Homoeopathic domestic medicine ... arranged as a practical work for students. Containing a glossary of medical terms. / Title Contents
Homoeopathic domestic medicine ... arranged as a practical work for students. Containing a glossary of medical terms.
Laurie, Joseph, d. 1865.
New York: William Radde, 1850.
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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.
A GLOSSARY OF MEDICAL TERMS.
FIFTH AMERICAN EDITION, ENLARGED AND IMPROVED,
A. GERALD HULL, M. D.
WILLIAM RADDE, 322 BROADWAY.
PHILADELPHIA:-RADEMACHER & SHEEK, 239 ARCH-ST.
BOSTON:-OTIS CLAPP, 12 SCHOOL-ST.
According to Act of Congress, in the year 1847, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States
for the fSouthern Distriot of New-York.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
W 1hLIAM RADDE, 322 Broadway, New-York,
_qspectfully informs the Hlomweopathlc Physicians, and the friends of the System,,that he is the sole Agent for the Leipzig Central Hornisopathic Pharmacy, end that he
1ýws always on hand a good assortment of the best Ilomtsopathie Mledicines, in com-,plete sets or by single vials, in Tinztarcs, Dilutions, and Ta-iturations; also Peckct
Cases of Medtcints; Pthgsiciaozs' and Jilaaup.Jhldiciooe Chtests to Laurie's Demtestwc
(60 Remedies)-LPPS' (58 Remedies)
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
ON THE SYMPTOMS, CHARACTER, DISTINCTION, AND TREATMENT, OF
General consideration of Fever, &c..... 1
General Treatment and Diet.. 20
Simple or Ephemeral Fever, Febris simplex...
Pneumonia Notba Occulta...239
Typhoid, or Congestive Pneumonia....2-10
Consumption, or Incipient Phthisis....241
Inflammation of the Pleura. Pleurisy, Pleuritis...242
Spitting of blood. Hfawmptysis....252
DERANGEMENTS OF THE CEREBRAL SYSTEM.
Determination of the Blood to the Head. Congestio ad Caput.260
Inflammation of the Brain and its Tissues. Brain Fever. Phrenitis
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.
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
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
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
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
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
POTENCIES OF THE MEDICAMENTS.
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
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
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
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
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
Upon this subject I will offer a few remark
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
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
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
LIST OF MEDICINE-.
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
CINCHONA. Arsen., Bella., Puls., Verair., are sometimes
suitable after Cinchona.
CUPRtM. Calc. and Veratr. are sometimes of service after
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
LULES FOR DIET.
RULES FOR DIET, UNDER HOM(EOPATHIC TREATMENT.
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
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.
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
Fish. Crab, lobster, oysters,* and shell-
ON THE SYMPTOMS, CHARACTER, DISTINCTION,
AND TREATMENT OF DISEASES.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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