Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A brief but instructive Q&A with Dr. Lippe from an interview published in 1879

Q.—If an aggravation indicates that the proper remedy has been selected, does the absence of an aggravation signify that the proper remedy has not been selected?
A.—If no aggravation appears, then an improvement, if ever so small, will show that the right remedy was administered.* 

Q.—Is there a greater liability of an aggravation from the low potencies than from the high?
A.—The liability to aggravation is not dependent on the potency, but on the constitution of the sick, and the character of the disorder.

Q.—What should govern the prescriber in the selection of the potency?
A.—His own experience! The more correct his application of the science of the healing art for practical purposes (in therapeutics) is, the smaller will be the dose he may find himself compelled to choose.

Q.—How often should a dose be repeated in an acute disease?
A.—The dose should never be repeated till the action of the last dose has been exhausted. In very acute cases the dose may act but half-an-hour and at times a week, and longer. One dose may be all the medicine required to cure the case.

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