I had one peculiar case, but I am afraid to report everything. It was one of the cases of a midwife, experienced, well educated and of thirty years’ practice. I had seen a number of her cases and considered her highly accomplished; she occasionally sent for me to share the responsibility, and this one was a tedious case. She had diagnosed a breech presentation, and sent for me with a note saying she expected a two days’ job and wanted me to come and assure the family that if it should be three days it would have a favorable termination. I went to the house, made an examination, found a breech presentation and confirmed her diagnosis. The dilation of the os was nearly as large as a half dollar. I gave a dose of Pulsatilla and assured the family as she requested me with all conscientiousness and thought no more about the case.
The next morning she called at my office. The patient I learned had a good many pains, irregular and spasmodic. She was a Pulsatilla patient, and I paid more attention to the case by taking symptoms and seeing what remedy would help her through. The midwife then said: “Why did you not tell me I made a mistake in that diagnosis? I am an old fool to practice midwifery for thirty years and not know a head presentation. You knew it was a head presentation. That child was born head first.”‘ Did the pulsatilla do it? It was born in a few hours after I left the house.