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A Practitioner's Handbook Of Materia Medica And Therapeutics

A Practitioner's Handbook Of Materia Medica And Therapeutics

   The modern tendency towards more direct and less bulky medication has placed in a transition stage the drug therapy of today. New synthetics, elegant pharmaceuticals, and mixtures and compounds more or less ethical, are being introduced faster than the profession can keep pace with them.

   Certain excesses always accompany a forward movement. This little ebook is an exhortation to pause and consider, and is an attempted rational restudy of the materia medica with the two main points in view of emphasizing what is really important as regards the employment of drugs in their larger dose, and, more especially, of directing scientific and clinical attention to the employment of drugs to meet their indications in small doses.

   Attempting to exploit no pathy, ism, or fanciful theories, the effort is made to gather together what is of practical account in the recorded investigations of all schools of practice bearing upon the clinical use of small doses of the drugs suitable for such employment. The infinitesimal dose will not be considered, and the theories involved concerning such attempts at medication need be but slightly touched upon.

   The employment of drugs in ordinary or in large doses for their physical, chemic, or physiologic action is a procedure so well established in therapeutics, and so well borne out in the common experience of all ages, that a defence of such a rational use of remedies is not necessary.

   The question of the natural limitations of such a line of therapy is a pertinent one, however. From time to time new theories have arisen, tending either to limit or to eliminate such a use of drugs. These theories or systems of therapeutics usually possess some degree of truth and one-sided merit, but they unite in a superlative elaboration of the symptomatology of disease processes as a guide in the selection of the indicated remedy, and they minimize the known physiologic actions as an indication towards the selection of the proper drug to meet the pathologic change underlying the symptomatology. Like the systems and theories of other branches of science, these well-meant efforts need not meet with pedantic condemnation, especially since certain abuses and\ overstatements have been corrected and our therapeutics tempered by reason of the discussions engendered by them. What, then, are the limitations naturally surrounding our use of remedies in the usual doses of the pdf books and for their generally recognized physiologic actions?

   As in chemistry, so also in botany, plants sustain definite relationships to each other; and as from its chemic affiliation we get an idea of the therapy of any new substance, so from its botanic classification we obtain some insight into its therapeutic indications. While the different species of a genus may vary to quite an extent in their range of action, yet their general action is usually along some definite line, and if the genus in general is inert therapeutically, we need seldom expect much from any newly introduced species of that genus.

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