CC Impairment of Speech. CC
(64) Case. – Wm T., aged 23 occupation clerk, consulted me, complaining of an impairment of speech, which had lasted seventeen years. No cause could be learned, although his mother and others had been interviewed. The case as taken presented the following:
February 16. Mentally he is weak, indifferent for the most part, with times of irritation and petulance. Aphonia (<) between 4 and 5 P. M., at which time the voice is the merest whisper; (<) in hot weather (<) in winter, (>) by expectoration of a lump of black mucus. Three and a half years ago he had typhoid fever under allopathic treatment, since which time he is “nervous” with trembling of both arm. This is quite independent of whether or not he works. Voice lost in the evening, Bromium, Carb. v., Phosphorus
(<) in winter, Carb. veg., Phosphorus
(<) in wet weather, Carb. v., Phosphorus
(<) 4 and 5 P. M., Carb v.
Indifferent, apathetic mentally, Carb. v., Phosphorus
(>) by expectoration of black mucus disregarded, as this is Pittsburgh.
February 18. Gave Carbo veg. I m. single dose.
February 25. Improving, has some voice P. M., S.L.
March 27. Improvement continued until a week ago. Repeated Carbo veg., this time 40m.
April 25. Practically well. Thinks it is wonderful since time and money had been spent. (Richard Black more.)
CC Typhoid Fever. CC
(65) Case. – During the terrible epidemic of typhoid fever in Ithaca a few years ago I was called in consultation in four cases. One of the worst was as follows: After I had seen three light cases with the physician who called me, we were walking on the street and me a man who shook hands with the doctor; introduced me to him and then inquired of him about another case (his niece). He answered, there is no hope. Two physicians have just left her to die. Dr. E. then told him that I was there to counsel him. Well, said the man, my brother is poor, but if your doctor will see her I will pay the bill. She was certainly in an apparently hopeless condition. She had had no movement of the bowels for fourteen days, notwithstanding old school cathartics in abundance, and they had informed the family that the bowels were paralyzed and would never move again. The abdomen was enormously distended. She laid upon her back with her knees propped up. She was cold, and pulse flickering and weak; Hippocratic face, and they were facing her to try to give her breath. There was no restlessness like Arsenicum. She was past that. In answer to the doctor’s look, I said there was but one small chance left, and I felt it. We dissolved some pellets of Carbo veg. 200 in water with directions to give a teaspoonful once in two hours, and let us know if she was alive in the morning. She was alive in the morning and better, and under the remedy the bowels moved naturally in a couple of days, the tympany rapidly gave way. The Carbo veg. was followed by China 200, and the girl recovered.
Another case with profuse haemorrhages and the characteristic Paleness of the whole body also recovered. (Nash.)
No stimulants were used. The best stimulant is the homoeopathic remedy
The symptoms and conditions calling for that remedy are, no matter what the name of the disease, well represented in the following.
1. Vital force nearly exhausted, complete collapse.
2. Blood stagnates in the capillaries; venous turgescence; surface cold and blue.
3. Haemorrhages (nose, stomach, gums, bowels, bladder or any mucous surface) with great paleness of the whole surface of the body.
4. Mucous membranes break down, become spongy, bleed, ulcerate and become putrid.
5. Excessive flatulence, stomach and abdomen, pressing upward ( Asaf.)
6. Hunger for oxygen; decarbonized blood; cries fan me; fan me hard.
7. Anaemia, especially after acute diseases, which have greatly debilitated the patient.