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DICTIONARY

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MATERIA MEDICA

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THERAPEUTICS.

BY

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.

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TABLES OF MATERIA MEDICA AND THERAPEUTICS

Acaciæ Gummi to Aurantii Cortex .
Balsamum Peruvianum to Buchu Folia,
Calmii Iodidum to Cusso,
Decoctum Aloes Compositum to Dulcamara,
Ecbalii Fructus to Extractum Taraxaci,
Farina Tritici to Feniculi Fructus,
Galbanum to Guaiaci Resina,
Hæmatoxyli Lignum to Hyoscyami Folia,
Infusum Anthemidis to Jalapæ Resina,
Kamala to Krameriæ Radix,
Lac to Lupulus,
Magnesia to Myrrha,
Nectandræ Cortex to Nux Vomica,
Oleum Amygdala to Oxymel Scillæ,
Papaveris Capsula to Pyroxylin,
Quassiæ Lignum to Quiniæ Sulphas,
Resina to Rosæ Gallicæ Petala,
Sabadilla to Syrupus Zingiberis,
Tabaci Folia to Trochisci Soda Bicarbonatis,
Ulmi Cortex to l'væ
Valeriana Radix to Vinum Xericum,

Zinci Acetas to Zingiber,
CLASSIFICATION OF DRUGS ACCORDING TO THEIR ACTION, .
APPENDIX

1. Tables Regulating the Doses, .
2. Weights and Measures of the British Pharmacopoeia,
3. Weights and Measures of the Dietrical system,

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4. Relations of the Weights and Measures between the Two Systems,
5. Weights and Measures used in Germany,
6. Symbols and Equivalent Weights of the Elementary Bodies,

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INDEX

1. Index of Synonyms,
2. Index of Authors of Prescriptions,
3. Index of Diseases and Prescriptions,
4. Additional Index, .
5. Index of Therapeutic Groups,

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ABBREVIATIONS EXPLAINED.

āā,
Anon.,
Auct.,
Auct. incog.
D. S.,
Dent. tal. dos.,
E.,
E. S.,
Fr., .
Fr. S.,
G.,
G. S.,
It.,

Ana (equal parts).
Anonymous.
Author.
Author unknown.
Detur, signetur (Dispense, sign).
Dentur tales doses (Dispense such doses).
English.
English synonym.
French.
French synonym.
German.
German synonym.
Italian.
Italian synonym.
lege artis (according to art).
Misce, detur, signetur (mix, dispense,

sign).
Misce fiat (mix, make).
quantum sufficit (a sufficiency).
Recipe (take).
Russian.
Russian synonym.
Specific Gravity.
Semis (half).
United States.

It. S., 1. a.,

M.D.S.,

M. f.,

9. S.,

R.,

R.,

R. S., Sp. Gr., B., U.S.,

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INTRODUCTION.

Et quoniam variant morbi, variabimus artes;
Mille mali species, mille salutis erunt.

The type

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.

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