The physician would not use the atropine. He came to me, and on a study of the symptoms he saw that Staphisagria was the remedy and Staphisagria removed the symptoms at once. All sorts of ulceration of the eyelids, of the corner of the eyes, and of the surface of the eyes with sticking, jagging pains.

(From The Medical Advance, August, 1905).

ONE of the most important things in studying a remedy is to cause it to appear before the mind so that it can be recalled, to get an image or picture of the remedy so that it can be stamped on the memory. A remedy cannot be understood till studied and used. An old physician will be able to recall to memory past patients in whom he can see pictures of the drug he is studying. After some experience, when a patient walks into your office you will be able to classify him by his face and appearance and think of his face as that of a Sulphur patient, etc.

If he has red spots on a pale face, is stoop-shouldered, a little past middle age, you will wonder whether that patient does not need Sulphur, as he narrates his symptoms you will find them to be those of Sulphur. Or if you are drinking wine with a few friends and you notice one gets a flush of his face mounting up to his forehead after the first glass, you would wonder if he did not need Carbo vegetabilis.

Nitric acid has a sickly face, yellow, sallow, lean doughy and sore eyes, and fissures in the corners of the eyes and mouth. It looks as if there were a copious flow of saliva, and this actually takes place during his sleep and causes a red streak where if flows.

The saliva is acid, excoriating, producing red spots. The tears and other fluids from the eyes are excoriating and are attended with smarting and burning. Sickly, anxious face, emaciation of the body, a cachectic aspect; bloated eyes and face; such things causes us to look at the hands and fingers to see if they are not bloated also. His is the countenance of deep seated troubles.

There is a fissure down the whole length of the tongue, not sore or raw, but as if partially divided. The gums settle away from the teeth and the teeth become loose. The gums bleed on pressure. Sore mouth; canker patches in mouth; aphthous condition; yellow splotches on the mucous membrane. The throat is tumid and purple and there is an exudate not unlike the exudate of diphtheria, and around this the tissue are purple coloured, tender to touch and bleed easily.

He is sad and broken hearted. He says the world is against him and that he has no friends left. There is a struggle going on between a desire to die and a fear of death. He feels estranged among his friends. He is disgusted with life; is sad, anxious, sleepless, and has frightful dreams. Everything disappoints him and he is irritable.

He is worse in a cold climate and from cold raw winds and also from hot weather, and feels better in medium weather and a moderate climate. He must dress very warmly, for cold weather freezes him; the cold brings on his neuralgic pains, headache, backache and pains in the extremities. He wants warm applications and applied heat in many localities, but he is worse from hot weather.

Every cold snap aggravates his catarrh. The nose feels full of splinters; sticking and jagging pains along the sides of the nose, septum and far up in the nose. Crusts form in the nose and he cant help picking at the nose to get rid of them, and then the nose bleeds. He blows bloody water from the nose. The watery discharge floats out the crusts and continues to flow.

Every cold causes catarrh and stops up the nose. Sneezing, burning, smarting and sticking in the nose. Sensation of sticks in the posterior nares and throat. Ulceration everywhere in the throat and every little ulcer has a stick in it, with tearing and burning. Deep ulcers in the throat, which bleed, and a stick is felt in every ulcer on swallowing and touch.

The sensation of sticks in parts, is general. It is present in gonorrhoea with bloody, watery discharge and sore spots along the urethra, which are small ulcers, and in these the same sticking splinter like pains are felt. In the throat there is the sensation described as a fish bone like Hepar. In the female there is a bloody, water, brownish leucorrhoea, causing brown stains on the linen, with ulceration of the cervix, which bleeds when touched. All ulcers tend to bleed, and when touched they have a sticking pain as if from a splinter.

Little boils have the same splinter-like pains, and eruptions have sticking, pricking sensations. Ulcers on the lower extremities, over the tibia and ankles; thin, bloody, watery discharge with burning, sticking pains at night; pricking as from sticks in the ulcer.

There is much urinary trouble in this remedy. The urine is albuminous, bloody, offensive, and smells as strong as that of a horse.

The Nitric acid patient is exhausted, weak, and tires easily and has palpitation on exertion. He must be in bed most of the time. He is lean, hungry, tired and weak and has been losing flesh for some time. Again it is useful when there is an accumulation of fat; the patient is soft and flabby like Calcarea, which is closely related to Nitric acid, complementary to it and alternates with it. He has no endurance; his heart palpitates on the slightest exertion but he is ameliorated from passive gliding motion.

He cannot exert himself, but will ride on a smooth country road ten to twelve miles perfectly well. His complaints, palpitation, nervous symptoms, anxiety and sufferings pass away entirely when riding in a carriage or street car if the weather is not too cold or too warm. He is both aggravated and ameliorated from riding in a carriage. In a carriage that jars over a rough street and makes much noise he is aggravated, but in a gliding carriage on a smooth road he is ameliorated. He is ameliorated from riding in a street car because of the smooth track.

He is sensitive to noise in his pains and headaches; the noise of a carriage is very painful. Lippe said every time he noticed tan bark covering a street he suspected a Nitric acid patient within. He drives everybody into quietude; so sensitive is he that the doors must be closed with gentleness and he can bear no one to walk across the floor. Coffea and Nux are just as sensitive, and I think of these as well as Nitric acid when I see tan bark in front of a house.

Great prostration. Acrid discharges. Tendency to ulceration. Very serious head troubles. With the headache the scalp is so sensitive that the hair cannot be combed. Cannot wear a hat, sensitive to weight of the hat. School girls come home from school carrying the hat in hand, because of the headache got in school, like Calcarea phos. School girls with: “Head very sensitive even to pressure of hat; worse in the evening and on part laid on; sensitive as if confused, either all over or in certain spots; whole right side of the skull painful.”.

Scald head in children; tendency to ulcerations; fluids offensive; bleed easily. The discharge takes the hair off and causes excoriation and redness where it touches. Then there are enlarged glands in this broken-down constitution, enlarged glands in the groins, buboes, syphilitic bubo, enlarged axillary and salivary glands. The parotid is enormously swollen, hard and painful, and has the sensation of sticks in it, and there is a tendency to suppuration. Sub-maxillary glands and glands of neck affected.

It is no wonder Nitric acid is of use in syphilis, for it has all the blood changes, the aspect of the face, the ulceration, falling hair, throat symptoms, bone affections and exostoses. It antidotes Mercury and is closely related to Hepar. It is anti- syphilitic and anti-sycotic. It has fig warts about the genitals and anus, which bleed easily, are soft and pulpy. Seed warts about the hands.

As a warty medicine it is closely related to Calcarea. Warts anywhere that are pulpy and bleed easily. It is very closely related to Calcarea in many ways. I have seen patients act this way. A psoric patient, big, fat, flabby, easily tired out, with Calcarea symptoms, will be relieved by Calcarea for months, building him up; but all at once he takes a turn and a bronchitis comes on, difficult breathing, ulceration of the throat, soft, flabby, feeble muscles, waxy countenance, and suddenly about the anus and genitals a crop of warts breaks out. I at once ask: “Had you ever gonorrhoea?” “O, yes,” he says, “when I was a boy, I sinned.”

He needs Nitric acid. It will build him up. Here two miasms have been working in the system at one time; one has been suppressed and the other is uppermost. Nitric acid will benefit him for a time, and again he may need Calcarea. Nitric acid and Calcarea antidote each other, but it is a mistake to say that they do not follow each other well. Sulphur and Mercury alternate with each other in this way. Sulphur for a year or two and Mercury to meet the syphilitic condition that crops up when these two miasms are in the system at the same time and alternate.

Whooping cough. The cough is violent causing gagging; bloody expectoration; the face becomes red and blue when she coughs, pale when not coughing; rawness of lips, bleeding of the nose and gums, cracks in the corners of the mouth. It corresponds to a violent case, and after it is over Calcarea will likely be needed to meet the psoric condition.

James Tyler Kent
James Tyler Kent (1849–1916) was an American physician. Prior to his involvement with homeopathy, Kent had practiced conventional medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He discovered and "converted" to homeopathy as a result of his wife's recovery from a serious ailment using homeopathic methods.
In 1881, Kent accepted a position as professor of anatomy at the Homeopathic College of Missouri, an institution with which he remained affiliated until 1888. In 1890, Kent moved to Pennsylvania to take a position as Dean of Professors at the Post-Graduate Homeopathic Medical School of Philadelphia. In 1897 Kent published his magnum opus, Repertory of the Homœopathic Materia Medica. Kent moved to Chicago in 1903, where he taught at Hahnemann Medical College.