HOMOEOPATHY IN WOUNDS AND INJURIES
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In the treatment of Wounds and Injuries it is understood that the homoeopathic physician observes all surgical procedure or technic, arresting haemorrhage, mechanically closing open wounds, joining tissue to like tissue, reducing dislocations, adjusting broken bones, establishing drainage when necessary and protecting wounds with proper dressing, etc. But in addition to modern surgery the Homoeopath is fortified by his own instruments of precision, his medicines, to meet the occult phenomena caused by shock and constitutional idiosyncrasy. That is the special field of the Homoeopath. It is indeed unfortunate that the old school physician and surgeon is so handicapped by a total lack of knowledge of what is so great a boon to homoeopathic practice. The Homoeopath alone has a therapy of constitutional medicines that vitalize a patient prior to operation and acute medicines that meet the complications of a disturbed vital government after operation. Every physician is inclined to treat wounds and injuries, as well as diseases, more or less empirically. One's experience and the recorded experience of others is a helpful guide in selecting the treatment. But the Homoeopath must ever keep in mind the Totality of Symptoms in selecting the similimum even for wounds and injuries, the variation of which effects, being due to constitutional differences of people, require individual medical attention. One's experience calls to mind a method, or group of medicines useful in particular tissue injuries. These experiences are recorded in the various rubrics of the repertory. Kent's Repertory is generous in its help to us. Knerr's Repertory of Hering's Guiding Symptoms has several pages recorded (page 1150, Wounds, pages 1147-1149, Injuries). One's individual experiences suggests and further isolates the particular medicine from these groups needed for each individual case. But the patient's individual peculiar symptoms may indicate a medicine never yet recorded in that rubric of the repertory, so with every case we must search the Materia Medica for the similimum, and when the cure is achieved the medicine should be noted and recorded in the proper rubric. It is thus that the masters of our school have added valuable clinical symptoms to the provings, which are legitimate additions. The most often verifications are then signified by double faced type while others less often verified are distinguished by script from the plain faced type remedies, the double faced type calling attention, as it were, to the more likely medicine needed.
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