One remembers a case in a young woman where Bryonia and Rhus tox. were tried with very little benefit; then it was noticed that the patient was rather tearful, that she had to move, kept on moving to get any ease; here Puls. was prescribed, and within less than twenty-four hours this young woman was out of her bed and anxious to return to her job.

RHEUMATISM is incurable, exclaimed a learned Judge the other day. One wonders what bitter experiences lay behind this sweeping statement of the legal authority. Was he so far wrong, after all?.

Shall we examine this conclusion in the light of modern medicine? Rheumatism is a common complaint and is caused by exposure to the elements, rain, wet overhead and underfoot, wind and cold. Men and women following outdoor occupations are frequent sufferers of rheumatism in its various manifestations. Policemen on point duty, lorry drivers, agricultural labourers, workmen in the building trade, charwomen, are all equally liable. Age makes very little difference, sex is no bar.

The insurance societies state that annually many thousand work-hours are lost, many thousands of workmen are crippled and laid aside for weeks, and much money is paid out in sick pay, and industry loses time and money from this painful, though not necessarily fatal, disease. What has the medical profession done about it?.

Latterly, much money has been spent in research, whatever that may mean; rheumatism clinics have been opened in various parts of the country; various spas have improved the facilities they provide for treatment. Expensive electrical apparatus has been installed in these clinics, thousands of pounds have been invested in the latest ultra-violet ray lamps; most of them will be out-of-date and old=violent ray lamps; most of them will be out-of-date and old-fashioned in a year or two.

Mercury vapour lamps and radiant heart lamps were all the rage some time ago; now it must be infra-red lamps, which are said to charm away all pain. Even this in some quarters is ultra vires; some other lamps with even shorter rays act more magically-that is, in the imagination of the electrical manufacturers. There is a section of the medical profession who frankly say they know nothing about these lamps and rather doubt their efficacy; they would pin their faith in foam baths. Some of the insurance companies are sending their crippled pensioners to the British spas, such as Bath and other places.

There is a multitude of advice. “You pays your money, and you takes your choice.” These is, of course, still the old conservative type of doctor who sears by heroic doses of salicylic acid and aspirin; others prefer the latest product of the large French or British drug houses, which has to be inoculated or injected into the poor unfortunate victim with sometimes dire results.

One remembers one lady who, after an injection of a highly vaunted product of a German firm which was given for rheumatism of the neck, found herself unexpectedly in the casualty ward of a General Hospital, and was then told she had suddenly fainted in public vehicle and, as nobody could bring her round, she had been taken to the hospital and had lain there for hours Proper knock-our drops, werent they?

And after this ignominious exhibition of herself, was she any better? No, she felt much more ill than she had one before, and had to stay in bed for days and was so shaken by her unpleasant experience that she could not travel in buses or trams without being seized with violent tremors.

As ordinarily she was a very strong-minded and active, person she did not like this state of affairs at all; she had bottles of strong tonic from the doctor which made no difference at all to her state nor to the original rheumatism. And do you know what set her right in a day or two, that she could ride in public vehicles, that she could move her neck without excruciating pain? Just a few doses of Lachesis: the homoeopathic preparation of the South American rattlesnake.

It was given to her as her headaches were LAchesis headaches, she had the LAchesis heats, her pains were left-sided, and so on; her whole condition cried out for Lachesis; and, when she got it, everything cleared up, even the swelling of the neck muscles disappeared.

What about it, My Lord: is rheumatism curable? This lady, at any rate, can testify to it that hers went quickly, and without leaving any aftermath. Can Homoeopathy produce any other witnesses? This positive case may only have been a fluke, a happy coincidence, and, being a member of a very exact and meticulous profession, he will require more evidence before he will change his sentence.

But we homoeopaths can produce many positive proofs of cures of rheumatism; our literature is full of such cures and, if living witness are wanted, they can be produced at will.

One recalls the case of a sturdy six foot detective inspector, who had the classical signs of acute rheumatic fever; swollen joints, acute pains, sour sweats, high temperatures; he was booked for at least six weeks in bed, if not more. His temperature came down in three days, his sweats ceased in less than a week, and he was up and about in little over three weeks, minus a weak heart, and as strong and hefty as before, and he never had even a grain of salicylic acid or a single pill or aspirin! Nor was he rubbed with liniment.

Dorothy Shepherd
Dorothy Shepherd 1885 – 1952 - British orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy. Graduated from Hering College in Chicago. She was a pupil of J.T.Kent. Author of Magic of the Minimum Dose, More Magic of the Minimum Dose, A Physician's Posy, Homeopathy in Epidemic Diseases.