E. W. SAWYER, M. D.
January 13th, 1887. -Examined M.R., aged 13. He has a history of several of his father’s people having died of cancer; and his father shows some signs of it. His mother’s family are scrofulous-at least some of them.
His father’s mother died of cancer of the breast.
He is good sized, light complexioned, blue eyed and sandy haired.
He had ague when small, and the doctor said that he had “flesh consumption” (Marasmus, I suppose).
He made a good recovery from scarlet fever, and last fall he had diphtheria, under allopathic treatment, which consisted largely of swabbing the throat with something.
Ever since he began to wear boots his feet would sweat so as to become tender, and the perspiration is very offensive.
He tonsils are enlarged, and his breath is offensive.
He sleeps on his right side, as he does not dream so much in that position.
In summer he gets up a good deal in his sleep; his father is also a somnambulist.
There is a bright red spot on the top of the nose near the end, of long standing.
When out feeding the stock last fall, he noticed that the left breast was sore to pressure, and the right one got sore about three weeks ago.
Around the nipple, about the size of a quarter of a dollar, it looked purple, swollen and raised considerably, with prominent veins, and had something of the appearance of a rose cancer, before the skin breaks. Last night they ached when he was coming home from church. Gave one dose of Silicea 45m. (Fincke’s), and placebo.
January 29th.-I see no difference in the breasts, except that the right one is a trifle larger. He says that he sees no difference in them. He is blue under the eyes. One dose of Thuja 45m. (Fincke), and placebo.
February 13th. -There is no difference except that the nipples are larger. It hurts the breasts just the same when he presses on them. He has no catarrh this winter. Graphites cm. (Fincke), one powder, and placebo.
March 7th. -Left breast is not quite so sore; but they look the same as they did, and hurt more sometimes than others. Larynx hurts some this week on swallowing. One dose of Psorinum 200, and placebo, to be followed in two weeks with a dose of Psorinum cm. (Fincke), if no better.
April 24th. -He took the Psorinum cm. The left breast seems to be well so far as I can discover. The right breast is, if any difference, larger, but not quite so blue. Both are slightly tender to pressure. They very in size at different times, I discover. The right breast was reduced almost to natural size, and then it raised again. The red spot on the nose in much paler. The left side of the chin is rough and chafed.
He talks in his occasionally, and feet are still too fragrant. Natrum sulph. 1,6000 (Jenichen) and placebo.
May 18th. -The left breast is about right, but the right one is growing, though they are not so sore to pressure. There is some tickling in the right ear once in a while. He swallowed a small coiled brass spring once, and he says that he notices when he eructates, once in a while, it tastes brassy. His eyes are a little weak. He tears around in his sleep and talks some. Foot sweat same, but don’t smell so bad. Bad breath in the morning. One dose of Hepar sulph. 45m. (Fincke), and placebo.
July 7th. -Left breast is all right, and the right one looks nearly so, their being a slight enlargement, and still slightly sensitive to pressure. All right in other ways. Placebo.
August 2d. -Eruption across the forehead, feeling hot, subjectively, and slight eruption below the left eye. Considerable pain in the spleen when walking or riding. Still flounces about and cries out in his sleep. Left breast well, right one nearly so. Placebo.
August 31st. -Breasts are beginning to enlarge a little and turn purple again, and there is a fine itching eruption, interscapular, feeling like nettles. One dose of Silicea 45m. (Fincke), and placebo.
October 29th. -Has been having hiccough all the time for a week when at work, and when he hiccoughs a while, feels sore all over; thinks eating ameliorates the hiccough. Has a pain in the liver, or just below it when he rides. One dose of Silicea, 45m. (Fincke), placebo, and one powder of Thuja cm. (Fincke), to be taken in a month if not getting alone right, and he took it.
December 24th. -No more sign of the tumors in the breasts, but considerable hiccough at times yet, but does not hurt much. Red spot on the nose is gone. he is growing rapidly. His feet do not smell quite right yet.
One dose of Silicea cm. (Fincke).
He needed no more medicine. Cured.
The 20th of last July W.B., a bright, well built boy, of nervous temperament, ten years of age, came to my office for treatment. He had a history of being a weak baby, having had tonsillitis three years previously under allopathic treatment and a year previously was vaccinated. At present his tonsils are enormously enlarged and he has eczema on the back of the head that has taken the hair off in small places, which has been there about three weeks, and he is a little croupy about the middle of the night. I gave him one dose of Sulphur cm. and placebo.
Aug. 17. -He reports the tonsils smaller, no new eruption, and that the spots where the eruption had taken the hair off were “dandruffy” He got one dose of Lycopodium cm. (Fincke), and placebo.
Sept. 19. -Tonsils look better and no more trouble with them. The spots on the head where the eruption had been are a little rough to feel yet, and he sweats some on uncovered parts. Gave him placebo.
October 20th. -The tonsils are too large yet, and the left one seems to have a little exudation on it and they are darkish red. Where the eruption was on the scalp it is some rough and the feet sweat too much yet. (Have just discovered that he was subject to excessive foot sweat). He takes a little cold and still coughs some at times. Gave him one dose of Kali hyd, 1 m. (Jenichen) and placebo. I also gave him one powder of Lycopodium cm. and one of Lachesis cm. (both Fincke) to be given if he should have right or left sided tonsillitis. Two weeks ago the father wrote me that he is well but neglects to state whether he had been obliged to use the last two remedies or not.