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A Treatise on Clinical Medicine‎

Friday, July 31st, 2009

By William Hanna Thomson  1914  |615 pgs

In our chapter on remedies, we dewlt upon the fundamental difference between functional and constitutional rememedies. The functional remdies are those whose whole action is secured by one dose. No matter how long or often they may be repeated, the last does does not do anything more than the first dose. The constitutional remedies, on the other hand, like iron in anemia or mercury in syphilis, do not produce their effects in one dose,  but only after prolonged repetion of many doses. The reason for this is plan enough, because constitutional medicines affect the constitution, so that it is not the same as it was before taking them, and require time to produce the desired effect.

Functional medicines, on the other hand, do not affect the constitution, because the whole operation has been in one dose. On that account I cannot recommend for such a deep-seated constitutional disease a merely functional medicine like opium or any derivatives, like codein. - By William Hanna Thomson, MD LLD.


Transactions of the Medical Society of the State of New York

Friday, July 31st, 2009

By Medical Society of the State of New York (1907- )

The fundamental difference between functional medicines, which influence only functions, and organic medicines, which change nutrition of tissues or organs, would be more widely recognized but for the confusion which exists in many minds about the term “function.” Because function is deranged whenever organism is deranged, therfore, it is supposed that the converse of this statement is equally true, namely, that a derangement of function must always imply a corresponding derangement or organism. - W.H. Thomson M.D., LL.D.

The volume for 1880 includes as appendix: By-laws of the society.-System of medical ethics.-Medical laws of the state [1806-80, including the act of 1806 to incorporate medical societies] Additional laws are included in subsequent volumes.