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No single remedy or measure can always be relied upon to afford relief in any acute disorder, as the disease itself is often but a climax in a pathologic process, the divergent lines from which, radiate to a series of inherited or acquired causes; the most important of which must receive consideration of him who would stay the process of disease or assist nature in restoring to health.
Undoubtedly there are many measures utilized in therapeutics, identical in effect; also more than one way by which a pathologic process may be turned to a healthful issue.
We find ourselves to-day confronted with quite a number of methods for treating acute respiratory troubles; each of which, undoubtedly, possesses merits peculiar to itself and well adapted to meet certain indications which arise in these affections; but that any one remedy or means can fulfill all the indications or be applicable in every
SEARS HB. MEASURES CALCULATED TO MODIFY ACUTE INFLAMMATIONS OF THE RESPIRATORY TRACT. JAMA. 1895;XXIV(22):848–849. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430220026003f
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