Tuberculinum is useful in patients of tubercular history, when the patient complains of feeling as if he had taken a new cold on the least exposure, and it has erratic pains like Pulsatilla, appearing now here, now there, in different parts of the body.
Tuberculinum must not be forgotten when the patients continually “taking cold,” says the least exposure brings on a new cold. This is especially to be regarded if the patient has a tuberculous history. It is often the beginning of consumption, and may be checked by this remedy, if given high and at not too frequent intervals.
Tuberculinum or Bacillinum is indicated in pulmonary tuberculosis or phthisis if there is a family history of tuberculosis. The patient complains that he takes a fresh cold every little while, and he does not know how. Loses flesh even while eating well. Short dry hacking cough, worse mornings when he may raise little. Menses do not appear when they should in young girls. The deposit or pain is like Sulphur often located in the apex of the left lung. There are ever changing symptoms, affecting first one organ, then another, travelling around like Pulsatilla, to lungs, skin, brain, kidneys, stomach, etc., and the pains like those of Belladonna come and go suddenly. Burnett in his little book on cure of consumption with the Bacilli virus is very convincing and my own use of it is in several cases very gratifying. He used in his cases the “C”, which I suppose means the 100th potency. I have used the 30th, 200th, 1m. given me the best results in several instances is the D.M. made on my own fluxion machine. I almost hesitate to make such a statement because of the prejudice in the minds of many, but believe it to be better to tell the truth whether it is accepted or not.
Cough character – All kinds of cough. In the first stage dry. Later loose, very loose with profuse expectoration.
Modalities not well marked.
Concomitants – Takes cold after cold, doesn’t know how, but in every breath of fresh air Emaciation rapid and pronounced. Symptoms changeable especially pains changing, now here, now there. Tubercular deposit in apex of lungs; oftenest left.
Notwithstanding the prejudice against nosodes, we are forced to admit that they are wonderful remedies in certain cases.
Clinical results not only with Tuberculin and Psorinum, as well as the others, cannot be ignored. Von Behring suspects that Antitoxine as well as Variolin acts along homoeopathic lines, and is man enough to say so, and declares that if honest investigation takes him along homoeopathic lines, he goes that way. When this spirit takes possession of the old school in general the medical millennium is not far away. More honest investigation of this remedy will define its exact place as clearly as that of Psorinum.