“From this day began rapid and permanent improvement. Oh, what a relief to mother, father, friends, my little patient, and myself! I know that under any other treatment, and I might say remedy, this interesting little child could not have survived. Great credit is due to her mother, whose good judgment never forsake her for a moment.
She said she believed a thousand people called to inquire after the patient; and, of course, all kinds of friendly advice was volunteered, both as to remedies and physicians, but the parents stood firm in the belief that it was not good policy or safe to `swap horses while crossing a stream,’ and to-day they have their little one well, but weak, and feel well satisfied with their first venture with Homoeopathy. To-morrow they go to Atlantic City with our little patient to enjoy the invigorating breezes of Old Ocean for a time.
“CHAS.W. ROBERTS, M.D.
“Scranton, Pa., June 12, 1891.” In the same Homoeopathic Recorder
(pp. 260-1) Dr. Boocock gives a very interesting account of his experiments with our virus, thus:
“A PARTIAL PROVING OF BACILLI- NUM.
“August 2, 1892.-A very cloudy day, warm damp wind; feeling very much depressed and worried about business and finance; very bad headache.
“Having a patient coming to me of a consumptive diathesis, or troubled with `consumptiveness,’ I had procured from Boericke & Tafel Bacillinum 30th and 200th, but not having any 100th I concluded to make some myself. I took thirty-six globules of the 30th, and dissolved them in one ounce of diluted alcohol, shaking the vial well until the globules were all dissolved which took a long time. Getting tired of shaking I put down the vial and dried my fingers on my tongue. Soon after experienced a flush of heat, some perspiration and a severe headache, deep in, differing from what I felt at first, and this continued until half an hour after. I finished my potentizing, and foolishly did the same thing–dried my finger on my tongue. Headache increased all over. Mostly in the temples and occiput. Stinging stitch-like pain through my left lung, and a tickling cough; I felt very weak.
I had no cough before, and yet I now had a tickling in my fauces and must cough; the headaches continued, and weakness and feeling in and under my left breast deep in.
“(I have counted 50 drops of this, and have saturated 4 oz. of No. 35 globules, and I am going to call this my 100 C.) “If this dilution, 2 drops or so, can make one in health feel as I did, I am sure there is a power in dynamization. A very restless feeling, not able to read with profit, so went to bed early; very restless; slept well; when asleep, no dream; had to rise to urinate three times; urine clear, but of a very bad smell; putrid. Awoke at daybreak and could not sleep, feeling very tired, but went into my garden, digging trenches for celery plants; passed a good deal of flatus, smelling very bad, like the urine. Worked steadily for two hours; it was then time to open office. While preparing my tub for shower bath, felt very sick; upheaval of stomach, but could not vomit–a spasmodic effort which shook me a good bit; before I could finish my dressing, had a hurried feeling to pass stool; loose, very bad smelling, of a dark green character, mixed with mucus; felt very weak and sleepy all that forenoon;…. feel very drowsy now at 1 A.M.; appetite as good as usual. Some dull headache, but mentally clear; no pain in lung, but have had a sore throat and a good deal of tickling in the pharynx, provoking a cough and enabling me to raise a little phlegm, white and frothy like cotton ball.
“Weakness continued all the day; did not want to be disturbed. Sought to be quiet; slept a good part of the day, when not attending to my professional duties; passed a great deal of urine; foul-smelling, of a pale color, with white sediment; have not tested it yet.
“Second night very restless; at night slept well, but full of dreams; in my dream was attending to large numbers of malignant diphtheria cases. Woke many times and slept and dreamed, the same kind of dream; my cases in my dream did not die, but were greatly worse; worried about them.
“Awoke at 5 A.M., and after lying awake, wondering what these dreams meant, my thought took this form: Intending me to get ready for an epidemic of diphtheria, and this thought I cannot get myself rid of.
“August 4, 1892.-Feeling too tired to go into my garden; business being very scarce, I have had time to sleep, and slept all the forenoon. Headache not so bad; sweat on the least exertion; very poor appetite; bowels move.