A Tabulated Summary and Comparison of the action of Fever Remedies.
|WHEN INDICATED||(a) At the onset of fevers, and during fevers in sthenic patients
(b) In small doses in protracted fevers, in asthenic cases.
|In sthenic cases. When nervous irritation is present and spasm threatens, or acute cerebral engorgement; in neuralgic pains.||Only in sthenic cases and in convulsions or threatened convulsions with rapid heart action.||In either sthenia or asthenia, when indications exist.||In either sthenia or asthenia. Most often indicated in the latter.|
|AGE OF PATIENT||Emphatically the child sedative, but equally applicable in middle life; less prompt in the aged.||Excellent in infancy. The remedy in full doses for strong adults; less frequently indicated in the aged.||The agent for strong adults, and women at childbirth; more difficult to adapt to infants; seldom indicated in the aged.||A remedy applicable any time of life; weak and strong; to infants, and to the aged.||Applicable to all by proper adjustment of dosage and by careful study of indications.|
|GENERAL CONDITIONS or LOCATION OF DISEASE||In all acute fevers and inflammations with increased temperature.||In acute cerebral engorgement; acute nervous irritation, and nervous excitability.||Threatened local engorgement: threatened convulsions.||In inflammations of serous, or of the synovial membranes, or of the organs covered by serous membranes; pulmonary and intestinal structures.||In local inflammation, where the skin structure is involved with redness, circumscribed tenderness and heat or pain. In typhoid conditions or low protracted fevers.|
|HEART and PULSE INDICATIONS||Heart strong and rapid. Pulse rapid, quick, sharp, hard; in asthenia soft, small, feeble, but regular: given then in very small doses.||Heart strong, irritable, violent in action, increased in muscular power; exalted nerve force in heart disease; contraindicated in feeble heart.||Heart strong and rapid; pulse full, large, hard; or small, hard, very rapid; contraindicated in feeble heart.||Heart may be either weak or strong if other indications are present, pulse quick. Is not a heart depressant in proper medicinal doses.||Quick and rapid pulse. Usually soft, feeble, compressible, or may be hard or wiry.|
|TEMPERATURE||Fever always present in acute cases. In chronic adaptation heart and pulse must guide.||Fever usually present, of a nervous type.||Fever usually present; heart's action rather than temperature to be considered.||Fever present||Fever present|
|SKIN, FACE and EYES||Skin dry and hot; capilla circulation actively engorged: eyes bright.||Skin dry and hot, usually; face flushed, bright red; eyes bright, pupils contracted.||Skin may be cool, bright red, or dull red, or even dusky colored.||Usually hot, either moist or dry; red spot on one or both cheeks.||Skin usually very hot. Especially in circumscribed are which is bright red.|
|MOUTH and TONGUE||Mouth dry and parched; tongue pale, soft, white coat, moist, or dry and harsh with brown stripe.||Red tongue, dry or moist; in protracted nerve irritation dry and dark red.||Mouth moist, full membranes, tongue dry, red stripe in center.||Tongue dry, usually coated, membranes dark.||Membranes dark, tongue dark, pointed red tip and edges elongated papillae.|
|SECRETIONS||May be abruptly suppressed.||Usually suppressed. Of immediate importance, in full, frequent doses, in anuria, especially if from infection.||Skin and kidneys usually free in action; in uremic convulsion secretions deficient.||Usually deficient.||Usually suppressed|
|PAIN||General distress, and headache; local pain in inflamed organs.||Severe headache with extreme restlessness; local pain of nervous origin, acute neuralgias.||Pain depends upon cause, local; may be bursting headache as in puerperal convulsions.||Quick, shooting, darting pains; local soreness and tenderness on pressure; general muscular aching.||Pain in inflamed area; general muscular aching.|
The American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy, 1919, was written by Finley Ellingwood, M.D.
It was scanned by Michael Moore for the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine.