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22 d. The calls of my companion for help from me I was conscious of, but they only made me angry; but after a time, my senses became clouded and I sank into stupor. This was about 5 h. after the haschisch began to take effect. I lay thus all the following day and n., in a state of grey, blank oblivion broken only by a single wandering gleam of consciousness. Unconsciously I arose, attempted to dress, drank two cups of coffee, and then fell back into the same death-like stupor. On the m. of the 2nd d., after a sleep of 330 h., I awoke again to the world, with a system utterly prostrate and unstrung, and a brain clouded with the lingering images of my visions. I knew where I was and what had happened to me, but all that I saw still remained unreal and shadowy. There was no taste in what I ate, no refreshment in what I drank, and it required a painful effort to comprehend what was said to me and return a coherent answer. A bath and acidulated drink helped to restore me; but for several d. I had spells of mental absence, so that slowly my double life disappeared. For some time I had no courage, nor energy of days. (DAYARD TAYLOR, Lands of the Saracen, p. 133.)

23. Mr. Carter Harrison, the travelling companion of Mr. Taylor, at same time and in like doses took the haschisch. No mention of his symptoms, objective or subjective is made till about midnight, when Mr. Taylor says: “There was a scream of the wildest laughter and my countryman sprang upon the floor, exclaiming ‘Oh, ye gods! I am a locomotive! This was his ruling hallucination; and for the space of 2 or 3 h. he continued to pace to and fro with a measured stride, exhaling his breath in violent jets, and when he spoke dividing his words into syllables, each of which he brought out with a jerk, at the same time turning his hands at his sides, as if they were the cranks of imaginary wheels. Later, he cried out to me that he was dying, implored me to help him and reproached me vehemently, because I lay silent, motionless, and apparently careless of danger, “Mr Harrison recovered more rapidly that Mr. Taylor. (Ibid).

24. I took 40 min. of tinct., which caused little more effect than inclination to rub eyelids and some indisposition to exertion. Next d., took 80 min.; my spirits in an h. afterwards were much elevated; eyelids felt oedematous; imagined that some object was near to me which was not in room, so much so as to start from my seat under the delusion; pulse, usually 70 was 90; I was obliged to feel it several times in order to ascertain it. The most marked effect was that my recollection (not memory) intermitted regularly about every 2 m., so that while in conversation I was obliged to stop speaking from a momentary total loss of the subject, but the link would be perfectly restored when 2 or 3 m. had elapsed. In 4 or 5 h. this phenomenon gradually disappeared and was succeeded by a sense of languor of and great inclination to assume the lowest possible horizontal position, accompanied by sensation of being bitten in many parts of the body by some insect. There was most disagreeable feeling of distention (as if with water) in abdomen; all secretions increased, and especially from mucous membrane of bronchi. Feeling of distention lasted several d.(CROSSE, Prov, Medorrhinum and Surg. Journ., 1843, p. 171.)

25. I have often taken from 20-30 dr. of the ethereal tinct., and generally, in 1/4 h., feeling allied to early stage of intoxication came on; ideas passed with great rapidity; everything was then forgotten, and usually a hearty laugh followed, whole occupying a m. No effect would then be felt for 3 – 5 m., when same symptoms recurred. After 3 gr of extra., above feelings came on in 1/2 h.; after 1 h.; alternating states were marked by cheerfulness and depression. I felt myself getting more and more bound: I intensely tried to throw of the load, to command my thoughts, but could not. This state continued more or less for 1 hours, with no inclination to move. A sudden but slight giddiness came on; a desire to drink something cold. I took a glass of cold water, and was suddenly impelled to run round room on hands and knees, and in this way got to front door, instinctively seeking cold. This fit lasted 2 m., when I recovered perfect consciousness for about same period, and again was impelled to same actions. I was less lost in succeeding fits than in first; lucid intervals were also less distinct. I roamed 1/2 h. on hands and feet in open air, all the time conscious of what I did, but without desire to do otherwise actions being instinctive. After this, off 10 m., I recovered, re-entered house, explained cause, and went of in hysterical laughing and crying for a few m. For 1 h. after this I suffered great susceptibility of mind, was distressed beyond measure at any suggestions my friends made as to coming into the house, & c. This sensitiveness was the most striking of the phenomena. I most earnestly implored in the softest whisper that no request or suggestion should be made. Loud speaking was too great an effort. The rapid thoughts, in most confused order of succession, so instantly forgotten, were very painful.I made strongest efforts to fix attention to some train of thoughts in mind, or in conversation with another, but without avail. This state lasted I h. (“M.D.,” Medorrhinum Times and Gaz., iv, 273 (1852).)

Richard Hughes
Dr. Richard Hughes (1836-1902) was born in London, England. He received the title of M.R.C.S. (Eng.), in 1857 and L.R.C.P. (Edin.) in 1860. The title of M.D. was conferred upon him by the American College a few years later.

Hughes was a great writer and a scholar. He actively cooperated with Dr. T.F. Allen to compile his 'Encyclopedia' and rendered immeasurable aid to Dr. Dudgeon in translating Hahnemann's 'Materia Medica Pura' into English. In 1889 he was appointed an Editor of the 'British Homoeopathic Journal' and continued in that capacity until his demise. In 1876, Dr. Hughes was appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the Organization of the International Congress of Homoeopathy Physicians in Philadelphia. He also presided over the International Congress in London.