Dietetics was a simple, straightforward matter, to be left to the discretion of so-called common sense. It was regarded as a subject beneath the dignity of the medical profession, and doctors left their training schools with the scantiest knowledge of nutritional theory and practice. With complete accuracy dietetics might then have been described as the Cinderella of the biological sciences.
Formerly nearly every modification in the heart sounds, known as murmurs, and every irregularity of rhythm or increased rapidity, was regarded as evidence of some or more or less serious disorder of the heart. Scores of patients presenting these signs were condemned to lives of semi-invalidism there has been almost a revolution in the conception of these variations.
The natural food-stuffs are rich in all the mineral elements. The refining processes of civilization lead to deterioration of the food-stuffs. Bran is exceedingly rich in iron, phosphorus and numerous other mineral substances, and in vitamins, and is the germ of the wheat which is discarded by the millers together with the bran. Hence the civilized suffer from weak teeth, insufficiently protected by a layer of enamel.
In spite of long cultivation now already a few decades, hardly any symptoms of soil exhaustion are observed, and that, since during the rotation of crops a very strong bitter plant has been planted: namely, chicory. The roasted root in infusion results as is known in a very healthy bitter drink, which unfortunately has been almost completely superseded by coffee.
The defenders of aluminium have made experiments on animals with aluminium in order to prove that it is harmless. These experiments are quite useless. Animals react differently to human beings, and therefore all animal experiments are more or less unreliable. Rabbits can eat quantities of belladonna with impunity, which would prove deadly to human beings.
Having related enough cases of medicinal cures of mammary tumours to show that these tumours can be really got rid of with internal treatment, even when of a recurrent and cancerous nature, and having, moreover, made a few cursory remarks on their etiology, it only remains for me to tell any young or less experienced brother practitioners how to set about curing tumours with medicines.
The homoeopathic surgeon will administer before an operation a few doses of Pyrogen in a high potency, which means in an infinitely small quantity, and he will feel confident that, either no septic developments will follow, or that septic developments will be exceedingly mild, and a few further doses of Pyrogen or of any other indicated remedy, may complete the good work done by the septicity medicine.
On the seventh day the culture was negative for Vincents. The membrane and slough had entirely cleared from the throat and the tonsillar swelling had subsided considerably. All other subsequent smears were negative for spirofusiform bacilli. The case was discharged cured after being in hospital nine days, the last five of which she was under soap therapy.