Mr. B., machinist, age 55, developed an abscess in the palm of the…

( Hom. Recorder, 15th December, 1932).


Mr. B., machinist, age 55, developed an abscess in the palm of the left hand. He was turned over by his company to their surgeon, who it appears, was a free incisionist, in the case of an abscess at least. He made a deep incision clear across the palm of the hand, severing all the ligaments. He later found himself unable to heal the wound. All the contractor muscles had suppurated out, leaving the hand perfectly useless.

The hand was later condemned to amputation. It was at this stage that the patient was turned over to me. A pair of extremely offensive feet led to the study of Silica. It fitted his constitution exactly. Under Silica the wound healed promptly, but no remedy could restore the lost ligaments. This case needed no operation in the first place. In the next place it was a bugling piece of surgery and as fine a piece of malpractice as one could wish to see.


Mrs. M., age 35, light complexioned, short, heavy set, came to me in great distress. Her allopathic doctor had just informed her that she had a case of pyosalphinx, that her tubes were all decayed, if not partly gone, that an abscess had already formed, that cancer, might result, and finally, that an operation and, at the request of a friend, came to consult me.

In the affected region she had all the pains of congestion and suppuration, could bear neither touch nor pressure of the clothing, was especially sensitive to touch and pressure about the throat, hot drinks caused suffocation, she was worse on entering sleep, but decidedly so on waking and her menses had shut down. Lachesis stood out as the remedy for the poor woman. A single dose of the 1m. was followed by a discharge of pus through the vagina, and a little later a good healthy menstrual flow appeared with complete relief of both mental and physical symptoms.


Mrs. D., age 45, dark complexioned, well built, developed a fissure at the anal orifice, complicated with indigestion. She was sent from pillar to post, X-rayed, blood tested, meal tested, etc., and each time positively assured that nothing but an operation could bring her the least relief. She was mortally afraid to cancer. The burning pain at the fissure and the incarcerated gas nearly drove her wild.

From the work we had decided to consult me. While I assured her that she had no cancer, she departed dissatisfied. After about three weeks she returned, put herself under my care, and decided to give me a trial. The extremely red orifices, the burning soles at night in bed, the faint, hungry, gone sense at the stomach at 11 a.m. relieved by eating a little, etc., led me to study Sulphur, which brought prompt and lasting relief.


Mr. N., aged 35, developed a syphilitic ulcer on the cornea of the right eye. This ulcer spread rapidly and threatened to completely destroy the eye. His allopathic eye specialist failed to halt its progress and advised its complete removal in order to save the other eye.

At this juncture he was turned over to me. The rapid spread of the ulcer, the nightly burning pain, etc., pointed so strongly to Mercurius corrosivus, which was found to cover all his symptoms, that it was given, with the result that the eye was completely cured.


Mr. R., age 60, a prominent railroad official, had submitted to a radical operation for piles, which gave him wonderful a very annoying condition in the throat. Being a man of ample means he consulted several throat specialists first in New York City and then in Europe, but in vain. A friend of his, in Cleveland, sent him to me. He demurred at first because of an arrangement for an operation on his throat.

After thinking the matter over carefully, he decided to come. His throat looked exactly as his anus had looked. The characteristic lumbo-sacral backache, the excessive dryness, burning and itching of the throat, the purple colour of the enlarged veins, and the sense of little sticks on swallowing enable me to tell him that the cure would be easy. These were his words : “Can you cure me ?” “Yes!” “Do you mean to tell me that you know more than the very best specialists ?” “Well”, I replied, “gold bricks always cost more and shine brighter than the real article, but are worthless,”

He received Aesculus hippocastanum. At the end of two weeks he returned as mad as a March hare, and said ” “What in hell did you do to me ?” “Is your throat no better ? I asked. “Better”, he said, “it was better in three days, but now I have the piles madder he got. I had quit a time trying to convince him that all was well and that he should stick to the remedy. He made a rapid and complete recovery of both throat and piles. Is it any wonder that the surgeon and specialists have no use for homoeopathy ?.


Mr. D., age 40, carpenter, had been ailing for some time. Had consulted a number of allopaths, but without relief. Was finally consigned to an exploratory operation. While trying to make up his mind to such an operation, he was refered to me. Our diagnosis finally ended up in study Belladonna. It covered his case exactly. On September 14th he received Belladonna in the 30x potency which brought prompt relief to the more severe symptoms but did not relieve the continued distress.

Seeing no reason to change the remedy, on September 21st he received a single dose of the 10m strength, which brought about a complete subsidence of all the symptoms within a few hours. Not having been able to work for some time, and feeling so well, he went to work the morning of the 23rd without feeling the least evil effects therefrom. On Sept. 26th he reported and received unmedicated sugar pills. On the morning of the 27th he felt something give way on each side of his back, over the region of the kidneys.

On the afternoon of the same day, while urinating, he passed a stones as large as a good sized pea, without pain, and with very little distress, followed by a little blood. A few moments later he passed a second stone, smaller in size without either pain, distress of discharge of blood. He has now been working steadily up to this writing. He called a few days ago for the sole purpose of telling me that he had never felt better in his life. There has been no repetition of the remedy.

Alfred Pulford
Alfred Pulford, M.D., M.H.S., F.A.C.T.S. 1863-1948 – American Homeopath and author who carried out provings of new remedies. Author of Key to the Homeopathic Materia Medica, Repertoroy of the Symptoms of Rheumatism, Sciatica etc., Homeopathic Materia Medica of Graphic Drug Pictures.