Case III.-Mr.—— aged 52, been addicted to whiskey drinking for many years. States that he had a copious flow of blood from the bowels some four months ago. He considered himself well up to two years ago. During these two years he has declined steadily, “growing weaker all the time,” he says. At present the exertion of walking a few blocks to my office caused suffocation; in fact it was some minutes before he could talk, he was so out of breath. After the loss of blood, above mentioned, his feet began to swell, and at this time both limbs to middle of thighs were very oedematous. Has had two or three nondescript chills. A few days ago he had a sudden paralytic weakness of left arm and leg, which passed off in three hours, leaving a numbness in the left hand and rending pain in left side of head and face. No appetite, and there are bloody mucous discharges with the stool, which is otherwise normal. “I feel as if in a dream all the time.
Loss of memory. His wife came with him for his safety and to tell his symptoms for him. Thinking hard enabled him to recall many of his symptoms, and simple incidents. When I would let him talk he would keep saying, over and over, “If I should run I would drop dead.”
His face was covered with varicose veins and very red. A general venous stasis prevailed. Feeling on top of the head as if he had been hit with a hammer. (The wife said he often mentioned the last symptom.) Must pass urine several times in the night; urine thick and cloudy after standing, but is clear when first passed. Has had much worry from financial losses during the last ten years, which had made him resort to whisky. He has always had a very red face. He cannot pass urine while sitting at stool, but it flows freely when he is standing; albumin in the urine He has taken much medicine during the last two years. Always very strong.
While this case seemed to be very unpromising, and the wife was promptly informed that the case would most likely prove fatal. I was urged so strongly by her, that I took considerable time and settled upon a remedy. Sarsaparilla cm., one powder, in water, eight doses spread over two days, and plenty of Sac. lac. No aggravation seemed to follow, and at the end of a month he was so much improved, and still improving that he continued to take Sac. lac. which restored him to a very comfortable existence and he is temperate and works for his living and supports his family, which was previously done by his wife with her needle.