Baby S., age one month, suddenly developed a large, strangulated, right inguinal hernia and could only be quieted by being continuously carried. Obviously taxis and surgery were out of place and she got a single dose of Chamomilla MM. In thirty- six hours the gut receded entirely, but the bowels remained paralysed for five days when a dose of Opium 200 kept them going for a week, then failed to act again. A very small movement now contained a little red sand. A single dose of Lycopodium MM made a complete and radical cure.
Mr. K., age 50 had gonorrhoea years ago. Then an attack of ileus was cured by Thuja, which, however had no effect on the enlarged prostate and prolapsed rectum. Discouraged over this he called only occasionally, when suddenly a prodigious ringworm eruption came out all over the genitals, the groins, inside of thighs and in both axillae. With a warming of an impending storm crisis he received a single does of Sepia MM and was ordered home and to bed. Many boils in the affected areas and a large perineal abscess followed, whereupon the good wife, to ease things gave a dose of castor oil at bedtime. The result was startling; about midnight a brother physician phoned saying that on an emergency call he found my patient unconscious, vomiting and purging and in collapse and that he had already given a hypodermic, but wanted to know what remedy he should leave. I replied that the victim had probably had more than enough medicines by this time and the antipsoric should be allowed to complete its action. The perineal abscess soon emptied itself and the constipation with its attendant prolapsus disappeared. He came to my office in a week in better health than for years.
A nursling of eleven months contracted “flu” along with the rest of the children. The attendant in charge gave a number of disease of calomel whereupon the following array of symptoms soon appeared: He sweated about the head. the scalp was very sore and tender. He winked forcibly every little while and uttered piercing cries, all the while putting his hands to his head. Red sand appeared in the urine which became very dark and scanty. There was tenderness over the gall-bladder, and two yellow chloasmic spots on the body. There was a little salivation. His temper was beyond all control. Lycopodium helped for two days only, then Chamomilla did the same, but in the meantime excessive oscillations of temperature appeared. Once or oftener twice a day, the thermometer would register over 106 degrees in the axilla, along with profound stupor lasting from two to four hours, then a drenching sweat, which always relieved and a subnormal temperature followed. The feature made me think of Pyrogen, Salicylic acid, Veratrum viride and Zincum met.
The mental only covered all of the symptoms; one dose of the MM was given and in three days there was a marked change, which was but the beginning of recovery.
Irritable carbuncle is hard to relieve and still harder to cure, but I cannot help mentioning a few success. A prim spinster of the condescending type was greatly humiliated and sorely afflicted with this devilish complaint, but Platinum 5M then CM and lastly DM at intervals of ninety days has restored her to health. I do not find any semblance of this affliction in its provings. It seems to have been a case of mind over matter, in spite of an actual carbuncle being just behind the meatus.
A patient aged 81 moaned, cried and was chilly for weeks, with a smarting burning pain in the urethra, while at the same time she craved acids. A large carbuncle was in evidence. One dose of Hepar MM called forth a feeling of needles in the growth, then rapidly cured.
Mrs. C.age 55.
1. Chill to head, then joint pains, finally boring at heart and endocarditis.
2. Is hot and sweaty.
3. Retches from the least motion.
4. Wants head high and is short of breath.
5. Surfeited by the least food. Anorexia.
6. Water gags her.
7. History of gall-stones, tonsillitis, and quinsy.
8. Phlebitis of whole right lower limb with intense pain and swelling.
A surgeon reported nothing could be done. Pulsatilla in various potencies made a complete cure.