Rheumatism is one of the most familiar and perhaps one of the most perplexing of any of the conditions we meet in our work of trying to cure the sick. It is an acute infectious disease of which an exciting cause is exposure to cold and dampness. An individual that has been exposed for a long period of time in working, or living, in cold surroundings, or in poorly ventilated rooms is more susceptible to rheumatic fever.
A Homoeopathic Physician is one who adds to his knowledge of medicine a special knowledge of Homoeopathic Therapeutics and observes the Law of Similia. All that pertains to the great field of medical learning is his, by tradition, by inheritance, by right.
There is no clear-cut symptomatology but rather certain deviations from the normal which can be definitely defined. It has its origin principally from hereditary factors, viz., insanity in parents, feeblemindedness, epilepsy, consanguinity neuropathic and psychopathic strain in the lineage. It is well to mention here that the word psychopathic is used synonymously with constitutional.
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One of the obvious duties of the physician is to carefully observe the results of the treatment he prescribes. To intelligently observe there must be therapeutic simplicity. If several treatments or correctives are employed simultaneously or in rapid sequence accurate evaluation of each is difficult if not impossible.
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In two other cases, normal conditions were established after two or three months of treatment, but they were then lost sight of. In two other cases the sugar was reduced but went up again because of indiscretion in diet. The two other cases showed little, if any, improvement. In those cases which improved, thirst and polyuria diminished. The sense of well-being increased and the patient put on weight.