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MEDICINES AND THEIR USES.
to ascertain some particular fact. My views on the
medical definition of terms, and their peculiar action on
the human system, vary from the large mass of authors
upon this subject; my opinion of their action is
fouded1 entiircly from experience, and as such I have no
hesitation in laying them before you, knowing that
what action I attribute to them can be strictly relied
At ,wid.s, are medicines which correct acidity of the
stomach and digestive organs, by combining chemically
with free acid existing there, and neutralizing it. Their
action is manifestly only temporary and palliative, as
they do not correct that peculiar state of the digestive
organs which favors the formation of acid; and their
continued use prodlc?(ees a precisely similar r lisc.ase in the
alimentary canal. This is of great importance, for I
have often seen dyspepsia result from the incautious
use of alkaline earths; they are strictly chemical reme-
dies, and when taken beyond what is required to correct
free acid, they become irritants, and produce morbid
affections of the stomach; to use them as a palliative, and
employ suitable regimen is, in my opinion, much more
preferable. In most cases abstinence, and a proper at-
tention to regimen, will soon repair the evil; the best
antacids are prepared chalk, lime water, magnesia, and
bicarbonate of potash.
Antllhenentics, are remedies which possess the property
of destroying worms. They are only temporary in their
action. In most cases worms are not the primary cause
of disease; in a multitude of cases anthelmentics are
given for weeks, when the history of the patient proves
that he has only suffered from the suspicion of worms,
while his malady has been of a different character. The
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Massie, J. Cam. A Treatise on the Eclectic Southern Practice of Medicine, book, 1854; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143817/m1/43/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.