ON A CASE OF UNILATERAL ARREST OF DEVELOPMENT-LOPSIDEDNESS ONE BREASTEDNESS : Illustrating Post-natural Growth.
On the 16th May 1883, a young lady, 16 years of age, was brought to me by her father, a clergyman, then residing in Kent. He did so because I had been mentioning to him some interesting curative work I had done in the medicinal treatment of backwardness.
The most salient point in the case was the fact that while the right half of her trunk was very nicely developed and the right breast normal and perfect in form, the left breast was only rudimentary, like a boy’s, the left arm not much more than half its proper size. The roof of her mouth was very much arched, the left side of her face drawn to one side, so that her mouth was awry. Her speech very imperfect indeed, she being unable to articulate, and her sense of hearing bad, being clearly in a similar state of arrested development. She began to menstruate at 15, and is regular; suffers from frontal headaches, her tongue deeply cracked (chopped, fissured). On going over this case very carefully, nothing seemed to offer any therapeutic cue: her parents are well and normal, so are her brothers and sisters, and, more over, all well and well-bred. Vaccinated? Yes; she was vaccinated at three months of age, but it did not take well, and hence she was done again. At this point I must refer to my little book entitled “Vaccinosis and its Cure by Thuja,” which I beg my readers to peruse, and then return to this narration.
Rx Thuja 30.
June 13.-On the whole very much better; can certainly articulate better, and the head is not so much out of the perpendicular. Rx Rep.
July 11.-The pain in the left side is better; she has thread-worms; frontal headache gone seems very weak.
Rx Ceanothus Am. 1x 3ss., five drops in water night and morning.
Ceanothus is a left-sided medicine, i.e., it acts electively more on the left side of the body, and specifically on the spleen.
August 22.-Pain in the side (a dull sensation really) is gone; she is said to pass shreds from the bowels. All agree that she articulates distinctly better.
September 7.-Thuja occid. C.
October 17.-Although her side continues comfortable, she seems to have been ailing more generally in herself, AND HAS HAD SOME BOIL Speaks and articulates decidedly better. The lopsidedness is much less apparent, the left side having grown. Hears very much better.
Rx Psoricum 30.
November 23.-Left side feels comfortable; further great improvement in her articulation; less lopsidedness; breathing very rough; tonsils are of enormous size; small polypus in the left nostril.
Rx Euonymin 3x.
January 9, 1884.-Has run down; a crack in left angle of mouth; piles, and has passed thread-worms in great numbers.
Rx Tc. Sanguinaria 1x, and a Teucrium snuff.
February 8.-Lopsidedness still noticeable; many seat-worms.
Rx Vaccinin 30.
March 7.-Much backache; the medicine seems to have completely upset her; hands and feet very cold.
Rx Ceanothus 1 and Hepar 3x.
April 16.-Side better; hands and feet no warmer. HAS HAD SEVERAL LITTLE BOILS. Still some frontal headache; sick in the “back”; breathing is better; hearing a little better.
Rs Psoricum 30 and Thuja 30.
May 16.-On the whole better; complains again much of frontal headache; is not so straight as she was; in the night complains of a lump in the side, and the side is said to swell in the posterior aspect of the spleen region. Talks and hears better.
Rx Lueticum CC.
July 11.-Better than ever before; the nocturnal swelling gone; tonsils still very large; is again very deaf; her breathing is quite changed, and is now almost normal; she talks away, and evinces an interest in everything; the polypus is smaller.
October 17.-Complains of pain in the left breast, and on examining I find shingles just developing in the left side, involving the left mamma.
Rx Variolin C.
29.-Cured the pain in the left mamma and blighted the shingles straightway, and she has been wonderfully well altogether.
November 28, 1884.-Is like one of the rest for all practical purposes: her left breast has grown, is well formed, and fit for its natural function.
TEN YEARS LATER.
The cure holds good. I had not seen the patient during the past ten years until a few days since. It cannot be maintained that patient is absolutely normal, because there is some hesitancy and splutter in her speech, and she holds her head a little on one side, but that is all. Very close inspection shows that the left breast is a very little smaller than the right one, but so very slight that no one would notice it unless attention were specially called to the matter, and the less so as the two breast are very rarely of exactly the same size in anybody.
I call the attention of my readers to the breaking out of boils, and to the shingles, both of which phenomena I regard as constitutional strivings, due to the actions of the remedies administered.
Let us remember that cow-pox is a vesiculo-pustular disease. The arrest of development in this case was due, I believe, to vaccinosic blight, latent, pent-up vaccinosis.
When I speak of constitutional strivings, I mean that cutaneous eruptions are very commonly curative in their tendency.
PARALYSIS OF LOWER EXTREMITIES.
On August 15, 1881, a little bundle of yelling humanity was brought to me on a pillow, and I was told that her father was very ill of locomotor ataxy (whereof he sometime thereafter died), and that she was paralysed of her lower extremities, she being then nine months old. Her gums were livid and were greatly swelled. There was a history of a fall three months before. The child was said to have fallen on the lower part of her spine, where one sees a considerable swelling, bulging in appearance and very red. The special feature of the case lay in the fact that whenever the lower limbs were moved, even in the slightest degree, the poor wee mite yelled terribly. I ordered Thuja 3x and Arsenicum 3 internally, gave the third trituration of Heclae lava with its food, and applied very weak Arnica to the swelling.
September 16.-Cries and yells as much as ever; takes her food well; ankles are puffy and swelled; gums purple, fleshy, and swelled; the dorsal swelling is clearly bone; perspires much in her head; very restless at night.
Rx Calcarea carbonica 30 and Mercurius 30 internally in alternation, and Liquor Calcis P.B. to be applied locally.
September 29.-Continues to cry very much; the gums where the new teeth should be are bluish, and look like bags; the sternal ends of the clavicles are very much swelled, as big as large walnuts,-in fact, all her epiphyses are more or less swelled.
Rx Thuja 30 and Calcarea sul. 3.
October 10.-Mending decidedly Rx Rep., and to be taught to eat one ripe pear every day, and to be taken to the seaside, and this because I regarded the case partly as one of land scurvy.
October 26.-Very great amelioration. No longer cries when moved; she stretches herself comfortably; the swelling at the bottom of her back is diminishing, and also that of the epiphyses; the deep purple aspect of the gums has gone.
November 26.-The back is nearly well, so are the clavicles, and she has grown five teeth.
Rx Pulsatilla 1, and go on also with the Calcarea sulph.
December 30.-The child is well, ruddy and healthy, but its legs are still very weak. Has now seven teeth. She had during the next four months Silicca 30, Nux 6, Psorin. 30, and Lathyrus sativus 3, which last was prescribed on May 8, 1882. I saw her no more for ten years.
TEN YEARS LATER.
On October 24, 1892.-On this day a nicely-grown, normal girl, seemingly about twelve years of age, was brought to me by her mother to be treated for stuttering. It was my former paralysed baby patient!
I ought to mention that, on my advice, this child spent the ten years during which I did not see her at a very healthy seaside resort. She is now at school in London, and bears the climate quite well.
PUNY GROWTH; MESENTERIC DISEASE -HYDROCEPHALISM.
A puny little boy of 9 years of age was brought to me on February 24, 1891, by his parents, who were in a very anxious frame of mind on account of their little son, inasmuch as his next brother had just died of tuberculosis of the brain coverings.
Patient was puny, old-mannish, pot-bellied, sick, sicky; bad headaches, worse of the frontal region; head swelled, face too small-looking, teeth dirty; glands everywhere feel alike nuts; he feels most sick on awakening, better as the day wears on; sleeps badly, dreams of falling.
Rx Bacill. C.
March 24.-Has not been actually sick since, but still feels sicky; appetite better, yet still variable; sleeps much better, but he starts. He had then in succession Calcarea phos. 3x, Trifolium pratense 0, Bacill. 1000, Chelid. 1, Pulsatilla 1, etc., till the end of the first year of treatment, when, after Levico and Calcarea hypophos., he is noted in my case-book as doing well.
During the year 1892 the treatment was steadily continued on the same lines, with very slow, gradual, and yet steady improvement.
Likewise during the year 1893, in the autumn of which he had a gastric attack when he was a month under Baptisia, and after that he was very weakly in his abdomen; notably were the testicles noticed to be very small, and the boy had no go; a month under Aurum metallicum in the third centesimal trituration gave his whole economy a wonderful start.
And now, nearly at the end of 1894, he is almost a normal boy, wildly roughing it with others in a school preparatory for Eton or Harrow.
That this boy’s life was saved by the treatment is, humanly speaking, certain, and that his physical and mental state has been very notably ameliorated is willingly conceded by all his relatives, one of whom is the headmaster of one of our public schools, who, in consequence of the course of this case, has placed his own very delicate children under my treatment.
In this case three remedies acted with very striking power- viz., Bacill., Aurum, and Fragaria vesca 0. The last-named greatly improved his mesenteric glands and his digestion.
Midsummer 1895.-Is now a fine lad, and quite well.
I will add that Levico, in 5 to 10 drop doses, in a valuable intercurrent help in grave cases where there is much debility, notably after the searching remedies such as Bacillinum.
CASE OF CONSTITUTIONAL BLIGHT DUE TO VACCINATION; ECZEMA AND ASTHMA.
A boy of 9 was brought to me in the month of June 1892 to be treated for asthma and eczema, both of a severe type. His cough and dyspnoea were dreadful, and his eczema very distressing. “He ails every week, and has to be kept in and nursed.” His teeth were rudimentary imbedded in tartar; his tonsils much enlarged; and noticing that his cervical glands on the left side were so much worse than on the right, the left side being where he had vaccination marks, I enquired how said vaccination had run its course.
“Oh, it did not seem to take, and the skin came out all over with eczema, and he has never got rid of it”
The boy is bent forward, and generally ill-grown.
Rx Thuja occid. 30.
July 8.-Much better; cough much better; skin very rough; very moist eczema of left ring-finger. Many pips; glands of both sides of the neck now equally indurated and enlarged.
Rx Bacill. CC.
August 8.-“Oh, his teeth look so much better, much of the tartar has fallen off them; *In regard to the accumulation of tartar on the teeth, already in my own first proving of Bacillin, I thereafter noticed the falling-off of two or three cakes of tartar from my lower incisors (never before or since); and in many of my published cases this curious influence of Bacillin. has been noticed.* tonsils swelled”
Rx Acid. nit. 30.
Sept. 5.-Glands nearly well; eczema about the same; pretty bad of both ring-fingers.
And thus the treatment went on till the fall of 1893, when patient ceased attending. He had up to that date several nosodes, Thuja 30, and for months a course of Bacillin.
(C., CC., and 1000).
January 1895.-His half-sister informs me that the boy is quite well, and thriving beautifully.
BLIGHTED BY SUPPRESSED RINGWORM.
Young organisms are stunted by many acute diseases: this no one denies; “he has never got over the effects of the measles.” It is an often-told and ever-believed story- That vaccination very frequently blights the young organisms. I have often shown, and do now solemnly re-affirm, that the suppression of common ringworm frequently also blights the organisms of the sufferers: by suppressed I mean the ordinary external wash-and-scour method of ridding the outside of the body of the outside manifestations of the malady, the inward disease-essence remaining choked-up within.
A stunted little maid of 12 1/2 years was brought to me on June 27, 1892, because she was undersized and deaf. The glands under the right ear are indurated and enlarged; her tongue pippy; she is dusky in the neck. Patient had ringworm for two years, and when that was cured (?), she went deaf. She has been twice vaccinated.
Rx Bacill. 30.
July 25.-She has begun to grow! Rx Rep.
August 26.-Her teeth are clearing.
September 26.-Is growing; hearing much better; teeth getting cleaner and of a better colour.
And thus the treatment was continued till the summer of 1893, at which date I find in my case-records the following note:-“Has grown enormously; her glands are better; still deaf;” since when I have not seen her, but quite lately I heard from her mother that patient is in good health and away at school at the seaside, but she is still hard of hearing.
PUNY GROWTH, NOCTURNAL FRIGHT, AND DEAFNESS.
On February 21, 1887, Edwin was brought to me for his puny growth, deafness, and habitual alarming fright at night. In aspect Edwin was thin, very bony, flat-chested, and his skin “nothing but veins,” so to speak. In both groins and in both sides of his neck very numerous hypertrophied glands were discernible; and, as if to be quite certain of physical destruction, he was the slave of a certain secret habit. He was brought to me about every month for three years, and was then discharged cured, and he has since taken, and still maintains, a very high position in his chosen profession. He had from me during the first year-Lueticum CC., Thuja 30, and then Aurum muriaticum natronatum 3x, Pyrogenium 6, Psorin. 30, and Bacillinum 30; and by this time he had improved in every way,-his nights were good, the frights disappeared, he began to be less veiny and to grow; and his deafness had disappeared. He had fought manfully against his evil habit with partial success.
In the second year he had several months of Bacill. C., Sabina 30, Platina 30, Fragaria vesca 0, and at the end of it his physique and morale were much improved, and I find in his case- record at this date the significant word, clean. Some of the same remedies were repeated during the third year, until he was discharged, as above stated, cured. Pyrogenium 6, three drops in water night and morning, continued until a two-drachm bottle was taken, appeared to cause his nose to bleed. Edwin continues to thrive to date, but is still shy and taciturn, but so is his mother. As to the habit of self-abuse, which was a great obstacle in this case, I shall refer to that later on, under a separate headline. Here I would just remark that, according to my experience, the thing is most commonly physical disease,-evil rather than vice or sinfulness. In fact, it is an aberration purely in the animal sphere rather than sin on the spiritual plane.
GLUMNESS; A TACITURN BOY.
There is a certain type of child -more frequently boys than girls -who hang their heads and who will not willingly answer questions put to them, and who will not talk if they can help it. The boy in question was brought to me on May 21, 1892, and although reputedly in good health, he hung his head habitually and refused to talk. In asylums this kind of individual is a familiar sight. Such people will sit for hours together bent forward and looking steadfastly at nothing, and when spoken to they vouchsafe no reply,-they are just mum; though if irritated will fly at you. Although fifteen years of age he still had a lady to accompany him everywhere, and to whom he was greatly attached. He gave no answers to my various questions, only assenting very decidedly to the lady’s statement that he suffered greatly from headaches. At his school he was considered a dullard, and no one ever heard of his even wishing to distinguish himself or get a prize. The headaches were over his eyes; his tongue was white, with many red pips imbedded in the thick coating. He had been twice vaccinated, he tanned unduly in the sun, and his superficial inguinal glands were hypertrophied; testicles small.
Rx Tc. Fragaria vesca 1, ten drops in water night and morning. This was given on account of the state of the tongue, and with such a tongue the Fragaria is a very notable stomachic, the headache being evidently from the state of the abdominal glands. Under its influence the boy visibly improved in every way: his headaches became much less severe, and he looked brighter; moreover, he held himself better, and would answer questions sometimes.
This was followed by Thuja occid. 30, and after this he had no more headaches at all.
After that he had Bacill. CC., Pulsatilla 1, and finally, on account of his poor testicular development, he was a month under Aurum metallicum, third trituration, which effectively righted that wrong, and he forthwith took a proper position in his school, and at the next prize distribution he greatly astonished those who had known him by carrying off several prizes. He afterwards called to say good-bye to me, and gleefully told me of his triumphs. He had ceased to be mum or peculiar.
A year later his father accosted me at London Bridge Railway Station, and expressed his great satisfaction at Tom’s capital condition.
SPINAL CURVATURE; STUNTED GROWTH. In the spring of 1894 a boy of ten years and a half of age, of fairly good weight, viz., 4st. 8lb., but in height only 4 feet 3 inches, was brought to me by his mother (herself for many years a sufferer from spinal disease), on account of slight spinal curvature and stunted growth, or, perhaps, I should rather say backward growth. He had the too-wide and too-stodgy aspect of such a condition. An examination revealed indurated and hypertrophied glands in both sides of the neck and in both groins, and very small testes indeed. This boy had a somewhat pleasing but peculiar aspect and manner that I have occasionally seen in boys whose testicular development is backward. I first noticed it in such a boy in a Continental hospital many years ago, and have never forgotten it: once seen always remembered, but very difficult to describe. I would say that there is an unusual openness and frankness in their gaze and approach, too much empressement, a full-of-confidence, jump-down-your-throat, meaningless, laughing unconsciousness that is very striking, and not entirely pleasant.
This boy had from me, in a six months’ course of treatment, Tuberculinum test.C; Bacill, 30; Thuja 30; and Aurum metallicum, third trituration; and during that time he had taken to growing, and the following letter from his mother tells the rest:-
“DEAR DR BURNETT,-My little boy’s school opens on Sept.25. I suppose he is now well enough to return to his work? He continues to grow and look well, and the difference in the appearance of his back is perfectly magical to me, to whom this weakness has always been a trouble. You certainly have given him exactly the help needed, and I am truly grateful. The other two boys are both benefiting, the younger more especially. The neck gland is not visible to me now. I say to me, because I seem to notice these things more than the others, and realize their importance.- Believe me, with many thanks”
And, again, in June 25, 1895, the mother writes me :- “I was at Eastbourne for a school festivity, and saw L., who looks splendid, so much so, that I think you need scarcely see him before his holidays; but he has no more powders, and I wondered if you would kindly send him another box to go on with. I do not want him to stand still, but to an ordinary eye he is in perfect health.
“I shall see G. at Harrow on the 3rd July.
“I remain, with many grateful thanks”
PUNY GROWTH; SPINAL CURVATURE; ACNE.
A young lady, 22 years of age, was brought by her mother to me on May 6, 1890, for her spine, and what might be termed general puniness, and for which there seemed no assignable reason. In her face we saw a large spider naevus, *Spider naevi generally disappear under Thuja 30, long used and infrequently repeated.* and the skin of her shoulders was the seat of a fair crop of acne pustules. Her spine was curved, but it was that kind which ought, I think, to be called lopsidedness, and which is in reality an undue preponderance of the right half of the body over the left; and the spinal curvature is due to the pulling over of the muscles of the stronger side. It is not really a spine affection at all: the great bulk of the “spines” of young ladies are of this nature. Patient stoops a good deal, and squints a very little. This case is the type of very many, and they arise from malnutrition of the (commonly) left half of the body. In observing the mode of growth of children, I have often remarked that their strong parts, so to speak, grab the nourishment first, and thus, if too little is absorbed and assimilated, the weaker parts go short. I will narrate a case that bears this out by-and-by.