|About the Book|
The object of this book is, to instruct intelligent, nonprofessional persons in the nature, symptoms, course, prevention and treatment of the most common forms of disease.It is not intended to usurp the place of the educated and experienced familyMoreThe object of this book is, to instruct intelligent, nonprofessional persons in the nature, symptoms, course, prevention and treatment of the most common forms of disease.It is not intended to usurp the place of the educated and experienced family physician, but rather to aid him by diffusing knowledge among his patients. Domestic medicine is a necessity. It may be reformed, but it cannot be abolished. Herb Teas, Tonic Bitters, Liver Pills, Soothing Syrups and Pain Killers are to be found in every household, and are often administered before the physician is called. The choice lies between the unguided, or misguided, use of powerful agents, and the careful and better directed use of milder means of cure.While, by its freedom from unnecessary technicalities, the work is adapted to the comprehension of the nonprofessional, it is hoped that it is sufficiently accurate to be useful to the practitioner of Medicine.The introduction of some of the most valuable of the new remedies, will find favor with the profession. Gelsemium, Cimicifuga, Hamamelis, Hydrastis, Podophyllum, and other indigenous American remedies, form a prominent part of the armamentarium of the successful physician, yet these remedies are scarcely recognized in other works having the same scope as this. Such medicines as Chininura arsenicosum, Eucalyptus and Physostigma, which have been more recently brought to the notice of the medical profession, but which have not yet come into general use, are occasionally recommended.In conclusion, we trust that the prominence given to auxiliary means of cure, such as the influences of food, drink, air, exercise, rest and bathing, and the use of disinfectants and local applications, will not be regarded as an unimportant feature of the work.LEWIS SHERMAN.MILWAUKEE, WIS.