versa? A drug must be studied in its entirety. The sooner the sectarianstudy of drugs is eliminated from medicine, and the sooner it isunderstood that the smallest dose with which it is possible to get aneffect is to be preferred to large and irritating or depressing doses, thesooner it will be understood that medicine is a science. Should wecondemn nux vomica, belladonna, glonoine and other useful remediesin their secondary form, when they are often our best friends in need?Should we condemn arsenicum 12x; carbo veg 12x; colocynthis 2nd;veratrum album 2nd and others, when in emergency they are often ourmain reliance?We should study the basic indications for all, and if they are plain weshall not be disappointed whether they point to the primary orsecondary form. The study of drugs can be much simplified bycomparison in general and in those that have an apparent dual actionby using the physiological action basic symptoms as a key to the basicindications for the drug in its primary and secondary form. Thefollowing will serve as an illustration of the dual action of a drug wherethere is medical virtue both in the primary and secondary form. Bygetting the basic symptoms of the physiological action it is easy to knowwhat the indications are for the drug in its primary and secondary form,viz.:
Physiological basic indication
: Marked cerebral engorge-ment; face becomes very red, throbbing carotids and a general feeling of fullness in head followed by severe headache; cannot bear hat on;warmth or heat aggravates condition. Bending head backwardsaggravates headache.
Secondary basic indications
: In temporary cerebral anemia, amemicheadache which is relieved by bending head backwards. Head may feelcool and warmth ameliorates to some extent. In sudden collapse,sunstroke, etc.
Primary basic indications
: In the 12th dilution or higher. Flushed facewith marked cerebral engorgement, throbbing carotids, which may beaccompanied or followed by headache; cannot bear to have pressure orweight on bead: wants head uncovered, least jar aggravates headache.Warmth or heat will increase headacheAs can be readily seen , the physiological action is our key to its primary
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