Dear Colleagues: I send you only one clinical case. It is not very much, but I hope you will appreciate it, because it offers a good proof of the necessity and of the power of Hahnemannian individualization.
I was spending my vacation in Spoleto in the summer of 1887. It was the month of August and the Marchioness Lavinia Monoldi- Toni had been sick for several days, and another homoeopathic physician of that city, a little mongrel, was treating her. The sickness got worse and worse and became serious. I was invited to see the patient, who was an old patient of mine an a partisan of Homoeopathy.
I took charge of her case with my colleague. The case was one which affected strongly the nervous centers and which was difficult to designate by one of the so many nosological terms. But this was not necessary for a follower of Hahnemann. The symptoms were:.
Depression and total prostration of strength. The patient lay on the bed in a continuous and complete somnolency; and besides that weakness she suffered from a kind of stupidity.
It was necessary in order to feed her to place her body in an easy posture, but she could not remain long in that position. As soon as she swallowed, mechanically, a few spoonfuls of soup and a little wine, against her wish, she kept looking somnolent and felt the necessity of sleeping and fell again into the lethargy. It was hard for her to speak, and she only answered briefly when she was questioned. She did not ask for anything; she never spoke and it was always necessary to waken her.
The color of her face was always pale.
Her expression was apathetic.
The temperature of her body was always cold. . Her pulse was feeble and slow.
Her respiration was slow.
She had been in this condition for a few days, and I, considering especially the weakness of all the sense which was the most visible symptom of her affection, administered in hurry a dose of Anacardium 3 m. (Jenichen), which seemed at first to have good effect. But neither this remedy nor the other, Arsenicum 200, had any effect, and the condition of the patient grew worse.
It happened one night that she tired to get up and fell like a corpse; it was necessary to put her back to bed as she was incapable of any action.
While all these symptoms were becoming more intense, another mortal one was manifesting itself, in such cases always a prelude of near death, “the involuntary emission of the urine and feces.” It seemed that a complete paralysis would be the best consequence as she was of a nervo-lymphatic constitution and more than seventy years old.
There was no hope and her family was sure of the imminent loss. I had also almost lost hope, but I devoted myself to a long and diligent study of the Materia Medica, and the result was that if there existed a remedy, by the manifestation of all the symptoms, it must be Hyoscyamus. So on the 28th of August I administered a dry dose on the tongue, potency cm. (Fincke). But it was not necessary, because that dose alone, after having produced an exacerbation of all the symptoms, was in a little while followed, to the general astonishment, by a gradual improvement which after two days brought the patient to a complete recovery.
Now, in her old age, she enjoys excellent health, confirming to everybody the beneficial effect of Homoeopathy. As a comment to this clinical episode we may deduce the two following corollaries:.
First. A good homoeopathic physician should never be in hurry to give a prescription before studying and considering his case. .
Second when the remedy answers to all the peculiar characteristic symptoms, one dose of high potency is enough to cure sickness, even of a very serious character.