Vichy and Its Therapeutical Resources
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X. SPECIAL THERAPEUTICS. The several properties of Vichy water having been already described, it is unnecessary to enter at length into the theories of those diseases in which it is chiefly recommended. From the general indications which have preceded, the English medical profession will have no difficulty in deducing the particular applications. Nevertheless, some brief observations on the more common uses of the remedy in question may serve as an epitome of the subject, and an index to the points most worthy of consideration. First of all, it may be observed that an alkaline thermal treatment is of most value in chronic cases. Next, that the diseases in which its effects are most marked are those implicating the organs of the abdominal cavity. From these propositions we may deduce that a certain degree of chronicity or obstinacy in the disease need not necessarily discourage a trial of this mode of treatment. Lastly, the Vichy cure may be attempted in all cases in which alkalies are chemically indicated. In the two former cases a complete course of thermal treatment is to be carried out; in the last, the indications can often be fulfilled by drinking at the springs, or even by the use of the exported water. Bearing in mind the chemical qualities of Vichy water, the physician will find numerous cases in his daily practice in which he may prove its value. It may safely and conveniently take the place of many of the common alkaline formulae, especially those containing soda, and it will be found more certain in composition, and therefore in its effects, than ordinary sodawater--an article which too frequently contains none of the alkali from which it takes its name. But, passing over these slighter cases, it may be well to summarise in a few paragr...
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