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MEDICINES AND THEIR USES.
sassafras, sanguinaria, (blood-root,) hydrastis canad,
(golden seal,) asclepia, (pleurisy-rootf,) xanthox, (prickly
ash,) &c. Beach's sudorific tincture is a good remedy;
substitute for the opium cypripedium pubescens (ladies
slipper) 8 oz., and you will have it far better.
Diuretics, are medicines which augment the- secretion
and promote the discharge of urine. In whatever
manner the action of diuretics is produced, their gene-
ral effect is to diminish the watery part of the blood,
and by this means promote the absorption of fluid
effused into any of the cavities or into the cellular mem-
brane. Much obscurity, however, rests upon the subject.
They are too often prescribed without reference to the
pathological state upon which the disease depends.
Those most in use are, sweet spirits of nitre, cantharides,
common juniper, nitre, squill, oil of turpentine, scalding
water on honey bees, &c.; this latter is very good to re-
Emetics are those medicines which are used for the
purpose of producing vomiting; the number employed
with this intention is small. In selecting a remedy of
this class, we should be guided by the nature of the
indication which is to be fulfilled; they should be em-
ployed with great caution where there are symptoms of
determination of blood to the head, in consequence of
the obstruction of the circulation which is occasioned
during the act of vomiting; from the great action of the
abdominal muscles which is caused, the act of vomiting
is attended with great risk in the advanced stages of
pregnancy, in hernia,, and in prolapsus uteri. An
English author, I find recommends their use in re-
ducing hernia; I should :pause before I would try it,; but
I do ,ot' condemn it. There are but ,few remedies of
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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/m1/47/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.