Note: Send questions to Dr. Eugene Underhill, 2010 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Penna.
Question: WHEN CHILDREN REFUSE PLAIN MILK WOULD YOU ADVISE CHOCOLATE MILK AS A SUBSTITUTE?
Answer: If children refuse plain milk, we would consider it an aversion which should be respected both by the parents and the physician. It is only step from an aversion to an aggravation or a food allergy. Chocolate milk we regard as most unwholesome and indigestible. Some of the worst cases of digestive derangement we encounter in children are found among the chocolate milk enthusiasts.
Most patients, old or young, will do better without it. Questions: HAVE TEA AND COFFEE ANY MEDICINAL VALUE IN BEVERAGE FORM?.
Answer: Yes, especially if the patient is not accustomed to their daily use. As a stimulant a cup or two of strong moderately hot tea is often quite effective and not nearly as apt to induce nervous hypertension as coffee. The stimulating effect of tea lasts much longer than that of coffee and it does not have as great a tendency to cause either sleepiness of insomnia. We do not endorse either as a routine beverage although we sometimes tolerate their moderate use in selected cases. A gargle of strong plain tea is an excellent mild astringent in cases of sore throat, far better and safer than most medicinal preparations on the market.
Question: HOW RELIABLE ARE SEASONAL AGGRAVATIONS IN REPERTORY WORK?.
Answer: As reliable as any other symptoms or rubrics, It is remarkable how frequently an old patient returns for treatment on or about the anniversary of his very first visit. Everyone on the average has his best time or season of the year and his worst. Some people dread February, and with reason based on experience, others dread August. The springtime aggravation of ophidia patients is well recognized.