The throbbing carotids and tachycardia which the doctor was dosing with digitalis and causing such nausea that nothing, not even a swallow of water, had been retained for a week (so they said) and the vomiting that had been present for many weeks causing the wasting of flesh, it was not hard to see were caused by the drugs.
Sudden momentary giddiness; tendency to fall to the right side; to the left side; comes suddenly and goes as suddenly. Giddiness on carrying a heavy package; on rising the arms level with the shoulders; on exertion; on turning in bed, the room seems to turn around; on rising from a seat.
After reading the paper on The Jealous Remedies (Recorder, Fourth Quarter, 1934) I am remained of an anecdote Father Hering told of the old couple who became violently jealous of each other, without any cause, and found the reason for it in a collection of specimens of the Hyoscyamus plant put to dry on their porcelain stove (such as is used in Germany). When the Hyoscyamus was removed the jealousy ceased to trouble them.
In like manner, hundreds of years ago, was uncovered an unusual stone. It was not observed with sufficient care to discover its worth and was laid aside, to be found generations later by a brilliant young German. It had unusual attraction for him. It had taken hundreds of years to develop the seeing eye for threat stone. He polished a surface of it and was fascinated.
One of the priceless aids to the study of peculiar symptoms of the whole patient (as differentiated from the special repertories for special organs) is Holcombes Sensations As If. This work is too little known among the younger generation of homoeopaths, but its value in pointing out strange subjectively symptoms is inestimable.
It happens at times, however, that complications of a very serious nature develop, and of these in abdominal operations, persistent vomiting and hiccough are the most important. They are usually caused by a focus of infection at the site of the operation. There is some degree of peritonitis present, which endangers the patients life. He must be examined for pneumonia as well.
The Mimulus condition or patient is hard to detect, doubly so because of lack of provings, But they are everywhere; plentiful. There is no doubt that they are daily passed over and the attention of the prescriber conferred on some other “totality” or syndrome, when it is Mimulus that would free the spiritual energy, transforming it into a freer and fuller life externally.
Surely we can agree with the Doctor that a very large percentage of all cases if illness are hindered rather than helped in the recovery process by their medical advisors and attendants. This is particularly evident in acute illness where the so-called accepted and accredited modes of treatment run the death rate up to appalling figures.
There is an intense degree of imagination about himself. about the state of his body. Parts of the body seem thin and shrunken, he looks at them and remark about them. Imagines he is seriously sick, and the element of fatality enters in all imagined. Despair and hopelessness brings to mind such remedies as Arsenicum, Aurum, Calcarea carb. and Psorinum.
Silicia affects more prominently mucous surfaces, glandular structures, bones and joints, and like Calcarea carb., the conditions it produces resemble the dyscrasias of scrophula and rickets. The outstanding power of Silicia is the production of a suppurative process with fistulous channels, in the soft tissues, the periosteum of in the bone itself.
Physical examination showed mitral and aortic heart, double pleural effusion, huge liver, tender and pulsating, fluid in the abdomen, probable hypostatic pneumonia, irregularity and at times flutter of the heart, pulse soft and weak. Practically no urine was being passed.
In the country of Holland recently an observation was made and compulsory vaccination and repealed. On autopsies of their encephalitis cases the only disease organism which could be found was the organism of cowpox. They used this organism to inoculate rabbits whose skin became covered with vaccine blisters.
Some ten or more years ago I promised myself that, for the reminder of my days, whatever I might write would be, for the most part, of a clinical nature. This, I believe, is the best and most successful method of conveying a knowledge of the great and many times marvelous results obtainable with the proper application of our medicine in sickness.
Ailanthus has no clinical history in the treatment of organic diseases of the heart, yet its characteristics show its adaptability to certain forms with purple skin, dull pain, and contracted feeling about base of heart and through center of left lung; also weak, irregular pulse, numbness of the left arms.
In this remedy the Arsenical characteristics predominate, but the iodine seems to activate these characteristics and they are to some extent more pronounced than in Arsenicum album. For instance, the discharges are more acrid than those of Arsenicum album. In hay fever with very acrid nasal discharge and much burning of the eyes and a great deal of sneezing without relief, it is to be preferred to Arsenicum album.
How can those gentleman boast that they can attend thirty to forty patients a day! What a time it takes to find the useful remedy for one patient, when searching and consulting our manuals! They cannot possibly devote the necessary time to examine thirty to forty patients. How would they be able to find something exactly suited to each one?
In these days of high speed and high tension a method of choosing ones remedy quickly and accurately is in the long run the most satisfactory method. That is my meaning in the phrase Everyday Homoeopathy. I believe it is possible for us to keep in mind certain definite pictures of the most frequently used remedies so that in examining the patient the similimum will come almost spontaneously.
The routine procedure in most hospitals, before major operations, is to give morphine in some form. This adds to the comfort of the patient and to the convenience of the anaesthetist as well. But on recovering consciousness and returning reflexes, the patient is greatly troubled with nausea and vomiting; this latter is usually due to the morphine.
Such shining lights as Hughes, Dudgeon and most of the translators of Hahnemanns works consistently employed curentur. Only Stratten, who translated the fourth edition of the Organon, took, the liberty of changing the curentur of the original to curantur, as it was also written by Hering in his introductory remarks to the same volume.