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But in acute work, say fevers for instance, the homeopathic physician again approaches his problems in quite a different way to the ordinary doctor. What does the latter do nowadays? He usually chooses one of the many sulphonamides or antibiotic drugs which he thinks, or has proved in the laboratory, will most readily deal with the microbes held responsible for the illness, so that the patient will have time to develop his own defensive mechanisms, kill the microbes, and thus get well.

However not infrequently the patient has to recover, not only from his original infection, but from the side effects or poisoning caused by the drug used, as you may have experienced. The homeopathic physician having made his physical diagnosis, does not, however, take this named disease as an indication for the remedy to be given. To select the remedy he must also take note of the speed with which the illness has developed, the height and character of the fever, the question as to whether the patient is restless or not, has a thirst or not, and if he is thirsty whether it is for large or small draughts; if he is suffering pain, whether it is better or worse for movement of the painful part, from pressure or the application of heat or cold, etc.

Also if the patient is delirious, the type of delirium is important to observe before deciding on the remedy required. By combining the answers to these questions, the physician is led to a remedy which has a similar combination of answers when proved on a healthy person during research. There are no side effects to be overcome and the course of the illness is usually remarkably free from complications and the convalescence is very quick. By choosing the remedy in this way, the homeopathic physician has very good reason for believing he is getting at the root of the trouble: and so when the symptoms abate, it is because the disease process - the cause of the symptoms - is being got rid of.

Teacher: Michael
Many articles taken from 'A word with the doctor', by Dr. John Windsor.

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