W. B. NASH, M. D.
CASE I. –
Arsenicum. -Miss L. K.-, aged sixteen, very pale, brown hair, blue eyes. Has never menstruated regularly, and is very frail. Was taken very suddenly ill, about 2 o’clock in the morning, with a severe pain in the region of the heart. The pains began to appear in the extremities in different parts, but mostly in lower extremities.
In spite of the best prescribing I could do, the case progressed from bad to worse until the following condition was present, viz; Great dyspnoea; could not lie down at all. Violent beating of the heart, shaking visibly the walls of chest. With first beat of heart very loud bellows sound. Waxy paleness of skin. Feet oedematously swollen up to knees. Great restlessness, wants to be moved from place to place. Great thirst for small quantities at time. Pulse 110 to 120.
Arsenicum 30th, four doses of a watery solution (a teaspoonful dose) one hour apart, then waited. Immediate improvement which continued until the dyspnoea, swelling in feet, restlessness, and in short all the above symptoms, except the blowing sound of the heart (while it was very much modified) were removed; and this last was so far removed under a dose of Spigelia cm. that it was hardly perceptible. The patient was out in an incredibly short time riding her bicycle all over the village. A single dose a week before menses were due of Puls. mm. and the menstrual flow came normally.
CASE II. –
Arsenicum. -Mrs. M. J.-, aged forty-five, dark hair, skin and eyes. Stout. Subject to attacks of sick headache for years. Was taken suddenly with very violent pains in right side, running through, beneath right shoulder. There rheumatic pains, with redness and swelling attacked hands, hips, knees and feet, about in the order mentioned. The pains were very severe, worse at night; and accompanied with profuse sweating which did not relieve.
Hot applications to the affected parts partially relieved. Hot applications to the affected parts partially relieved. Great thirst for small quantities of water; pains greatly < on least motion. Bryonia and Mercury did not do much for her, and she continued to grow worse until she presented the following picture:.
Could not lie down on account of dyspnoea. Respiration 35 to 40, pulse 120 and upwards. Great restlessness, having to be lifted from bed to chair and vice versa, every hour. Great oedema of lower limbs, pitting deeply on pressure. Heart sounds very faint, evidently on account of hydro-thorax. Abdomen greatly bloated; urine almost nothing. The first marked relief she got was from Arsenicum 30 administered as in the preceding case.
Under the action of this remedy, she continued to lowly improve without a repetition of the remedy, for several weeks; the pain in right side of chest being the last to leave, and this not until after the exhibition of a few doses of Chelidonium 30. This case is now quite well and came to the office to see me. She still has some rheumatic pains indifferent parts. Her parents before her were chronic rheumatics, and on that account I expect it will take a long time to entirely cure her of he tendency to it.
CASE III. –
Pulsatilla. -Mr. E.-, aged 50, has been under allopathic treatment for several weeks for inflammatory rheumatism. Don’t know what remedies he had been taking. He recovered so far as to be able to get out and walk around with a came. Then he had a severe relapse and into my hands. Joints of hands, feet,knees, back, shoulders, nape of neck and even chest were involved in the case. The pains, redness and swelling travelled from place to place. The tongue was thickly coated yellowish white, and the breath terribly offensive. Considerable sweating, which did not relieve. On account of the migratory pains and the fact that they travelled cross-wise, on alternate days, I gave Lac. can.
No relief followed. Then I tired Puls, 30th, with no better success. Then, on account of the sweat without relief, Merc. was prescribed, and still on relief. Great restlessness now supervened, wants continually to change position, with momentary relief. Rhus; no good.
Carefully reviewed the case and found more symptoms covered by Puls. than anything else. But Puls. 30 had been given and failed. What can one do? Try another power. Gave Johnstone’s cm. In solution once in two hours for twelve hours, then wait. First twenty-four hours <; next twenty-four hours great relief and improvement, which continued until he was able to get out and attend to his business.
CASE IV. –
Mrs. M.F. McF-, aged, 45, stout, dark hair, blue eyes, has been unable to lie in bed nights on account of great pains in both forearms. This has been going on for about three weeks, and she looks pale and worm; says she can not stand it much longer. Says also that the only way she cane be the least relieved is by getting right out of bed and walking slowly about the room. Ferrum 1000th (B & T) enabled her to rest quietly the first night, and she has never had are turn of the trouble now two years since.
These cases are not given because to this society there is anything remarkable about them. Every one of us is having successes of this kind every year and mouth of the year. The first two, or Arsenicum cases, were very desperate cases of a disease in which this remedy is not very often used, but the symptoms in both were very alike, and indicated it; and it cured, as the homoeopathic remedy must, no matter what the name of the disease, or whether it had ever been given before or not.
CASE III shows the folly of forsaking the right remedy because the trial of it in the 30th (or any other) potency does not cure. If the high doses do not cure, go lower, or vice versa. No one potency is adapted to all cases.
CASE IV is another proof added to the fact the metals do act even in the high potencies, notwithstanding so much has been said and written to disprove it.