A true homoeopath never prescribes on the name of any disease. We know that in the present day people are perfectly satisfied if they can find the name of the disease they are supposed to have, an idea cloaked in some wonderful technicality. An old Irishman walked into a clinic one day, and after giving his symptoms, said, “Doctor, what is the matter with me?”
The existence of the hard fibrous tube of the fistula is not even felt in the soft tissues near the anus by palpitation. In order to convince himself about the cure, the patient tried all things, which used to irritate his fistula, namely, he tried twice, at different times, walking a long distance of 5 to 6 miles, which invariably used to make the fistula burst; but without any relapse.
This case should be considered alongside case 2. Where Nux vom. had a similar “loosening” effect. If this is maintained, life can be much easier for the patient and, though one can scarcely expect reorganization of destroyed cartilage, this has occurred (Dr. Boyd quoted such a case years ago). The destruction in the case resembles that present in Charcot joints and in the joints of syringomyelia, in both of which the cause is neurogenetic and not toxic.
Locally as an application in moist eczema and for drying up secretions from the mucus surfaces; one to two drams of liquor plumbi subacetatas to an ounce of water is recommended; also in pruritus pudendi, equal parts of liquor plumbi and glycerine. In the treatment of weak ankles and tendons in walking specially in the rachitic children, mother tincture of this drug 10 drops mixed with olive oil is of great benefit.