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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1880. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... others have said and done on the same subject; and in treating various cases of cataract, I have been often moved to a consideration of the true nature and origin of this affection, and on these points some few thoughts will not be out of place by-and-bye. In consequence of this cure of cataract with medicines, I began, as just stated, to look about in our literature to see what others had done. Here is what I found :-- CHAPTER II. T N the "British Journal of Homoeopathy" for 1847, Vol. V., p. 224 et seqq., there is a very able article on this subject by the late Dr. Henry V. Malan. This writer considers the primary cause of cataract to be a psoric taint in the constitution, and asserts that all constitutional cataracts are from a psoric cause. This, of course, does not apply to traumatic cataract, and not necessarily to those of inflammatory origin. Dr. Malan continues ..." Many circumstances accompanying the formation of the cataract render the surgical treatment, if left to itself, either impossible or most difficult; for that reason the attempt has frequently been made to find a medical one. According to Vidal de Cassis (Pathologie Externe, Paris, 1840), none have been found, except in some rare cases, and then v only for the inflammatory and recent cataracts. The French surgeon Velpeau, corroborates this statement, and tells us that some cures have been made by revulsives to the skin, setons, moxas, etc., and that 'it is only by revulsion that the cures of some cataracts in their infancy have been made; but that these cures, after all, are only the exceptions; old cataracts of the capsule, or of the lens, must always be operated on.' "Here I (Malan) differ. The general opinion entertained on this point is not mine. I shall try to point out, in a fe...
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