EDITORIAL NOTES AND COMMENTS



Dosage, tincture to third potency.

Strengthens cardiac contractions

Acts as a diuretic

No cumulative action

Cardiac lesions, more of a chronic nature

Valvular lesions with arrythmia

Heart insufficiency and weakness

Cardiac asthma

Dropsies.

Nervous heart complaints particularly before examinations or public appearances.

Kidney diseases, chronic, with cardiac insufficiency and dropsy. From all of this it will be seen, that our homoeopathic use of Strophanthus is based upon its physiologic action as originally learned from old school sources. The homoeopathic profession has contributed very little to this knowledge.

Digitalis has of course, received homoeopathic provings and was proved by Hahnemann, assisted by Franz, Gross, Ruckert, Stapf and others. In the Hahnemannian proving, contained in the Materia Medica Pura, very few heart symptoms are recorded and almost none concerning cardiac pains;but in the Chronic Diseases we find evidence of cardiac distress and pain, mentioned under the symptoms of the chest and in the introduction to the remedy, in which its clinical uses are recited we find “Angina pectoris- palpitation of the heart-carditis-chronic endocarditis. Chronic and organic affections of the (principally left) heart and the large vessels, especially hypertrophy with or without enlargement of the left ventricle-affection of the valves. Aneurism of the aorta.” These of course, are simply clinical statements, based upon experience, but in no sense pathogenetic.

Allen, in the Encyclopaedia,devotes several pages to heart and related symptoms, especially those concerning the effect of Digitalis upon the pulse; he speaks of pain in the heart,though pain symptoms are not at all prominent. On the other hand, the characteristic symptom, “A SUDDEN SENSATION AS THOUGH THE HEART STOOD STILL, WITH GREAT ANXIETY,” is very strongly emphasized, also “Dull uneasiness in various parts of the region of the heart, with a sensation of weakness of the forearm, etc”.

Convallaria majalis, lily of the valley and Adonis vernalis, a popular heart remedy in Russia, in their meager pathogenesis show no cardiac pain symptoms. Undoubtedly, however, both these medicines have been beneficial in some cardiac diseases, but it is a debatable question whether any good effects produced by them have been due to their purely homoeopathic or to their physiologic action, more especially since these medicines are commonly used in appreciable does of the tincture, frequently repeated.

Thus Royal, in his “Homoeopathic Theory and Practice of Medicine,”? speaking of the dosage of Convallaria, states, “Give the second or third (potency) except for the purpose of energizing the heart (Italics ours), for which purpose give ten drops of the tincture.” Of adonis he says, “Use in give-drop doses of the tincture”.

From all of which it will be seen,that although many homoeopathic remedies are credited with symptoms of cardiac pain, very few are really prominent in the production of such pain and these few are not characteristically or exclusively,heart remedies. Nevertheless, so far as heart pain is concerned, we feel that the homoeopathic materia medica is rich in possible heart remedies and that, provided we will study these remedies, homoeopathic prescribers have a real advantage in the possession of so many likely medicines, which can best be applied with the symptom totality of the patient in mind. Even sodium chloride, when indicated by its symptom totality and prescribed for the patient, rather than for the patients disease, becomes a cardiac remedy of no mean importance and value.

Insulin Disappointments and Hopes_Under this caption the London Lancet says in part:

Allan D. Sutherland
Dr. Sutherland graduated from the Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia and was editor of the Homeopathic Recorder and the Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy.
Allan D. Sutherland was born in Northfield, Vermont in 1897, delivered by the local homeopathic physician. The son of a Canadian Episcopalian minister, his father had arrived there to lead the local parish five years earlier and met his mother, who was the daughter of the president of the University of Norwich. Four years after Allan’s birth, ministerial work lead the family first to North Carolina and then to Connecticut a few years afterward.
Starting in 1920, Sutherland began his premedical studies and a year later, he began his medical education at Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia.
Sutherland graduated in 1925 and went on to intern at both Children’s Homeopathic Hospital and St. Luke’s Homeopathic Hospital. He then was appointed the chief resident at Children’s. With the conclusion of his residency and 2 years of clinical experience under his belt, Sutherland opened his own practice in Philadelphia while retaining a position at Children’s in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department.
In 1928, Sutherland decided to set up practice in Brattleboro.