A brown cow. The farmer called upon me this time, and begged that I would come and see a most valuable cow, that was seized with the murrain three days ago; my fame had begun to spread. I said, “Have you had the veterinary surgeon?” He replied, “No, no, they could do nothing but run up long bills, and then tell them to sell the cow” (ALL THESE DISEASED CATTLE ARE SOLD FOR HUMAN FOOD). I then said, “suppose your valuable cow dies, you will no doubt blame me and wish you had sent for the surgeon. I would much rather undertake it after it had been given up.” He said, “No, no, after the cure I had made, there was nothing to fear.” I went to see it.
1. The extremities all cold. 2. Pulse high. 3. Nostrils moist and running. 4. Moving her head from side to side, moaning most piteously. 5. Opening her mouth as if her jaws were sore and in great pain saliva coming from it. 6. Shaking, violent cough, appears to draw up her intestines as if by a cord in her throat. 7. A great falling off in her milk. 8. Hair standing and rough.
Ordered Aconite, two drops of third dilution, and Phosphorus, two drops of sixth dilution, in a quart of water, a wine glass full every hour alternately.
Saw her twenty-four hours after. Pulse lower, extremities much warmer, cough still bad, all the other symptoms much the same.
Continue Phosphorus without the Aconite.
Saw her twenty-four hours after. The symptoms decidedly better Continue Phosphorus.
Saw her in forty-eight hours. Cough much better; head better; did not moan; no running from the nostrils; no saliva from the mouth; hair still rough; skin still tight and hot. Gave six globules of Arsenicum on a piece of bread: wait twelve hours, and then continue Phosphorus.
Saw her two days after. All the symptoms better; chewing her cud very comfortably; milk rapidly coming back; skin smooth.
Saw her in four days; she had got out of her shed and got among some wet grass, of which she had eaten very heartily: had a slight cough.
Ordered six globules of Bryonia in a pint of water, a wine glass full night and morning; if not better, to let me know.
I saw the owner in a fortnight after; he said she was a better cow now than even she had been, as she always appeared `to have had something to do with her:” now she was better, and giving him twenty quarts of milk a day.