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Homoeopathy in Geriatrics

by Chand, Diwan
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PREFACE The Organisers of the International Congress of the Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis held in Rome in May 1901 assigned to me the subject of 'Homoeopathy in Geriatrics", which was to be one of the keynote papers of the Congress. In the process of reflecting on the subject it exceeded the usual limits of an article and requests were received from many quarters to make it available in a book form and also in languages other than English. Because of numerous preoccupations and other reasons it has taken unduly long to do so. The book is presented to the profession in the hope that it enables them to help the senior citizens through the benign system of homoeopathy, which is free from side effects or iatrogenesis, to which the aged are particularly prone.

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An extensive literature was scanned in the study of this subject from many angles as can be seen in the list appended. Anyone whishing to study some aspect in greater detail can refer to the corresponding sources. The presentation is not meant to be an exhaustive treatise on the subject. In any case according to Steiglitz, "There are no specific diseases of old age. Any illness may occur at any age. But, certain disorders increase in frequency after the peak of maturity". Besides certain illnesses associated with ageing as Cancers, Metabolic disorders (Diabetes mellitus, Gout), some Endocrinal disorders and some others have been completely omitted. Scanning the pages of the repertory would convince anyone of the great role homoeopathy plays in geriatrics. A compilation from Kent's Filial General Repertory has been appended for ready reference. In the different chapters of the book wherever any page number is mentioned it refers to this repertory. The reader will bear in mind that originally it was written as a lecture supported with numerous slides (diapositives). I am grateful to Dr. Mohit Kundu for preparing part of the repertory study under my direction. I am also indebted to Vaid Bhagwan Das, then Dy. Adviser (Ayurveda) in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for references on Ayurveda.