Dwight Stow T
The most recent nosological classification treats of a class called “Dolores,” a class of diseases characterized by more or less pain. Almost to a man our professional brethren of the old school-and their laity as well-in the dolores resort to all sorts of palliative and analgesic measures, from flaxseed poultices or other counter-irritants to the most heroic doses of morphia, chloral, phenacetine, sulfonal, etc., often to no purpose, and occasionally fatal. What would you do for a case of bilious colic, or dysentery, or sharp neuralgia, or acute articular rheumatism? Ask a multitude of the curious, strangers to Homoeopathy.
Very strange seems the question, to us, when put by them who have seen, though they may not have felt the marvelous power of the remedy homoeopathic such cases. Passing strange is it professed followers if Hahnemann resort to the unreliable and often hazardous measures of allopathy in treating painful conditions?.
I am moved to write this article after perusing the interesting and instructive article written by Dr. J. K. Mendenhall, of Saratoga, N. Y., for the May (1890) number of the Homoeopathic Physicians, page 213. Dr. Mendenhall does pure Homoeopathy signal service in reporting such cases. I wish to corroborate his statements by citations of somewhat similar cases; might cite hundreds had I kept a faithful record of them; so could any true homoeopathician of average practice.
CASE I. –
J. M-, a watch repairer, aged forty-five, a slim person, of poor digestive powers, sedentary habits, was subject to attacks of bilious colic. Had intense griping, cutting, in center of abdomen, forcing him to bend double and press his fists, a book, or the edge of bed into his abdomen, thus getting some relief. He called over the bed or on the floor in agony, and each paroxysm of pain was accompanied or followed by retching and vomiting of food or bile, one or both.
I gave him Colocynth 30 in water, a large spoonful every fifteen minutes. At the third he fell asleep and was soon in a nice, warm perspiration. Had no more pain after that for some months, perhaps a year, when he had a similar attack. Colocynth 30, two or three doses, filled the bill again. I saw Mr. M- daily after that for years, and to my knowledge he never had another attack. I will add that, under old school treatment, Mr. M- seldom got out in less than a week; whereas, under Homoeopathy he went to his work the same or the next day.
CASE II. –
Wm. McD-, a machinist, role a long distance one cold day in March; got a hard chill and when he reached home was seized with severe bilious enteralgia. I found him in bed, or rather on a bed, in agony of enteric pain. His extremities were icy cold; he was very restless; his countenance had an anxious, frightened look; indeed, he said he could not live an hour. At the end of each paroxysm of pain he vomited mucus and bile. The abdomen was very sore to touch and somewhat tympanitic.
Dull rumbling in abdomen.
Pulse small and very frequent.
I dissolved a few globules of Aconite 30 in half a glass of pure water and gave him a large spoonful every twenty minutes. Soon after giving the second dose he was easier; at the end of an hour and a quarter he went to sleep and soon a profuse perspiration spread over his entire body. He had no more acute pain; no vomiting after the third or fourth dose; slept through the remainder of the night, and the next day sat up, but as a precautionary measure he remained the house, taking light food at meal time. Nothing more was heard of the colic and he resumed work on the third day after the attack, a well man.
Toward night,on a bitter cold day in January, 1869, the snow being very deep in the roads, a poor German attempted to walk on the D. & L. railroad track from Fulton to Oswego, N. Y. Night overtook him, tired, cold and very at the tenant farm house of one Reynolds. In the night he was taken sick and at dawn the poormaster of Granby called me to see him. I reached the place with much difficulty at 10 A.M.
There I found a patient who could not speak English, and myself, a poor doctor who could neither read nor write the German. So we had to trust to objective and other signs. The patient had fever, temperature at 101; pulse quite frequent; tongue coated, yellowish white; some thirst for water; vomiting of mucus, bile; the abdomen getting tympanitic, and tender under pressure; he could not bear his waistbands buttoned; the urine scanty, hot, red. As to the kind of pain, which was confined to the hypogastrium, he could only express it by using his hands, bending and separating his fingers like bird claws, from which I inferred they were “clawing like talons.” Governed by the gesture, coupled with the other symptoms, and the quality of his tramp and exposure, I gave Bell. 30 in water. In an hour or two he was easy, had no more pain, and was able to ride to Oswego well the next day.
CASE IV. –
The two-year-old son of a family named Waugh, of Fulton, N. Y., was taken sick in the afternoon of the day I was called to him. Two days before the child had a painful, yellow, watery diarrhoea, offensive, etc., which the mother checked with cordial. The little fellow “pimped all the time after she gave it,” to use her expression, having paroxysms of pain, at times dreadful, culminating at night, when they sent for me. The father was carrying the child over his left shoulder, the child resting on his belly.
He was sobbing when I went in, but when the paroxysms of pain came on, he was frantic, drawing up his limbs, striking out his arms and hands, and the only thing they could do to appease him was to carry him about the room. At the end of each pain the passed much foul flatus. When I attempted to handle him, he yelled and stuck me, as he did his father when he stopped walking.
It struck me that Chamomilla was the remedy, so I gave a dose of the 200. In ten minutes he was asleep, and they “put him in his little bed,” where he slept all night. He had but that dose that night. The next day the diarrhoeic stools came on, for which I gave one more dose of Cham. 200. He immediately recovered, and remained well long as I knew him.
These are but samples of the good effects of true homoeopathic practice, in the treatment of the doctors, witnessed every day by thousands!.