Cases examples that show how the author handled difficult cases with some simple homeopathic remedies chosen wisely….

It will give a short survey of some serious cases. Of course there is no need to tell you that it is possible to help such patient with homoeopathy. I will not tell you the 14 cases 1 have prepared. It is too long.

It was in the best university in America may be the best in the world the California University where they had decided to have a chair for Homoeopathy and the professor elected to the Chair was a German who was very intelligent. He came before his conferers. He told them, I do not wish that you should send me the case you think you will be able to help. I will like to send me those cases that you can do nothing about, the cases that you cannot help or that you have treated for months or may be years and are still there chronic, and there are chronic infirmities. So if you could send those I will see what I can do” And he received three cases.

The first was from a professor of Dermatology who told him, “That is very nice I can send you a case of verruca obstinata. It is a case of warts that I have treated now for one year and this man has 26 horny very large warts. He is 20 years of age, and since one year I have tried caustics acid, X-ray, etc. I have even tried surgery but when I take plus one out another comes in its place to laugh at me”. So, he was very cross. “I do not want to see this man when he comes. Now, I have told my assistant that I have had enough of him”. Thereupon, the homoeopath studied the case. It was a case of Thuja. He gave the patient Thuja 200 and you know, the disease which had lasted for one to one and half years disappeared in two weeks, beautifully and quickly, and it never came again.(Applause).

The second one was a funny case. It was the case of a surgeon. This surgeon was very skilful and he was getting a little old at 65 years, and whenever he was stitching, every time he was stitching up the intestine, suddenly his middle finger would bend down like that, down like a spring, and he had to push it up. When he continued the stitching, promptly it would go down like that again. It is very amusing but in the pathology what are you doing with this? Go to your Pharmacist and ask him what he will give for a spring finger. So one day, there was a handful of blood coming out on the operation table and he was saying,”Now, I must abandon my profession because, this makes me so furious, but I do not know what to do.”

And his assistants were just crying with him and they were telling him, “We do not know what to tell you”. At that moment, my brother who was my first pupil, who is now in California, san Francisco, was passing there and one of them jokingly said,”Ha! here is a homoeopath. Let us ask him what he can do”. It was a joke, you know but it was challenge too. My brother came in and said, “What is the matter? Oh, I see! Very simple”. Although there were no symptoms, you know, only this, my brother studied the case and he gave one dose of Ruta 200 and since that time the finger was very obedient and never came down again. (Cheers)

Now, the third case, the whole hospital came to know of this case of the professor and they were very cross, and there was one, the Professor of Opthalmology, who said, “I have a case for you. This, you will not be able to cure”. It is a disease of the gland. I do not know whether you know of this disease, a disease with a very complicated name. It was a man of Spain who discovered this disease of the gland. It is a disease affecting the gland, of the eye that secrete the tears for ladies, you know and of men too, which are coming regularly into the eye, to wash the dirt, to clean the eye, and to keep the cornea always in good vitality. Now, this gland dries up. No more tears and the patient’s eyes begin to become very painful. Inflammation begins, gangrene sometimes supervenes. It is sometimes very serious, threatening his life. They do not know what to do. They try vitamins. They try many things, all in vain.

Now, this patient was very funny, she had very funny symptoms. She had trouble first on the left side. Second, generally she desired all the time to take oysters. She was very fond and had a craving for oysters. She liked pickles very much. Now she could not support the odour of tobacco. That is, when somebody was smoking she cannot remain in the same room, it was unbearable. Now when she had perspiration, the linen was becoming always yellow. Funny, yellow when she perspired.

Besides these, it was impossible for her to find the nourishment which was enough cold or enough hot. She could not support anything either too cold or too hot. She was always eating something tepid. But too hot or too cold was embarrassing and it was absolutely impossible for her to eat salad with vinegar. So all those symptoms everybody knows, are typical of Lachesis, Lachesis trigonocephalus or Lachesis mutus, you all know. Now for this patient, my brother gave her one dose of the 10,000th dynamisation.

And what was funny, you know, she had a little aggravation after being better for three days. She began to be aggravated. On the 12th day, he repeated, which we don not do frequently, because we wait longer but he gave her a second dose. After the second week, the patient became better and better and after a few weeks, she was completely cured. The tears came back again, redness, dryness everything disappeared. She went to the clinic and she was shown to the professor. He was spell-bound and did not know what to say.

Thus, you know, the trouble began. Since that day, can you imagine, no professor, no specialist ever again sent a case to the homoeopath. This was too dangerous! Of course, it was too dangerous to let them prove that homoeopathy is superior to any other pathy. And in this way, this school which had to conduct a course of materia medica had no patient to present to the class.

Now, I will not tell you all the other cases. But I will also tell you the case of my mother, because it was of someone who was very dear to me, and I think, that it will interest you. I will tell you two cases only.

I will not speak to you of all the cases which are so frequent that at midnight, exactly at midnight, the telephone rings. In a month I may say two or three times the telephone rings at midnight. You take the telephone and a mother tells you,`Oh, Doctor! can you come?” You hear the terrible shrieking on the telephone. Baby was shrieking because the baby had pain in the ear. What is it? It is midnight. The child is restless. His face is red and the mother does not know what to do. The child is shrieking with pain. Now what to do? Every patient who comes to me goes back with a bottle of Aconite napellus 200 in his pocket. I tell the mother, “Have you got Aconite?” Oh yes, because I give this for the cold.

For the beginning of the cold, for everything which comes on suddenly, everything that comes on especially at midnight, any inflammation in appendix, or the ear, eye, anything where it is sudden, like a storm in good weather, coming suddenly. Everything which is sudden, comes suddenly and when there is restlessness, when there is anxiety, when there is thirst, when there is especially redness of the parts, think of Aconite. So I tell them, “You have got Aconite? Yes. Put a few globules in a glass of water. Give a teaspoon every five minutes. And if after 15 minutes, the child still shrieks, will you phone me again?” And since 4 years I was never called a second time after midnight.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating and there, I tell you, the pudding is very nice because it comes in nice little globules. And now you see, I come in the morning. Either I see a little blood, if it was haemorrhagic or a little pus, or there is nothing for the inflammation has subsided. The child is quiet. The indication is given of another remedy according to the quality of the pus-if it is red over the ear, if it is of bad odour, colour, consistency etc. Everything is in the repertory. You have only to open the page and look at it and you find your remedy and you can cure the patient very easily.

Now I had a very funny case one morning. I would like to know what the allopaths would have done that morning. I know because they have tried. It was a case, a very curious case, of a man. You know, he was a janitor of the conservatory of music- a very stout man who liked to eat well, always sitting in his chair, taking telephone calls for different plays, piano or anything like that. This man is loved by everybody because he was a very jolly and nice man and this man-he was 40 years or something- he had a friend, a very dear friend.

He was beginning his work only at 9 o’clock. Every morning at 8 o’clock sharp he was going to the lake which is just only ten minutes’ walk, and taking his boat and rowing for half an hour or so with his friend. One was paddling and other telling some story. And the friend was always very punctual. And one morning at 8 o’clock the friend was not there. So he took the phone at 5 minutes after 8, and when he heard his friend’s wife on the telephone he said,”This is terrible, you know. Charles is very lazy, he is a bad boy. I hate him. He was always very regular” and so on and you know, he began quarreling over the phone. Of course, the lady could not answer a word. He was talking himself all the time, but after a while he stopped and said, “What is the matter?” She said,”You know, my dear friend, you will not see him again”. “What? I will not see him! He must come up at once”. “Because he died in the night” she said.

Now then, he put the telephone down and he began to hear in his right ear a terrible buzzing, so hard that he could nor answer the telephone, so strong it was. He went, of course, to the doctor, who tried everything, massage, hot and cold injections, everything, but unfortunately it was impossible to cure. He was growing worse and began to be sad, melancholy. He said,”What is life going to be? I have lost my friend, and now I am almost crazy with noise”. It was a case, just a hard case for homoeopathy, like other cases which are lost by the others. What is interesting is to know about the symptoms, mental symptoms, general symptoms and so on.

There is one symptoms above all, I forgot to tell you, above the main symptom, above all other symptoms. This is what we call the etiological symptom. If you know, after a grief or after a sudden indignation, or after anger or after an emotion somebody has been sick, you are dealing with the mind. You are not dealing with mice or guinea pigs, you are dealing with human beings, They can tell you what they feel.

So I gave him the remedy for ailments from indignation and grief. At this time, it was silent grief, because he could not weep, and the only remedy which fitted him, because he was never thirsty, was Gelsemium sempervirens.I gave the 10M, one dose-and you know, since then, two days after the dose, he had none of the buzzing and it was for all his life finished. He had not a single noise in his ear. And the case was so fascinating and everybody was so astonished to see that this man had had, for more than a year, buzzing in the ear and within a few days, it had disappeared with Gelsemium. It is the remedy for any trouble that comes on after grief, silent grief, combined with indignation, because he was indignant that his friend did not come in time.

Now before I finish, I will tell you the case of my mother. I will tell you the case of my mother because it is very interesting. You know, my mother was 89 years old last year. And this is the time when we must think about her departure, When one day I came home I found her in her bed, snoring, comatose; she remained thus for 8 days, without a stool, sweat, or a drop of urine, a body, a corpse in bed, just living, pulse rather slow, pupils small, absolutely like a corpse or cadaver.

I thought, of course, this was the end of her life. I would have been very pleased if she can pass away in this way, without knowing any pain. I was very pleased this way. But I was very sorry in the other way One of my nieces who was young, who was studying Medicine said,”Why should we not give her some cortisone or injections or blood-letting, something modern?” I said,”No. I will not give my mother anything which will aggravate her situation. Now she is in such a stage. I think she is at the end but if there is any hope it must be only homoeopathy”.

When you have before you a body which is doing nothing, no sweating, nothing, you think of only one remedy – Opium. Opium just covers the situation. So I gave her in the corner (of the mouth) there, a few globules of Opium 10,000. Ten minutes later, I saw a blinking of the left eye. Half an hour later, the other eye also started blinking. She looked at me, she could not speak. The next day, she could move an arm, after a few days she was able to move her feet; she could not talk but by & by, everything was better & better every day and in two months she was picking flowers in the mountains and helping in the kitchen.(Cheers)

Now my last case. I must take a case where really one should see whether homoeopathy is really the remedy for children, and not merely for those who believe in it and for those just psychic cases. You know, I was knowing a young assistant of a Professor of Surgery in a hospital, a very good Professor in a marvellous clinic in Paris. He had an assistant of his who was interested in homoeopathy. One day his wife had a child and a few days later she had hardness of the breast, fever and pain at a 12 o’clock. She asked me what to do.

He was preparing to open (incise) it and I came and I found there was hardness and it was better from pressing, and I gave Bryonia 10M. The next morning, no pain, no fever, and in two days, she was able to give her breast to her child, and everything was over. So much touched and pleased was he that he said,”I will be pleased if you will help my children also.” I said,`Sure’ and gave him different remedies and he tried homoeopathy with much success.

Now, one day a boy of 10 years came at the outdoor of the polyclinic. He came with his parents, because his parents found that he had often pain in the abdomen. His mother was fearing appendix and so I examined him and I found there was really nothing, only a little tenderness. There was no case for opening the abdomen and I said he can come again after a few days or a few months when there was something more important. A few days afterwards, at midnight, the child came with his parents, unconscious, belly absolutely rigid with peritonitis. We had to open it at once and when we had opened the abdomen, a jet of pus was coming out of the opening_the abdominal cavity was full of pus. It was a perforated appendix. This, we see sometimes.

So, with our new wonderful medicines, you know, penicillin, Streptomycin, in and out of the body, by mouth, injection etc., within 3 days the child was well and the parents came and thanked the professor. They said they were very pleased. He said,”I think the child is saved and I am very pleased at the modern way of therapeutics and the weapons we have now to fight microbes.” This was all right. Now one day later, the child was not so well. He could not eat anything or tolerate any liquid because he was vomiting at once. So he began to emaciate.

After some days there was complete disintegration, and he could not eat, he could not drink. They tried to give enema. But he could not support it. It was coming out. They tried to give an injection of glucose, different preparations you know, solutions and so on. It was causing a swelling there and was remaining like that. No absorption. Then they became desperate. So I was called in. The boy could not speak. The poor one had emaciated much, he had high fever and the case seemed lost. There was septicaemia.

So the professor called the parents and said,”I am very sorry. I did my best, but the infection came again. We have tried everything. I can do nothing more; the child is probably lost. We tried even at 10 o’clock and then again at 4 o’clock. We tried to give an injection of Penicillin but the child is only 10 years of age and his veins are very small. We must make an incision there and find it and so on; it is very difficult.”

One of his assistants was my pupil. So at 4 o’clock after the professor’s visit, he phoned to me and said,”Doctor, I am so sorry about this child, I have taken him to my heart. I have tried my best. I was so pleased to see him get well and now he is going from bad to worse and he is lost. Have you any advice? Anything whatever that I can do to help him?” Surely, homoeopathy has so many weapons. But it was not a case to be laughed at. It was a very serious case. I said the first thing, you give him Arnica montana 10,000.

Why Arnica? Because there is zymotic disease, there is infection, there is traumatism (by surgery), because he has been opened up- Traumatism. The remedy for traumatism is habitually Arnica. SO,Arnica may help him. It is a marvellous remedy. Give him Arnica at 4 o’clock today and tomorrow in the morning when he wakes up, give him one dose of Pyrogenum 10M. Like William Tell in Switzerland who was asked by the terrible man in Austria (Gessler) to put an apple over the head of his son, and to shoot it with one arrow, you know, the Swiss homoeopaths are also like that (sharp shooters) when they give one dose of the remedy.

So in the evening at 10 o’clock the professor asked his assistants to try to give him an injection of Penicillin. Others were not keen because they knew what it was to go into the vein of a boy of 10 years. Besides this, they had done that before. He was not absorbing Penicillin. So they said,”What is the use, beginning this again? Only to satisfy the parents? To say, we have done something? But this is very wrong.” So he said he will come and see the patient at 10 o’clock for the first time in many days, the patients was asleep. They said,”Sleep is a very good boon. So let him sleep till tomorrow morning.” And the assistant said to the nurse,”Give him the powder tomorrow at 6 o’clock.” At 6 o’clock the nurse gave him the powder, Pyrogenum at 9 o’clock or 10 o’clock when the professor came with his assistants and you know, the corps of the ballet with him, he went into the room with all the white shirts to look at the patient, he found the child smiling and saying,”Please give me something to drink.” But the nurse said,”I will not give him something to drink because I know at once he will again vomit.”The Professor said,”Try it’.

So they gave him a tiny half-spoon of water. They put it into the mouth and he was so pleased and everyone was so pleased they were looking with their mouth open, and it was not vomited. He asked for more and then he drank the whole glass, you know. After this they tried to give him a little milk. He could retain this very well and can you believe, two days later the drain was removed, for there was no pus to be drained. And five days later he was leaving the hospital cured not knowing who had cured him, what had cured him, only that he was cured. And his parents were so pleased. The other assistants did not know what it was, the nurse did not know what it was. But my assistant went to the professor and said, “I must tell you. Doctor. I gave him two homoeopathic remedies.” And the professor was very intelligent. He said, “If ever I am sick I will take a homoeopathic remedy.” (Prolonged applause).

Pierre Schmidt
Pierre Schmidt M.D.(1894-1987)
Dr. Schmidt was introduced to the results of homeopathic treatment during the 1918 flu epidemic while living in London. There he met both J. H. Clarke and John Weir.
In 1922 he came to the United States and began his studies with Alonzo Austin and Frederica Gladwin, who had been a pupil of Kent's. He became the first graduate of the American Foundation for Homeopathy course for doctors. Returning to his native land he set up practice in Geneva, Switzerland. He was responsible for reintroducing classical homeopathy into Europe, teaching several generations of physicians, including Elizabeth Wright Hubbard.
Dr. Schmidt helped edit the "Final General Repertory" of Kent, and translated the Organon into French. In 1925, he was one of the main founders of the Liga Medicorum Homoeopathic Internationalis (LIGA).