G. W. SHERBINO, M. D.
CASE I. –
I was treating a lady when she told me that her baby was sick. I thought from the symptoms that it was a Belladonna case and I gave it a dose of the 4 m.
April 3d. -Child getting worse, restless and has a fever, rolling its head; gave it Belladonna cm. (SK.).
April 4th. -Head drawn back and rolls it from side to side; gave it a dose of Hellebore 33 m.
April 5th. -Messenger called in the night; said “if I did not do something for that child it would die.” At 9 P.M. no better. Child still rolls its head and at every little noise it jumps and starts in its sleep. I gave a dose of Belladonna 4 cm. (F.) in a half glass of water, with instructions to give it a teaspoonful every half hour till better or worse; in either case stop.
The child did not get any easier till three o’clock, then it went to sleep, and was sleeping when I came; they had not given any more medicine since it went to sleep, and it did not need any more as it rapidly improved.
This case is instructive in that it shows that the 4 m. was not the similimum, neither was the cm.; but the 4 cm. in water, after the other two potencies had failed as flatly as any thing could, was the true similimum. The remedy suited the case.
This was one of the late Dr. Lippe’s potencies made by Fincke, and it proves to mind that there is something in the 4 cm. Had I had this case in my early practice, I would have lost it, because I would have blamed the 3d or 200th, and instead of gong higher I would, like the most of our prescribers of to-day, have gone lower and killed my patient. Massive doses of Belladonna were not needed, as it proved that it required just the 4 cm. to restore its equilibrium to that of health.
This case would never have gotten well of itself, and is just as hard a case to control as a case of pernicious fever or congestive chill. It shows too, that we can’t tell what strength of medicine is going to suit the individual case in hand until it has been tried and found faithful. It will always do the work when found.
CASE II. –
PSORINUM. -Mr. H. -has a skin trouble on his face at times; it commences to itch, burn and swell; gets red and the skin becomes thickened; it affects his whole face. This he has had for two years or more. Remedies only seen to palliate. He seemed to be cured with Apis and also with Arsenicum, but the disease came back again. He got discharged, and went to treating it himself; bought all the salves on the market, and had given them a through trial; they relieved for a time only.
He now thought that he would try the Springs, and went to the mineral wells and stayed there for a while, but grew rapidly worse and came home again. I was called again and found the face badly swollen and the eyes closed from swelling; large blisters, I call them, filled with pus, over the and cheeks; he had not opened his eyes for several days; they were stiff and sore. I felt as if this was my last chance.
His wife was keeping cloths wet in cold water in his face; this was all the relief he could get. This made me think of Apis, Alumina, Pulsatilla, Psorinum, Sulphur. I thought that I would put him on Psorinum 42 m., one dose, and Sac. lac. It commenced to improve at once; in about four weeks he had a relapse. I sent him another dose and he has remained well to date-now for over a year.
CASE III. –
ASTIGMATISM: Phosphoric Acid.-Mrs. -, aged 44, had an attack of weakness of vision. This was worse from sewing or reading; any fine work brought on the tired feeling in the eyes. The jeweller prescribed a pair of glasses, but they did no good; there was blurred vision on looking at fine work, and in reading the letters would run together. This condition was relieved by looking off for a moment; then she could see for a short time till the eyes would become tired again, and the same blurred condition would nature. I found this under Phosphoric Acid an cm. (Fincke), a few doses cured it in a few days. There was perceptible improvement from the first dose.
CASE IV. –
OPHTHALMIA: Sanicula. -Master M- called at the office to have me treat his eyes. The right one was sore for a few days, was swollen and very red; he could not keep it open at all.
There was a discharge in the morning, agglutinating the lids, that had to be washed off; there was nothing characteristic about the case; the pain was worse at night; his mother said that he cried and seemed worse at night.
The aggravation came on in the evening like Pulsatilla. One dose of sanicula 10 m. (SK.) cured him.
CASE V. –
ULCERATION OF THE CORNEA: Sanicula -Mr. B- came to me from the country with a sore eye. There was an ulcer of the cornea over the pupil with great intolerance of light; lachrymation in the wind, in cool air, or from anything cool applied externally. The pain was worse towards evening; cold, clammy feet. He was cured with Sanicula 50 m. (SK.) in a few days.
Sanicula has given me good results. It is like Apis, Pulsatilla and Mercury. You will think of those remedies when the Sanicula relate their symptoms in diseases of the eye.
CASE VL. –
ASTHMA: Bryonia. -Mrs. B- came to the office for treatment for asthma. She has had it for seven years, and bad taken all the remedies for asthma that are generally kept in the drug stores. They only relieved temporarily. Her husband gave the following symptoms: She was always worse when doing he work; was always better at night (or when she could keep quiet); motion < her condition. I gave her Bryonia cm. and she was cured.
Has never had a relapse, now over a year since the cure.
RHEUMATISM: Lycopodium. -Mr. H-, aged twenty-six, came here from one of the Eastern states for his health. He had been sick all winter, with haemorrhage of the lungs; was now attacked with inflammatory rheumatism. The disease commenced in the feet and passed upward, until it had involved every joint in his body. Kept moving all the time, attacking one joint and leaving it, then after awhile coming back to the same one again.
The allopathic doctor he had could do nothing for him; that is the way I came to get the case. His urine was very cloudy, and there was an abundance of red sand, some rumbling in the bowels, but he had no fulness after eating, as one would expect. I had tried several remedies with no benefit. I thought I now had the remedy, so gave him Lycopodium 30 m., nd his rheumatism vanished like the dew before the sun, and when he left here there was no rheumatism; also, he was greatly improved in his lung trouble.
CASE VIII. –
INFLAMMATORY RHEUMATISM: Rhus.-Mrs. -suffered with acute rheumatism; an allopath had been dosing her for two weeks no Morphine, and all the hypnotics. When he found out that the money was not forthcoming (which is a very important thing), he quiet the case. She had a very high fever with circumscribed redness of the cheeks, a temperature of 103, pulse 120; was very restless, and much worse at night; had to change her position often; she could get a little rest after being moved, afforded her a little case.
March 1st. -I found the patient sleeping on my visit this morning, she rested much better last night. Temperature 101, pulse 100; she was feeling much better, gave her Sac. lac. every hour.
March 2d. -Feels better, temperature 98 1/2, pulse 72. Swelling nearly all gone, can feed herself now, rests well at night; continued the Sac. lac.
March 4th. -I found the patient convalescent and discharged her cured; one dose of the proper remedy, Rhus. cm. (SK.), did the work.
CASE IX. –
BRONCHITIS: Lycopodium. -Mr. W. A-, sick with bronchitis; has an allopath to attend him for the first two weeks, and was growing worse all the time; some of the neighbors influenced them to try Homoeopathy, and they did.
I found him with a very had cough, expectorating yellow mucus. I thought that he was expectorating about as much as a case with consumption; in fact there was a tendency that way, if he was not already in that condition. He had marked fan-like motion of he alae nasi, worse towards evening; fulness after eating; despondent, thought he would never get well. I cured him beautifully with Lycopodium 30 m., in a few days.
CASE X. –
RENAL COLIC: Nux.-Mr.-, visiting here, was taken with a pain in the region of the right kidney, passing down to the region of the bladder. It came on in paroxysms of about every five minutes; he would twist and turn in all directions to get a little case. It being on the right side and they thought there was a sandy sediment in the urine, but of this there was no positive proof. I gave Belladonna cm.; then after waiting long enough, with no change, Lycopodium 30 m. with no results.
He now, after interrogatories, says that with each pain there is a feeling as though the bowels wanted to act but did not. Nux m. cured him at once. While I was gone to the country he passed two small gravel stones which cleared up the diagnosis, but which did not help me one iota in finding the remedy to cure him of the pain. But for the sake of irregular science we will give the baby a name.
CASE XI. –
FEVER: Rhus. -Mr. P-, aged 87, contracted a fever, and it ran on for several days, till it took a turn for the worse. One of the daughters was taken to his house one evening by a livery man, who found the old man so had that he stayed all night to assist them. A messenger came for medicine. I had been giving him Rhus cm., but he was very bad, and dry they thought he would not live till morning, I sent him Rhus mm. (F.), to be put in water, a teaspoonful every half hour till he was better, than stop. He was in the following condition: Great restlessness, could not lie but a moment in one position without being moved; was delirious, carphologia, tongue was dry as a chip and cracked.
The men that had stayed there said that an hour before I came he had no pulse; at this tie the pulse was 140, but getting stronger. I stopped the medicine and put him on Sac. lac. In the course of a week he was out of danger and make a good recovery. The livery man said he did not knew what kind of water I was giving him, but one thing he did know was, that it acted well on his heart, as he had no pulse.
CASE XII. –
WASP STING: Apis. -A boy, driving a delivery wagon, called to show me his hand had been stung by a wasp. His hand was swollen and his arm was beginning to well; he complained of it paining him, a burning stinging sensation. He had a high fever, but was not thirsty. I wrapped his arm and hand in a wet towel of cold water, which gave him some relief. One dose of Apis cm. cured him of the swelling and the fever by the next day.
CASE XIII. –
POISONING: Rhus. -Last summer a man living on the Brazos came to the office with a swelled neck. It was one mass of watery vesicles, and his neck was sore and stiff. He said that he had been working where there was poison oak; he was very susceptible to it. He was restless, he could not keep still; he came on horseback; as long as the horse was going at full speed he was better; let him get quiet and the nervousness would begin, and he felt that he must get up and commence knocking around again. One dose of Rhus cm. cured him at once.
CASE XIV. –
FRACTURE OF THE LOWER THIRD OF THE FEMUR: Calcarea phos. -Mr. J-, aged 56, became entangled in a rope with which he was leading a horse. The rope was around the left leg. He thought that if the animal should jump, it might break his leg, so he tried to get out of the tangle, and threw his weight on that leg, and it gave a sudden “pep,” as he called it.
I put on a temporary with splints from the perineum to the knee, extending all around the leg. The legs were then of the same length. I then put on an extension of about fourteen pounds; in about three weeks I put on a plaster cast.
On my next visit I found him very restless and he says, “Now give me a big dose of morphine”.
He became very uneasy from lying on his back and had to twist and turn all he could to get a little rest. I gave him Rhus cm., and he needed no morphine.
Taking the case altogether, the brittleness of the bones and his old age, I feared some trouble in obtaining the union. I gave him a dose of Cal. phos.
He behaved very badly; he would loosen the dressing, take off his extensions, and he tore the cast off the next morning. I then refused to have any more to do with him; if he was foolish enough to take this responsibility upon himself, he should do so without my assistance.
There is only one thing for which I report the case; viz, to show what Homoeopathy can do for a broken bone under disadvantages.
This man recovered with a shortening of only about one-half inch, while an allopathic surgeon had a case at the same time, broken a little higher up, and the patient on crutches, now about eight months, with a shortening of two and one-half inches. Would not a few doses of Cal. phos. have effected a more rapid union?.
CASE XV. –
HYSTEROID EPILEPSY: Belladonna. -Mrs. Y- was taken with spasm. The came for me but I was engaged. Two allopaths were called, and they had a terrible fight for about a week. They exhausted chloroform, morphine, bromide of potash, and all the latest things in the Materia Medica, and all to no propose. The family became tired of this guessing business and I was now called. I found her very nervous; could not have any one talk loud in the room, nor make the least noise; The room was darkened; she was jumping in sleep; aggravation in the afternoon.
Belladonna cm. cured case promptly.
CASE XVI. –
SANICULA. -Mrs. -, mother of two children has been in poor health for a number of years. She is tall, slim woman, has the appearance of an anemic person.
Is suffering with what she calls bladder trouble; has to urinate too often and too profusely; has to get up at night two or three times to urinate, urine is clear and pale in color, also has a hematuria that is profuse, changeable in color, at times is milky then yellow, < at, or during stool. Weak and prostrated, rumbling in the bowels before meals, feels better after eating and when the stomach is full. Hands cold and clammy; she said that feet were the same, especially in cold weather; stockings were always damp. The doses of Sanicula 10 m. and then 50 m. She was cured of all the trouble.
CASE XVII. –
SANICULA. -Mrs.-, aged thirty-eight, has been a great suffer for many years with asthma.
I think that she was the worst case I ever saw. She had been treated by two pseudo homoeopaths with the “indicated” remedy and “electricity,” and she grew worse all the time. It was my misfortune to get control of the case. She looked like a woman in the second stage of consumption; had not had her menses for six months, was poor in flesh and weak, unable to do her work. I treated the case the best I could for six months from the totality, but I could only see palliation. The husband thought that she was improving, but it was imperceptible to me.
The symptoms that I prescribed for were: Asthmatic breathing, mouth open, rising and falling of the larynx (Ant. t. Lyc.), arms elevated on top of a chair (Caust.), labored breathing, wheezing and coughing, and trying to belch, which gave momentary relief (Nux).
These paroxysms would last some times all night or all day. a severe attack of coughing with expectoration would relieve; she could not more around, had to keep perfectly still, made her worse to move (Bry.); her hands were cold, her feet were clammy and cold as ice, she could not keep them warm; rumblings and gurgling all through the abdomen; she gets so very hungry before meals, especially before dinner; she felt so much better on a full stomach (Anac. Chel. Hep. Graph. Phos. Sep. Sulf. Staph.).
I gave her Sanicula from the 10 m. to the dmm., and it helped her more than all the remedies that I had given her. In fact it was the only one that I could see had relieved her. Her appetite improved and she gained in flesh. She is not cured, but she is so much better, that this great remedy ought not to be forgotten. I believe it will ultimately make a cure. She goes now for months without the medicine.
CASE XVIII. –
SANICULA. -Mr.S.-had lagrippe, followed by neuralgia. I was mixed up in a case of obstetrics, and in my absence he thought he would play smash and take Antipyrin and be cured by the time I got home. It palliated the disease for a few days and then it would not work any more.
He took a relapse and sent for an allopath, and he dosed him well no calomel and all the things they have to keep a person sick a long while; he got so he could sit up, and he took a trip to an adjoining city. While he was making the trip, the cars jolted him so he thought he would have to get off the train and go to a hotel. He wrote to his wife to send him something from me. I sent him Bryonia, and in a few weeks he returned home and I had him for a patient as soon as he landed. He had lost thirty pounds since he took the regular (?) medicine.
He was eating but very little food, as it distressed him so, and all kinds of food disagreed with him. He had been trying to diet himself, but his case did not mend on medicatrix naturoe, and he needed some from some other source.
He complained of great soreness through the stomach and hepatic region; there was some enlargement of the liver, and great tenderness to pressure and jar. He could not laugh without pressure against his stomach and bowels. He felt the best when the stomach was full, and worse when empty.
I gave Sanicula 10 m., and he commenced to mend at once, and kept on till he was restored to perfect health; he had debilitating night sweats as soon as he fell asleep. I think I gave him a dose or two of the 50 m. I thought I was going to have a tough case, but he was very easily cured. See the proving in transactions of I. H. A., 1887.
CASE XIX. –
CHIONANTHUS. -Mrs. W -, four months pregnant, show fever, few guiding symptoms. The fever would go down in the morning, and rise in the afternoon each day. All the usual remedies were used and the fever kept on. I was satisfied that if I did not break that fever before long that the would abort and go the usual way of such cases. She had a pretty good appetite all the time, but I did not let her have anything but liquid food to ear. I gave one dose of Chionanthus 13 m. (Santee), and I found all the fever gone the next morning.
CASE XX. –
NEURASTHENIA: Chionanthus. -Rev. Mr.Mc- came to me for a perspiration with which he had been troubled all summer; he had tried all the usual tonics in the shops without any benefit. He came to me because he could not help himself.
Complained of great weakness in his arms and legs; was much prostrated after preaching; his mind ran on his sermon, and this he kept up all night and could not sleep on this account.
He was stupid and drowsy all the time, had a poor appetite and all the food he ate distressed him.
I gave him a dose of Chionanthus 5m. made on the Santee Gravity Potentizer. He was speedily cured.
CASE XXI. –
CHIONANTHUS. -Mrs. S-, a woman who has worked very hard for years, attending to her household duties, is constantly fatigued, and when one of these over-worked days are done she is sure to have a spell of tried, all gone feeling come over her. She feels the next day as though she could not do another stroke or attend to the duties devolving upon her. With this malaise, she has a little fever with drowsiness-the temperature will be perhaps 99 or 99 1/2- and an aching all over her body, in th bones, with a disposition to lie down and keep quiet.
There is loss of appetite, and a bad taste in her mouth, tongue coated white.
This case had had these spells all summer, off and on.
Baptisia would stop them. but they returned just the same, from overwork.
Chionanthus cured this case permanently. I used it in 7th and 10th potencies, the highest I had, which acted well.
BAPTISIA. -Aching and a numb feeling in the brain, worse on vertex. The brain feels as if it was going to sleep; a sensation as if there was a weight pressing on top of the head.
A burning feeling all over the body, and a sensation as if she was swelling; the hands and feet and the whole body, even the tongue feels as if it was swelled; this causes a feeling as if she would smother, and she craves fresh air and must have it; she thinks that she has heart disease; the next day she is so stupid that she wants to sleep all the time; she can not collect her thoughts; has to rub her head to collect her thoughts so she can express herself.