YEARS ago I permitted a private patient to transfer hew two sons to a Childrens Clinic. I had been placed in charge of that clinic by the late Dr. William Boericke. The mother had refused to allow me to treat her boys privately, though I tried to persuade her to do so, because she thought that she might not be able to pay me my fees.
These boys were seven and nine years old. Both had suffered from lack of bladder control since infancy. I had cure their mother of a serious and long-lasting affliction. Hence her faith in me, which was greater than my own at that moment, for all doctors know how stubborn such cases often are.
The discovery of a “constitutional taint” underlying any case is all-important in chronic cases. My first prescription for these brothers was Brachyglottis repens, chosen because of the very prominent symptom of constant irritation in ears and nostrils, compelling everlasting picking and rubbing of these parts. (No! they did not have worms.) It failed absolutely, although this remedy was tried in several potencies.
You can grasp the distressing severity of the cases when I mention that the mother told me that at times she felt like throwing both boys out of the bedroom window after their bedding and night clothes. I forget my second prescription, which was tried in vain for several weeks also in varying strength.
Then I thought of the drug which had cured their mother of her constitutional taint, she having been the innocent victim of wild oats sown by her husband before marriage. He had had gonorrhoea some years previous to marriage, and, in the light of the subsequent history, I presume that his almost undetectible and infrequently recurring gleet was an echo of his bachelorhood trouble which evidently had never been cured, but crudely suppressed and driven into some corner of his anatomy with injections.
This was the cause of all the family trouble which evidently had never been cured, but crudely suppressed and driven into some corner of his anatomy with injections. This was the cause of all the family trouble. Probably the momentary return of a gleet had caused in his innocent wife an internal inflammation and consequent discharge, with a number of constitutional symptoms, for gonorrhoea is never a local matter.
Every girl about to be married should be safeguarded by an independent examination of her future husband by a physician of the to-be-brides family choice, who should be able to provide a perfectly clear “Bill of Health”. It is a parents or guardians duty to safeguard womanhood, for many obscure gynaecological troubles following marriage are due to almost forgotten or hidden sexual “accidents” on the male part. Every gynaecologist can bear witness to this statement.
On turning to my books of reference, I found printed in italics, under the drug Medorrhinum, all the symptoms of the boys. This seemed to be “positive medicine” and actually it was, for both my boy patients were cured within one week. They received Medorrhinum 30th potency, one dose night and morning, and my instruction was to cut down the frequency to a dose a week at the end of the week. As it was, the medicine was stopped at once on receiving the report of the cure.
The speedy cure of both boys proved to me that it was the remedy which did the trick, and the family thought so as well, and, though I have been conversant with Homoeopathy from childhood, I confess I was surprised at that miracle. Our Homoeopathic literature abounds with too many instances of cures of such cases with this drug for my cases to be classed as a coincidence. It also proves that Homoeopathy is right in taking into account the very obscure constitutional factors, which, I admit, have sometimes to be “guessed at” when it is felt that “all the facts of any given case have not been admitted”.
These boys had suffered all their lives, in spite of everlasting medical care at many hands. They were cured in one week. The positive medicine was selected on precise lines, based on actual symptom findings in the disease and drug; there are too many like cases on record in our literature for this to be classed as any accident, and I offer this now to every orthodox medical man who happens to read these pages, assuring him that there is no such exactitude or method of drug selection in any printed work on orthodox medicine. My first two prescriptions were faulty. You must blame me for them, not Homoeopathy.
With the disease of those two boys cured, a peculiar phase in human nature, often seen, proclaimed itself. The mother was not ready to settle the clinic fees of about dollar 8. One day I had to suggest to her that as her broach of four large rubies must be worth over dollar 2,000 she ought to settle those clinic fees, which she did with blushes.
This mental attitude often seen towards the profession after remarkably quick cues have been made brings another case to my mind. It happened in London. this was a tumour of the breast. The young woman was referred to me as a last resort to avoid surgery. She had run the gamut of some half-a-dozen “specialists”, who all, unknown to one another, as often happens, had said that “immediate amputation of that breast and armpit glands was her only hope.” If the patient is not scared into immediate operation, the case passes out of the hands of the surgeon.
The lady had received a hard blow from a tennis ball right on the left breast, and the result was a tumour about the size of half a tennis ball, more or less fixed to the ribs, with pains in left armpit, and down the left arm, which could not be moved without causing pain in the breast, etc. Some supra- clavicular glands were quite hard and could readily be felt, showing irritation of the internal mammary chain of glands, and this was pointed out to the girl as declaring the trouble to be “malignant” or cancerous.
The “positive medication” was easy to all homoeopaths, and some of the well read homoeopathic laity. Taking into account the blow as a positive symptom, together with what is known of the following drug symptoms, the remedy chosen was Bellis perennis, the common daisy, anciently called “Bruise-wort” by the “wise women” of the countryside. In several important orthodox medical works on my desk, I do not find any mention of this drug. I suppose it is of far too humble an origin for their groping and vacillating superscience.
It is strange that orthodoxy ignores the simple herbs which give us homoeopath such a sweeping advantage and which we have always been so wishful to give to the world for the public benefit. Bellis perennis have saved countless traumatic breasts from the knife! Believe it or not, my brother orthodox practitioner. This well-built girl said she would rather die than go through life minus one breast. She was brave, in that all specialists had diagnosed malignancy.
Years later I heard through a mutual friend, who had indeed sent her to me, that this “positive medicine” cure held good. My prescription was” Bellis perennis 1x, one ounce; Sig.: Put 5 or 7 drops in half a glass of water. Stir well. Take a dessertspoonful every two hours, whilst awake of course, for four or five days, then three times daily instead of as before. Stop all medicine when the pain and lump have gone, but report to me in ten days, in any case. When she appeared, the pain had gone, and the mass was smaller and softer.
Moreover it seemed less attached to the ribs. That breast was practically normal in one month, pain was a thing almost forgotten, and the small glands over the collar bone were not to be felt. So the “knife” was once more cheated, and the patient was unmutilated.
A few months later I was called to go to her house, as she had measles. I was not interested in this matter, so placed her in hands of a good homoeopathic doctor in London. In about another month she wrote me a letter complaining that I had recommended to her a man who had charged her two guineas a visit, 14s. in all, though she had brought about an aggravation of her measles and a threatened mastoid (ear) inflammation, through prancing about in scant clothing, although warned to keep warm in her bed. She had not paid me anything for saving her breast.
It had passed from her mind as her fears were dispelled, and what was the value of a few drops of medicine which hardly tasted?
These results are within the power of any orthodox practitioner if he wishes to cure his patients, but he must study hard.
Medicine is a science which has been hitherto more professed than laboured, and yet more laboured than advanced. I will divide it into three parts, which I will term its three offices; the first whereof is the Preservation of Health, the second the Cure of Diseases, and the third the Prolongation of Life. – LORD BACON, Advancement of Learning.