The non-lactose fermenting bacilli have been long observed as inhabitants of the intestine, but in bacteriological works no particular significance has been assigned to them, nor importance given to the pathogenic effects in man. The late Dr. Dishington of London I believe was the first to potentize most of these nosodes. Since then on Dr. John Paterson of Scotland has been diligently working with them; several years ago I obtained most of the non-lactose intestinal nosodes from London, trying when possible to get potencies of original preparations.
Since then I have been clinically proving these nosodes and developing clinical confirmations, and believe this new field of work has offered me much valuable information which I will pass on to the few loyal homoeopaths left to use them.
Hahnemann has said, “If the supposed seeker after truth is not willing to seek truth where it may be found; namely in experience, then he may leave it undiscovered.”
My seven years experience with these nosodes may be considered somewhat meager, but what I have done and offer to the profession is based upon fact.
It is in science more than any other human activity that men build on the foundations laid by their predecessors; this of course definitely applies to me. I have nothing original to offer; I am just building and adding more to a foundation laid out before me. The Morgan bacillus which I am going to discuss was prepared from culture of B. Morgan (pure) and is of course a polyvalent preparation.
Much of the symptom complex has been observed in those children where the stool culture presented the Morgan bacillus and many of the confirmed symptoms have either been produced or are cured symptoms in healthy but susceptible human subjects augmented by clinical observations of the symptom complexes that they are capable of removing in the sick individual.
The complete sickness image of each nosode should be portrayed and its curing possibilities thereby defined and bound into our materia medica : in this way we develop another good working tool.
The Morgan bacillus has great breadth of action and many applications in the treatment of sick children. B.Morgan has a selected action upon the skin and liver producing congestion and hyperaemia; and it often clears up obstinate cases where Sulphur seems indicated but does not finish the work or where there is deep internal venous stasis that the carbons do not entirely clear up, hence:
The keynote of B. Morgan seems to be the congestion action both internally and externally “Dr. John Paterson has suggested as the keynote of Morgan co. the word congestion” This has been clinically proven in several obstinate cases of moist eczema of infants which is caused by some allergy or some perverted functioning of the intestinal tract. The B. Morgan seems to reach those cases of skin lesions where the skin is red, raw and exudes freely a serous, watery fluid with intolerable itching causing incessant scratching which further lacerates the skin.
The careful homoeopath recalls the picture of such remedies: Graphites, Mezereum, Calcarea, Petroleum, Sulphur, etc.: or the nosodes Psorinum and Medorrhinum, each of these has extensive skin lesions in their pathogenesis and are within the group of remedies related to B. Morgan; but after careful, painstaking clinical study B.Morgan co. seems to have a much wider action than any individual member of the group and has cleared up that obstinate and unusual case where individual members of the above group of remedies have their failed or have given only partial relief and particularly where the Bacillus Morgan was found in the stool culture.
I feel I can confidently recommend B. Morgan to you as one of the curative remedies in the typical cases of moist infantile eczema.
The internal congestion produced by B. Morgan has given it a special place in the treatment of both bronchopneumonia and lobar pneumonia of childhood. In over forty-five years of hard, cold experience as chief of childrens hospitals, I have cured too many cases of pneumonia in infants and children to speak lightly of such valuable remedies as Phosphorus, Lycopodium, Antimony tart., Tuberculinum, Sulphur and many other remedies, but it is just in that critical case, where the apparently well chosen remedy does not seem to bring the expected result or when Sulphur does not arouse the vital reactive forces to work that this B. Morgan in a high potency will bring a favorable reaction.
As Dr. John Paterson has said, “Morgan Co. (pure) is a much more complex Sulphur compound with a greater width of action.” This action of B. Morgan pure in pneumonia I have personally confirmed. B. Morgan has removed superficial congestive swellings of the hands and feet where no definite pathology could account for it. I have cleared up the skin of a child where the face was red, coarse, with definite areas of redness like old hives.