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Malandrinum and Variolinum are both recommended as prophylactics for smallpox, but in any given epidemic how is one to know which to give? And re potency, should a prophylactic be given in low potency often repeated or in a single dose of the high potency?.
-Malandrinum and Variolinum are used widely as prophylactics for smallpox. In India, and especially northern India, we always face the epidemic mostly at the end of the winter season and to some extent after the rains at the approach of winter. This is especially true on the plains. Malandrinum has proved very useful in localities which are damp, due to excessive winter rains, or where the summer rains are short. It seems more effective when used for the type which is stout, healthy, fair colored, neat and tidy, non-vegetarian. Variolinum has been more successful in localities where the climate is dry during the summer, with sufficient rain during the rainy season and a winter which is not very cold. It seems more useful in the type with a medium or weak constitution, dark, skinned, and vegetarian.
Malandrinum has proved more successful as a prophylactic in those localities which have severe epidemics every year, while Variolinum serves the purpose in localities with the average type of smallpox. As Malandrinum is a very deep acting remedy I always use the 200th potency, once a fortnight. Generally 2 or 3 doses are sufficient. I use the 30th potency of Variolinum once or twice a week for a month, according to the constitution of the patient and the locality in which he lives.- G. S. VARMA.
The homoeopathist has the most certain criteria and precautions at his command, by means of which he will not easily be exposed to the danger either of injurious haste or of hurtful delay.-BOENNINGHAUSEN.