If Constantine Hering had never given the homoeopathic profession anything but his admirable pathogenesis of Lachesis he would have been remembered in gratitude for all time by the homoeopathic world.
If Bernhardt Fincke had never given the homoeopathic profession anything but his proving of the X-ray, his name, too, would be held in grateful remembrance by posterity, for its possibilities in the cure of many of the most obstinate of chronic diseases appear almost limitless.
We are indebted to Dr. John B. Campbell, one the original provers, for the discovery of the great value of this dynamic agent in rousing the reactive vitality of the system, both mentally and physically, and thus bringing to the surface suppressed symptoms of persons laboring under a combination of dyscrasia, the miasms of Hahnemann. This is especially true of the deep seated constitutional ailments, sycotic in character, which so often terminate in malignant disease, especially cancer.
When the sycotic or syphilitic virus is grafted on a psoric or tubercular diathesis; when from the paucity of presenting symptoms it is almost impossible to be certain of the predominant diathesis, in consequence of which the best selected antipsoric, Calcarea, Medorrhinum, Psorinum, Sepia, Sulphur, Syphilinum, or Tuberculinum, fails to relieve or to rouse the overpowered vitality to a sufficient degree to throw off or bring to the surface the predominant toxin, the X-ray bids fair to be our curative remedy.
Every physician who has had even a limited experience in the treatment of the toxic effect of the X-rays on either a bone or soft tissue will not need any proof of its deep-seated character and the extreme difficulty under any form of treatment of arousing the overpowered vitality and effecting a cure. An X-ray burn, so-called, whether of the bone or skin, is almost impossible to heal, and despite the best efforts of the ablest practitioner, the best treatment known to medical science of the present day, is often fatal.
Here is a field of action in which the potentized dynamic remedy bids fair to be unrivalled, for there is no known homoeopathic agent, either crude or potentized, that in its primary action is so deep-seated or long acting in results. Neither is there any known agent that will more surely suppress and render incurable many chronic diseases as this, or none which better illustrates what Shakespeare said so long ago, that, “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread,” or where “A little learning is a dangerous thing.
Drink deep or touch not the Pyerion spring.” There is no therapeutic agent that so often cures, and so often fails where we think it ought to cure, in its empirical use, as this. If when its empirical use has roused latent vitality and restored suppressed symptoms we could correctly observe and interpret them, and for them find the simillimum, what possibilities lie in the future? As maintained by Hahnemann, Hering and Fincke and demonstrated by the work of the Austrian Provers Union, the dynamic potentized drug is the chief factor in both proving and healing. Like Magnetis Polus Australis and other imponderables, electricity and the X-ray are both capable of potentization, and the potentized dynamic remedy is just as superior to the crude drug as Aurum, Lycopodium, Silicea or Sulphur.
A very able description of the discovery of the X-ray by Professor Roentgen was given in the homoeopathic Physician (March, 1896), by Dr. Walter M. James, and concluded with the words: “Why should not the homoeopath seek to procure a proving of the effects of the X-ray upon the animal economy of the human being? An inviting field is there opened up to the experimenters of our school. May it soon be cultivated!”
March 27, 1897. A drachm vial filled with absolute alcohol was exposed to a Crook’s tube in operation for half an hour, and then brought up to the sixth centesimal potency. With this smallest globules were moistened and the vials containing them presented to the members of the Brooklyn Hahnemannian Union, which met the same evening in regular session.
Of course everyone was curious of trying the new remedy and took a small number of globules on the tongue at once, and lo! It began to reveal its existence immediately, and during the two hours of our being together a number of symptoms were observed, which were at once announced and taken down by our diligent Secretary. Some of the members from that time have been seriously affected, that they would not for any consideration try any more of that mysterious power.
The following is a narrative of its action upon the several provers, being perfectly healthy up to that time, which lasted from the beginning to two months. The action reveals not only new symptoms, but also hunted up many old ones.
If it is assumed that glass is opaque to the X-ray, it was not so in our case, for the alcohol in the vial was certainly affected by it, as the result of the provings show. If the X-ray penetrates certain tissues of the body in order to make the condition of the opaque organs, such as the bones and foreign bodies contained in the body, visible, it is also shows its penetration into that invisible interior of the human being, which is under the dominion of the life-force.
Dr. Alice B. Campbell, one of the provers, said: “Dr. Fincke presented each of us with a bottle of the X-rays, and said: ‘It is a sample, you can take a dose.’ Each of us took a dose. I thought it was such a low potency that it would not have any effect, and that was the reason I took it. We did not know what it was going to do. I took just the one dose.”
I was in the best of health and spirits when I began to use the X-ray; was a healthy girl, never had a doctor until pregnancy.
Nov. 24, 1906. A lady, aged 56, hereditary cancer in her family; mother died of it at 52. For an injury of right breast, which resulted in a tumor, which would probably develop into cancer, the X-ray was used for months, reduced its size and entirely relieved the pain. Some time after a stiffening of neck on left side appeared, to which little attention was paid. Suddenly one morning it went to right side, with intense pain, from which I have never been free for a moment since. Pain severe every night and occurs in paroxysms during the day. Sudden “cricks” attack first one side, then the other agg. on getting cold, and turning the head nearly produces convulsions. The pain is more severe behind the ears, the mastoid process. A sickening grating is heard between the bones of the cervical spine on turning the head. Skin behind the ears red and sore to touch.
The grating is heard and felt in nearly all the joints, especially the shoulders; toe pains are steady, but at times will appear in sharp “cricks, ” then in streaks down the course of the nerves agg. by moving head or neck; moving the head on pillow at night is agony. Sometimes the pain is relieved on keeping perfectly quiet, again gentle motion relieves.
Have read all the still neck symptoms in Lippe, Hering, Raue, T.
F. Allen and other works; the indicated remedy has failed to give me slightest relief.
Dec. 1, 1906. Last three days left side of head and neck pain intensely and constantly, at times paroxysms of cramping pain in cord, from left shoulder to head, and sharp shooting pain in head, back and above left ear. Cords feel too short. Only relief I have is in walking the floor. Skin is so sore, cannot bear the slightest touch, though hard pressure relieves for an instant. I am nearly mad with pain. (Dr. G _ has said frequently in the last month that he was afraid that I was getting too much X-ray’ I thought not, although I thought it very queer he could not relieve my pain.) Jan. 9, 1907. Have taken no X-ray treatment since Nov. 23s. Have not been out of the house for six weeks. Suffered torture for four weeks at every motion of head, neck or shoulders. The neuralgic pains were torturing, and the best selected remedies had little or no effect. Spigelia partially relieved severity of pains, but they appeared on the right side of head and neck, yet never left the left side for an instant. Atropine relieved the right sided pain for 24 hours, but neck and shoulder are still lame. I now have no severe pain, if I lie still on left side of face and body, but am unable to lift head from pillow without taking my hands, and then only by a slow circular motion.
I can sit up or stand for 15 or 30 minutes, and then clutching, shooting, aching pains begin behind left ear, and in muscles of left side of neck, and I must lie down on left side, and in a few minutes am free from pain. The stinging, contracting of the muscles relieved, but the pain in back of head is still persistent. Massage, at times, has given slight relief, at other times the slightest touch is so painful that it cannot be borne. Heat relieves the pains at times, but Arsenic does not.
Jan. 14. Improving some; yesterday could lie with a much higher pillow, first time in six weeks. Should be able to bear the pains could the darting, aching, clutching pain in the bone behind the left ear, which makes its appearance every time I sit up over twenty minutes, be relieved. The stinging, contracting pain is better, and notwithstanding all the suffering from the last few weeks, I do not look as if I had been ill; color good and gaining weight.
The tumor in breast is softening some, and decreasing in size.
The X-ray treatment was always the very lightest possible, and never once colored the skin red, although tanning it very brown.
Took it at first but once a week; the effect being so good, applied it every third or fourth day. The first pain I had was a slight stiffness of neck on left side. In March it was only felt on turning in bed at night; increased slightly and gradually until Nov. 1st; though I had one severe paroxysm of pain in right side of neck in May, relieved by hot applications, which still give some relief at times. Sitting in the hot sun shining on my neck gives some relief. Have suffered intensely of late from flushes of heat, similar to those I had during climacteric; better afternoons and evenings. The back of head at times seems perfectly well – next moment cannot bear slightest touch or lift my head from the pillow without great pain on both sides in muscles of neck.
1. Dr. B. L. B. B., after one dose of X-ray 6 cent.
A magnetic thrill in right hand extending up forearm, immediately.
No particular symptoms the next day.
Next morning awaked earlier than usual by dull aching in the left side of occiput, and immediately in left sacroiliac region, then on posterior aspect of left thigh and calf, a dull ache, These pains extend from above downward, not severe, lasting fifteen minutes.
In afternoon suddenly a sharp ache in left side of occiput on a small area. This occurred two or three times at intervals of some hours without regularity.
After that in the course of two or three days a trouble which he had once before, a catarrhal condition of inflammation of rectum with discharge of mucus, slightly bloody, after action of bowels.
Corns on soles of feet more sensitive than formerly, consisting of thickening of cuticle, and sometimes a little pain head depression which does not scale off.
2. Dr. Miss Alice B. C., after one dose X-ray 6 cent.
A feeling on the external orbital margin as if it might be an ache, immediately.Buzzing in right ear with pressure extending to temples.
Bearing down on eyelids.
Woke with headache next morning, continuing at intervals during whole day.
A pressing across forehead, with a miserable feeling generally, as though going to be sick.
Sleepy with headache.
Bloody mucus from nose.
No appetite for anything, only sweet pudding or cake most tolerable.
Aversion to meat.
Heaviness and fullness in lower abdomen after eating small quantity.
Uneasy feeling in lower abdomen at intervals like fomentation, as though diarrhoea would follow.
Most distress after midday and evening meal.
Abdomen distended with full feeling. (Pulsatilla, which a year ago helped for months a train of symptoms, had only very slight effect.) Drawing gnawing in the region of appendix as though inflammation were beginning.
Sensation in right lower abdomen as though bubbles were forming and wanting to burst (relieved by Taraxacum for twenty- four hours).
Flatulence with ineffectual desire for stool.
Seven days after taking the medicine was roused out of bed at 4 A.M. with desire for stool, and complete evacuation of immense quantity followed by nausea and vomiting, profuse sweat.
Colicky pain in right lower abdomen, sometimes extending behind hip, and retained urine. Tenesmus vesicae continuing for twelve hours to 4 P.M., when the urine came freer.
Vomiting ceased though colic-pains remained for twelve days.
Moving aggravated pains especially on right side of abdomen, which seemed to adhere to the walls, feeling as if being torn off. Had to keep a large towel-pad between abdomen and thigh to support abdomen and prevent the excruciating pain.
Ate nothing for three days.
Thirst for cold drinks, though nothing tastes good.
Tongue thickly coated.
Only snatches of sleep during these twelve days, always followed by terrible mental depression, did not want to answer questions, did not want to see anybody nor speak to anybody, misanthropy.
Chill as soon as beginning to sleep running up back, preventing sleep.
Dreams of distressing nature. Recurrence of a dream that used to trouble her many years ago. This dream was repeated at wide intervals over twenty years ago. Now it came every night for five times.
Seven days from beginning of the attack had a return of renal colic with vomiting, continuous nausea, cold sweat and retention of urine on left side. A clutching pain from kidney to bladder that never relaxed for four hours, causing the wildest demonstration of agony, ghastly face, blue rings around sunken eyes, violent trembling, frightful restlessness, cold sweat, urine retained in ureter, giving a perfect picture of Tabacum which also relieved the symptoms. As soon as the pains in the ureter relaxed, the urine seemed to fill up the bladder and then passed without pain. Some spasm remained and was relieved by a Cantharis in five minutes. (He had something like this before, about a year ago, by all means not so severe, a mere strangury.)
Varicose veins inside of knees and legs, with swelling and soreness (after years returned).
The palms of the hands, which were rough and scaly and bleeding at times, became entirely smooth during proving. Healing action.
After that the hands went back to former condition while general health improved.
Prostration for a long time.
During the continued action of the X-ray she suffered so much that for some time she had to take medicine to counteract it. All these symptoms have been thrown out.
3. Dr. John B. C., March 28th, 1897, took X-ray 6 cent., three doses in globules ten minutes apart.
Five minutes after second dose.
Sensation of fullness of head with slight full feeling in both ears, worse in right ear.
Feeling in head and nose as if coryza were about to commence, with some slight desire to sneeze.
Sense of pressive fullness starting from posterior prominence of vertex in a straight line to bridge of nose, followed by fullness in entire vertex extending to bridge of nose.
Tingling in both arms as of an electric current, or as if asleep.
Intermittent, slightly burning rheumatic-like pain in right carpometacarpal articulation extending from index-finger up outside of forearm.
Aggravation of fullness over vertex worse along center to nose, worse stooping.
Dull pain in right sciatic nerve, worse on walking. Wandering pains in chest, sticking in character, worse on right side.
Sticking pains in different parts of head and face.
Rheumatic pains in different parts of head and face.
Rheumatic pains in front of right thigh.
March 29th. Bad taste in forenoon.
Disagreeable fullness of head all morning, with bland coryza and stoppage of nostrils.
General tired and sick feeling.
Symptoms gradually increasing in severity after noon.
Headache gradually extending to frontal region, worse in center of forehead.
Sense of pressure in center of forehead.
Dull headache in morning, worse stooping and after rising.
Symptoms all intermittent in character, they have all returned.
Sensation of sulphur-vapor in nose, with much sneezing.
Aching pain across top of head, coronal suture, on blowing nose and after it.
Pain in dorsal region.
Sulphur-vapor sensation in throat and nose.
Intermittent noise as of deep steam whistle in left ear, and ringing in head.
Mental processes not clear; writes wrong words in letters.
Stitching pain in right upper chest, going through to upper part of scapula.
Rheumatic pain in left wrist and forearm.
Lame and stiff in back. Aching whole length of spine.
Chilly while undressing in warm room.
March 30. Constant ache in vertex, worse on waking, also worse coughing, sneezing, motion or head low.
Rheumatic twinge in last two phalangeal articulations of index and middle finger for a short time in forenoon.
Nose stopped, worse on left side.
Throat painful on swallowing.
Sense of painful lump about left tonsil, worse swallowing.
Very vivid lewd dreams repeated night after night.
Dreams of strife, busy dreams.
Sleep not unrefreshing, though apparently dreaming all night.
Remark of the Prover. This medicine resurrects old troubles that have been long dormant, and remedies that formerly helped have little, if any, effect against the renewal difficulty. In five provers old symptoms were brought to light. In some cases the symptoms had been absent one year, some six, twelve or even thirty years.
May 24. No appetite for breakfast (an old symptom absent for years).
Re-appearance of an old slight pimply eruption on left side of forehead.
Persistent exhaustion and languor; this last was marked and not attributable to spring.
Return of a slight eruption on outside of lower legs, burning when scratched, worse after scratching (absent for months).
Observation of the Prover. It seems this medicine might be used in three ways: 1. To develop old troubles or those which might become latent from any cause including suppression. 2. To develop acute symptoms already present as against its own pathogenetic phenomena. 3. As an antipsoric somewhat like Sulphur.
4. Dr. Miss C., March 27, 9 P.M., one dose X-ray 6 cent.
An indescribable sensation in esophagus, immediately.
Pain in right side of head above temple.
Palpitation during evening, causing cough.
Pulsations greatly diffused and violent, provoking and exclamation which was repressed, accompanied with a desire to walk in open air, and entirely relieved by lying down.
Before going to sleep, dull pain in upper jaw on right side.
Scraping pain in lateral incisor, aggravated by noises and jarring of cars.
March 28. After waking at daybreak next morning sensation in dorsal region of spine, as if its convexity were anterior and drawn far forward, lasting but a minute, and followed by a very comfortable feeling in that region, lasting a much longer time.
In morning after rising and before eating, a cough caused by an irritation in larynx, accompanied by a pain in right side just above crest of ilium; eating relieved cough, but side felt bruised when bending, or jarring, or pressing it.
Red, smooth eruption on right side of face.
Sore pain in cartilage of left ear, felt when pressing it, later in right ear.
March 29. Pain darting upward in region of left ovary, when sitting, walking or standing.
March 31. After eating at noon, a sensation of a long and narrow foreign body lodged in pharynx, unmoved by swallowing, aggravated by swallowing. After this passed away, pharynx felt hollow and sore on deglutition.Sharp pain at apex of heart, better by lying on left side.
Had always heat and swelling of feet in spring which is better now. Healing action.
5. Dr. St. C., after one dose X-ray 6 cent.
Threatening headache, pressure through temples, immediately.
Aching of extensor muscle of forearm, going up to shoulder.
6. Mrs. E. C., after one dose of X-ray 6 cent.
Drawing, aching discomfort in right thigh through hip and knee down through toes, immediately.
Sciatic pain in right hip.
Palpitation of heart.
In less than a week began to cough, with tearing sensation in bronchi, hoarseness, palpitation.
Chilliness on moving or from draft.
Lame and sore all over.
Wave-like sensation as if would break out in perspiration.
Stools green though normal in consistency.
Teeth covered with a gray-green deposit.
Menses dark green one day.
Second day of menses violent sick headache, pulsating pressure outward in forehead as if bursting, vomiting, pain relieved by hot water application.
Phlegm of greenish hue causing cough in crawling up.
7. Dr. L. M. L., after one dose of X-ray 6 cent.
Drawing in and heaviness across brow approaching nose and resting there.
Ears more clear from ringing and from dullness of hearing than for many years. Healing action.
Rheumatic pains in right wrist and arm.