Discussion on the paper Some Emergencies of General practice by D M. Borland. Understand how to Treat emergencies like angina, colic, earache, sciatica, acute pain etc with homeopathy….

DISCUSSION Dr. McCRAE thought the paper was masterpiece. There was nothing in it criticize there was details of valuable help to everybody which were like the artist sharpening his pencil to produce some line of particular splendour which would make the picture complete. Most had pencils but they were blunt and the homoeopath would always be grateful for these amazingly useful hints. He hoped Dr. Borland would soon return so that the members could thank him personally. He also thanked the president for the way in which he had read the paper.

Dr. JOHN PATERSON said that they had listened to a real clinical paper. There was not much which one could criticize but one might add a little with regard to the cardiac cases, Arsenic and sulphur his experience was that ARsenic was often the acute of sulphur and on the mental side they were the exact opposite.

One found that a sulphur patient swung in the acute condition to “Arsenic and Dr. Borland had brought out that point. He was interested in the question of Aconite acting in the first attack but not in the second. There had been many discussions about covering the totality of the symptoms and here was evidence that the homoeopathic remedy could be prescribed on the mental symptoms which worked in the first instance but it did not cover the whole of the case. It was possible to prescribe homoeopathically without covering the whole of the case, only covering a phase because obviously on the next occasion the pain was present but not the fear the Aconite had removed one phase of the case mental fear. Aconite came out very strongly in the air raids. Another remedy was Natrum Mur.

He wondered if any orthodox practitioners were surprised that there was no mention of Digitalis but Digitalis was quite useful in these slightly relaxing hearts in massive doses given in allopathic medicine.

With regard to renal colic, in examining the stools of patients the Bacillus Morgan came out very frequently and he associated Lycopodium with it. Lycopodium had always been considered to be a right-sided remedy but the peculiar point about a case in which it had proved successful was that the pain had been left-sided and when the case had been x-rayed it had been found that the right kidney was more involved than the left, so that it looked as if the actual renal colic condition started in the left kidney but gave no trouble. It was only when the right kidney was involved that the first symptom developed so that even with a left-sided renal colic Lycopodium should not be excluded.

Dr. STONHAM said that the paper was excellent and the sort of paper which would appeal to the general practitioner, who was always coming up against acute cases. To have such cases so plainly stated with the drug indications for them was very valuable. There were one or two points he would like to mention with regard to “Aconite which as Dr. Borland had said was very useful in many cases. The case which which he did not mention was the acute pulmonary oedema.

He had given Aconite 30 in such cases and it quickly calmed the patient in that distressing ad somewhat dangerous condition and he had found it valuable not only in the first case but also in case when the attack has been repeated. Dr. borland said he gave Laurocerasus in acute heart complaints. He had had an acute case with Cheyne-Stokes respiration it looked as if the patient would die, he gave Hydrocyanic Acid and he recovered very nicely. Many people would substantiate the value of Dr Borland’s Paper.

Dr. G.R. MITCHELL said that a clinical paper was most useful. He wanted to criticize something Dr. paterson said when he took the Aconite example as not prescribing on the totality. He would have thought it was an example of prescribing on that procedure because in the first case, on all the manifestations there was a different totality and the Aconite did not work. That was the way he would have regarded the matter.

Douglas Borland
Douglas Borland M.D. was a leading British homeopath in the early 1900s. In 1908, he studied with Kent in Chicago, and was known to be one of those from England who brought Kentian homeopathy back to his motherland.
He wrote a number of books: Children's Types, Digestive Drugs, Pneumonias
Douglas Borland died November 29, 1960.