The author, in the preface, says: “In this manual, I have endeavored to furnish an outline of pure homoeopathic treatment; and every remedy mentioned has been carefully selected according to its characteristic indications.” Under “Treatment” we read: “Our distinctiveness as homoeopathic physicians, consists in our therapeutic law of similars; and, by the application of this law to diphtheria, we discover, in the homoeopathic materia medica, the means of treating this disease.” No gargles, washes, or such like allopathic expedients are mentioned, as Dr. Hunt knows none of them are needed.
This “pocket-book” contains records for vaccinations, accouchements, deaths, and for ordinary routine visits, having places for marking visits made and medicine given. An obstetric calendar, table of pulse, antidotes for poisons, etc., are not forgotten. It is very complete and very neatly gotten up.
The repertory consists of some ninety pages arranged alphabetically, as it should be. The repertory being so small, must of course be a mere epitome; yet it will furnish hints that will assist the physician.
While some of the indications are rather vague and indefinite, others are positively erroneous and misleading. For instance, under “croup,” we read: “ Aconite should always be given at the first, unless some other remedy is perfectly indicated.” We would suggest that Aconite should never be given unless perfectly indicated, no matter what “stage” is being treated! Aconite is the most abused remedy in our materia medica.
Again, under “Typhoid,” we read: “Typhoid fever may be cut off in the beginning by Gels. in water, given every fifteen minutes, until profuse sweating is produced, and continued thereafter every half-hour until all pains and aching are gone.” We hope none of our readers will ever try this “cutting short” method.
Nearly every physician has his own method of keeping his accounts; some using a scrap of paper, others a large ledger. To facilitate easy and accurate keeping of doctor’s books has been a problem which many have tried to solve; we think the “Record,” arranged by Dr. Guernsey, about the best we have yet seen, and can recommend it to the profession. Its chief merit, in our eyes, is that it does away with the necessity of looking over old accounts, in making up bills. The bill and the account are on same page, and when bill is torn off, you know the account has been rendered; when the “statement” is torn off, you know the account has been paid. It is a very complete “record.”
|Source:||The Homoeopathic Physician Vol. 01 No. 12, 1881, pages 603-604|
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