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The increase in the leucocytes and the decrease in the eyrthrocytes is certainly a striking feature of the effects of this drug, and, of course, suggests therapeutic possibilities in diseases marked by similar haemic features, more particularly leucaemia. The fact that several O.S. clinicians have obtained beneficial results from small doses of benzol in this disease, is of interest and suggests that the therapeutic relationship which apparently exists, is based upon the principle of simila similibus curentur.


Benzol

Synonym: Benzene C6H6.

Characteristic Symptoms.

Mind: Irritable; disinclination to work; confused; tired; nervousness.

Head : Frontal headache extending into root of nose, worse on motion. Headache in the evening and during the night, especially right side; aggravated to moving.

Eyes : Photophobia; vision very poor, especially on right side; objects blurred and wavering to sight; aching of the eyes and lids; eyeballs very sensitive to touch, no reaction of the pupils to daylight and slight reaction only to artificial light; pupils very much dilated, the right more than the left. Vision lost in right eye.

Nose: Profuse discharge; coryza, fluent all day, especially in the afternoon hours; violent sneezing, lasting from 1 to 2 hours.

Face: Itching.

Mouth: Sour taste.

Throat. Slightly inflamed; sour taste.

Stomach: Regurgitation; desire to vomit; loss of appetite; nausea, worse after lunch.

Abdomen: Pain in lower part.

Stool and Anus: Constipation with frequent ineffectual desire for stool; itching in anus.

Urinary Organs: Urine much increased in amount; frequent desire to urinate. Brick – dust sediment.

Male organs: Nightly emissions; pain in testicles, which are swollen, swelling of right testicle, itching in scrotum.

Scrotum. red.

Female Organs: No observations.

Respiratory Organs: Cough relieved by drinking water.

Heart and Pulse: No observations.

Back and Neck: Profuse bleeding from back of neck, right side discrete eruption on right side of back; itching all over back.

Sleep: Interrupted: desire for sleep during day time; great restlessness.

Aggravation: All symptoms aggravated during night. Sleeplessness until midnight. Previously existing perspiration relieved during the period of the proving.

Benzol or benzene is a volatile, colorless liquid hydrocarbon, C6H6 obtained from naphtha or soft local. It has an ether – like odor and burns with a light – giving flame. It dissolves fats, resins, sulphur, phosphorus, iodine and several alkaloids. By the O.S. it is used as a pulmonary antiseptic in influenza, etc., as a taeniacide, externally as a parasiticide, and recently in leucaemias. The dose is given as from 5 to 10 minims.

Observations: The increase in the leucocytes and the decrease in the eyrthrocytes is certainly a striking feature of the effects of this drug, and, of course, suggests therapeutic possibilities in diseases marked by similar haemic features, more particularly leucaemia. The fact that several O.S. clinicians have obtained beneficial results from small doses of benzol in this disease, is of interest and suggests that the therapeutic relationship which apparently exists, is based upon the principle of simila similibus curentur.

The symptoms referred to the eyes are also striking, especially the marked dilation of the pupils and the failure to react to light, particularly daylight.

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