GLONOINE-NITRO-GLYCERINE


That nitrogen and glycerine should combine to produce such a wildly intemperate blasting agent is incalculable- absolutely unforeseen till “discovered”. But, as a great chemist once said, “no cone could tell, a priori, how even a lump of sugar would behave when dropped into a cup of tea”. Science is the plodding daughter of Experiment: and, as such, Homoeopathy is scientific.


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GLONOINE- Nitro-glycerine-that highly explosive liquid, which admixed with some porus earth forms the “deadly dynamite”, to he shaking of earth and the blasting of rocks, lives up to its reputation, even when potentized and used in medicine; retaining its alarming characters: its suddenness, its bursting sensations and pains, its upward-surgings which threaten to lift and shatter the cranium.

Chemistry is fascinating, if only for its psychology, if one may (mis) use term. Of two deadly elements, in combination, she may form something quite harmless, even essential of life: whereas from such mild and kindly creatures as the glycerine of the toilet table so inert that it never even “goes bad”, and nitrogen,, that colourless, tasteless, odourless gas, which, four-parts to one in mixture with the life-supporter, oxygen, modifies the properties of the latter in such sort that, instead of burning us out rapidly we just get, with every breath, that happy admixture that supports life without hastening its destruction.

That nitrogen and glycerine should combine to produce such a wildly intemperate blasting agent is incalculable- absolutely unforeseen till “discovered”. But, as a great chemist once said, “no cone could tell, a priori, how even a lump of sugar would behave when dropped into a cup of tea”. Science is the plodding daughter of Experiment: and, as such, Homoeopathy is scientific.

Dr. Hughes (Pharmacodynamics) points out that, though Old School uses Glonoine, having even adopted that name for it, yet medicine owes its introduction to Constantine Hering, Hahnemanns great disciple. But we notice that, as always, when using those violent medicinal substance, so often the most splendidly curative agents of Homoeopathy, Old School has, perforce, to follow into the fantastic region of infinitesimals.

“Nitro-glycerine was discovered by Sobrero in 1947, but none could be obtained for physiological experiment until Morris Davis, a Philadelphia chemist, in the same year, after long and laborious trials, under direction of Hering, succeeded to produce the substance in sufficient quantity for proving. It was extensively proven here and abroad (see Allens Encyclopaedia”) and the symptoms have received abundant clinical verification.” HERINGS “Guiding Symptoms”.

A quaint little verification of the care and exactness with which the provings of homoeopathic drugs have been observed and recorded comes to hand, most opportunely, even as we write.

A certain physician, busy with rather urgent mental work, and worried by a sensation of fullness at the back of head and neck, a miserable, incapacitating fullness-took a dose of Glonoine- a drug that, as we know, produces such fullness-took a dose of Glonoine- a drug that, as we know, produces such fullness, and there. It was Glonoine 3,. merely a couple of pilules, of the only preparation available, probably inert, discovered among a number of homoeopathic medicines that had belonged to some one long since dead- (certainly 25 to 30 years)-and sent on years ago “in case they should prove useful”.

Well, the headache soon went (post or propter hoc?)- but a couple of days later, while busy with out-patient work, the doctor became suddenly conscious of an unpleasant numbness of the left had, never felt before, and rather disconcerting. Presently this disappeared, but only to be succeeded by numbness of the lower lip, the exact sensation felt when cocaine has been injected for tooth extraction. This also went: but only to return again and again, and yet again, first to left hand and then to lower lip: nowhere else: always absolutely limited. Before night these rather alarming sensations sent him to Kents Repertory to find the remedy-should it be needed. And there he discovered, under “Numbness, lower lip”, two drugs only “(Calc.), and Glon.” Then he turned to “Numbness of left hand,” to find several remedies: Glon. among them! The sensation was satisfactorily accounted for: and was the more interesting because Glon. is not down as producing numbness of right hand, or of upper lip.

BLACK LETTER SYMPTOMS.

Well-known streets seem strange: way home too long.

Disinclined to speak; would hardly answer.

A distinct feeling of pulse in HEAD.

Throbbing in front of head.

Immediately a sensation as if head were too large.

Head felt enormously large.

Pressure and throbbing in temples.

Pressure and pain from within out in both temples.

Fullness in head, and throbbing without pain.

Head very full: pulse full and quick.

Margaret Lucy Tyler
Margaret Lucy Tyler, 1875 – 1943, was an English homeopath who was a student of James Tyler Kent. She qualified in medicine in 1903 at the age of 44 and served on the staff of the London Homeopathic Hospital until her death forty years later. Margaret Tyler became one of the most influential homeopaths of all time. Margaret Tyler wrote - How Not to Practice Homeopathy, Homeopathic Drug Pictures, Repertorising with Sir John Weir, Pointers to some Hayfever remedies, Pointers to Common Remedies.