“Now as to the place where the operation was, it seems to bubble up, relief coming from pressure, and if it do not work like this, I am worse. Then under my ribs the left side is like a bird fluttering.”
“On 12th September he came up from Boscombe to see me, having taken two bottles of medicine. His testimony then was that he was better in every possible way, and that whereas, before taking the medicine, he could not do the lightest yard work for three hours together, he could now keep at work all day. The vein on the right temple had not shown up since he began the Ceanothus, and the urine, which before had been thick and scanty, was now clear and free. The bowels were acting naturally, though sleep was poor. On examining the side I found a dull hard mass posteriorly and immediately below diaphragm, and a hard 2 in. by 2 in. in front, just above the extensive scar of the operation and below the diaphragm.
“The inference from local examination would be either that the entire spleen had not been removed, or that new growth had taken place since the operation. Anyway, the distinct and pronounced relief given by the Ceanothus could not be questioned.
“I may mention there was no history of anguish seizures or chills and perspirations at any time of the disease.”
URTICA URENS AS AN AGUE MEDICINE
The stinging nettle is a splenic of very high order, as I have elsewhere proved. I will content myself with giving one case of ague cured by it.
CASE OF AGUE CURED BY URTICA URENS.
A young officer, 22 years of age, was invalided home from Burma with malarial fever and swelled spleen in the spring of 1893. He had quinine, arsenic, and iron, but was not improving or free of fever.
March2.-R. Urtica urens 0 ten drops in water night and morning.
March26.-No fever at all; much sediment in urine (quite normal).
May 20.-No fever.
June 22.-No fever. Discharged cured.
As I have entered so largely into the question of the value of Urtica urens in my booklet, entitled Gout and its cure, I will refer my readers from further information hereanent to its pages.
DR. CLARKE’S CEANOTHUS CASE
One Sunday morning about a year ago an American lady brought her daughter, aged 14 to me, complaining of a severe pain in the left side. They had just arrived in London, having landed at Liverpool a day or two before, and the history of the case was this: During the voyage, as the patient lay in her berth, she stretched over to reach something in the cabin, and was immediately seized with a violent stitching pain in the left side. It was thought at the time that the pain would soon go away, but it did not. And after landing, the pain persisted and grew rather worse, so that the plans of the family, which were to proceed to the Continent in a few days, were jeopardized.
As it is always well to localize exactly a pain or an ailment whenever possible, I asked the patient to undress, and I found that the pain was not in the chest wall or abdominal muscles, as the history would rather suggest it to be, but was deep in-in the spleen, in fact. Moreover, percussion showed that the spleen was considerably enlarged. The pain was (>) by lying on painful side.
As it was Sunday and the pharmacies were likely to be closed, I put a powder of Ceanothus 30 on the patient`s tongue there and then, and gave her a prescription for the same medicine to be made up later on, with instructions to come and report on the Tuesday following. She came in due course, and reported that in two hours from receiving the dose the pain had gone-before the prescription was made up. I again examined the side, and the splenic dullness had gone back to normal.