Emma K., 15, rightsided inguinal hernia from babyhood, size of an egg. Stool normal; often headache and conjunctivitis; has not yet menstruated. March 13th she was given Sulphur mornings and Belladonna in the evening. March 24th : even coughing and exertion do not cause protrusion of hernia anymore; headache unchanged. Menses appeared for the first time April 19th. June 7th : hernia cured; headache seldom. Thuja one dose. July 10th : neither hernia nor headache present. Coughing or pressure cause no symptoms in the inguinal region. Nux vomica 30th. September 30th all well, menses normal.
Elsie S. comes to me. Had tracheotomy in 1882 for croup which had to be repeated Dec. 31st 1893 on account of cicatricial stenosis, and since then patient has to use canula, without which (after 2 hour) breathing becomes difficult. Professor Bruns of the University Surgical Clinic considered dilatation of the trachea extremely hazardous. Her neck is thick and thyroid enlarged.–I have met with a number of similar cases. A boy of 14 also was left with cicatricial stenosis of the trachea.
He has been frequently in the University Surgical Clinic for dilatation. During the six years I treated him much relief has been seen. Phytolacca and other well known homoeopathic remedies were very beneficial.–A widow of 45 had tracheotomy on account of syphilitic ulcers of larynx, and needs often repeated surgical operative measures.–All such cases throw a shadow on the optimistic view regarding tracheotomies, which are looked upon as simple and safe.–Many patients die later on from asphyxia, and they fear catarrh and exertion.–Bertha B., 3, came under my care January 1905 after two tracheotomies, and she suffers severely from attacks of asphyxiation with continued tracheal stenosis.– A recent case of ingrowing goiter which gave very little trouble, in a lady student, operated upon by a very efficient surgeon.
In consequence of an injury to a nerve, she suffered for months from attacks of asphyxia, and remained hoarse. Since surgery could do nothing for her, she tried homoeopathy, which soon relieved, but she carelessly failed to return for further prescribing at the agreed dates, and aggravation demanded even night calls. My son Dr. Oswald Schlegel treated this daughter of a physician mainly and obtained splendid result in attack of great distress by giving patient Ammonium iodatum in a low potency, after which she again could ride her bicycle.