J. U. WOODS, M. D.
Mr. C., about fifty years of age. For nine weeks had been under “scientific” treatment for eczema covering the whole body. He had used five different kinds of ointments, of which Arsenicum and Iodine were component parts, and remarked that he felt as nasty as a hog. Was advised to buy a cake of Marseilles soap, take a bath and be sure he was clean. The eruption was scaly, dry and itched almost beyond endurance, especially after undressing.
April 3, 1889, he was given two powders of Graphites 1 m. No improvement appearing at the end of one week, he received one powder of Sulphur mm.
April 18, 1889, reported that very little itching existed and the eruption was nearly gone. It was soon entirely gone and there has been no appearance of it to the present date.
Did the Sulphur arouse the system to action, or was there a mistake made in the first prescription?.
Miss H., eighteen years of age, brunette.
Has always enjoyed good health.
June 26, 1889, she applied for treatment by reason of an eczema, covering the head, face, neck, and upper part of chest; also the hands. The eruption was composed of heavy, thick scabs, white on the head and brown on the face and hands, exuding a sticky, gluey substance, very offensive.
No itching or burning whatever. Scales constantly falling off, so much so that after being in the office for medicine it was necessary to sweep them up. Great mental depression. This condition had existed about three months.
One powder of Graphites 1 m. was given. Improvement followed and on July 5th, the dose was repeated. From July 12th, for the space of two weeks, all improvement ceased.
July 26th she received one dose of Graphites, cm. Progress now continued up to January 7, 1890, when she presented the following symptoms:.
The chin, throat and neck were covered with patches resembling ring-worm.
Loss of appetite.
Cold feet and hands.
No fever. Calcarea 1 m., two powders were given. At the end of one week no improvement appearing, one powder of Graphites cm. was given. In six days the skin was free from all eruption and has remained so to the present time.
Mrs. L-, a widow, age about sixty-five. October, 1889, presented herself for treatment. The end of the nose was covered with a dark, dry crust from beneath which a watery substance was discharged.
This condition had existed for seven years, and for two years previous to date she had been under treatment for cancer of the nose. She received one powder of Graphites cm., and in about six weeks the dose was repeated. Nothing has been given since, and to-day her nose present a perfectly clean and smooth appearance.