When people fall sick they seem to lose what little common sense they possessed when well. Men and women who are reasonably wise and reasonable in other matters, cherish the most absurd superstitions, and follow the advice of the most transparent quacks when it comes to disease and medicine. A little reflection will convince any reasonable person that no single medicine will cure all diseases,' indeed no medicine will cure the same disease in different persons, and in different stages. Any candid physician will admit that the use of medicines by the most skillful and experienced practitioner, is, to a great extent, an experiment. What is "one man's meat is another's poison," and even the best physician needs to know the constitution of the patient, and to study the symptoms of disease before he can prescribe safely, to say nothing of curing the disease. And yet there are intelligent men and women who buy patent nostrums, and pour them down their throats, knowing nothing of the disease, or of the probable effect of the alleged remedy. For instance, a child has a cough and a "cough remedy" is purchased and dealt out, Now, there are many kinds of coughs. The cough may be "dry," or it may be "loose;" the symptoms may differ in various ways, and yet the "cough remedy" given for a "dry" cough may be intended for a "loose" one, and so all the symptoms may be aggravated, perhaps, with a fatal result. The physician's advice and experience is chiefly valuable to tell us what the disease is and the best possible treatment for it. It is dangerous in the extreme to administer any powerful remedy, or any medicine the nature and effect of which are not known, without the advice of some one who knows the disease and its probable effect. The household medicine chest should contain only simple remedies, the effect of which, at worst, can not be very injurious; and in all dangerous or violent diseases a physician should be promptly" called.
For Colds, drink hot pennyroyal tea.