Do not think for one minute that these remedies are all that might be indicated, for there are many that may be called for. Opium has a most profound effect on the very character of an addict, affecting as it does the mental, nervous and physical system of the patient.
A particularly sinister aspect of the entire proposition is the fact that compulsion by Boards of Health and school authorities is implied in many instances when there is no law, ordinance or ruling authorizing such compulsion. Therefore, uninformed parents are in effect swung into line and regimented through misrepresentation.
The common form appears as a primary infection. It may be found in the course of any disease and frequent follows acute disturbances of the gastrointestinal tract, especially diarrhoea. Pyelitis is more common in infancy than in childhood and is much more common in girls than in boys.
These are the cases in which we secure remarkable results by integrity in handling and industry in study. We fully realize that in some cases we fail to find the proper remedy, in others we cannot eliminate the exciting cause which irritates the symptom complex; again we find those who have reaches the incurable stage, whether natural, environmental or postpalliative.
All Homoeopathic physicians learn a great deal about suppression in the course of long practice; they cannot help it, if they would, in this day of great wear and tear, hurry and worry, strong drugging, injection treatment. When the effects show viciously in little children the spectacle is truly pathetic, even tragic.
The doctor said he had used instruments only twice in his practice. I wish I could say that. Since I have been trying to avoid the use of instruments, I think I have been detained two to four hours longer at the home, but the mother and the babies are in better shape. That is what we have all studied medicine for, to prolong life and save the lives of babies.
The spine is the point of attack in many arthritic conditions; of the many remedies having this relationship, Agaricus, Daphne, Dioscorea, Formica and Nux v. are among the few is which the spinal cord itself is involved. In Nux v. this is usually the result of alcoholism.
It is a rule, however, among homoeopaths and allopaths alike that they give too much medicine. It is like the man described in the Scripture of old, he thinks he will be heard by much praying. So when you have the similimum, as a rule one dose will be sufficient.