I will now give two cases of disease of the bones of the spinal column: one in an infant, and one in an adult.
CASE XXVI.- COMMENCING POTT’S DISEASE OF THE SPINE. CURE BY MEDICINES ONLY.
Sydney W., the child of delicate parents, and born when his mother was far advanced in consumption, was noticed by his mother when he was fifteen weeks old to cry out when put in certain positions.
On examining his back I found that the spine was distinctly more p73 curved than normal, and one of the spines was prominent and tender to pressure. The boy had also difficulty in passing water and stools. When a few weeks old he had bronchitis.
On the 24th of July 1888, the day I discovered the condition of the back, I gave him Calcarea carb. 6, four times a day. He was rather fat, of light complexion, and inclined to head sweat.
Aug. 20.- Still screams at stool and on passing water, Has a rash about him. Head sweat offensive.
Rx Silicea 6 ter die.
Aug. 31.- Bowels loose, motions slimy and green. Less pain on urinating. Has spots all over him. Looks pale.
Rx Mercurius sol. four times a day.
He soon got over this attack.
Sept. 25.- Has many spots about him. Bowels confined. Cries before passing water.
Rx Sul. 200 three times a day for three days, then no medicine.
From this date he improved rapidly. The disease of the spine went no further. I treated him satisfactorily for various ailments, including a scrofulous condition of the eyelids, and he has grown a strong boy, with his spine perfectly restored.
In so young a child artificial supports were impracticable, and the medicinal treatment rendered them quite unnecessary.
The next case was one of a much more serious kind; but in this, again, medicine – that is, the specific medicine of Hahnemann – manifests its vast and inherent superiority to surgery.
CASE XXVII.- CARIES OF THE SPINE WITH PARALYTIC SYMPTOMS IN AN ADULT. ARREST OF DISEASE AND CONSOLIDATION OF THE SPINE UNDER MEDICINES ALONE IN THREE MONTHS.
On jan. 15, 1889, I was consulted by Mrs. P., aged 67. She lives in the country, but had come to stay with her sister in town to be under my care. She had had many illnesses throughout her life, but the present one dated from sixteen months back.
In her village she was very active philanthropic worker, and her present illness, crippling her as it did, was a great distress to her. She was fair, ruddy, naturally of a happy temperament. At present she was almost motionless from the pain in the back and chest occasioned by movement, and was very much shortened in stature.
As a child she was quite strong. A the age of 19-20 had “liver complaint” (intense cutting pain, vomiting of bright green stuff; was unable to lie down for six weeks). After this she had the “grape cure” in Germany. The following year had an eruption on p73 her face. For this she had been given Sulphur, and had even had the sulphur waters of Cheltenham, but Sulphur always made her very ill.
Erasmus Wilson treated her for the skin, and gave her. Strychnine with benefit. She is still exceedingly sensitive to Sulphur, and cannot take it without its having a bad effect on the face. She had had bronchitis, jaundice, inflammation of the lungs, and years ago had abscesses, and on one occasion a boil. Has been married twenty-seven years. No family.
The particular points in the history of her present illness were as follows:- Thirty-five years previously she strained her back by lifting, and for several days was unable to do anything; twenty years ago sprained her ankle. Five years ago had lumbago or sciatica. Fifteen months ago fell over some chains on a wharf, and had to twist herself in order to prevent herself falling into the water.