(The Grease of Horses)
The crusts vary in form and character, and the appearance differs as much in animals as many skin diseases of the same family do in the human. Dr. W. P. Wesselhoeft reports a case in which: “The crust assumed a conical form; a thick layer of crusts, if allowed to remain without removal, heaped up one-half an inch. They were fragile, moist, yellow, about the consistency of honey-comb. When removed a raw surface remained with deep fissures and thick crusts reformed into their original size in 48 hours. There was evidently no itching, but some soreness after removal of the scabs.”
These crusts resemble some forms of eczema and rupia.
From Jenner we have it that the origin of cowpox is infection of the udders of cows by contact with grass, on which a horse infected with grease has trodden; while the other historical origin from a similar source of infection, also from Jenner, is that it was from the unwashed hands of the stable nays who milked the cows after grooming the horses infected with grease. These assertions are to some extent confirmed by the clinical experience of many homoeopaths, who have successfully used Malandrinum against infection with smallpox, and for the bad effects of vaccination.
John H. Clarke says: “It has been used on inferential grounds with great success in bad effects of vaccination. I have cured with it cases of unhealthy dry, rough skin remaining for years after vaccination; in small-pox, measles and impetigo.”
Burnett cured with it a case of knock-knee in a child who was constantly handling his penis. His indications are: “Lower half of body affected, greasy skin and greasy eruption. Slow pustulation never ending, as one heals another appears.”
For the bad effects from vaccination: The late Dr. Fellger, of Philadelphia probably had a more extensive experience in treating variola and the effects of vaccination than any other man of his time. He had given much thought and many years of study to the subject and came to rely almost wholly upon Malandrinum as a prophylactic for variola, and as the therapeutic remedy in acute cases. He used Malandrinum for confluent small- pox with great success. Where the skin has an unnatural color between the pustules, and small-pox takes on the confluent form, it is always serious and often dangerous. When the eyeball becomes congested and red, it enables the physician to prognose danger.
Dr. Boskowitz, of Brooklyn, was the first to introduce and use Malandrinum. He made the first potencies up to the 30th from the crust of the “grease of the horse.” To the observations of Dr. Boskowitz in the use of this remedy, both as a prophylactic and therapeutic remedy against small-pox and the bad effects of vaccination, are added those of Drs. Raue, Carleton Smith, Wm. Jefferson Guernsey, Selfridge, Wesselhoeft, Burnett and Clarke. The potencies of Boericke & Tafel were obtained from Dr. Raue; those of Fincke, Swan and Smith, of New York, came direct from Dr. Boskowitz. It is needless to add that these original preparation were hand-made, but we believe all are reliable. The remedy has had an extensive proving by W. P. Wesselhoeft. H. C. Allen, Steere, Holcombe and students of Hering College, in 1900 and 1901. The provings were made with potencies ranging from the 30th and 35th to the 200th. No prover knew what was being taken.
We consider it a deep long acting remedy, to be repeated not more oftener than once a fortnight.
Impetigo, ecthyma; fat, greasy looking pustular eruptions are especially affected by this remedy. A. L. Marcy. H. R. Vol. XIV, p. 530, relates a singular experience with Malandrinum 30. During a small-pox epidemic he vaccinated himself, taking at the same time Malandrinum 30 night and morning. The vaccination did not take. It was twice repeated and still did not take; nor was smallpox contracted. Called to vaccinate four children in a family whose parents had small-pox, he vaccinated all and gave Malandrinum 30 to three of them at the same time; the remaining child was the only one whose vaccination “took”. This was so severe that Malandrinum had to be given to modify its intensity, which it did effectually. The other three were re-vaccinated but none “took.” Of five children from six to seventeen years of age, only the eldest had been vaccinated, and he had a good scar. All except the eldest were given Malandrinum, and were vaccinated and none of the four “took.” The eldest took small-pox. Malandrinum was then given, and in a few days he was convalescent. In another case of small-pox Malandrinum was given, and the disease only lasted a few days, the eruption drying up.
The only previous attempt at proving was made by Straube with the 30th potency, published in the H. R. Vol. XV, p. 145, and the H. W. Vol. XXXV, p. 504. These symptoms are included.
Mr. H-, aged 42, American, youngest of ten children; father died at 45, of pneumonia; a brother died at 20, of pneumonia; mother died in old age. Two sisters complain of rheumatism.
Brunette, black hair, dark blue eyes, healthy and athletic, until 21 years old. Never used tea, coffee, alcoholics or tobacco; lived a chaste life, father and brothers the same.
From birth his skin has been rough, dry, harsh; one brother has the same. Skin of palms and soles thick, cracks in cold weather; deep rhagades, sore at bottom; agg. dry cold weather; agg. when using soap or any alkali; skin of face and neck chaps and smarts after shaving. Must choose moist warm days for shaving.
At 21 had malaria, and was given very large doses of Quinine. Never had another chill; but has been constipated ever since, and sciatic rheumatism then set in, agg. in cold weather, agg. before storms.
Was nearly crippled from it for ten years.
Had sphincter dilated; papillae removed at two different times, but with no permanent benefit.
Bowels inactive, no desire for stool. Move after an enema, but leave a sore bruised feeling in rectum; dread of stool.
Thirstless; water nauseates.
Was vaccinated Feb. 1901. A slight “take.”
Lower half of body affected; greasy skin; greasy eruption. Slow pustulation, never ending, as one healed another appeared- Burnett.
Bad effects of vaccination; has cured cases of unhealthy, dry, rough skin, remaining for years after vaccination in small- pox, measles and impetigo.- Clarke.
Eczema facialis; oozing of a viscid fluid; intense burning; much edema; small scales, exfoliated agg. from bathing at night; amel. in cold air. – Thompson.
In a family of eight persons, none of whom had been vaccinated, the oldest boy took small-pox. One of his brothers slept with him and broke out all over; the mother expecting to be confined in a few days, we sent him away, and I at once put the rest of the family on Malandrinum 200, with the result that none of them took small-pox. The boy that slept with his brother had a light fever the twelfth day, but that passed off without any further trouble. – Bryant.
A yellowish honey-comb crust on upper lip; would crumble off, leaving moist surface, which would soon reform.
Sharp, stabbing pain through upper lip with occasional burning.
Small pimples on chest and back, with intense itching extending to other parts of body and limbs agg. by cold air, when undressing.
A large crust of a light yellowish-gray color on right side of forehead extending to the temple and borders of the hair.
Eruption in the popliteal space and hollow of elbows; scaly, crusty, moisture under the crusts and intense itching.
“Malandrinum in small-pox: ” The following symptoms are reported cured with Malandrinum: Aching in limbs; headache; pains in left side of head with great debility; pains in back, head and abdomen; pain in head and back, fatigue, chilliness and vomiting; stiff neck; constipation; inability to go up stairs from weakness; lazy, weak feeling; terrible itching after an attack of small-pox; foul smelling diarrhoea, chilliness, weak, tired feeling; great pain around the navel, sore aching in bones, sleeplessness during an attack of small-pox. Crying and ill temper of children during small-pox; pain in back extending to heels, soreness of abdomen, every bone in body aches. There was no smell from the eruption after Malandrinum was given. – Straube. “Malandrinum has been given to numbers of unvaccinated children who were directly exposed to the contagion of variola, and they have invariably escaped the disease. I have given it to many persons (one dose each), directly after vaccination and been unable to make that or re- vaccination “take” with virus which had proven effectual with others who had not had the medicine. One girl who suffered terribly from pain and an enormously swollen and inflamed arm and forearm, following vaccination, I entirely relieved of the pain in a few hours by two doses of Malandrinum, and with an almost complete disappearance of the objective symptoms in twelve hours.”-Guernsey. As therein stated, one or two doses are given, 24 hours apart, and not repeated until a succeeding epidemic or “scare” at all events it is believed to be sufficient for at least a year.
Impetigo covering back of head, extending over whole back to buttocks and even into vagina, covering labia and extensors of forearms.
Bad effects of vaccination.
Small dusky red spots on legs, not disappearing on pressure.
Miss. A. W. C.; a large brunette; unusually well and strong; aged 50, a nurse.
Wednesday, Dec. 6. Took twenty pellets of Malandrinum, the 35th, at 5: 30 P.M.
Thursday evening, Dec. 7. Toothache in right upper eye-tooth beginning about 8 P.M. and lasting for two hours until bed time.
Friday evening, Dec. 8. Peculiar feeling of snuffles in the nose without discharge, with an unusual feeling of apprehension.
Saturday, Dec. 9., 9 A.M. A peculiar dull ache in my left chest near the heart lasting about two hours.
In the afternoon about 2 P.M. a severe dull pain in ball of foot, under big toe; worse when stepping on it. This lasted all the rest of the afternoon.
Sunday, Dec. 10. Felt very well today and with the exception of the above sensations have felt an unusual exhilaration and have had an especially good appetite during the last four days.
No more symptoms until December 19th, when I took ten pellets of the two hundredth in the morning before breakfast.
Had a dull, uncomfortable headache which passed off after sundown.
December 21. Back of head aches from early morning all day, after a sleepless night with a patient.
December 22. Have had unusually vivid dreams and very unpleasant ones.
December 23. Dreams again vivid, but not as unpleasant (I very rarely dream.) Felt very well otherwise except an unusual apprehension about patient, for no reason that I can account for.
December 25. Unusually vivid dreams.
December 26. All night quarrelsome dreams. Woke in the morning with left arm very lame and a peculiar restlessness in the arm, which was exceedingly uncomfortable.
Sudden pains in my right hand which come and go quickly and have continued during the whole afternoon.
Mrs. G. F. S., widow, aged 58, Blonde, well developed, inclined to obesity. Remarkably healthy woman, whose appearance and vivacity would place her at the age of 40.
Dec. 6. 1905. Took fifteen pellets of the 35th potency at 10 P.M.
Before eleven o’clock began to feel a creepy sensation in my skin, particularly in the face, like the crawling of ants over it, accompanied by itching.
It was red, and I had to resist a desire to jerk my fingers and twist my hands; this continued and increased even after I had taken my warm bath.
Went to bed about twelve very sleepy, but could not get to sleep because I could not lie still on account of creepy sensation which spread over my arms, shoulders and upper part of my body, with jerking of the limbs.
I turned from one side to the other, but could not be quiet long enough to get to sleep. Accompanying this was a ringing in my head, as it once had when years ago I had taken quinine, but it was not of long duration.
At half-past one I got up and wrote this. My lower limbs did not seem to be affected by any of these sensations, but I kept scratching my arms and face, head and shoulders, and my hands and fingers felt particularly restless and nervous. Had no internal disturbance other than my head. Finally fell asleep at half-past two and slept soundly until six.
Dec. 7, Awoke with all the symptoms of the night before gone, but had a sharp headache, and a bad taste in my mouth. By seven o’clock these too were gone, and I arose feeling all right.
While I was out walking I was taken with a severe pain in the back, or, rather, at the left side of the sacrum low down, with stitching pains in rectum. It lasted about an hour.
At two o’clock began to have a bad headache over eyes, and with a sense of fullness in my head.
My feet were somewhat swollen when I put on my boots in the early morning, but by twelve o’clock after walking (not without some pain) the swelling left. By half-past three in the afternoon my headache was entirely gone (it lasted only one and a -half hours), also the sense of fullness in the head. Have felt perfectly well ever since until friday morning.
Dec. 8. About eleven o’clock when I suddenly had another attack of headache, and I find that I am liable to a return of these attacks, with the sense of fullness, at odd times, apparently without any reason.
Friday had three attacks, but they did not last long; from half an hour to an hour and a- half, not longer, also since Wednesday evening, when I took the pills, until Friday night, Dec. 8th, I have not had any discharge from my bowels.
Dec. 9. When I went to bed last night, after lying down, my head had a sharp pain for perhaps ten minutes. This morning when I woke I had that disagreeable taste in my mouth, but felt all right until about 9 o’clock, when I went out, and I did not have any vitality, and found it hard work to lift my legs. I thought it might come from not taking coffee (which you have asked me not to do during the proving), as I have done for so long a time, so I went and had some rolls and omelet and drank a cup of weak tea, but did not feel any better. My movements seemed to be uncertain. I was afraid of falling, or tripping. It was difficult work getting in and out of the cars. I had occasion to go up two flights of stairs, very old, narrow and rickety, and was afraid that I should fall on my way down. I have had all day, not a headache, but a feeling that made me scowl, and keep closing my eyes. I felt as if I must get home as soon as possible.
For two days, several times, I have been troubled by feeling very hot in the face; never cold. Sometimes when the face felt burning hot I would perspire on the face and head.
This morning I had a movement of the bowels, the first since Wednesday, Dec. 6th.
I have been troubled a great deal with rheumatism in my hand, the right one, and thigh and hip, although the pain was not constant, but since taking the pellets on Wednesday last, I have not had any pain of this kind anywhere. I have had a slight eruption on my cheeks and sometimes a place larger than a dollar would be burning red and shining on my right cheek at the side of my nose.
Sunday, Dec. 10. No symptoms today until now, 7 P.M., both cheeks are burning and have the inflamed shiny look. Perhaps it is also another symptom that I have been very irritable all day.
Dec. 11. The rheumatism has returned in right hand and hip. After I have been walking a very short distance, my legs pain me and get so heavy and my back and hips drag so that I have to sit down, and when I sit down, all these feelings go away. Two or three times today my right eyelid has kept twitching.
Tuesday, Dec. 12. Twitching in left eye only. Same trouble in my hips and legs and back, when walking. My stomach and abdomen have been much swollen for two days.
Wednesday, Dec. 13 Nothing more.
Thursday, Dec. 14. Nothing.
Dec. 17. Took two hundredth potency in solution at eleven o’clock P.M. A tablespoonful of twenty pellets dissolved in four tablespoonfuls of water.
At 12: 30 A.M., my skin began to itch and my legs were very fidgety, also all my body was very restless. Arms and shoulders were not affected as before, however, with itching and restlessness. It seemed to be the lower part of my body this time, although my face felt some of the irritation, but in a much less degree.
Monday, Dec. 18, 7: 30 A.M. Slept soundly from 12: 30 to 7: 30 this morning, with all the symptoms of the night before one gone awaking.
At 4 P.M. began to have excruciating pain in my forehead over the left eye, which continued until about midnight. Once it ran down behind my left ear for a short while. It left me as suddenly as it came. Took the last tablespoonful that night. Slept well without disturbance.
Dec. 19. That day was without pain or other disturbances, except I felt in a state of collapse nearly all day. Had no strength in my arms or legs, and every little while was obliged to lie down wherever I happened to be. Would almost fall asleep and my breathing was very deep and heavy, like puffing. My body felt heavy, and I had difficulty in lifting my legs and walking. Frequently low sighs would come. This was all much better by 6 P.M.
While taking the medicine this time, I have had no operation of the bowels, and the last day there was more or less of an eruption on my cheeks and at the side of the nose, but not the red shiny look I had when taking the remedy the first time in pills (the 35th).
Each time I took the medicine (the first time in pellets and this time in solution) I had a slight return of the breaking out round my waist which I had when afflicted with shingles years ago. I was not rheumatically affected this time as I seemed to be when I first took the pills. Ever since I began taking the pills, from the first day until now, I have found that when I started out walking, however well I felt, after a short time I gave out all over, and especially in my bowels, thighs and legs, also the toes of my left foot, except the big-toe, were affected in a way I never before felt, not like cramp or gout; and whereas I am always light on my feet and move quickly and easily, during these days it has been hard for me to get about and I have felt heavy and moved heavily, also a great deal of headache, a thing unusual for me; also often a shortness of breath with an inclination to wheeze.
Dec. 20th, 7 A.M. Woke with a bad headache (the bad taste which I had in my mouth when waking while I was taking the medicine in pellets (35th) I have not had at all this time). Since December 20th I have had no more symptoms.
Mrs. J. F. C., aged 62; a large well developed woman, gray hair, former blonde, born in England, and has lived for twenty years in Munich, Germany.
May 8, 1900. Has always been remarkably well until eight years ago when an eruption appeared on the upper lip, which formed a yellowish, honeycombed crust. Portions would crumble off and leave a moist surface, which again would form a similar crust; occasionally a burning and, at long intervals, sharp stabbing pains through the upper lip.
Had received all kinds of external treatments by German specialists, without effects. Once after cautery, it remained absent for six months. Then Dr. Jochner, of Munich, advised surgical interference, which was not acceded to. On her return to America, further local experiments were tried without success.
I could not elicit any symptoms of a constitutional character. Neither could I establish any connection with vaccination, or revaccination, as she told me she had never been revaccinated since childhood, which is a remarkable record for a life in Germany of twenty years.
The appearance was so unsightly that she had excluded herself largely from contact with society and was consequently mentally much depressed and anxious. From May 8th until February, 1901, she received at long intervals of at least three weeks single doses of Sulphur, Arsenic and Kali Carb. The latter remedy was given June 20th, 1900, and some improvement was noticed until February, 1901, during which time she was under placebo, when she reappeared with the condition as bad as ever.
The character of the eruption reminding me so strongly in appearance of the “scratches” of horses, led me to give her one dose of Malandrinum 24M., on February 5th, 1901.