R. Trit. 3. Natrum Sulphuricum.
January 9, 1877. Still has pains in the right side, but it is less severe; the right eye very uncomfortable; dreadful heartburn; is very cold; worse in wet weather.
R. Trit. B. Iridin.
February. Is now quite well in general health, but the mist before the right eye is no better.
R. Trit. 4. Acidum Oxalicum.
April 27. Feeds tolerably well: eye no better. At times gets acute attacks of pain in the right side. Is recommended at such times to take the tincture of Chelidonium 1.
R. Tc. Euphrasia 6.
June 20. The eye is worse, it feels uneasy, and is getting more dim; the pain in the side very bad; mouth dry and parched; tongue covered with a thick orange-coloured fur.
R. Trit. B. Iridin and Phosph. 1
July 24. Eye better; many symptoms of the hydrogenoid constitution.
R. Trit 5 Natrum Sulphuricum.
October 24. The urine is very turbid; there is very much pain in the uterine sphere.
R. Tc. Solidago Virga Aurea 1x and Tc. Viburnum Opulus 1.
May 28, 1878. The eyes water a good deal. Natrum Muriaticum
30. June 15. Pil. Sanguinaria Canadensis 6, one before each meal.
About this period, but whether before taking the Sanguinaria or after. I Unfortunately cannot ascertain, AN ERUPTION CAME OUT ALL OVER THE BODY, IN PATCHES, ITCHING VERY MUCH, worse in the inside of the thighs, legs, and arms and chest. It was an erythematous eruption and lasted only a few days.
August 14. Natrum Sulphuricum 4 and Pil, Calcarea Carbonica
March 4, 1879. The pain in the right side is now observed only at rare intervals; eyes decidedly better; the lower lid of the right eye twitches a good deal.
To take Dulcamara 3. Four drops in water at bed time for two months.
After writing this prescription, and while engaged in some general conversation, I noticed that my patient’s eyes watered a little, and that she used her handkerchief to wipe them. There was no epiphora, but the eyes seemed to get brimful and that apparently caused her to desire to clear them; perhaps, the fluid interfered with vision. This lady had read, or heard about, my little monograph on Natrum Muriaticum, and was telling me of a friend to whom salt is a positive poison. I then said, “Are you fond of salt?” and learned to my astonishment that she was extremely partial to it, being in the habit of putting salt into her drinking water after sweet pudding. She also informed me that her tears were very salty.
I then remarked that salt had been known to cause cataract in some of the lower animals, and recommended only a moderate use of this condiment.
I did not see this lady again till 2nd of September, 1879, and then only casually, when she informed me that the haziness before the right eye disappeared six months or more ago. Now she sees quite clearly with it, the only difference between the two eyes being that on closing the left eye and looking with the right one, and then reversing the process, she notices that she can see more distinctly with the left one, but she remarked that that had always been the case. The eyes do not water, and there seems no reason to continue the treatment, as patient complains of nothing and looks exceedingly well. There was no time to make an ophthalmoscopic examination of the eyes as she was hurrying to catch a train, but she has promised to call at her convenience to enable me to do so. If she calls before this goes to press, I will add the result. But as the haziness was no doubt caused by – the cataract, and as the haziness is gone, it is pretty sure that the cataract has likewise disappeared. with the naked eye, one can detect nothing abnormal.
It will be noted that the treatment began in October, 1876, and I may add that it was continued under the most unfavourable circumstances; nursing sick relations and severe pecuniary losses from an earthquake in South America, circumstances tending to lower the vitality, and therefore not conductive to therapeutic success.