It may seem as if such a practice were conducive to more rapid improvement, but it is objectionable in local affections dependent on some chronic miasm, on account of the more rapid disappearance of the local phase than of . the internal disease. This often leads to the deceptive impression that a perfect cure has been accomplished.

The local application of non-homoeopathic remedies renders the case even more difficult. Local symptoms should not be obliterated by caustics, es-charotics, or by excision, since thereby the symptoms necessary for a choice of a curative remedy are obscured, and, also, the chief evidences of a permanent cure are taken away; for, if the local symptoms disappear after the administration of the homoeopathic remedy, we have established evidence of the achievement of a radical cure and of complete recovery from the general disease. §§ 196-200, Organon.