Neuralgic dysmenorrhoeic pains obliged her to lay up in bed three days every month-a serious matter to a woman obliged to earn her living-every motion she stated, increased the severity of the bearing down pains and aching of her limbs. I gave her Actea., Lilium. and Belladonna On the occasion of her fourth visit I questioned her very closely to endeavour to ascertain the cause of my failure to help. She persisted in saying that excepting rest in bed the only thing which relieved her was hot water applications; but finally I elicited that the relief came from lying on her back with feet perched on the foot-board of the bed, and while in that position she felt impelled to keep moving the legs and hips in a slightly rotatory manner meanwhile avoiding any motion of the upper part of the body. I know of only one medicine in Materia Medica which has that symptom. After taking Rhus. MM., this sufferer had hardly any pains during her next period and none since.
Our deficient knowledge of the Materia Medica is but too frequently the cause of our want of success in curing people.