The diagnosis can be made easily in the male, owing to the painful and distinctly marked symptoms, but in the female we do not have such extremely painful and distinctly local symptoms. Occasionally urinary symptoms of quite a severe character are present, which call our attention to the presence of the disease in the acute state. In the more chronic or later stages of the disease, the leucorrhoeal discharges and the pruritus are quite diagnostic, especially if the pruritus is induced by the acidity of the discharge. Some women are so accustomed to vaginal discharged of some kind that they seldom seek medical help in good time, therefore the disease is apt to be chronic before they begin treatment. Often, however, the severity of the pruritus, or perhaps a severe vulvitis will drive them early to the physician, thus we seldom get an acute stage of gonorrhoea in women to treat and especially in married women.
Often when these patients come to their physician for relief, they have previously fallen into the hands of men who do not understand the treatment of this disease, or the importance of avoiding suppressive measures in its treatment, and so great damage is done by suppression of leucorrhoeal discharges, by strong medicated lotions. Secondary processes are brought on in some of the pelvic organs (secondary inflammations) and the patient’s sufferings are increased from day to day, often with alarming symptoms. It would have been better had she not applied for assistance from her physician in the first place, but had suffered with the disease in its original state, or in the sub- acute condition.
Gonorrhoea in women is, of course, rendered more grave by the direct communication with the pelvic organs; the disease being fanned into renewed activity at each nisus. It is also greatly magnified if she become pregnant, as abortion is so liable to take place at any intermediate period, and is followed by a general infection and general pelvic invasion of the disease. Where the disease is contracted in a chronic or latent form, the women cannot fix any date; often she may never be aware of the cause of her illness. Many times we see women who have suffered untold misery from the disease, contracted from their husbands. In a latent state, and finally died within a few years with a complication of diseases. It is certainly the duty of every man who has had gonorrhoea to abstain from marriage until he has had permission from a physician who understand all these phases of the disease, and can give him intelligent advice.
Not infrequently, when we are called to see a woman suffering from gonorrhoea, the young life is already wrecked; the fires are not just lighted, but are a smoldering heap. We see the furred tongue, the foul breath, the fever, the misery, the suffering, and the pain; we see surgical cases, the removal of organs, death processes with their organic changes in the pelvis, bad mental states, and all the untold story of its chamber of horrors.
The favorite sites of gonorrhoea in women are the urethra, vagina, Bartholin’s glands, the uterus, Fallopian tubes, ovaries, and peritoneal cavity. It causes sterility, even to a greater degree than Syphilis. Not infrequently sterility follows after the first birth, but if a mild or latent form of the disease be present it may not follow until the birth of the second child. In twenty-four per cent. of the French marriages no children are born, and in twenty percent. only one child was born, and for this condition Syphilis is given as the cause. If these statistics are true, and we have no reason to doubt them, then is it astounding? This together with the sterility due to Sycosis, and annual abortion, has put the birth rate of France down until it is lower perhaps than any other country in the world. The cause of complete sterility lies more frequently, I think, with husbands, who have had repeated attacks of gonorrhoea previous to marriage, than with the wives. “Stricture”, says Scott, “is chronic gonorrhoea, and it is not to be treated as single symptoms, as implied in the word stricture; it is not to be dilated with bougies, cut open with instruments or treated with medicated lotions.” No! it is to be treated as chronic gonorrhoea; knowing that to remove by mechanical or chemical methods this offending lesion, is to suppress the disease which is sure to appear in some form, usually a tertiary one. Such treatment causes us to become the fathers of disease and the perpetrators of crime. Sir Henry Thompson has given us a few statistics, showing the development of strictures in different patients out of 164 cases. The development was as follows: “Ten cases of stricture acquired during the acute state, seventy during the first year, forty-one from three to four years, twenty-two from seven to eight, and twenty from twenty to twenty- five years.” So you see stricture comes not alike to all; the time required for the disease, gonorrhoea to form a bond with Psora, varies and is modified, of course, by the character of the treatment, the constitutional dyscrasia and the natural resistance of the life force in each case. It is when the patient is on the downward track, that complications develop, and the life force begins to suffer from the effects of suppression, and new processes begin to show themselves. We notice by a close study of gonorrhoea that a systemic involvement takes place during the pause period that elapses after infection, know as the period of incubation (seen also in Syphilis). Still farther, remember that gonorrhoea is not a self-limiting disease as taught in our works on pathology. True, the acute phenomena are self- limiting, but the systemic or constitutional involvement never leaves the organism unless removed by the law of similia. No other treatment will remove it; this I say without hesitation or reserve. James Foster Scott in his work, “Sexual Instinct,” says on page 336, “Chronic Gonorrhoea is often spoken of as synonymous with gleet, but the former term is more correct.” This is true, gleet is but a symptom, yet a very positive and sure one, of the disease after it has relapsed into a chronic state. Relapses occur when we change the remedy too soon, or fail to select the proper one. Seldom have I attributed relapses to any other source.
Every author will tell you that the gonococci lie dormant or in other words remain latent in the organism for years. But this is only a term, and done to uphold the germ theory of disease; we understand the disease to be latent, and, that the gonococci are but the result of the degenerate or death process of all disease. There are thousands today of both sexes who are suffering with some latent form or expression of gonorrhoea that physicians do not recognize. They do not see the connecting link due, to either and imperfectly cured or suppressed case of gonorrhoea. Ricord’s admission concerning the obstinacy of gleet is decidedly pat. In his writings he speaks of having a dream (which will illustrate very clearly the allopathic physicians’ conception of this disease, and their inability to cure it) of being dead and of having been sent to Purgatory. When asked what sort of a place it was he replied: “Pleasant enough, except for the fact that the whole troop of male specters about him pointed each the ghastly finger of scorn and exclaimed: ‘Ricord! You could not cure the gleet.’ ” (G. Frank Lydsten, M.D, Gonorrhoea and Its Treatment Page 79).
Those who succeed in suppressing chronic gleet, can never truthfully say that they have made a cure; they have simply driven the disease in upon the organism, to manifest itself sooner or later in some other form, or to be brought to light in their wives or children. We must not look upon gleet as a local lesion or local inflammation, but as a smoldering amber of latent internal fire. Sir Henry Thompson puts before us, a few statistics of the time of development of gleet. Out of 164, cases the record was as follows: In 10 cases, the disease developed during the acute stage of gonorrhoea; 71 during the first year; 41 within three years; 22 within eight years, and 20 did not develop until between the twentieth and twenty-fifth year. Do you recognize the value of these statistics? Does it not show you the chronicity of the disease, as well as the evolution of the processes in each individual? It shows besides that it is not a self-limiting disease as is supposed by most authors. This writer says further, and here he agrees with the teachings of Hahnemann, “That the tissues of man in the prime of life, resist disease, and the repair and waste processes keep an approximately parallel course but when he begins to go down hill, and turn his face towards the evening of life, then the balance between repair and waste is discovered in favor of the latter. ” Nothing will start these retrograde processes or degenerative actions in the organism like a suppressed disease in its acute or malignant aspect. Too much cannot be said on this subject or suppression, when we see the degeneration and destruction of the race follow in the wake of the prevalent suppressive treatments. We must bring this subject to a close, however as we cannot afford the space in this work to give clearer light upon it.
To sum up symptoms of gonorrhoea briefly; there is a period of incubation of from three to five days’ duration, in which but few if any symptoms of the disease can be recognized. This is followed by a prodromal period of about three days’ duration, in which the first evidence of the disease makes its appearance. It reaches its acme during the second or third week; the acute stage begins to modify at the close of the second or beginning of the third week; at the end of the third week, with careful homeopathic treatment, the symptoms in a mild case, will begin to disappear, and at the end of the fifth week even a severe case of gonorrhoea should show marked signs of improvement; a perfect and complete cure should be made in from six to eight weeks.
But when cases come to us that have received no constitutional treatment, nothing but local measures, we may consider ourselves fortunate to cure them in from three to five months. In chronic neglected, or badly treated cases, it may take a year or even years to make a complete and perfect cure; this is especially true in chronic cases involving the pelvic organs of women. As recovery begins, the discharge becomes less profuse, less greenish or pus-like, more thin and watery, and eventually a greyish mucus appears which stains the linen yellow and glues the meatus together as it did in the beginning of the attack. If, however, the acute or secondary stage is allowed to drag along form eight to ten weeks, the probability is that the case will be slow and difficult to cure.
Relapses will occur when the patient is allowed to indulge in excesses of eating, or from the partaking of stimulants, even from overwork or from taking cold. I do not agree with some authors, who say that the disease is self-limiting, for we know if it is the sycotic form of gonorrhoea of which Hahnemann speaks, that the organism is unable to throw off the disease. It is a chronic miasms, and chronic miasm is only cured by and through the law of similia. This error has arisen from a number of causes, first that in many cases it can be suppressed by astringent injections, and secondly it is time slowly dwindles or disappears into a chronic gleet, scarcely noticed by some patients and which is considered by many physicians as being only a point of local irritation in the canal, and having little, if any relation to the original disease, which they think can be cured by mechanical measures. But knowing that Hahnemann has said that no manner of treatment can cure a single case of these chronic miasms, except through the law of cure, we can readily see that all so-named cures are either suppressions or the disease modified by suppressive measures until it manifests itself in a mild and latent state.
This, however, we do know, that following allopathic or unhomoeopathic treatment of gonorrhoea, there follows a host of chronic diseases such as gout, gouty rheumatism, muscular or arthritic rheumatism, of a sub-acute or chronic nature. These gouty states of the system or any form of the rheumatic element, are apt to develop into heart lesions, such as endo or pericarditis with a fatal ending. This is the history of unhomoeopathic treatment of gonorrhoea today, and it has been its history for a thousand years, and will continue to be throughout the years to come unless the thick scales fall from the eyes of these creators of disease. Words can not tell the endless disease processes that develop through the suppressive measures, and the thoughts of man cannot paint in words, the manifold sufferings of humanity that follows the development of these gouty and rheumatic processes alone, to say nothing of those involving the different organs, such as the stomach, liver, intestines, kidneys, bladder, brain, nose, throat and lungs. Of the moral degeneration, the insanity, and the train of mental and moral perversions that we see arising on the earth, and multiplying as a great oriental plague, we can only refer to them in a work like this. But it must in time bring disastrous results to the human race.
Dr. P.P. Wells, speaking of suppressed diseases at a meeting held at Brooklyn, in 1887, said: “One of the objects of getting upon my feet, first, to speak of the discussion of this paper, is to impress upon this company and all my associates, that a suppressed gonorrhoea is a suppressed inferno; and to me the characteristics which our old school associates annually recommend, are simply the result and not the disease at all; not any more than what you gather in a handkerchief in influenza, is influenza. You have simply shut up the exit of the ventilation ‘of the organism of disease, there to work the work of destruction. We must be successful navigators; we must know where the rocks are steer our vessel clear of them, and land our patient upon the shore of health, and not upon the hidden rocks where the breakers grind and crash.” I here add to the above testimony, a few reported cases due to suppression.
Case 1. A young man given to much dissipation, was found suffering with intestinal colic; it had been temporarily relieved with brandy, ginger and a hot water bag. Nux relieved the pain in thirty minutes, but the attacks were renewed many times, yet always relieved by Nux vomica Im. the history of the case was, that he had contracted gonorrhoea, which was suppressed in a few days; the treatment of which he greatly praised. Medorrhinum was given in the 1m potency, and the gonorrhoea returned within a few days, with greater severity than in the first place, but no further history of colic, although two years elapsed.-J.S.Hayne, M.D. 1905
Case 2. Mr.E.E.P. was lying very low with neuralgia of the bowels (so called by the regular school). At the end of three weeks of suffering, I was called and finding Pulsatilla to be his remedy, gave it to him in the 200th potency. Three days later the bowel symptoms had disappeared, but a copious gonorrhoeal discharge had been established, which had been suppressed with medical injections.-Dr. E.P. Gregory.