The Eclectic Practice of Medicine*

In 1906, Dr. Rolla Thomas completely revised the 1866 teaching manual by John Milton Scudder, and revised it yet again in 1907. This was the culmination of a thirty-year frenzy of published creativity at the Eclectic Medical Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was the main teaching text at that school until the1930s...the college closed in 1939. Throughout can be viewed the primary thesis of Eclecticism: No matter what the disease may be named, treat the person with the symptoms first. Strengthen the defenses and support the life energy. Of course medicine as progressed exponentially since then...yet in some ways it has been infeebled by not treating the person, the actual "translator" of the disease, rather treating the pathology.
 
The Eclectics were the most sophisticated of all the Medical Reform Sects that arose from the mid-1800s, lasted the longest and published the best books. This is a physician's manual, and can be harrowing at times, but it offers a clear and precise model for the clinical application of a vitalist healing philosophy. Many potentially fatal disorders harried our foreparents, many barely treatable by ANY physician, including the Eclectics...many are now merely footnotes, so capable is current medicine and public health. Yet, underneath it all is the basic tenant, still important and applicable, that HOW a person gets sick is at least equal to WHAT the name of the disease is. In this realm, much of this book is still useful, even subversive.
 
"...it were better for the doctor if he can forget that his patient has typhoid fever, pneumonia, dysentery, or whatever he may have, and study the conditions that are present. This may be wrongs of the circulation, of the nervous system, of the secretions, of digestion, of assimilation, or wrongs of the blood, but whatever the basal lesion, it must be overcome if the patient is to be benefited by medication." - Introduction
 
PART I - INFECTIOUS DISEASES, section 1 - 124 pages, bookmarked Acrobat (.pdf) file - 13 illustrations. 1.9 MB (12/02)
INTRODUCTION. TYPHOID FEVER. TYPHUS FEVER. RELAPSING FEVER. MALARIAL FEVER. YELLOW FEVER. CHOLERA. CEREBRO-SPINAL FEVER (Spinal Menigitis). VARIOLA (Smallpox). VARIOLA VACCINIA (Cowpox). VARICELLA (Chickenpox).
PART I - INFECTIOUS DISEASES, section 2 - 137 pages, bookmarked Acrobat (.pdf) file - 5 illustrations. 371 K (12/02)
SCARLET FEVER. MEASLES. RUBELLA. PAROTITIS. PERTUSSIS. DIPHTHERIA. INFLUENZA. ERYSIPELAS. SEPTICEMIA. PYEMIA. TUBERCULOSIS. SYPHILIS. DENGUE. THE PLAGUE. LEPROSY. GLANDERS. ACTINOMYCOSIS. ANTHRAX. HYDROPHOBIA. TETANUS. "FEBRICULA."
PART II - DISEASES OF THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM - 107 pages, bookmarked Acrobat (.pdf) file - 4 illustrations. 300 K (12/02)
I. DISEASES OF THE NOSE. II. DISEASES OF THE LARYNX. III. DISEASES OF THE BRONCHI. IV. DISEASES OF THE LUNG. V. DISEASES OF THE PLEURA.
PART III - DISEASES OF THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM - 121 pages, bookmarked Acrobat (.pdf) file - 6 illustrations. 316 K (12/02)
I. DISEASE OF THE PERICARDIUM. II. DISEASES OF THE HEART. III. CHRONIC VALVULAR DISEASES. IV. NEUROSES OF THE HEART. V. DISEASES OF THE ARTERIES. VI. DISEASES OF THE STOMACH.
PART IV - DISEASE OF THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM, Section 1 - 75 pages, bookmarked Acrobat (.pdf) file - 2 illustrations. 192 K (12/02)
I. DISEASE OF THE MOUTH. II. DISEASES OF THE SALIVARY GLANDS. III. DISEASES OF THE PHARYNX. IV. DISEASES OF THE TONSILS. V. DISEASES OF THE ESOPHAGUS. VI. DISEASES OF THE STOMACH.
PART IV - DISEASE OF THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM, Section 2 - 112 pages, bookmarked Acrobat (.pdf) file - 4 illustrations. 300 K (12/02)
VII. DISEASES OF THE INTESTINES. VIII. DISEASES OF THE LIVER. IX. DISEASES OF THE SPLEEN. X. DISEASES OF THE PANCREAS. XI. DISEASES OF THE PERITONEUM.
PART V - DISEASES OF THE URINARY TRACT - 80 pages, bookmarked Acrobat (.pdf) file - 5 illustrations. 1.1 M (12/02)
I. DISEASES OF THE KIDNEY. II. DISEASES OF THE BLADDER.
PART VI - CONSTITUTIONAL DISEASES - 54 pages, bookmarked Acrobat (.pdf) file - 1 illustration. 136 K (12/02)
DIABETES MELLITUS. DIABETES INSIPIDUS. LITHEMIA. RHEUMATISM. (5 types) GOUT. RICKETS. SCURVY. PURPURA. HEMOPHILIA.
PART VII - DISEASES OF THE BLOOD AND THE DUCTLESS GLANDS - 32 pages, bookmarked Acrobat (.pdf) file. 84 K (12/02)
ANEMIA. LEUKEMIA. HODGKIN'S DISEASE. ADDISON'S DISEASE. MYXEDEMA. GOITRE. EXOPHTHALMIC GOITRE.
PART VIII - DISEASES OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM - 121 pages, bookmarked Acrobat (.pdf) file - 17 illustrations. 660 K (12/02)
I. DISEASES OF THE PERIPHERAL NERVES. II. DISEASES OF THE SPINAL CORD. III. DISEASES OF THE BRAIN AND ITS MENINGES. IV. DISEASES OF UNKNOWN PATHOLOGY.
PART IX-XI, MISCELLANEOUS - 76 pages, bookmarked Acrobat (.pdf) file - 17 illustrations. 1.9 M (12/02)
PART IX. DISEASES OF THE MUSCLES.
PART X. THE INTOXICATIONS; SUNSTROKE; OBESITY.
PART XI. ANIMAL PARASITES.
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
IMPORTANT INCOMPATIBLES.
POISONS AND ANTIDOTES.
INDICATIONS FOR REMEDIES.
 
INDICATIONS FOR REMEDIES. a handy materia medica from the end of the manual - 21 pages, 60K Acrobat (.pdf) file
*If you would rather access this information as linked text (rather than Acrobat) Henriette Kress has it all on her site at:
http://www.ibiblio.org/herbmed/eclectic/thomas/main.html

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