HABITUAL INFLUENZAS. GENERAL ILL-HEALTH AND HEADACHE.
Mr.-, a city gentleman, came under my observation on December 28th, 1882, complaining, that he was suffering from a series of neglected cold. He is costive; gets boils and pimples; has a number of warts, both and pedunculated; never had gonorrhoea; has severe frontal headache these three months; much pain across chest; and feels so out of health that he can no longer attend to his work, which is only light office work. He especially asks for a preventive for his frequent influenza colds. Flesh is flabby and skin spotted with pimples.
The habitual influenza, the chronic frontal headache, the pimply skin, the feeling of general malaise points, according to my experience, to vaccinosis. But had the patient been vaccinated ? Yes. Four times, and did not “take” the last three times.
I do not expect many to agree with my theory that, when an individual is unsuccessfully vaccinated, he may have been seriously affected in his health by the reactionless vaccination, perhaps more so than if it had “taken”. But it is a settled point with me, and in these cases I find Thuja as promptly efficacious as in the ordinary forms of vaccinosis.
R. Thuja occidentalis 30 (4 in 24). One at bedtime and on rising.
January 10th, 1883. Wonderful improvement already in the first week; the headaches gone (had had them three months), pain in chest gone; and the bowels are less costive. What a change in twelve days.
R Thuja occidentalis 100, as before.
February 8th. Well; he complains of nothing, and merely calls to thank me.
This case made a considerable sensation in the gentlemans large office circle, partly because the change in his condition was so sudden and complete, and partly because he came to Homoeopathy demonstratively unwillingly, and in consequence of the earnest solicitations of his chef de bureau.
ACNE OF FACE AND NOSE, AND NASAL DERMATITIS.
A young lady, about twenty years of ago, was brought by her mother to me on October 28th, 1882. Patient had a very red pimple nose, not like the red nose of the elderly, or like that due to dyspepsia or to tight lacing, but a pimply, scaly nasal dermatitis, which extended from the cutaneous covering of the nose to that of the cheeks, but appearing here more as facial acne. The nasal dermatitis was, roughly, in the from of a saddle. Of course this state of things in an otherwise pretty girl of twenty was painfully and humiliatingly unpleasant to her and to her friends; in face, it was likely to mar her future prospect very materially, more especially as it had already existed for six years and was making no signs of departing. She also complained of obstinate constipation. The pimples of the nose and face used to get little white mattery heads. In trying to trace the skin affection back to its real origin, I ascertained that the patient was re-vaccinated six years ago, but she could not remember whether the nose was previously affected or not. This re-vaccination was unsuccessful, i.e. it did not “take”.
R Thuja occidentalis 30.
November 30th. Pimples of face decidedly better. Nose less red. Constipation no better.
R Thuja occidentalis 100.
January 3rd, 1883. The face is free ! Her mother gratefully exclaims, “She is wonderfully better.” I ask the young lady which powders did her most good; she says, “The last !” The skin on the nose is normal, but the constipation is not better, and for this she remains under treatment.
That Thuja cured this case is incontrovertible, but that it was a case of vaccinosis is not quite so certain, though it is far from improbable. The re-vaccination and inflammation of the skin of the nose were referred both to six years ago when she was in Switzerland at school; but the patient could not remember which was the first, the bad nose or the vaccination.
NEURALGIA OF RIGHT EYE.
Mr.-, a gentleman of position and means, about fifty years of age, came to consult me on June 28th, 1882, for neuralgia of the right eye. He had come in consequence of the cure of the case recorded here as Observation VI.