(The following questions were formulated by the late Dr.E.A. Farrington and published by him without answers, in pamphlet from, in January, 1876.)
The time is ripe and has long since been ripe for us as Homoeopaths to take to ourselves somewhat of the enthusiasm of our foregoers in or Materia Medica. A world-renowned surgeon has taken a strong step for the establishment of at least the plausibility of our method of therapy. Harvey Cushing, in the Cameron Prize Lectures, delivered in 1925 at Edinburgh, says:
“And now that the smoke of battle has cleared and we no longer hear the barrage of the shot gun prescriptions of our predecessors, we many even salute the infinitesimal Hahnemann and look upon Osler’s contempt for most drugs as indirectly a great benefaction of practical therapeutics”
Let us avail ourselves of our heritage. That sincere but based antagonist of Homoeopathy, Oliver Wendell Holmes, in a lecture before the Harvard Medical School, once said;
“I firmly believe that if the whole Materia Medica could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind and all the worse for fishes”.
We admire Holmes, both as a physician and a literateur. We disagree with him in the use of the word “whole” instead of the word “much”. Had the latter word been used we would have been in hearty accord. We feel after persual of some Homoeopathic literature that a certain stimulus may be given to the more enthusiastic study of our materia medica, if we publish a series of questions formulated by Farrington some fifty years ago and answer the questions from certain symptoms confirmed with accord by Hahnemann, Hering, Lippe, and the elder Raue and Korndoerfer.
1. What changes are made in the Blood by Lachesis?
High grade hemolysis and anti-coagulant action. Indicative symptomatology : Haemorrhagic diathesis.
Blood dark, non-coagulable; small wounds bleed much.
2. What changes are made in the Blood by Apis?
Indicative symptomatology; Phlebitis, ecchymotic spots, varicose veins, dropsies.
3. What changes are made in Serous Membrane by Bryonia? Inflammations (dry).
Indicative symptomatology : Tearing stitch-like pain in chest in the region of diaphragm and various joints.
4. What changes are made in the Skin by Rhus Tox.?
Inflammation-Vesicular, macular, papular, pustular lesions.
Indicative symptomatology : Intolerable itching, red measly rash all over body. Urticaria, ivy-poisoning, Pemphigus.
5. What changes are made in Capillaries by Hamamelis?
Relaxation of capillary circulation (venous). Venous congestion. Passive haemorrhage.
Indicative symptomatology : Venous haemorrhage from all orifices of the body. Varicose veins.
6. What changes are made in Buccal Mucous Membrane by Arum Tri.?
Indicative symptomatology : Excessive acrid saliva; buccal cavity raw, sore, bleeding.
7. What changes are made in Mucous Membranes by Lycopodium?
Indicative symptomatology : Over-sensitiveness to hearing and smell. Mouth and tongue dry, without thirst. Bitter taste in morning.
8. What changes are made in Mammary Glands by Conium?
Inflammation and tumefaction.
Indicative symptomatology : Tumors of mammae, with piercing pain worse at night; gland abnormally tender.
9. What changes are made in the Urine by Bryonia?
Renal inflammation (complicating acute infectious disease, Scarlet Fever).
Indicative symptomatology : Urine loaded with albumin. Face bloated below the eyes; burning in the urethra when not urinating.
10. What changes are made in the Glands by Mercury? Inflammation, with or without suppuration.