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ADOLPHE WAHLTUCH, M.D., L.R.C.P. LOND.,
FELLOW OF THE OBSTETRICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON, HONORARY MEMBER OF THE MEDICAL SOCIETY
OF PRAGUE, AND MEMBER OF OTHER SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES.
TABLES OF MATERIA MEDICA AND THERAPEUTICS
Acaciæ Gummi to Aurantii Cortex .
Zinci Acetas to Zingiber,
1. Tables Regulating the Doses, .
130-141 112-148 148-159 160-175 176-177 177-207 207-224
225 226-245 246-285 285-286 289 292 292-336 337-373 373-389 389-397 398-403
4. Relations of the Weights and Measures between the Two Systems,
1. Index of Synonyms,
Ana (equal parts).
It. S., 1. a.,
R. S., Sp. Gr., B., U.S.,
Et quoniam variant morbi, variabimus artes;
By the selection of the above motto I intend to indicate that this volume, although containing many prescriptions, is not adapted for popular use as a dictionary of receipts, or as a vade mecum for the sick ; but that its purpose is that of a book of reference for the busy practitioner, whose memory may now and then require assistance, or who may wish to be guided, in difficult cases, by the formulas of others. “ Diseases vary; we must vary art; and thousand cures to thousand pains impart." As the constitution of every individual possesses a special character, so must any given disease necessarily shape itself in the individual, and become subject to special means of cure. and character of a disease are influenced also by the changes of the atmosphere, by the quality of the air that the patient breathes, by the climate, and by various geographical, cosmological, and telluric conditions, and are liable accordingly to variations, over and above those induced by the special peculiarities of the affected person.
These considerations suffice to show the imprudence, not to say the folly, of adopting the first formula that may offer when a malady has to be grappled with. In order to a right treatment, it is imperative, first to make a correct diagnosis, i.e., to make ourselves thoroughly acquainted with the character of the disease, then with the nature and operation of such external influences as may effect its course and development, and with the modifications likely to be caused by the individuality of the patient and by his habits; it is important also that we should know what are the functions of the organs not primarily affected, and their relation to the affected parts, and with many other particulars of corresponding nature. Provided with this various information, and knowing the action and effects of the various remedies appropriate to the malady before us, we select the one suitable to this special case, guided partly by our own experience, partly by the experience of others.