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Many diseases, acute and chronic, cause wasting of the bodily tissues, but sometimes this cannot be traced to any definite cause and then it becomes itself a disease.

Diagnosis. – Great and increasing thinness, in the absence of any discoverable cause; the diagnosis is arrived at by ascertaining that all the organs of nutrition are good order and that the emaciation does not depend on any organic defect.

General Treatment . – As a matter of course the most nourishing and digestible diet will be selected. When the disease affects children they should be rubbed all over at night with cod-liver oil or pure olive oil, sleeping in a flannel night-dress, the skin being washed with tepid water, without soap, in the morning.

Medicines. – (Three times a day.)

Iodine 3. – In general.

Arsen 3. – When there is fever, anxiety, restlessness.

Silicea 6 – With great prostration and irritability. In rickety children.

Lycop. 6. – In constipated subjects, who suffer from flatulence and acidity.

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John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica

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