For us the proving text is too rigid and lacking in flexibility without the addition of some imagination, always a dangerous recourse, because resemblances are not equally evident to us. For this reason we need the check and counter- check of clinical evidence in order that our remedies may be properly delimited. This can be best accomplished by a system of coapting symptoms and their related remedies as is nowadays down with card indices, although these are confessedly now in their formative stage.
The procedure itself yields an entirely new point of view, and one fully consonant with Hahnemanns conception of the deduction to be drawn from the clinical picture. The method steps down the enormous rubrics of generalities and adds new ones composed of the most diverse elements present in the clinical picture, thereby forming the combination most likely to contain the particular minutiae so decisive for the homoeopathic remedy.
In parting, I have a word to leave with you. Hold fast to the law, learn its implications and thereby cure others. It is only way it can actually be accomplished. Are we as prescribers and healers ready to take what should be the leading part in reformation of therapeutics?.
BY DR. EDMUND CARLETON.
A YOUNG man went through great excitement, hardships, privations and exposure in the Virginia Campaign of 1864. He came down with typhoid fever, was tremendously dosed with quinine, carried north, and his case pronounced discouraging by physicians in consultation, who willingly allowed themselves to be superseded by a despised homoeopathist.
Faithful to the law of cure, the new school physician began his work by giving Pulsatilla, which was similar to may of the symptoms present and antidotal to quinine. Improvement was soon manifest, but the whole case had been reached. Scanty urine presently became an urgent symptom, almost amounting to complete suppression. The remaining symptoms have not come to my knowledge.
Apis was given. A deluge followed. In the midst of the deluge two dense, black stones, each kidney- shaped and so large as to cause difficulty in passing through the urethra, plunged into the receiver, one right after the other. Had the soil and grit taken into the stomach during months of drinking bad water made a report in the form just detailed-a stone from each kidney? The pathologist will answer in the negative, perhaps. He may think he knows. I do not know.
I do know that the virus of a bee, following Pulsatilla, not only restored the virus of a bee, following Pulsatilla, not only restored the urinary function, but brought the stones form the kidneys to the bladder and thence expelled them. Was the attending physician prescribing for gravel, for stone in the kidney, for stone in the bladder? None of this per se. He prescribed for all the symptoms he could find in the case. It turned out that a part of the case was stone. By virtue of similarity with Apis, the whole case, including stone, was cured.
One brisk September morning I was summoned in haste to see Mr.—, who thought he was having gall stone colic. He had been the subject of nephritis, but not under my observation of late. Other physicians had led him to believe that my diagnosis and requirements were unnecessarily rigid. We were having a few days of quite cool weather.
I found him in great agony, but bearing up under it with the fortitude of a heroic family. He was bathed in cold sweat; head, back and extremities cold. Pain felt mid-day between umbilicus and right anterior spine; then transferred to right lumbar region; thence downward and forward to bladder and right testes, with desire to urinate; then shifted to stomach, with nausea; continuous hard pain, emphasized with additional, very sharp, paroxysmal pain, coming and going quickly. Palpation revealed nothing more of importance. He was lying upon his back with thighs and legs flexed.