Oleum Morrhuae. (Cod Liver Oil.)
We employ a bland and slightly odorous Cod-liver Oil in practice; probably Caswehl & Mack's will give most satisfaction.
There is no doubt but benefit follows its use in appropriate cases, and sometimes the advantage is much greater than from the use of medicines. The principal indication for its use, is when an exalted temperature is maintained at the expense of the tissues. Cod-oil in such cases saves the tissues, and the burning of histogenetic food.
I employ it in cases of tuberculosis, scrofula, and in many forms of chronic disease, when the above indications exist. Especial attention is called to its use in local disease, with cacoplastic or aplastic deposits.
As the increased temperature is associated with increased frequency of pulse, we commonly associate it with Veratrum Viride. As a general rule the stomachic bitters are not advantageous at the same time. Many physicians fail to obtain advantage from the use of Cod-oil because they give tonics in excess at the same time.
Specific Medication and Specific Medicines, 1870, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.