Another difficult situation arose when my friend Dr. Brown left his surgery in a small town one evening and went out on the marsh to look for ducks. He was not a wing shot. Wading silently through reeds and cat tails he saw half a dozen ducks in a little opening and promptly fired at them. A man jumped up with a shout of pain from the cover behind them. They were decoy ducks.
Specialism has a place in medical practice, but that place is, and should remain, a subsidiary place. The old division of practitioners into those engaged in general practice and those engaged in consulting practice has to all intents and purposes ceased to exist, not merely because the so-called consultants see patients independently, but still more because of the public demand “to see a specialist,” and, if need be, to continue under his care.
One always reads the same story; first one finger is amputated, then another, then a third finger, then the hand, then the arm half-way up to the elbow, then up to the elbow, then up to the shoulder, and so on until the unfortunate individual dies of generalized cancer specialists, unfortunately all surgeons, preach that cancer is a local disease and that it can be cured only by operation.
A man in my neighbourhood had such fearful neuralgic pains in the leg that he was sweating from every pore. The doctors could not relieve him and at last they advised amputation. His wife was horrified. She rushed to my house. I gave her a bottle of Hypericum mother tincture and advised her to rub the mans leg with it. It produced relief immediately and he was perfectly well in a short time.
The combined effect of these things has produced at times a deep physical and mental prostration. I have the strong conviction, were I free from these troubles, that diabetes would have gone completely. As to insulin, I am happy to say that I have not injected any insulin for practically two years. You remember when I visited you, you told me not to discontinue the insulin until the sugar disappeared from the urine.
Since both tumours may be elastic in consistency, it may be almost impossible to distinguish between them with the fingers alone, and more direct evidence must be obtained. With the modern technique of electro-surgery reasonably wide excision of any doubtful lump is fully justified, and the further procedure may be allowed to depend on the microscopic section. Cutting into any lump in the breast is to be depreciated.
An immediate betterment in the general condition ensued; but as time went on this improvement lapsed, and another sub-phrenic abscess showed itself, near the site of its predecessor. This second unwelcome guest was also removed by a supplementary operation, and now patient and surgeon trusted the normal powers of recovery would take possession of the scene.
Naturally, while my heart was getting well, all of my other organs were similarly approaching normal condition, for by my new living habits I was permitting nature, through my reflex Defensive Mechanism, to have her own way; and she was responding and reconstructing my body as a whole, as she may be counted on to do when properly liberated and co-operated with by a willing mind and body.
In peptic ulcer with pyloric pain, great flatulence leads us to suggest, after Lycopodium, Uranium nit. As a second choice to Aethusa, where children vomit milk in large curds without hesitancy use Valerian. Many times after acute or sub-acute gastro-enteric inflammation, we need a true digestive tonic. You will find satisfaction in Vanadium.
This experiment is supposed to prove “beyond doubt” that the secretion of insulin is under the control of the vagus centre. Do the experimenters think it fair to deduce any conclusion from such a weird operation? Dogs naturally, not humans, were used, and they were by no means in a normal condition during the course of the experiment. Can we, therefore, accept the conclusions drawn as correct beyond doubt?
As long as we treat other living, sensitive creatures with like feelings as ours only as carcasses for the market, and meant to be consumed, we must shut our eyes to the real kinship of all living things, and thus lose an essential factor in learning to understand, even in some degree, this mysterious world in which we find ourselves. Social progress is blocked no less than individual development.
In all cases they should be eaten dry with, but not put into, the soup. for a change Malted Slippery Elm Food may be substituted for the Nuto Cream, if liked and found to agree. This food constitutes a complete diet. Additional foods desired should be tested, tried and proved to be digestible before being added to the permanent diet. Among these may be mentioned natural brown or red rices and whole-meal macaroni.