The list of medicine recommended for persons beginning homoeopathic practice is as follows Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, 28, 31, 33, 35, 36, 38, 39, 41, 43, 44, 46, 48, 49, 53.
A useful Travellers’ case, or case for pocket, would include remedies numbered in the list printed above, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 20, 26, 31, 33, 37, 39, 41, 43, 44, 49, 50.
MEDICINE CHEST.- A chest to suit this Manual should be constructed expressly to contain the medicines mentioned in the list on pp. 62, 63, or the more complete list in the table of contents at the commencement; it should be protected from light and heat, and also kept apart from substances which emit a strong odour. Immediately after using a bottle it should be corked again, and the corks or medicines never changed from one bottle to another.
CORKS.- If a cork decay, or become damaged, a new one should be at once substituted. Except for acids, good sound corks are preferable to glass stoppers, as they more effectually prevent evaporation, preserve the virtue of the medicine, and are easily replaced when broken. Missionaries, emigrants, etc., should take an extra supply of new ones. Immediately after use, a bottle should always be re-corked, and the corks or medicines should never be changed from one bottle to another.
If the above directions are observed, the medicines may be kept unimpaired for years.
GENUINE MEDICINES.- To obtain a beneficial action from the remedies herein prescribed, it is essential to procure them from a person of known character, who has been trained, and who is exclusively engaged as a Homoeopathic chemist. Failures in Homoeopathic practice often arise, no doubt, from the inefficient medicines. In as much as any person has been hitherto allowed to assume the designation of Homoeopathic chemist, without submitting to any test of qualification, there is the greater for exercising caution as to the source from whence the medicines prescribed are obtained. Persons who are in doubt on the subject, and in whose locality there is no such chemist as we have indicated, should consult a professional Homoeopath, who will inform them of trustworthy persons from whom the medicine may be procured. Homoeopathic remedies should not be purchased from an
Allopathic druggist’s shop, unless a separate room is specially appropriated to them; otherwise the virtues of the medicines are liable to injury by close proximity to strong smelling drugs; and further, Homoeopathy, with such associations, is generally kept in the background. Druggists, with few exceptions, are opposed to Homoeopathy, often depreciate it, and when they can do so, recommend their own preparations in preference.