FIVE RECENT CASES OF PNEUMONIA.
[ Read before Bureau of Clinical Medicine, I.H.A., June 22, 1149.].
Little Ralph B., 4 years old. History of pneumonia a year previous. The sulfas had made a “wonder” cure but the boy had remained anemic, pale, and his development had been retarded. The onset this time was by a sudden fever, 103.6. He had vomited large sour curds and was seen to be quite exhausted. There was high pitched respiration in the upper right lobe with dullness, Dullness was still more pronounced in the right infra-axillary region. Aethusa 1M was given. Improvement was notable the next day although the temperature continued at 104.
Next day 99. and in a week from the start the lung was clear. It is my opinion that the boy worked out his original pneumonia through this attack. I think his vitality had been lifted up to the level of severe acute reaction by two prescriptions of Ferrum phos. over the telephone for colds. Anyhow the debility had continued a year after the first attack: whereas when acute conditions are cleared up with dynamic treatment, we always expect a distinct and prolonged increase of vitality. As to Aethusa, it is not the first time it has done the trick in pneumonia.
Woman of 77 years. Unfortunately for reporting, the physical findings were not recorded, but I remember that the process began and continued in the left lung. The start was a cough which began suddenly in the latter part of the afternoon, was relieved by hot drinks, worse lying on the right side and caused considerable wheezing. Lyc. 200. was given and improvement continued two days.
Then severe coughing spells came on, beginning at 4 A.M., exhausting, better on lying on the left side, had to cough a long time, finally bringing up cherry red blood with albuminous mucus. Kali c. 1M was given. Same symptoms next day but general improvement, very comfortable except for the cough and temperature 99. Four days from the start the temperature was normal.
The only interesting thing about the case is a bit of professional history, if it may be permitted. After the second prescription, a daughter from a distant city phoned and asked if her mother should not have sulfa, penicillin “or something.” I said, “If they say anything to me about sulfa or penicillin, I shall walk right out of the house,” slightly exaggerating. I said, “Do you want your mother to make a half recovery and drag about the house with weakness for six or eight weeks?
Your mothers temperature is going to be down tomorrow morning and she will be better instead of worse. Please do not talk wonder drugs to me!” And of course she was better. Now this daughter had always been a straight homoeopathic patient, but advertising pays!.
A boy, 6 years old, in the morning was found with a temperature of 101.8, pulse 120. Flushed face, hot head, photophobia, lachrymation, intense external heat, intense headache, pain in the stomach and abdomen. Bellad. 1M, a poor prescription. That afternoon he became delirious, running around the house, hiding in closets, “the Germans are coming,” wants food but full after a bit, temperature 106, crepitation in the lower left lung. Lyc. 1M. Next morning temperature 99.4, pulse 104, nothing more needed. Lyc. has cleared up several left-sided pneumonias as well as left-sided renal colics. Why not sore throat?.
A woman of 38 had been much upset in family quarrel with relatives about a will. Four days after exposure to a cold wind, temperature 105, pulse 120. No sweat, nose and face burning, thinking and excitement over the contest prevented sleep, pale on rising, trembling constantly, thirst. Kali iod. 1M. Next day phone report better; S. L. Third day, morning temperature 102, evening 104.8 and pulse 112.
Pain below right breast, crepitation right lower lobe, nose bleed of dark gushes followed by clots but expectorating bright clear blood from chest. Coated tongue with clean sides. Dizzy rising, trembling lips and tongue, relief by frequent change of position, mind almost a blank, confused, little response when spoken to, Lycopodium 1M. Next day, pulse 96, temperature 98.
The day following, delirious, wanted to be pushed off a precipice, but says she feels all right. Lies still, silent, except occasionally giving her face a slap as if trying to collects thoughts. Temperature low S.L. Four days later another prescription of the 1 M. Fine recovery.
Man, 42. Shaking chill with sweat the day before the call. Cutting pain in the left infra-axillary region. Extensive and loud friction sounds in left side and posterior chest on left, never heard anything so pronounced and extensive. This later subsided as fluid accumulated and extension in the lung progressed.