Nervous palpitation with irregular intermitting pulse, it acts on the nerves of the heart. Cactus acts on the muscles. Trembling of hands. Palpitation especially after surprises, pleasant news, joy, etc. It will often relieve the last moments of the dying, particularly those suffering from abdominal complaints and consumption.
Itching and burning, with eruptions, give me the index for success with Graphites. Three doses of the 200th recently cured, by these indices, a bad cases of urticaria (?) with vesicles, suggestive of herpes, in a young and sensitive woman (who has to weep from the distress she endured). There was also retarded menstruation from wet feet. Rhus poisoning is also met by Graphites.
These finer details and individualities, these shades of variation and modalities are the only bases upon which to obtain the requisite knowledge of drugs or of good prescribing. So in disease, we must know its objective and subjective symptoms, its method and manner of progression; then we must know the drugs that will produce such symptoms, conditions and modalities.
Sobel not only discovered these two effects, but he demonstrated, by means of transillumination an effect in the capillaries of the ears and webs of the fingers; by direct observation, variation in the calibre of the veins on the back of the hand; by means of the fluoroscope, alteration in amplitude of the heart-pulsations; by direct observation, movements in the fine reticulations of the skin and changes of shade of coloured pigments when they are rubbed on the skin.
Were all these men, who either volunteered or were drafted, of the highest physical type and in the very best of health? If they were not then it was the medical inspectors fault for passing them a fault for which our Government was fully responsible. Through Government compulsion the veterans were compelled to face and endure two serious dangers the German bayonets and the doctors hypodermic needles.
There is some pain in the intestines, not very severe, cramp-like, which comes and goes, with much gas in the intestines. Intestinal pain is better by deep massage, pressure against something, from motion and decidedly better from heat. There is gas “with everything eaten” and with the gas tendency to nausea which is better after the gas comes up.
Homoeopathy is reaching thousands but its benefits should extend to million more. Nothing short of active, whole-hearted cooperation on the part of all Hahnemannians will ever bring this about. If the beneficiaries, the patients and friends of homoeopathic physicians cannot be interested in the perpetuation and extension of homoeopathic methods of treatment just who or what class of individuals are we to approach?.
It is not enough that we know what school of medicine our doctor represents. He may be quite in earnest himself but he may nevertheless suppose he is in one school whereas he is actually more in harmony with another. Or he may be quite in earnest himself in allowing himself some freedom of choice between methods of dealing with our case while the case is still in progress.
Upon our view of life depends our attitude toward medicine. If we reason that life is a chemical process, or the result of chemical processes, and that there is no vital, formative and animating principle prior to these,we cannot go beyond the gross material of which the body is composed, for our basis of thought and action must be materialistic.
Dr. Kent used to say that, although he had been teaching The Organon for years, he never went over it “without discovering some new thought in harmony with the general teaching”. Today, as never before, thoughtful doctors are willing to listen to “principles that are at once plain and intelligible”. They are willing to consider cures, and to learn of those who are “guided by evident reasons”.
Glonoine I procured for you is the “real stuff” prepared by Apothecary Johns in Philadelphia, and is genuine. I had very little left of my own prepared in my office; it is nearly used up in experimenting. Johns prepared some merely to have the honor of succeeding. It is very difficult and not without danger to make it. It is very evaporative, can only be kept in bottles with a glass stopper fitting well.
Almost every extensive proving in Herings Guiding Symptoms points the way in periodicity, some remedies showing marked relationship to the time of day, as Spigelia, increasing and decreasing in aggravation as the sun rises and declines. “Lunacy” was not an idle term for periodic mental aggravations, and the homoeopathic physician is particularly fitted to meet such conditions.