In 1982 at the Five Points House of Industry Hospital, while I was Senior interne, I noticed the case of a little girl of about twelve years, rachitic, who had for years of at her right elbow joint a greenish purulent discharge, which had produced necrosis in this area. She was declared incurable and was kept at the mercy of a quasi nurse to change the dressing maybe daily.
Upon my appointment there I treated this case, and after Dr. Tuttle (since deceased), the visiting surgeon, who came at my request, had cleared the necrosed field, I gave her Sulphur Iod. 3rd, four times per day, and ordered the wound to be kept clean.
Under this treatment the case was cured, and the patient had use of this elbow without any ankylosis. In ordinary instances that arm would have been amputated at the insertion of the biceps muscle.
Another case at Wards Island (Homoeopathic Hospital) of a young man who had stony-hard testicles due to gonorrhoeal orchitis and was received in the venereal ward during my service. After the visiting surgeon, the late Dr.John H. Thompson, had given the permission to castrate, I put the patient on Aurum Met. 30th in water, t.i.d. I then noticed the glands gradually soften and finally return to their normal condition in about a fortnight.
On the next visit of the same visiting surgeon, after our usual rounds, I asked him to examine the same case. He at first did not recognize the patient, and told me that there was nothing the matter with him and that I could discharge him. I then called his attention to this case which he had permitted me to castrate, and said that this was the same man although now cured. He could not believe his eyes, but gladly accepted the result.
HAd our surgeons studied materia medica and become homoeopaths, not in name only, many times the knife would have been spared, and they could be called homoeopathic surgeons. I think that Gilchrist and Wm. Tod Helmuth, Sr., both now dead, were of this type, as their books attest.
A CASE OF HYSTERICAL SIALEMESIS WITH TACHYCARDIA.-
In 1894, while occupying the parlor floor in a house. I had occasion to know that a lady, about 35, married, having a four-and-a-half-year-old child, was sick on top floor, for no end of doctors was going in and out. The husband, being an allopathic druggist, most of these attendances were complimentary. I likewise was called one evening, during one of her crises. She was in bed with an attack of tachycardia, with fear of death. The presence of the doctors used to quiet her most of the time.
She had been a sufferer for four consecutive years from vomiting of slime, retching, accompanied with tachycardia, insomnia and was on an almost exclusive milk diet. Every doctor of their acquaintance and treated her, some even known as professors, had had a hand in the case. Her stomach was washed out frequently, and I do not know how many remedies she had been given.
I finally told her to change treatment, and as compared with the four years of unsuccessful trails of so many allopaths, to give me a chance of four months. She agreed and I then urged upon her that she, while taking homoeopathic remedies, should not take anything else.
Looking over the past and at the failures of so many well known doctors, I thought of Dr. Martin Deschere, since dead, a good prescriber, whose clinical assistant I had been in childrens diseases at the out-door department of the Flower Hospital.
At this office, after examination and taking her symptoms, Natrum Mur, 200th, was prescribed, to be taken once a day. Improvement soon followed and in less than six weeks the symptoms subsided. This was the only remedy given and she became perfectly well. She is still alive, with two daughters, and a son to be soon a doctor.
A CASE OF DIARRHOEA IN A WOMAN AT WARDS ISLAND HOSPITAL (HOMOEO.), WARD B.-
As senior of the staff (1891-92), I was called by one of the members of staff, Dr.F., to see a case for him. I found the patient sitting on the toilet. She did not return to her bed for almost two days, diarrhoea being so urgent.
My colleague had tried his best, even using starch enemas. I took her symptoms, which in concise from were: urgent, continuous desire for stool; gushing, watery, preceded by colic. On my finding that she had eaten, before this occurrence, CABBAGE, I prescribed, at about noon of that day, Petroleum 6th in water, first, a spoonful and then a teaspoonful hourly and at longer intervals as the improvement began. After a few doses the patient left her seat and went to bed much improved. Next morning I went purposely to see the case and found her sitting in her bed, having no more diarrhoea and having passed a restful night, showering, in her gratitude, blessings upon me. The doctor in charge asked me what I had given her. I told him that it was Petroleum, 6th, and pointed out in the GUIDING SYMPTOMS the symptoms, which were plainly evident.
No doubt the cases above referred to having taken place at Wards Island in those years, are well remembered by Dr.Geo. T. Stewart, who was then chief of staff.
A CASE OF TRAUMATIC PACHYMENINGITIS.-
A man, single, aged about 50, photo-engraver, consulted me for a retention of urine and feces. On inquiring as to any causative factor, I found that several years ago he had received a strong blow on his head by a co-worker. As he was a bachelor and hence needed special care, I advised to go to Flower Hospital. There his urine was drawn and enemas resorted to, with all the classical routine procedures as well, but resulting in nothing. Dr.OConnor diagnosed a traumatic pachymeningitis.
The attending visiting physician, in spite of all treatment, failed to relieve the condition of retention of urine and feces. Finally I myself was authorized to prescribe.
Studying the symptoms, I gave the patient Opium 30th, and this resulting in cure, with no relapse. The man is still alive and is married and a photo-engraver. The similimum was has curative remedy.
ARTHRITIS DEFORMANS AND ITS TREATMENT; THE CASE OF KITTY NOLAN.-
A reprint from the August number of the AMERICAN PHYSICIAN was sent to me by Dr.Ott. of Philadelphia, dealing with rheumatism and arthritic conditions and their effective remedy.
The author discards all known etiological factors, such as the bacteriological, neurotropic, the uric acid predominancy, staphylococcus pyogenes and the diplococcus, the infections arising from different foci, such as: decaying teeth, diseased tonsils, chronic middle ear and gall bladder infection and other auto-intoxications arising from the perversions of the alimentary tract.
He bases his firm belief in the infections origin of this disease favored and invited by minor traumatism which produces a low grade of irritation rendering the part a favorable nidus for location and destruction.
The small phalangeal joints, especially the distal ones, as the index finger in particular, are above all other parts of the body exposed to traumatism, as in these articulations is found in most cases the primal and most frequent involvement of the articulations in the human body; either by knocks, superflexion or extension, lateral stretching, concussions, twists and strains. Standing on this platform, he cites two illustrated cases of gouty arthritis with marked deformity.
Above all remedies known to the old school, he suggests Acylmethelene-disalcylic acid in 30 grain doses 4 t.i.d. and better still,Dybenzyl-diethyl-methylene-disalcic-dypyruvic (cinchoninic) acid, with marked improvement and curative in effect.
The result obtained by the author does certainly not justify his theory concerning his advanced etiological factor.
According to the idiosyncrasy of the individual, different factors may have played a part, and I wish to bring to the attention of the readers of THE HOMOEOPATHIC RECORDER a case of real arthritis deformans, which I believe unique, so far as cure is concerned, in the annals of medicine.
I relate the case of MRS. KITTY NOLAN, at the WARDS ISLAND HOMOEOPATHIC HOSPITAL, who was bed-ridden for nearly twelve years in this institution. In 1891-92 during my service as senior interne, I noticed this case and took interest in her, before even I changed wards,for not only was she a total cripple, helpless, but she was a good mother, having two nice little girls who visited their mother on Sundays.
Her appearance presented the picture of health, red cheeks and of good humor. She was about forty years of age.
All those who had preceded me during these ten years and more had failed to relieve or cure her. Surely after their trials the case could be considered as incurable, and she was fed four powders of morphine, given at intervals during the night, merely to relieve her pains and thus give her restful sleep.
I took all her symptoms, both objective and subjective, and I regret that I have not the symptom record in detail, but in general they were as follows: Body stiff like a corpse, not one joint movable, all ankylosed, fingers and toes much distorted, thickened and filled with tophi. Her nails were distorted and elongated to almost two inches, each growth of nail overlapping the next pousse, and in appearance resembling rocky oysters and like them, of a dark color. Drawing and tearing pains, worse at night; appetite, fair.
Facing such case, the first in my experience, and looking backwards at all those who had preceded me in the past for more than ten years and to the unfruitful attendance of the visiting physicians as well, I thought of Dr. Alphonse Teste, of Paris, whom I knew personally and as good homoeopath; I wrote to him, giving all the symptoms at hand, both objective and subjective.
In reply, I was advised to give her Lycopodium 200th, one powder daily and no morphine at all, for her nocturnal pains.
I was thus ready to meet he case. In changing my ward from surgical to medical, I myself gave her the one powder of Lycopodium 200th and 4 powders of S.L.in charge of the nurse, to be given as usual. I continued in this manner for a couple of weeks, and noticed, as did others, particularly Dr.Geo. Taylor Stewart, the chief of staff, a marked improvement in her. The joints began to loosen, so much so, that she began to move them all, one after the other. I ordered the nurse to bathe her hands in hot water, to soften the nails and to trim them, every other day, little by little. Thus the nails gradually regained their normal form. She now sat up and began to comb her hair, showing me with a grateful smile what she could do.
I gave Lyc. 200th at longer intervals and no other remedy until she was able to get up and walk about unaided.
One Sunday, while she was taking a sunbath, outside the building and sitting comfortably in an armchair, the regularly visiting ladies and a clergyman went to her room for their usual Sunday call, but finding the room empty, thought that she was dead, and when they fond her in full vigor and fully recovered, they were amazed and warmly congratulated her.
References to the materia medica shows that Lycopodium covers all the symptoms.
Such supposedly incurable, mystifying cases make homoeopathy, that is, the law of similars a dominant factor in the therapeutics of today, as it will in the future, as Gods given help to suffering humanity.
Blessed be the souls of Hahnemann, his associates and that of Dr. Alphonse Teste.
A CASE OF HYSTERICAL PARALYSIS.-
In 1892, during my service at the Homoeopathic Hospital (Wards Island), and as a distributing officer of the day of patients sent from Bellevue, I noticed in the lot a young girl, named Gussie, about 16, years of age, with flushed face and a temperature of 104. I ordered her to bed immediately. She had been sent to us as a case of malaria, otherwise, had they known it, they would have surely kept her for themselves.
On examining the case, for I was then in the medical ward, I found that she was suffering from typhoid fever, well advanced, and that she had had nine intestinal hemorrhages.
Following Dr. P. Joussets clinical lectures, I prescribed: Ipecac 1x. gtts. ten (X.) in half a tumbler of water, one teaspoonful hourly.
Under this prescription the hemorrhages gradually diminished and finally, in almost two days, entirely subsided.
Following her chart and the symptoms, which at this time escape memory, while all are recorded at the hospital, I gave her in order Rhus, Hyos., Bry., with an appropriate diet.
She was so delirious one night that in her muttering she was going to give me ten thousand dollars, although she was a poor adopted girl in a German family of limited circumstances.
This case has been a lecture subject for the nurses class by the chief of staff, Dr.Geo. T. Stewart (now located in Providence, R.I.), and according to the symptoms, he told the class that the case was hopeless.
Dr. Francois Cartier, of Paris, at this time was sent to me from Philadelphia by the late Dr.Wm B. Van Lennep, my former preceptor, for study in homoeopathy was confirmed, for he even stated, and this without bias, that, if he could do for he even stated, and this without boas, that, if he could do what he had seen done in this particular case, he would hold all Paris. As I pointed out, the girl got well and later became a mother and a grateful patient. The foster-mother of this girl, Mrs.R., in 1907 called on me and told me tearfully that her own daughter, Mrs. S., was dying, for her son-in-law had told her that the doctors had given her up.
Remembering the former case, she came and implored that I should see her daughter, who was living in Brooklyn. I went with her and saw the patient, a blonde, of about 38 years of age, mother of a young boy and a girl, lying in bed. The history was, that she had been in bed for several weeks, motionless, none of her joints moving and the body stiff as a corpse; full of terrific pains, causing her to cry out, and worse at night; total insomnia, tearful and clamoring now and then.
Many doctors had treated her without avail and the one living right opposite used to come and give her injections of morphine several times both day and night.
In the face of a desperate case like this, and the first in my experience, I called by phone Dr.J.T.O Connor, out New York neurologist, and whose clinical assistant I had been in the Flower Hospital Out-Patient Department Unfortunately he could not come; meanwhile I gave her Ignatia 3rd in water. Then I called personally on another homoeopathic specialist, residing nearby, who came. On his examination he prescribed Trional, grains XXX at one dose. Should this fail in its effect I was to give a similar dose in two hours.
I called on her the next day. She was worse than ever and the neighboring doctor had to be called for the usual morphine injections.
This was in June, a perfect day, with beautiful sunshine, even in the patients room, and I noticed all the gas jets burning. I then asked whether she wanted company and was told that she did, and that all the lights must be kept burning day and might.
I gave her, without any hesitation, Stramonium 30th, a few pellets in a half glass of water, one teaspoonful every hour, until six doses had been taken. To continue the same way until my call the next day. On my arrival the whole family received me at the stairs, exclaiming: “God bless you, doctor, this is the first night we had a peaceful sleep, patient and all of us, without any call for injections.” I kept her on Stramonium 30th, lengthening the intervals of the doses, as improvement progressed.
The patient after a few days began to move her limbs one by one, and finally was able to get up, CURED, without any sedatives of any kind.
This case was certainly one of hysterical paralysis, and without the aid of homoeopathy she would have expired under the so-called scientific treatment.