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Phosphorus, duration of action, of long duration; time not
definitely ascertained. Phosphoric Acid, "" of long duration; time not
definitely ascertained. Platina, "" from three to six weeks.
Plumbum, "" colicky from one to ten
days, paralysis weeks and montns.
days. Sanguinaria, Sarsaparilla,
hours. Secale Cornu,
weeks. Sepia, Silicea,
that of Calcarea. Spigelia,
rasus and Digitalis. Spongia,
fully known Staphysagra, Stramonium, Sulphur,
three weeks. Sulphuric Acid,
duration of action from one to ten days.
from twenty to forty days,
from six or eight hours to
from six or eight hours to
from one to eight or ten
from six to forty-eight hours, a long time in chronic
from three to forty-eight
from two or three hours to
of long duration similar to
similar to that of Lauroce
similar to that of Iodine,
from thirty to forty days, from six days to two and
from two to ten days in
strains; much longer in Chronic diseases.
night. Tabacum, Thuja, Teucrium,
Urtica Urens, in burns.
duration of action from two hours to a fort
"«* from one day to thirty.
"11 from one hour to a week,
AN ABRIDGED LIST OF REMEDIES,
FORMING A CONVENIENT POCKET CASE, OR A CASE FOR DOMESTIC USE, AND WELL ADAPTED TO THIS WORK.
China or Cinchona
ATTENUATION OR STRENGTH OP DRUGS.
It will be perceived that I have carefully avoided (with but few exceptions) laying down any definite rule in regard to the strength and dose of the different remedies employed or recommended in this work. My reasons for this must be obvious, to the intelligent physician at least. Although much has been written upon the subject, it remains far from being a settled question; while some of our best practitioners use principally the lower attenuations, others of equal repute choose the higher. A due respect to the opinions of both (many of whom have contributed largely to the fund of medical science) would, in the absence of a proper regard for the predilections of other friends to Homoeopathy, forbid the adoption of a fixed rule, even though I thought it possible, which however I do not. For not only age, temperament, predisposition, idiosyncrasy, sex, character of the disease, (whether it be acute or chronic, organic and of the more delicate structure, or of the ligaments and the general aponeurotic tissue,) but also the character of the drug to be employed, should be taken into consideration, and necessarily must influence the dose to a greater or less extent. We see it further exemplified in remedying mechanical and antidoting chemical diseases.
Taking the above as a guide, I cannot confine myself to any particular attenuation or strength of drug, but must adapt the remedies to the exigencies of the case under the conditions above expressed ; using the higher attenuations in organic disease, with children and females; children and females being more susceptible from their delicacy of organization; and employing the lower attenuations in rheumatic affections, diseases of the skin, and with those about middle-aged, as their " resisting power against morbific agencies and medicinal impressions are the greatest.' DOSE AND FORM OF MEDICINE.
As some prefer pellets, some tinctures, and others triturations, it may be of use to lay down a general rule governing the administration of each form of drug. When pellets are used, one or two may be placed on the tongue and allowed to dissolve, followed by a draught of water; or five or six may be dissolved in a tumbler half full of pure cold water, well stirred, and a tea-spoon full given at a dose. When tinctures are used, drop from one to three or four drops in a tumbler, partially filled (say a half or two-thirds) with pure cold water, stir it well and give from a tea-spoon full, to a table-spoon full at a dose, as the case may seem to require, whether the patient be a child or an adult. When triturations (powders) are used, give as much as will lay on the point of a penknife blade, either dry on the tongue, or dissolved in water similar to the pillets.
I have generally given the repetition or frequency of dose in each form of disease; more as a general guide to the patient than as a dictation to the physician, who it is presumed, will act upon his own judgment in this respect, based upon his knowledge of the character and location of the disease, and the duration of action of the remedy employed. But it is not to be supposed that he can remem