A. M’NEIL, M. D.
Hahnemann estimated that seven-eighths of all chronic diseases arise from psora and the other eight from syphilis and sycosis. It is evident that the far greater part of these are from the former, so that diseases arising from suppressed fig- warts must be rare. Most of the observing physicians, I we seldom have the opportunity of verifying his views as applied to a\sycosis. Therefore I think it may be instructive, if I report a case which occurred to me.
February 17, 1890, I was called to see Mr. -, He is about fifty-five, has always been delicate and has had several attacks like the present, but less severe. He served in the army during the war, but discharged on account of chronic diarrhoea, and since then his bowels have always been slightly inclined looseness; has had asthma occasionally, or, more strictly, in certain localities he was it, since boyhood.
He called me on account of haemorrhage from the glans penis. I found what looked like a small abrasion on the upper portion near the corona. From the description he gave of its first appearance, I pronounced it herpes progenitalis. The haemorrhage had been very profuse, although it came from such an insignificant looking lesion. I gave Sulphur 200, which appeared to materially lessen the bleeding, but did not stop it. I made several changes, giving also Apis, Rhus and other remedies till.
April 3. -There has been no material benefit and in addition to the abrasion, a glandular swelling, in the left inguinal region, had appeared, which had now reached the size and sharp 9as my patient expressed it) of a mouse. I told him that there was something about his case which I had not learned, and proceeded to examine him de novo. He said that before the war he had had warts (condylomata) on his penis. He had no appetite and an extreme aversion to meat. The pain in glans at the point affected was as if there was a splinter in the sore.
On the symptoms and his history I administered Nitric acid 500 (the anti-sycotic, that is second only to Thuja)in water, to take four teaspoonfuls, then to be followed by placebo. Improvement a\set in immediately and proceeded rapidly, without any repetition or change of the remedy. In three weeks he was well, barring weakness.
I forget to say that the fig warts had been removed by instruments. I firmly believe that the sycotic miasm, or virus, had been deteriorating his health all those thirty years, and by the indicated remedy was so soon rendered innocuous. Hahnemann’s services to mankind consist in other things besides the discovery and formulation of the law of the Similars.
The psoric theory was a discovery of transcendental value, and notwithstanding many of his professed followers have discarded it, the more advanced minds of the old school are taking it up and utilizing it by forbidding the suppression of disease manifestations by external application.