62. In recording the totality of symptoms of such a case, we must obtain an accurate description of all physical symptoms which prevailed before the disease degenerated into a one-sided mental disorder. We compare, then, these early symptoms with their present indistinct remnants, which occasionally appear during lucid intervals, and add the symptoms of the mental state as observed by the physician and attendants of the patient.

63. Though a patient may be relieved of an acute mental disorder by non-antipsoric medicine, no time must be lost in perfecting the cure by continued anti-psoric treatment, so that the disease may not break out anew, which will be prevented by strict adherence to well-regulated diet and habits. If neglected, psora will be usually developed during the second attack, and may assume a form, periodical or continuous, and much more difficult to cure.

64. Mental diseases, not the result of physical or bodily affections, of recent date, and which have not yet undermined the physical health too seriously, admit of the. speedy cure by physical treatment, while careful regulations of habits will re-establish the health of the body, but as a measure of precaution a course of antipsoric treatment is advisable, in order to prevent a recurrence of the attack of mental aberration. Proper hygiene and psychical regimen of the mind must be strictly enforced by the physician and attendants. The treatment of insane persons should be conducted with a view of the absolute avoidance of corporeal punishment or torture. Physician and attendants should always treat such patients as if they regarded them as rational beings.

65. Intermittent diseases also claim our attention. Some return at certain period, and there are others, apparently non-febrile affections, resembling intermittents by their peculiar recurrences. There are also affections characterized by the appearance of certain morbid conditions, alternating at uncertain periods with morbid conditions of a different kind. Such alternating diseases are mostly chronic and a product of developed psora, in rare instances they are complicated with syphilitic miasma. The first needs purely antipsoric treatment, the latter an alternation of antipsoric with antisyphilitics.

66. Typical intermittents recur after a certain period of apparent health, and vanish after an equally definite period. Apparently non-febrile morbid conditions, recurring at certain periods, are not of sporadic or epidemic nature, they belong to a class of chronic, mostly genuine psoric diseases. Sometimes an intercurrent dose of highly potentized Peruvian bark extinguishes the intermittent type of the disease.

67. In sporadic or epidemic intermittents, not prevalent endemically in marshy districts, each attack is mostly composed of two distinct stages, chill and heat, or heat and then chill; still more frequently they consist of three stages, chill, heat and finally sweat. The remedy, usually a non-antipsoric, must have the power to produce in healthy persons the several successive stages similar to the natural disease, and should correspond, as closely as possible, with the most prominent and peculiar stage of the disease; but the symptoms which mark the condition of the patient during the apyrexia, should chiefly be taken for guides in selecting the most striking homoeopathic remedy. The best time to administer the medicine is a short time after the termination of the paroxysm, then the medicine has time to develop its curative effect without violent action or disturbance, and the vital force is then in the most favorable condition to be gently modified by the medicine and restored to healthy action. If the apyrexia is very brief, or if it is disturbed by the after effects of the preceding paroxysm, the dose of the medicine should be administered when the sweating stage diminishes or when the subsequent stages of the paroxysm decline.

68. One dose may suffice to restore health, but when a new attack threatens, the same remedy should be repeated, provided the complex of symptoms remains the same; but the intermittent is apt to recur, when the noxious influences, which first originated the disease, continue to act upon the convalescent patient, as would be the case in marshy localities, and to eradicate the tendency to relapses, the patient ought to be removed to a mountainous region. When this suitable remedy fails to break up the paroxysms, unless continued exposure to marsh miasma is at fault, we may blame the latent psora for it, and antipsoric remedies are needed for a cure.

69. Epidemics of intermittents in non-malarial districts partake of the nature of chronic diseases; each epidemic possesses a peculiar uniform character, common to all individuals attacked by the epidemic, and this uniform character points out the homoeopathic remedy for all cases in general. This remedy usually also relieves patients, who, previous to this epidemic, had enjoyed good health, and who were free from developed psora.

70. In such epidemic intermittents our antipsorics fail, but a few doses of sulphur or hepar sulphur, repeated at long intervals, will aid us in their cure. Malignant intermittents, attacking single persons not residing in marshy districts, need in the beginning a non-antipsoric remedy, which should be continued for several days, for the purpose of reducing the disease as far as possible. Where this fails, psora is sure in the act of development, and antipsorics alone will give relief.

71. Intermittent fevers, indigenous to marshy countries, or places subject to inundations, will hardly ever affect young and healthy people, if their habits are temperate, and if they are not weakened by want, fatigue or excesses. Endemics are apt to attack new comers, but a few doses of high potencies of China will easily rid them of the fever, provided their mode of life is very simple, and if there is no latent psora in them, which, where such is the case, necessitates antipsoric treatment.