An accident fragmentary proving of Lapis Albus, giving two cases in verification.
July 5, 1875, Mrs. -, age 40, light complexion, rather stout, no children, has a very large bronchocele; aversion to all animal fool; craves sweets; has craved and drank much ice water in all seasons of the year, since a child; feet and legs cold to knees. Can get no further symptoms.
Gave her Lapis Albus 6x, trit. 2 gr. powders, to be taken four per day for one month, after which she reported by letter that she was having much pain in tumor and that it was rapidly diminishing in size.
She now had placebo until Sept. 22d, when she came to office.
The tumor had diminished in size full one half, and the patient, who on July 4th had no ailments other than the bronchocele, stated that since taking the powders she has had no pain with her menstrual periods and that they had also cured her dyspepsia.
On further inquiry it was learned that she had from her first menstruation always suffered from severe dysmenorrhoea and had also been subject to attacks of sick headache, and that she had not been affected with either since taking the powders.
She also says that for some time past she has had no pain in tumor and thinks that it has not decreased in size since the pain ceased.
At this date, September 26th, I gave her the Lapis 6x again to take, a powder at bedtime.
January 28th she writes that the powders have caused pain in the tumor and that she is also very much troubled with itching of the external genitals.
I now sent her Lapis 30th which caused so much aggravation of the pruritus that she would not take it, and until July 11th she would not take medicine.
The pruritus had now got better and she was persuaded to take more medicine and obliterate the remains of the tumor; she now had Lapis 200th, which in a few days caused so much pruritus that she would not take it or anything else, since which I have no further knowledge of case.
With hunts gained through this instructive Lapis aggravation, I have given much comfort with Lapis 200 to many patients afflicted with pruritus pudendi, and also verified its usefulness in dysmenorrhoea.
In painful menstruation it is indicated in those cases in which severe pain precedes the flux.
The woman is taken suddenly without little premonition with pain so severe that she swoons and falls insensible wherever she may be, without sufficient warning to enable her to reach comfortable quarters.
Case I. –
Miss -, age 19, for whom I had prescribed occasionally with but little benefit except palliative, since her first menstruation.
At this time the paroxysms of pain had become so very much more severe that she would fall unconscious wherever she happened to be, the swoon, at times, lasting half an hour, after which she would be brought home and suffer pain for a few hours when it would gradually subside, and menstruation once established would continue without pain.
Having had ill-success in treating this case, and accidentally being reminded of the bronchocele case, I resolved to give Lapis a trial, somewhat empirically.
To this purpose I gave her a vial of globules of 200th potency, with instructions to take a dose at bedtime for the two weeks following the cessation of menses.
The next period came on normally, without pain, and has continued normal for the past four years.
CASE II. –
Miss -, age thirty-four, menses normal until at age of twenty, when she had measles, since which she has suffered severe pain at commencement of menstruation; so much so as to cause syncope.
Oftentimes the first premonition of menstruation would be pain so severe as to cause her to fall insensible wherever she might be at the time.
This severe pain would continue less for a day, or until the flow was fully established.
As she had been under the treatment of a number of our leading physicians, without benefit, we advised a trial of Lapis 200, of which a dose was taken at bedtime, for a few days, after the menstrual flow had fully ceased.
This treatment was continued for about six months, with less frequent dosage, as she improved from month to month. Since which, for about two years, she has had no recurrence of menstrual pain.
DR. WESSELHOEFT: I want to confirm Dr. Whiting’s statement in regard to Aloe. I have come to regard it as an antipsoric, a much deeper acting remedy than we usually suppose it to be. Dr. Whiting’s case is a valuable one, because it cured the patient. Dr. Whiting is a deep thinker, works out his cases with great care, and he can be relied on every time.
DR. H. C. ALLEN: I think his case of Sepia is a beautiful illustration of the folly of repeating as long as the patient is doing well.
DR. WESSELHOEFT: Lapis albus is the remedy empirically recommended for cancer by Dr. Grauvogl. It is the stone which is thought to be the active remedy of the Gastein waters. I suppose the Gastein water simply holds this stone in solution. Dr. Allen is right, Dr. Whiting knows how to wait, and when he repeats he has a good reason for it.
DR. BAYLIES: In the case of dysmenorrhoea, was the medicine used empirically or according to the similar symptoms?.
DR. WESSELHOEFT: If he gave the Lapis for dysmenorrhoea, it must have been empirically, because it is an improved remedy.
DR. SAWYER: I have used several pounds of Lapis albus in my time, a great deal of it in cancerous cases, lupus and such diseases, and a peculiar circumstance about the medicine is, that I never got any response from any potency except the third decimal. I tried the sixth and the twelfth, and found them absolutely useless in the cases that I tired them on. In the third, it improves the nutrition, color and general appearance of the patient in all cancerous cases. This I know from experience, but I do not think, and I have not found, that it will cure cancer.
DR. WESSELHOEFT: When Dr. Grauvogl first announced his Lapis albus, I was treating an epithelioma in an old man -now be is about ninety-he was then about seventy. It was in the lip, going nearly across the entire, lower lip, at lest two-thirds of it exhibiting a rough, crusty appearance, and when this crust came off it left a raw surface with large irregular granulations. No pain and no other involvement of tissue. He was to be operated on, but first came down to Boston to be treated by me.
I could get no constitutional symptoms out of him. If I remember right, the epithelioma was not at all painful, save a very slight burning. I had tried Arsenic high and highest without effect. I had tried Arsenic high and highest without effect. I was reading Grauvogl at the time, and had Lapis in the twelfth decimal. I gave him a solution of the trituration, a dose morning and evening for a week, then omitted a week.
After three months the epithelioma healed entirely. The doctor who was to cut it out said before he came to me: “If that quack in Boston cures you, I will go down and sit at his feet and learn how to do it.” He never came, and I was very glad of it, because I could not have given a single good reason why I used Lapis albus.
It was in the fall of the year I discharged him as well. About Christmas he was taken ill with a peculiar pneumonia that I had great difficulty in treating. It was very rapid in its progress, solidifying one lung entirely. The fifth day he suddenly collapsed.
I found him breathing quickly, tongue cold, nose cold, cold all over, with all the symptoms of impending paralysis of the lungs. The respiration shallow, rapid and irregular. I gave Laurocerasus. Reaction came slowly, but he made a good and complete recovery, and is now alive at ninety. He has ever since, severe winter coughs.
DR. GREGORY: Treated a young man for a tumor on the lower lip. Immediate removal was advised by what was considered good authority. Gave him Lapis albus, thirtieth, without any Arsenic about it, and the tumor, with the exception of a slight depression, disappeared at the end of six months. After two years the tumor re-developed in the depression that marked the site of the former one.
It had burning, stinging pains, that would make him jump off his feet. It grew to the size of the former tumor. More Lapis, thirtieth, was given, and the trouble disappeared within a year, and up to date, now ten years, has not recurred. it was given, a dose every night for a week, then stopped three or four weeks and then repeated.