ON April 27th, 1933, a major in the Army came to me complaining about his heart. He was a man of magnificent physique, forty-one years old, had never been ill, was made prisoner during the Great War, and was ill-fed and mal-treated for two years in Germany, and then sent to Switzerland, a wreck. He was to come before a medical board for examination.
Previously he took an enormous quantity of the strongest black coffee and smoked a huge number of cigarettes in order to upset his heart and to be repatriated on account of permanent and incurable invalidism. When seen by the doctors, his heart was indeed in a terrible condition. He was considered to be a permanent invalid and was sent home to England. His general health improved rapidly, but his heart never got well.
At odd times and for no obvious reason he had frequent attacks which forced him to stand still and to fight for breath. There was severe constriction of the chest. He went to numerous doctors and specialists. Their treatment were unsuccessful and he came to me after fifteen years of suffering, believing his heart to be incurable. He had recently abstained from smoking for a couple of weeks and thought that he had benefited.
There was a possibility of tobacco poisoning and there were many symptoms which suggested Tabacum. So I gave him Tabacum in the 30th potency which failed to benefit him. When I saw him again, I went, more closely into his case, and discovered that there was a definite feeling of constriction which suggested Cactus grandiflorus. I gave him that medicine in the 1x strength, three pilules to be taken three times a day. He rapidly improved.
After a few weeks I gave him Cactus in the 30th potency, a dose of three pilules to be taken after every attack. I have just see my patient. To-day is September 6th. He has not had an attack for months and he declares that he is completely cured. A trouble which the combined forces of allopathy could not cure in fifteen years, has been cured by a few doses of homoeopathic medicine.