Immediate operation was insisted upon and yielded to, but no cancer of any of the organs was discovered. Instead, a somewhat abnormally long and thickened, though quiescent appendix was found and triumphantly removed. The patient has lost twenty pounds in weight, one thousand dollars in lawful money and his confidence in the diagnostic ability of medical men has been rudely shattered.
From the foregoing it will be seen that to complete such an outline of the Materia Medica, will entail an almost unending task; almost as laborious in facts as the compiling of the repertory itself. The question naturally aries, therefore, will such a task repay the student of Materia Medica when completed?.
Medical men have been so intent upon the study of symptoms and signs, upon the establishment of clinical syndromes, upon improving classifications of disease, upon investigation of the origin of various forms of injuries to man, and upon devising new methods of diagnostic exploration, that they have, to some extent, lost sight of the larger, biological conceptions of man.
Dr. Barkers paper indicates that the trend of thought is toward the ultimate recognition and acceptance of a common philosophy as a bond of union between all schools of medicine. In no other way is it possible to bring about anything like a real unity in the medical profession than by agreement among the leaders upon certain fundamental philosophical concepts and principles.
This remedy is called for in high grade fever; there is fear of death, fear of the dark, fear that the medicine is not strong enough. There is great restlessness, patient tossing about from side to side, burning up with fever, no sweat under covered parts, great arterial excitement. With the above symptoms the pulse in just the kind of a pulse we should expect.
Presaging the selection of your remedy, make the patient to your office feel perfectly at ease and not at all frustrated by putting yourself on a pedestal above him. Make him understand that what you want of him is to tell you just how he feels in a general way. Lead him out on the line of thought on which he feels disposed to enlighten you, but do not put words in his mouth.
How many of us today dare heed Hahnemanns injunction to put homoeopathy to the test and publish the failures to the world? Is not our greatest reason for not heeding that injunction: We are afraid because it would either show up our ignorance of homoeopathy or our deceit toward it? In order to hide this ignorance we find it easier to take the course of least resistance and condemn that which we do not have the ability to disprove.
Taking the passing of offensive gas and the constipation into consideration, I gave him Lycopodium 200th three doses once in a week, and this remedy effected a cure, the permanent swelling of many years completely disappearing. The remedy, however, reproduced a suppressed gonorrhea, the knowledge of which he had long kept secret.
The result of this research has been the production in Great Britain of an instrument known as “The Emanometer,” which, owing to its special method of construction, is a very efficient inductance and contains no gaps whatever in its tuning arrangement. With it, the same waves as described by Dr. Abrams can be picked up, but also, in addition, other ones of very great clinical value.