Treat the Indications.
We are more and more confident every day, that if we treat exact symptoms with an exact remedy we will obtain exact results, whether we know what the disease is or not. We need a carefully studied list of symptoms of disease with their indicated remedy. It is to be hoped that some one will prepare this for us at no distant date.
I have recently had a striking illustration of the importance of knowing how to treat indications with positive remedies. A patient suffering from a severe illness, that absolutely baffled a diagnosis as to the name of the disease, is still under treatment. The results of meeting the indications with the known indicated remedy have been beautifully conspicuous all the way through.
I desire again to impress upon the minds of my readers, the importance of treating fevers. Many times, we have no other indication to treat, except an elevation of the temperature. In many cases it would be criminal to neglect this, as by allowing it to run, to determine what is going to happen, a serious and sometimes an uncontrollable local inflammation will develop.
As I stated a few months ago, we must treat subnormal temperature also, the temperature must never be allowed to run low. Immediate direct medication will invariably produce excellent results.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.