L. WHITING, M. D.
Mrs. -, age 40, short in stature, very obese, has rheumatic fever,and from remembrance of previous attacks of long duration she was not of an amiable disposition. The following is my method of analysis of cases, using Boenninghausen for guide and numbers instead of abbreviations:
1. Irritable-2, 45, 53, 69, 88, 169, 199, 254.
2. Sensitive to touch-30, 45, 53, 69, 89, 139, 150, 154, 177. 245.
3. Pain < from motion-30, 45, 53, 69, 89, 139, 150, 154, 177, 245.
4. Pain throbbing-2, 30, 45, 69, 88, 154, 224, 244.
5. Sweat , on upper body-2, 30, 45, 53, 69, 139, 143, 150, 154, 170, 177.
6. Sweat < on upper body-69, 72, 78, 112, 154, 244.
7. Thirst for small quantities of drink-2, 31, 69.
We find that remedy 69 has all the symptoms and one dose of the same in 50m. (F.) potency was all that was given her, its effects being instantaneous and improvement constant. She was discharged in one week.
Sepia.-Mrs-,age sixty-nine, for sixty years past has been subject to severe paroxysms of hemicrania, the attacks coming on at irregular intervals, but always continuing nine days to the hour.
The pain being “as if from a severe blow with the palm of the hand, upon the left parietal portion of the head, which then grasped the hair and pulled it out by the roots;” this pain being repeated at intervals of thirty seconds for the whole period of nine days and nights.
Gave her three powders of Sepia 55m. (F.) potency; one to be taken at the time (5 P.M.) and if she noticed any effects from it, either for better or for worse, not to take second one; but that if she should not notice any effect, to take a second one the next morning, and the third one at bed-time the next night.
Called on her again on the morning of the third day, when she reported, that within minutes after having taken the first powder, the pain had ceased entirely, that she passed a very pleasant evening, slept all night, and are her breakfast next morning with no recurrence of pain.
A family council was now held, and it was agreed that the effect of the one powder was wonderful, as nothing that she had ever taken during the sixty years had ever had any effect, and all agreed that as one powder had so much effect, she should take the others and thus make a permanent cure of her headache.
Upon this reasoning, she took the conditioned morning powder and almost immediately the shocks commenced in the right side of the head; this was new experience to her, for till now, she had never had the pain in the right parietal region, it had from the first always effected the left side only.
At five in the afternoon she took the third powder and the pain changed from the right parietal to the occiput.
But during the night, the shocks of pain resumed their former location, in the left side of the head, when it continued its nine days’ term, minus the fifteen hours’ remission given by the first powder.
Three years later; I am informed that she has since died from cancer of the stomach, having had several attacks of the hemicrania, which were instantly relieved by one dose of the Sepia.
Aloe.-Mrs.-, age forty. Morning diarrhoea for many years past, comes on every morning after arising and continuing till 10 A.M. Stools yellowish, thin, fecal, accompanied by much flatus, and an immediate irrepressible desire for stool; can not delay one minute. Aloe 30 was prescribed for the case, a powder dry on tongue night and morning. Having taken only four doses of the Aloe, the stool became of normal constancy, and the case became one of scabies over the entire body.
Upon enquiry it was ascertained that she had itch when about ten years of age, and that it was treated by inunction of sulphur and hard, and she was of opinion that the diarrhoea had been her constant companion since about that time, a period of thirty years. She received no further medicine and in three days time the power of the drug that had produced the scabies had also effected a cure of the same, with no return of diarrhoea.
Plumbum. -Mrs. -, age thirty, has been under heroic treatment for two years for “Consumption of Bowels” and not expected to recover. From her apparent condition one would not think her capable of living four weeks. The case has the following symptoms for study:.
Stools painless, frequent, night and day, fecal, frothy < from movement.
After stool, great debility.
Sense of weakness in abdomen.
Foul taste in morning.
Bad odor of breath in morning, disgust for cold water.
Menses too profuse; of bad odor; can not bear heat from the stove.
After a careful analysis, and finding all of the symptoms under Plumbum it was given in 200th potency for four days without apparent effect. Feeling confident that it was a Plumbum case, the thought came to me that possibly it was pathogenetic. Further investigation was accordingly made with ill success for a time; they had no lead pump; the water for family use was all dipped from a spring near the house; she had never used hair-wash, or cosmetics. But on examination of a peck-basket of empty bottles and pill-boxes, the contents of which she had taken into her stomach, we found a large number of pill-boxes all bearing the same number.
Taking one of the boxes to the druggist whose name was on the cover, it was found that each pill should have contained one-eighth grain Plumbum ac., the same quantity each of Opii and of Capsicum, and for the second time we felt certain that we had the solution of the case in our hands. On again referring to our analysis we found that we had twelve of the fourteen symptoms also under Secale.
This drug (in the 30th the 200th potency) was accordingly selected as the antidote to this case of lead-poisoning, and with complete success, for in four weeks’ time instead of being “under the sod,” she was well- advanced to convalescence. And three years later she gave birth to a fine, healthy boy, who is now ten years of age and apparently as likely to attain his expectancy of life as any of his class.