LETTERS TO AN ORTHODOX DOCTOR.
(Continued from our last number).
You need not be so angry at my last reason ; I did not make Arnica grow in the world; I did not endow it with the power of causing erysipelas ; and I did not discover the therapeutic law in question ; I just use this law in order to cure my patients, even as I use this law in order to cure my patients, even as I use the useful invention known as a spoon where with to partake of my no hocus-pocus about it.
Just as I was writing you last reason for being a homoeopath, I was suddenly summoned by telegraph to a very severe case of quinsy. I hastened to the suffering damsel and found that various remedies had been used in vain and the patient was in great distress, having been for twelve hours unable to swallow even a few drops of fluid. Not even the juice of one grape would pass, and some operative interference seemed absolutely imperative.
I gave five grains of the third centesimal trituration of a remedy you may not be acquainted with but which the heterodox homoeopaths quaintly call Baryta carbonica, and which is now generally known as the Carbonate of Barium.
In about a dozen hours patient ate a basin of bread and milk. I have often cured quinsies before in the same way, and I beg you to believe that the little trick had been done thousands of times by others, and though no clinical tip of mine, it nevertheless must server you as my fifteenth reason and not a bad one either as said damsel would gratefully bear witness.
You remember my case of hiccough cured by Natrum muriaticum ? Well while my mind is still dwelling on this very wonderful remedy, I will adduce another cure by it is my sixteenth reason for being a homoeopath. In it you may again note the expansiveness of the conception of similitudes for this case grew out of the hiccough case :.
John H., aged 29, seaman came to me on April 21st, 1878, telling me that he had had fever and ague two or three times a day, with watery vomiting, in Calcutta, in September, 1877. Was in the Calcutta Hospital three weeks for it, and took emetics quinine and tonics. Left at the end of the three weeks cured ; but before he was out of port the ague returned, or he got another, and he had a five-month voyage home to the port of Liverpool.
During the first three months of this homeward voyage he had two, three, four and five attacks a week, and tool a good deal of a powder from the captain, which from his descriptions was probably Cinchona bark ; then the fever left him, and the following condition supervened, viz. : “Pain in right side under the ribs ; cannot lie on right side ; both calves very painful to touch, they are hard and stiff; left leg semiflexed, he cannot at sea and two months at sea and two weeks ashore; and in this condition he comes to me hobbling with the aid of a stick and in great pain from the moving.
Urine muddy and red ; bowels regular ; skin tawny ; conjunctivae yellow.
Drinks about three pints of beer daily. I recommended him not to alter his mode of life till he is cured, and then to drink less beer. The former part of the recommendation he followed, as I learned from his brother ; of the latter part I have no information.
The hiccough case directly on his one, as we have evidently to do with an ague suppressed with Cinchona. Therefore ordered Nat. mur., 6 trit., six grains in water every four hours.
April 27th. Pain in side and leg went away entirely in three days, and the water cleared at once ; but the pain returned on the fourth day in the left calf only, which to-day is red, painful, swelled and. pits. He walks without a stick.