DEAR MR. BARKER,- A Mrs. J. called on me. This is her story : “Can you do anything for me ? I have a darling husband. He has been every patient with me, but I can see his patience is wearing very thin and I dont want to lose him.” Then she commenced to cry.
Pulsatilla was given at once. She was 49 years of age, born in India. As a baby her mother gave quinine and brandy as a prophylactic for malaria. At 8 years of age she commenced to vomit about every eight or nine days, and been subject to this for 41 years. When she came to me her case was chronic, having to take to her bed for one day per week. The vomit was mainly also neuritis in the right hip.
She had been under treatment in india, New Zealand, where she had 10 months in hospital, and had also had a course of hospital treatment in Australia. She also told me that her head felt tight and raw with ache from front to back. Before leaving my rooms I gave a dose of Berberis v. 30. I also prescribed Arsenicum 3, every four hours, and China 3x every eight hours.
She returned the following day to tell me that she had passed through the bowel over a pint of bile and that the neuritis had vanished overnight. Two weeks passed. She still complained of her head, burning sensation, and seemed a little depressed. I repeated the Berb.v., and prescribed Silica on retiring, Nux vomica 200 in the morning, China 6 before meals, Ignatia 6 after meals and the whole case cleared up. That was seven months ago. There had been no return.
In January of his year a Mrs. W. came for treatment. Her case card reads, “Nausea every morning for 25 years. Flatulence with loud rumbling and bubbling of the bowels. Never been right since flu. Catarrh (nasal and stomach). Prolapsus of bowel. Hot flushes. Easily frightened. Loquacious gets words and meanings mixed.” I gave Ipecac. 200 whilst in the rooms, and prescribed Thuja 200 on retiring, Lycopodium 6 before meals, Carbo veg. 6 after meals, with Ignatia 6 between meals.
Two weeks afterwards she called again with her married daughter. The daughter was laughing. I asked to be let in on the joke. The daughter said, “Let Mum tell you.” The mother then said, “I will tell him, Ill tell him what I told you and told your father, “I dont believe it, I dont believe it, I cant believe it.” Upon asking what it was that she didnt believe, she replied, “I dont believe that Im well, and I am.” I asked about the nausea each morning, the catarrh, bubbling of the bowels, prolapsus of the bowels, etc., she said, “They are all gone and I cant believe it.” Later she complained of pain in the right side and a cough. She had Lycopodium 200 and Alumina 30 and they cleared up overnight.