Frankly Developed Pneumonia

symptoms of Frank Developed Pneumonia and their corresponding homeopathic medicines have bee discussed by D.M Borland in his book Borland’s pneumonia….


In the Bryonia pneumonias there is usually a history of a fairly gradual onset. The kind of story you get is that the patient had been out of sorts for a day or two, complaining of indefinite feelings of malaise, and then that one morning he woke feeling thoroughly ill, very often with an attack of sneezing and a feeling of blocking in the head. During the morning he felt shivery, he may have had an actual rigor, and by the afternoon he had a good going temperature. The probability is that these people have been running a slight temperature for the previous twelve to twenty-four hours, though they have not consulted you for it; they have certainly been off colour.

When you see a Bryonia pneumonia the impression you get is of definitely congested heavy-looking, sleepy patient.

The face is somewhat dusky in colour. The patient feels hot, and usually has a hot, damp sweat. It is not a profuse perspiration but the skin is hot and damp. Twelve to twenty-four hours later you very often get a dusky appearance of the extremities. About the same time you find the lips are beginning to turn dusky in colour, and they have very soon tend to become dry and to crack. They have a somewhat swollen appearance.

The patient very often complains of a rather intense frontal headache which settles down over the eyes. Often it is much more a feeling of weight than of actual pain, but it becomes painful on any movement or exertion, such as talking or sitting up. Another thing you can link on to this aggravation of the headache from sitting up is that these Bryonia patients very often feel generally extremely ill on sitting up, they become giddy and somewhat faint.

In these Bryonia pneumonias you always find a heavy, thick, white coating on a dry tongue; the mouth feels dry, and the patient is very thirsty. Very often there is a bitter taste in the mouth, and the main desire is for large quantities of cold water. In this connection there is one point that is worth remembering about the nursing of these patients, and that is that if you let them drink as much cold water as they want it is bad for them and very often makes them feel sick. So when dealing with a Bryonia patient it is wise to regulate the quantity of water they take, especially at any one time, and not to allow them to have all they would like.

The next thing to consider is the mental reaction of Bryonia patients. Bryonia patients, as I said before, look heavy and dull, and they very definitely dislike being disturbed at all. They resent having to do anything, for instance, having to move, or having to turn over to be examined. They dislike having to talk, and talking upsets them and makes them worse. They are very short tempered and they are difficult to satisfy. They often ask for something and refuse it when it is brought to them, they are thoroughly cross-gained. They easily become annoyed, and if they are annoyed it always aggravates their physical condition.

I have often seen a Bryonia pneumonia who was doing quite well until he had visitors in who annoyed him and promptly he had a rise of a degree or a degree and a half of temperature in a couple of hours, with increase of physical distress, increase of cough, and very often marked increase of pain. So, again from the nursing point of view, you are very wise to prohibit visitors to your Bryonia patients. This is sometimes a little difficult to do, because the Bryonia patients rather tend to harp on their business affairs, they think about them, they talk about them, they often worry about them, and very often they ask to be allowed to see somebody from the office. If you do allow it, they are most likely to be annoyed at what the people in the office are doing, and this annoyance is very bad for them. So, from the practical point of view, never allow any possibility of such a thing happening in the case of a Bryonia patient.

Douglas Borland
Douglas Borland M.D. was a leading British homeopath in the early 1900s. In 1908, he studied with Kent in Chicago, and was known to be one of those from England who brought Kentian homeopathy back to his motherland.
He wrote a number of books: Children's Types, Digestive Drugs, Pneumonias
Douglas Borland died November 29, 1960.