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.