EDWARD MAHONY, M.D.
Paroxysmal, sudden cough with fulness in head, heat of face, sore chest. Cough causes sickness. Belladonna 200, tu die sumend. Next day but one, better in all respects.
Before going to sleep, dry cough a long time, evening in bed, and worse than during the day. Sulphur 200. Prompt relief same evening. In a young child.
Since early morning, diarrhoea, painless, watery, followed by flatulency in abdomen. Conium 200 every two hours. Next day, diarrhoea much less. Urging to micturition with urine scanty, high colored (medicinal?). Soon recovered.
Colic at epigastrium; chilly; fat disagrees; amiable temperament. Pulsatilla 200, three times a day. Next day but one, “considerable improvement.” Repeated Pulsatilla twice a day. Three days later, husband writes; “My wife is so far recovered that I think your contemplated visit tomorrow will not be required”.
Pain on taking hold of anything with the hands and fingers. Deadness of hands and fingers at night. Ammon. carb. 30, three times a day. Reported in nine days, very much improved.
MAGNETIS POLUS ARTICUS. –
In a neurotic, middle aged woman, sensation as if the brain shook; all noises aggravate symptoms; griping in stomach; pains most after supper. North pole of magnet applied locally by patient to painful spot whenever pain was severe. Greatly relieved; applied for one minute each time.
A middle aged lady, plethoric, nervo-bilious temperament, who had been fearfully maltreated and drugged for about twenty years, but under true Homoeopathy for about twelve months reported that for the last three or four years she had been subject to ptosis and attacks of weight on the head with nausea, bringing up water only; drowsy also. She received Gamboge 200, four doses, one each night in water.
Reported: after the first dose, in one minute felt it act on left side of brain only; also, as if it lifted off the finest filmy substance from the nerves or let in sunshine on semi-darkness; made her feel very happy and thankful. After the four doses great improvement in spine, very little pain and irritation. Uterine discharge increased, also discharge of yellow matter (probably leucorrhoeal) with the usual pains.
Ptosis left upper eyelid, with lachrymation, photophobia, and cloudiness before sight in an eczematous girl of sixteen. Plumbum 30, night and morning for a week, cured.
Weakness in lumbar region, better stooping forwards. Stabbing pains on waking, from chest to head and also downwards. Naja 6, night and morning, one pilule. In a fortnight weakness much less, pains gone. Has had also nausea, pains in stomach; morning headache in temples (med.?).
Stabbing as of a knife in joints of lumbar vertebrae. Alumina 200, three times a day. Relief very soon, in 2 days almost cured. Middle aged, tall man.
After exposure to damp and draft severe catarrhal pains in large joints. Bryonia has relieved partially. Now, short cough from deep inspiration. Conium 200. Next day but one cough greatly relieved.
Perspiration on forehead and upper nose, only during sleep. Prunus spinosa 200. Four days later, perspires now all over, sleeping or waking, feels weaker.
In a girl of 13; tinea decalvans in patches on head. Aversion to cheese always. Chelidon. 200. In nine days, skin of scalp red, hot, slight scales. Symptoms of menses appearing.
The same patient that was benefited by locally applying the North pole of the magnet, now writes, nearly three months later, complaining of a feeling of shaking at the top of the head, pain in the eyes especially the left on reading or working; pains at the back of neck and head when tired; unable to walk for from fatigue and weakness in the legs and aching of the thighs. Crotalus 200, a dose each night. In six days writes, “I am feeling better since taking the medicine”.
In a highly neurotic youth of fourteen, attacks on going to bed at night of nausea, accompanied by terror. Stimulants palliate. Cuprum sulph. 6 every half hour during nausea greatly relieved.
In a middle aged man, eczematous eruption on perineum and scrotum with sweat in the cleft of the nates. Reports in a week; eruption much lessened,also the sweat.
In a young lady, aged twenty-nine, spare habit, colicky pains all over abdomen, better from pressure and movement. Col. 30, one dose. Pain went same afternoon and she felt quite another person.
In a gentleman aged seventy-four, dying of a complicated pathological condition: Broncho-pneumonia, anasarca, chronic vesical disease; note of his disease reads as follows: Unconscious from early morning; seen by me 9:30 P.M. Respiration intermittent, face red, hot, fresh looking.
Colchicum 200 every ten minutes, for 6 doses, changed the character of the breathing to quiet, regular movements with occasional puffing expiration, for about four hours; then sudden change, countenance pale, and in about fifteen minutes he was gone. He had one dose of China 200 when the sudden change occurred as the puffing expiration were marked. During the four hours he made several efforts to raise expectoration, and twice it came into his mouth.
N.B. Was this not a proof that homoeopathic potencies will act, in articulo mortis?.
In a robust lady (single) of sixty-six, after three-fourth hour cross-questioning, nothing definite was made out, except that she passed much high colored urine only at night.
For this, Oleum Animale 12 was prescribed. Reported herself four days later: yawning (spasm?) almost gone; sobbing worse; a rigid sensation like wood in the right hand which had troubled her for some weeks, was improved; ankles less swelled; state of urine improved, and greatly improved in herself. The urine had been examined mean while and was found to be acid sp. gr. 1.020, and on pouring fuming Nitric acid into some when cold, a distinct orange tint occupied the lower half of the fluid, and some warmth developed. On boiling with Nitric acid no precipitate.
Good tastes insipid. Nausea during eating. Jacaranda Caroba 3 in pilules, soon cured.
Rheumatism in bones of forearms; bruised like, worse from touch, pressure, movement; has lasted some weeks. Cyclamen. 200. In nine days, soreness nearly gone, feels better altogether.
Damp weather aggravates all complaints. Heat of fire aggravates. Chilliness at stomach after breakfast. Zinc 30, removed in a week.
After relief to pain passing downwards over glutei muscles, from Kali carb, 30 in a middle aged woman, subject to gout-there occurred smarting aching of dorsa of feet, especially right with wakefulness at nights.
Ranunculus sceleratus 3, three times a day in a week, removed both troubles.
In an army sergeant aged forty-nine, invalided for aneurism aorta and who had been strikingly relieved under homoeopathic treatment, each medicine administered for the symptoms present at the time, there occurred while recovering from a catarrhal attack, and no medicine having been given for a week-coldness of the hands and feet not perceptible to himself. Ipecac 200, night and morning, shortly removed this-note in Mat. Med. Pura, under fever-“external coldness and internal heat”.
In a case of typical typhoid in a youth of 17, with the delusion that one of his arms was detached and belonged to some one else, two, doses of Baptisia 200 were given, 2 hours apart, during the night. After the second dose he felt as if a load were taken of him and at 11:30 A.M. had epistaxis with entire relief to headache. Pyrexia less in all ways and he felt more himself than he has been yet. No more medicine required for two days when Bryonia was indicated. Made a good recovery.
A middle-aged gentleman subject at times for the last 2 or 3 years to neuralgia affecting the right parietal region, after extra mental or physical work and relieved by stimulants: This side of head is warmer than the other. Ammon. mur. 200, one dose, whenever the pain occurs. Reported: took one powder and it stopped it at once and there now appeared a touch of gout in big toe of right foot which Sabina 200 promptly relieved. Later on a second attack of neuralgia was permanently removed by a second administration of Ammon.mur.
A servant aged 23, subject at the menstrual period to a gnawing pain at the epigastrium, passing downwards; also leucorrhoea after periods, was greatly benefited in 5 days by Borax 200 night and morning, and Borax 31 taken for a week before the next period removed these symptoms entirely and an accompanying palpitation.
A young woman aged about 22, neurotic, nervosanguine temperament, is subject during menses, which are now on, to a headache in the right parietal region; severe, worse after dinner, with a flushed perspiring face. Morphiae acetas 12, every 2 hours soon relieved.
The wife of an artisan, about 30 years old, reports pain of the very bottom of the back (coccyx?) as if it were opening. Stramonium 200, 2glbs. to be taken when in pain. Boenninghausen, under “sensations,” gives: “sensation of joint being detached or wrenched open;” and compare Mat. Med. Pura, vol. iv, p.194. Reported: “The medicine acted at once on pin at bottom of back, taken at intervals as required”.
The same patient reported above as benefited by Gamboge, reports: all pains rise to a height and then suddenly disappear. Pains in thighs during menses. Sulph. Acid 30, one dose, caused return of sensation of many old symptoms. Character of pains changed in a measure.
In a middle aged lymphatic man, inclined to be stout and always very depressed when ill, attacks of weakness with burning all over. Calc. phos. 30, soon relieved.
In a middle aged lady, loose hacking cough, days and evening, and at 9 A.M.: has to put arms on thighs when coughing. Niccolum 200, soon cured.
In an old woman aged seventy-eight, plethoric; two hard nodules in right breast, one above, the other below the nipple, which was retracted, and subjective. Cimicifuga, 200, eight doses, taken in four days, removed the cold feeling and gave general relief for a month.
In an elderly woman, chronic dyspepsia, whining temperament; brown bread won’t digest, but passes through her unaltered; causes nausea. Phosphoric acid 30, one dose. In ten days reported, very greatly improved in all ways.
In a middle aged gentleman: sensation during the night of hot water flowing along the rectum, distinct; no stool or flatus followed; after one dose of several globules of Acid Oxalicum 6, taken thirty-six hours before.
In a woman at climaxis, pain on taking hold of anything in the hands and fingers. Deadness at night of hands and fingers. Ammon.carb. 30 ter die. In a week very much improved.
The same person, a few months later, can’t turn her neck; worse in herself in sultry weather; cardiac fluttering, can’t lie on left side; great restlessness of limbs at night. Spigelia 200. In a week, all symptoms greatly relieved.
A railway guard, aged about thirty-five, spare habit, fair complexion, after having had sciatica cured by Rhus, complained of neuralgia an left side of face from a decayed tooth relieved by pressure. The pain is tearing: cause, wet feet. Saliva in mouth. One dose of Phosphorus 30 caused an almost immediate aggravation while in my consulting room lasting about fifteen minutes; be taken became easier; previous paroxysms had lasted about two hours. He was cured.
A woman aged fifty, who was subject to headache from thinking, had had a fright and other shocks since, one being the death of a brother on the railway; drank much tea and had had much quinine; now complains of weakness of chest with dyspnoea and loose cough with expectoration difficult to raise; worse from excitement; flatulence on chest; wakeful in the early hours; sudden faints from emotions with consciousness. One dose of Nux vomica 200 relieved cough, headache, sleep and flatulence in five days.
An infant of fourteen days had a swelling on posterior edge of base of left scapula; displacement? The mother says it was a cross birth and had to be manipulated a good deal to restore animation when delivered. Symphytum 3, one dose. In four days swelling less and less appearance of displacement. No more medicine was needed.
Mrs. G- very stout; used to be very thin; now complains of wheezing at times, worse in damp weather; desire to breathe deeply. Easy perspiration with exercise. Cough with blue, thick, easily raised expectoration, and pain in arms and some other symptoms-received Calcarea 200, one dose. In six days, pain in back, breast, arms, all less, also expectoration, and feels better in herself. No further medicine was required.
A young woman. Catarrh with chilliness, thirstlessness, foul yellow tongue, pains in limbs, vomits everything. Pulsatilla 200, every three hours. Next day a friend reports: “all right this morning”.
Mrs. H-Constipation with flatulence in the left hypochondrium and vertigo. Evening aggravations of all symptoms. Headaches at times. Has taken much cured, after causing an aggravation during the first week, which she called a cold.
A girl of seventeen. Amenorrhoea; five weeks (last time profuse). Has lost flesh (naturally stout). Worse in herself, mornings. Easily fatigued. Rushes to head. Before menses, weary, breast painful, legs swell, constipation, leucorrhoea. Calcarea 500, one dose. In nine days reported: feels a “lot better.” Sleep greatly improved. No further medicine required.
Mr. J.-, a singer in a church choir, states that colds affect notes of voice, upper or lower; like something light round throat, which is now relaxed, posteriorly (fauces.) Coffee loosens bowels if taken after dinner, and he has exercise. Stools twice a day, usually in the evening. Constipation with hemorrhoids. Micturition slow in commencing. Larynx sensitive to air. Hepar 200, one dose. In a week reported: throat cured in two days, slight relapse from extra work (singing) last Sunday. Micturition almost too free and easy. Stool still twice a day, costive; no hemorrhoids. Sac. lac.
Nine days later, states: return of slowness on micturition last two or three days; singing power increased; two stools daily, afternoon and evening. Sac. lac.
Ten days later-Slowness of micturition less; stools still twice a day; some return of throat symptoms since damp feet yesterday. Hepar 1m. (F.C.) one dose. In two days, throat dry on waking. Throat gave no further trouble except an occasional dryness, promptly relieved by Belladonna (low).
Miss K- about climacteric period complains, among other things, of discharge occasionally of clear water from both nostrils, sometimes one or other nostril is stopped at night or towards evening. Feels the cod very much. Pain in left hop joint when walking. Ammonium carb. 30, three times a day. In a week, great improvement in symptoms and in herself, and a smell of ammonia frequently before the nose, a symptom she used to have years ago.
Amm. carb. 200, given in the same way, diminished this at first, but it then returned and annoyed her at times for another two months, while being treated with Iodine for other symptoms.
Mrs. L-. Perspiration in sleep, hot the upper half of her body, cold the lower half. Great susceptibility of head to draft. Frequent urging to urinate, worse when standing; small quantities passed for weeks. Silicea 200, one dose.
The next day improved in al respects; the next, all symptoms improving, perspiration nearly gone, urine freer than for months.
Six days later, reports yesterday and the day before frequent diarrhoea, with griping; return of perspiration in sleep last night and night before, yet today she feels rather better and inclined to get up. The next day fresh symptoms occurred, calling for a different medicine.
Mrs. L-. Seen in consultation a week after confinement, primipara; natural, but retained placenta, which the attending physician had torn away. Doing well until day before yesterday, when, probably from chill, there was some pyrexia; now 10 P.M., P. 112; sort of stupid state with complaint that her right arm will fall off. She received three doses of Baptisia 200, two hours apart; and next morning report was-all symptoms improved.
Delusion gone, p. 100. Felt marked effect from first dose with increase of arm symptoms. Slept some hours. Had beautiful visions. Difficulty still in speaking. Mind acutely sensitive. Told me she thought bad smells from her body might cause fever (she was quite calm, but should be gone within twenty-four hours. We agreed to give two doses of Aconite 30, one at 5:30, the next at 7:30. Calling at 10 P.M., we were told she had had some sleep after the first dose, and quieter altogether. She made an excellent recovery.
Mr. R-, a young man, a publican, while taking Aconite 1x for tremor of approaching delirium tremens, with frequent thirst for small quantities, and restlessness, and improving greatly in all respects, went out twice contrary to orders, and was found at home at 9 P.M. with great increase of all symptoms; frantic, requiring two men to hold him, bathed in warm perspiration; seeing all sorts of figures, wanting to trample them down, etc. Conjunctivitis, right eye. Stramonium 4, every half hour. Next morning all symptoms greatly relieved, perspiration gone, he is quiet in bed. A few more doses of Stram. at longer intervals completed a good cure.