THOMAS SKINNER, M. D.
The days of miracles are not quite ended, as the present case will prove; at the same time let me observe that I consider the word miracle to be a misnomer. When any deed or action is said to be miraculous or a miracle, it is simply so by reason of the ignorance of the observer, a materialist, who prefers to discredit the evidence of his own senses rather than believe in any laws higher than those of matter or such laws as are recognized by so called science and scientists.
Hence, the ignorant call a deed or action which their ignorance can not explain a miracle, and the proud and ignorant savant denies miracles altogether, because by his limited knowledge of the laws of nature and his complete ignorance of the higher or spiritual laws of the universe, he can not explain “how it is done”.
The case which I am now about to describe has, by many, been looked upon as “a miracle,” simply because they do not know how the cure has been effected. Yeah! there are homoeopathic physicians who can not comprehend how the cure was effected, simply because they know next to nothing of THE VAST POWER WHICH LIES HID behind the veil of Similia Similibus Curantur and of the dynamization of medicines to infinitesimality.
The care of this case was effected by the higher law of therapeutics, which is only revealed to him or her who honestly, lovingly and with one eye to the truth, “proves all things and holds fast by that which is good.” They who do so will find there is no miracle, and it will be revealed to them that “knowledge is power,” and a higher knowledge is a higher power.
One popular homoeopathic physician in England has written and spoken of a higher and lower- homoeopathy, yet, strange to say, although it is some years since he wrote, he continues to practice the lower form. He is teacher in Israel, but does not believe in “Excelsior!”.
On the 6th of November, 1889, a child was brought to me by its parents, a distance of nearly seventy miles. The child was then six months old. When it was born it was observed that it had a small tumor or growth of a sarcomatous consistence about the size of one’s thumb nail, and slightly livid. The site was to the left of the spine, a little below the last rib.
It took on a very rapid growth, and when I saw the child for the first time at six months, the tumor had assumed immense dimensions, covering the whole of the loins, four and a half by about six inches in diameter-that is, about the size of an ordinary small cheese plate. The surface was discolored a deep crimson or purple, limited to the integument over the tumor-very much resembling aneurism by anastomosis.
I was informed that at one time the entire back was ecchymosed even round to the left groin, when the tumor was very painful when touched or pressed. The tumor admits of being handled now, but only gently.
I should reckon the middle of the growth to be at least two and half inches thick and firm, hard and fleshy, of the consistency of sarcoma. The family physicians, two of them, declared they could do nothing.
The opinion of a first class consulting surgeon in London was taken, and he gave it as his opinion that from the size of the tumor, the rapidly of its growth, and the age and delicate state of the child’s health, the knife, the cautery or the seton, could not be used with any prospect of success, without the greatest danger to the life of the child. He wisely advised attending simply to the general health of the child.
The tumor was the chief symptom I was expected to remove, but there were other symptoms complicating the case very considerably-some of them the result of the previous allopathic treatment-namely, obstinate constipation and sleeplessness, caused probably by the brandy and narcotics administered to induce sleep and remove debility, which only served to confirm both conditions-pepsin, to aid digestion, which ended in weakening it, as usual; add to this that the unfortunate infant was suffering from the most virulent form of eczema, or, as the mother termed it, “a succession of fiery eruptions” all over its body, driving it frantic and requiring its little hands to be kept constantly enveloped in mittens to prevent it from tearing its skin-and we have a picture of infantile misery of several months’ duration, without hope of amendment, except from Homoeopathy, pure and simple.
Inasmuch as the child’s worst hour was 5 P.M., or between 4:30 and 5 P.M., when it became fretful, peevish, pale and bluish about the mouth, relieved only by brandy (the latter, and all allopathic measures being stopped), I gave it one dose of Lycopodium cm. (F. C.), to be taken at bedtime, which was followed by no good effect.
On November 8, 1889, I learned that the eruption of itching vesicles was concentrated behind the left ear, with swelling of the left parotid gland, on learning which I prescribed Graphites 30 m. (F. C.). On December 5 I was informed that the child was less drowsy. Eczema aureum the same, as also the enlarged left parotid gland, though less painful to touch or pressure.
In general, the child was better of himself since the parotid began to swell. The tumor on back the same, paler and redder by turns. I learned by better that the mother had had three dead children before and soon after birth, which, in my estimation, pointed to constitutional syphilis o the mother’s side. As an abscess was threatening, I gave one dose of Mercurius vivus, 50 m. (F. C.), which was attended with good results, in every way, and the abscess opened of its own accord on the 11th December.
At this time, as the child’s urine smelled strongly ammoniacal, I gave it Nitric acid 1 m., night and morning, up to the 20th December, when I was informed by letter that the abscess was nearly closed, but there appeared a copious sweat of the head when asleep. He got Silicea 50 m. (F. C.), was prescribed, and seven doses of Sac. lac. one every night, but it had no effect, or so slight that the mother begged for “something stronger”.
On February 12, I sent one dose of Melitagrinum 60 m. (F. C.) which again acted “like magic.” All this time the tumor was slowly but steadily being absorbed (watched daily by the family allopathic physician, and to his great amazement).
On February 22, as all was going smoothly, and being certain that syphilis had some say as a morbid factor, I gave the child one dose of Luesinum cm. (F. C.) All went well until March 22, when the mother wrote to the effect that “the tumor on baby’s back is growing distinctly smaller, but he has had a very had night from the reappearance of these spots; the back of his neck is one mass of inflammation, as they have all run into one another.” On March 23, he got Melitagrinum cm. (F. C.) one dose, which aborted “the fiery spots” in twenty-four hours.
It now entered into my mind that possibly “compulsory vaccination” “had a finger in the pie.” I wrote to that effect to the mother, and the following is her reply:.
March 24, 1890.
DEAR DR. SKINNER: I have no hesitation in saying that these spots have dated from baby’s vaccination, which took place when he was two months and three weeks old. Both of the allopathic doctors said at the beginning that the spots were owing to the vaccination, and they said that they constantly saw cases of the same kind in babies, but could do very little to relieve them. They rarely saw them as bad as baby’s were, and of course only expected them to last a few weeks after the vaccination had taken place. It appears to me that the intervals between their appearance get longer, this last being six weeks the one before five, and the one before less than a month”.
On the head of this confirmation of my diagnosis of the fons at origo mali, I sent Thuja 20 m. (F. C.) one dose, and Melitagrinum cm. (F.C.) seven powders, with the following DIRECTIONS: Give baby No. 1 (Thuja 20 m.) dry on the tongue, and let it have a start of at least twenty-four or forty-eight hours before giving one dose of No. 2 at the first of every fresh eruption.
On June 1, 1890, I received a better from the grandmother of the child,stating that she “had been to see the little darling, and that she had found it, to her great astonishment and delight, a rosy infant, the very picture of health”.
On June 8, 1890, I had to pays a visit to a patient in the neighborhood of the residence of the family, and I made a request to see the child, and the nurse brought the child for my inspection. I found the tumor, the Sarcoma, ENTIRELY ABSORBED, and all that was left was a slight thickening and stiffness of the skin-the back the tumor was was as flat as a pancake-without any surgical or local interference of any kind. Further, the nurse (who was opposed to the idea of Homoeopathy being of the slightest use) informed me that the complete disappearance of the discoloration and the more rapid absorption of the tumor dates fully two months back-that is when the Thuja 20 m. (F.C.) was given; further, that the powders for the eruptions, if given at the first appearance, aborts the inflammation at once, and only two powders have been given since the seven were sent on April 30, 1890.
So much for allopathy, surgery and compulsory vaccination. The sooner they are extinct, so far as therapeutics are concerned, the better.