This brings me to the point that I want to stress. In an early day we had a great deal more cholera infantum than we have today and with an experience extended over many, many years I have lost but one case of this so-called disease. I was so wrought up over my failure that it took me six months after the child was dead and buried before I saw my mistake.
Some of the rules established in Government Schools as to the weight and measure of the child are arbitrary, and are causes of much anxiety and disappointment in parents. You cannot expect a peach tree, no matter how thrifty and healthy, to reach the height, size, and strength of the might oak, nor can you, by any process of nature, make a Shetland pony equal size, weight, and strength of well-natured Norman horse.
Since it is a medicinal case and should not be allowed to migrate into a surgical one, what shall be done? Shall we argue that, because of her advanced age and that she has passed the milestone of earthly travels, we should resort to palliatives and turn the case over to some good neighbour lady? No! We dont do business that way.
Pneumonia affecting the lower lobe of the right lung, a lobar pneumonia. Sensation as if he could not get air enough into the chest; feeling of exhaustion and weakness in the chest, where constriction impedes respiration, with dry, tickling cough; hepatization of lower lobes; nosebleed. Emphysema following pneumonia; cannot lie down at night, fears to suffocate; loose cough at night and day but no expectoration; cold feeling in chest.
Only indicated in plethoric patients at the very onset of the disease; fauces, especially right side, highly inflamed, bright red and shining; dryness of throat, submaxillary glands swollen and tender to touch; stitches in throat and fauces with painful deglutition, particularly of fluids, every attempt to swallow causes tears to flow, aggravated by turning head or lying down; high asthenic fever, skin hot, urine scanty, blood-red, cerebral symptoms predominate.
The asthma and cardiac symptoms are stronger under Lobelia. there is more precordial pain in Lobelia,and the sense of constriction at epigastrium, chest, heart and oesophagus, is stronger than in Tabacum. The power of profound relaxation, alternating with constrictions at epigastrium, chest, of profound relaxation, alternating with constrictions and convulsive tendencies is common to both.
This brings me to the point that I want to stress. In an early day we had a great deal more cholera infantum then we have today and with an experience extended over many, many years I have lost but one case of this so-called disease. I was so wrought up over my failure that it took me six months after the child was dead and buried before I saw my mistake. Mistakes are easily made and, as in this case, often result in death.
Many of them are but old gags in new clothing. The original assaults against homoeopathy were extremely bitter; but these gave increased energy to its advocates to fight harder for the principle. Really, the more it was assailed by its enemies, the more it denounced barbarous and unscientific practices of the age, in which it was universally victorious.
The physical ills of the child, particularly the disease tendency, is inherited from both parents, and this tendency may reach to the third or fourth generation. In moderate sized families some children tend to certain forms of illness, while others seem immune from these tendencies. The reason for this is unknown, though many conjectures are given.
A change had been made. The ever-troublesome new symptoms have arisen, and because of the stinging pain, the persistent dropsy of the lower limbs, I now gave apis the 30th in water every six hours. From this time on until August following, I kept her on apis mellifica in ascending potencies, with marked general improvement, though the growths on the legs and the accompanying pains persisted.
In proving drug substances on the healthy it was most carefully observed that remedies had peculiar affinities for certain individuals or rather, that a certain type of individual was more sensitive to the influence of certain substances than others,and that these substances would case a certain uniformity of sensations, one type of individual being more definitely afflicted than others.
The faintest sign should be to him full of meaning. He should seek to interpret a right the first flush of fever, and be on the alert to catch the earliest intelligence of pain. For whether he discriminates nicely or not, the suffering body, with all its countless voices, will certainly speak with discrimination, and will have a new tone and another gesture for every change in its condition, an exact expression for every want.