a marked periodicity exists, as in quotidian and other forms of ague, such distinctions are of little value, inasmuch as the homoeopathic treatment is directed to forwarding the crisis; and thereby materially shortens the duration of the disease. Statistics prove that the average continuatio

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20 FEVERS. The exciting causes are numerous. Miasms, epidemic influences, contagion, powerful mental emotions, derangement of some important organ, external lesions, excess or errors in diet, heat or cold, or alterations of temperature, exposure to cold or damp, repercussed exanthemata-in fact, anything that causes derangement of the equilibrium of the system may produce fever. GENERAL TREATMENT IN FEVER, AND DIET. The great essentials in the treatment of fever are: Perfect rest, mental and

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FEVERS. 21 frequently forms the initiative of other more serious disorders, it deserves attention. Before attacks of scarlatina, measles, small-pox, etc., it is generally present, although occasionally showing itself as a distinct affection. DIAGNOSIS. Shivering, followed by heat, restlessness, thirst, accelerated pulse, general uneasiness and lassitude, terminated by profuse perspiration. In allopathic practice, unless they could trace the immediate cause of the affection, for instance ind

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22 FEVERS. INFLAMMATORY FEVER. Synorha. DIAGNOSIS. Shivering or chill (generally considerable) followed by burning heat; pulse strong, hard, and greatly accelerated; dryness of the skin, mouth, lips, and tongue; the latter generally of a bright red, in some cases slightly coated with white; thirst; urine red and scanty; constipation; respiration hurried, in accordance with the pulse; amelioration of symptoms as the pulse assumes a more normal state. It runs its course with rapidity, rarely