To these cases may be added the following case, communicated by Dr. Epps.
On Tuesday evening, November 9th, 1847, the gardener of a patient residing about five miles from London, came up with a message wishing me to prescribe for a cow dangerously ill.
The cow presented the following.
1. Great pain in joints. 2. Stiffness in the limbs. 3. Can get up only partially, for while able to get upon her fore legs, she cannot get upon her hind legs. 4. Her pain apparently makes her try continually to move, but directly she does rise she falls
from the want of power in her hind legs. 5. Her milk is very thick.
She is lying out in the field, and cannot be brought into the cow-house.
The poor creature moans most piteously.
The “cow-doctor,” who has seen her, thinks that she has the gargets in the udder, or a severe cold in the udder and through the bones.
The cow is within six weeks of calving.
Ordered one drop of the third dilution of Bryonia tincture (millionth part of a drop of the mother tincture), in five ounces of water, also a drop of Nux tincture of the same strength, similarly mixed with water.
To take a fourth of the one, and then four hours after a fourth part of the other, and so alternately.
The same night she walked into the cow-house, and the following day seemed quite well.
The cow had taken some globules of Rhus toxicodendron and of Pulsatilla before I was sent to.