In my experience streptococcus infection is a veritable nightmare to the laity. To my dismay, homoeopathy is not recognized, by the self-termed scientific world, as even a force to be considered in combating this malady. If we ever report a cure, by homoeopathy, that is not followed by some cardiac, renal or constitutional weakness (in other words, of our patient is really cured by homoeopathy), there was, of necessity, an error in diagnosis. if our patient die, the “old maids, gossiping society”-termed the physicians lounging room in the hospital-is very busy denouncing, in no mild terms, the treatment or lack of treatment, and spreading the scandalous libel far and near.
It is not my thought to enter into a discussion of the etiology, pathology or symptomatology of this force, inimical to health. I simply ask your indulgence while I cite, briefly, four cases illustrative of my contention. Then may I ask for a free and frank discussion of the subject matter and see if we, as an association, as swell as individuals, cannot devise some ways or means whereby justice may be meted out and truth given a fair recognition.
In the spring of 1930, Miss J., aged 40, a most loyal Hahnemannian, had a clear and very severe case of streptococcus infection. Furuncles, pustules and abscesses developed in various portions of the body. Her left limb was swollen and hard to her hip and so discolored that, for several days, it was not over- drawn to see the beginning of a line of demarcation.
Allow me to quote her own mental picture of the case.
You have asked me to tell of my reaction-to streptococcus infection. You know the clinical details, each and everyone.
There is no equality of men before suffering, is individual, inacessible, incommunicable. My individual struggle was not to live, but to retain the desire to live. I recalled, so often, the story-French, I believe of the dying man,who had made the great refusal. With all my desire to be honest with myself, I dared not think put the implications of what was involved. Daily I fanned and deliberately and stoically nurtured the waning desire to live, almost as if a mistaken word might snuff of all that desire.
For eternal witness, however, I like to recall that none of this desperate confusion unnerved my mind or made unsteady my hand. I worked at my desk steadily for hours at a time, each day. This meant steeling myself against the look of arm and breast and leg (black and hard from hip to knee). Just inert matter, horrible and repulsive to my aesthetic eye. And, all against a strange, detached numbness of body, not one atom of physical pain.
I know of no words to describe the devastating weakness and the hunger for some stimulant or sweet to whip up my lagging efforts to work (both of these had been denied me).
This is only a thumb-nail sketch of my experience. I have no desire to recall it more vividly. I realize that the lips of most of my fellow sufferers are closed before they can record the lessening clutch of the hours. I lived, and have come back to health and the homoeopathic fold of my grandparents, realizing that there can be no antithesis to truth. I lived because there was nothing in the procedure of my care and recovery to combat old Mother Nature. During this episode, I learned to detect a rare intimacy between this austere lady and one of her wisest sons.
Lachesis and Pyrogen restored her to perfect health, but, as there are mo lesions or pathology remaining, the scientific world holds that there was some mistake in diagnosis.
In striking contrast to this case, may I report another case, treated scientifically, and for whom “everything known to science was done.”.
Mr.S., 52 years of age, a meat cutter, injured his finger in March, 1934. A surgeon was called, who ordered him removed to the hospital. Diagnosis of streptococcus infection was confirmed by laboratory findings. The finger and hand began to swell. Free incisions were made to stop the upward progress. Serums and blood transfusions were used, but onward went the infection. The third day amputation above the elbow was performed. More serum and transfusions, but in thirty-six hours thereafter death claimed the victim.
In 1928, Mr.R., a patient of mine, was told by a specialist, who had an office in the same, building, that he had a spur on the septum of his right nostril which should be removed. The operation was “successfully performed” without the knowledge of his family of myself. Thirty-six hours afterwards the specialist became alarmed as the patient had a temperature of 104. I was called in and prescribe Lachesis. The following day his temperature was 100, but the specialist insisted upon spraying his nasal passage. Temperature went up. I spoke my mind about suppression, which was only a temporary avail. Clear hot water was used. Lachesis was repeated and general improvement and lowered temperature followed.
The family were sure that I did not fully realize the seriousness of the case and demanded consultation of two specialists. Very unwisely I consented, and continued as the man at the helm with both hands tied. More astringent sprays were used, with positive evidence of suppression following. Even then my remedies (Sulphur chiefly) plowed through the debris like majors. Recovery was too slow for the anxious family, and more specialists were summoned. Again history repeated itself. My remedies would gain a little a copious discharge was re- established, but this the specialist insisted upon checking, a and so we went on for five weeks. Even against the greatest odds, Arsenicum alb. mitigated the pangs of death. I was called upon to sign a death turn-streptococcus infection of the blood stream. Here again, ultra science achieved a victory. “Everything known to science was done.” Homoeopathy in the eyes of a homoeopathic family failed.
May I cite one more case in contrast to the last one. Miss G., 20 years of age, was forced by her friends to “know” that her tonsils must be removed. This she insisted upon in spite of all arguments against such a procedure. The operation was performed in the spring of 1932. She became thoroughly infected. The specialist was greatly troubled and alarmed, but I owe him a great debt of gratitude, as he kept his hands entirely of the management of the case, and alarmed, but I owe him a great debt of gratitude, as he kept his hands entirely off the management of the case, and daily admonished the family to stand firmly and loyally buy me, which they did,in spite of the most drastic criticism, It was a hard, hard struggle but homoeopathic triumphed. With the aid of such remedies as Aconite, Bryonia, Lachesis and Pyrogen, in three months Miss G. was herself again,, with no heart lesion or any other pathology, save a slight anemia.
Here is the sequel! In February, 1934, twenty months after her sickness, Miss G. made application for life insurance,. In her personal history she made mention of streptococcus infection and rheumatic fever.
The medical examiner telephoned to both the specialist and the writer to corroborate the correctness of the diagnosis. She was given a most rigid and strenuous examination and was passed by the examiner as AI. The insurance company rejected her, saying that, whereas she unquestionably had streptococcus infection, and thus far they were unable, buy any tests,to discover any heart lesion, there must be a latent lesion present so they were obliged to reject her; but if she would present herself for examination again in six months (this they later extended to a year), and if at that time, no lesion was manifest they would reconsider her application.
Four cases-fifty per cent mortality; one hundred percent recovery under homoeopathic care; one hundred per cent mortality under scientific care. Language lingers, when I attempt to find words adequately expressive of my heart feelings. SPRINGFIELD, MASS.
DR.HEIMBACH: That brings to my mind very vividly two cases of streptococcus infection. One was brought about by friction from the heel of the shoe on the heel. The first time I saw him he already had this infection about half the way up the calf of the leg, which I opened. The next day I went back and he had fluctuation higher up, and I finally concluded we had better find the homoeopathic remedy and it was Lachesis. The next day there was a little abscess in the popliteal space, but that was the end of it. He speedily got well.
The other case struck nearer home. My own wife had a very acute peritonitis, and she and I both despaired. She was almost unconscious, lying in bed, and she dropped asleep about every five minutes, and every time she was awake, she said, “Oh, I feel so weak.”.
I grasped idea and went down to the office and got dose of Lachesis. When she waked up in the next five minutes she said, “Doctor, I feel better.” and she recovered. I might add we did have to open an abscess around the left kidney.
DR.PANOS: Dr.Browns most excellent paper in this particular field brings to mind quite a few of the cases that the homoeopathic remedy always works in, if left alone. It triumphs if left alone.
I recall a recent case in Springfield, Ohio, about twenty- eight miles from Dayton. This man had some so-called boils and they all healed, and he came down with severe chill and high temperature and was rushed to the hospital, and has a blood count and all the diagnosis tests taken, and a culture of the blood and streptococcus viridans was the diagnosis.
The attending physician, in consultation with other physicians in the hospital, told the family if was only a matter of a few hours, maybe a day and there was no hope for the man, so they insisted on calling me from Dayton. I went up there; the physician was, by the way, a graduate of our homoeopathic school, but he absolutely refuses to have himself identified in any away as a homoeopath. I saw the patient lying listless, unable to sleep, with the characteristic tongue and blueness of Lachesis, I told him to give Lachesis. He said, “Lachesis! Did you ever see a man with streptococcus viridans recover? I never saw it and nobody in the literature has seen it. This man is going to die.”.
I said “That being the case, give him some Lachesis anyway.:.
He said, I will do it.”.
So he gave a dose of Lachesis and said.” That wont hurt him because by tomorrow he will be dead.”.
The next day the man was better. The temperature come down and he felt better and he slept that night. He took some nourishment and kept on improving until he had his own particular brand of coffee made by home and brought to the hospital, and he was getting along fine. The temperature was 101 and 102.
I passed through Springfield and called the doctor and asked him how he was getting along and he said, “The patient is getting along fine,” eight days after he was going to die.
“Well,” I said, “give him another dose of Lachesis, and then wait a week, and if the temperature is not clear down, give him another dose.”.
“Oh,” he said, “he is getting along fine.”.
“Remember that. Give him another dose.”.
Forty-eight hours afterwards the patient had a relapse. The temperature began to go up. He wouldnt give him any more Lachesis or anything of the kind, the in three days the patient died.
Now, anybody would think that because of the improvement he saw, he would have repeated the remedy, but no, he told the patient that he was going to die, and therefore, he practically saw to it that he did die.
DR.EDWARDS:The doctor mentioned that one point that I should like to bring out, and that is that the whole practice of medicine in the old school seem to be on scientific principles and medicine has never been and never will be a science; it is an art. No remedy ever cures a person. It is a stimulant to nature to assist nature in curing the case, and that is what i tell my patients and try to preach that homoeopathy and medicine are arts,and we cant cure cases by any scientific methods.
You constantly heart of a death where every scientific thing known has been tried and used and the patient dies, and they have never given nature half a chance to get the patient well. So with medicine, if we get away from the principle of trying to teach medicine as a science and bring it back to an art, and get the people educated that medicine is an art and not a science, we will get along better.
DR.DAYTON PULFORD: I agree with Dr.Edwards. There is no doubt about the efficacy of Lachesis in these types of infection.
Father reported a ear or two ago the case of a meat cutter who had an infection treated scientifically, and he had one finger removed and the thing refused to heal, and Lachesis brought it around to nearly normal, as nearly normal state of affairs as one could wish for.
I think an important part in Dr.Browns paper and one that ought to be stressed is this trouble he has had with the life insurance company. It is rather a bad state of affairs to have a patient getting to feel he is pretty good and have to kill him and hold an autopsy see if we have cleared up the thing. There ought to be some way to make insurance companies and other companies with medical departments in them realize that we have been able to accomplish what we set out to do.
In relation to that, I might say that I knows two railroad men, engineer and fireman, ordered to Fort Wayne for the annual physical examination, and they told the engineer his heart was in bad condition, and as far as he was concerned, he was off the road for good; they told the fireman he was in excellent health, and could go out on his night run. The engineer was alive a year later, and the fireman made his nights run and died at the end of the run, and never came back.
DR.HEIMBACH:Dr.Panos reminded me of an incident. Ninety miles from my place there was an old school doctor who had a patient for years and it was one of his regular calls, two or three times a week; he went away and they called a homoeopath in during the two weeks vacation, and by the time the old school doctor came back, the patient was continuing to feel a good deal better. When he came home, he made his call the next day and said, “How do you feel?”.
“Oh,” he said, “I feel quite a hit better.”.
“You do” What have you been doing?”.
“I called Dr. So-and-So.”.
“What kind of medicine did he give you?”.
Its over thereon the table.”.
He looked at it and threw it out.
The patient said, “Oh, dont, Doctor: that is helping me.
He said, “Oh you only think it is.”.
In two weeks he was dead. they accused him of not doing the right thing.
Well,” he said.,”he died regular anyhow.”.
I dont know whether you people realize that it is just as characteristic in Lachesis to have an aggravation when they fall asleep as when they wake up. I found it almost more so than on waking up, and I have had some desperate cases that responded very quickly and nicely.
DR.ROBERTS: I think the difficulty is the Lachesis aggravation comes on during sleep and they sleep into the aggravation,and it wakens them.
Personally, I have found in a few cases, three cases of pure staphylococcic infection, instead of streptococcic infection, they are very much more virulent than anything I have ever seen in streptococcic infection; where you get the than anything I have ever seen in streptococcic infection; where you get the mixed infection, you are better off. They fight each other somewhat, but the staphylococci alone, to me has been a holy terror. I have never lose a case of it, but I had one man a year ago who went down from 150 to 75 pounds before he began to come up. He weighs about 160 now.
DR.BROWN:Dr.Pulford testified to one point that might be more dealt with and that is simply, what are we going to do? It is very easy for you fellows to tell me that if I simply have the proper remedy, I can prevail on my patients to do this and that. Please tell me how to to it.
I spoke of this young man who died that horrible death. A couple of years afterwards his little niece was taken with a most severe form of intestinal infection. Do you think I was called to treat the case ? I was not. It was treated allopathically. They spend about three thousand dollars on consultation and doctors, and the little thing finally died a mere skeleton.
It is a tremendously vital point with me. The others simply treat these cases homoeopathically, as you said.
I have had experience of streptococcic and staphylococcic infection, and in my experience they are about equally divided.
DR.ROBERTS: In regard to that, Dr.Brown, my attitude is this: When I am in charge and they insist on council, I am at the helm until I am through. If they dont follow my advice, and wont agree to it, I prefer to retire right there than go on. I think you make yourself weak by acceding to their demands,, and at the same time retaining the helm. When you put the responsibility on them and the family chooses between you and them, you are going to be called again, or you are going to stay there.
DR.EDWARDS: I want to corroborate exactly what Dr.Roberts said. You have to be at the helm or you cant accomplish anything and if they want anyone else to come in, granted: I will withdraw. You have a better advantage that way than by trying to consult with somebody who does not agree with you.
I had a case like that at the Windsor Hotel. The man said he couldnt to give him something to sleep. I tried to get a word in edgewise and I wouldnt and after I listened for a little while, I said, “Did you ever hear about Father Kneipp, the water-cure priest? You listen to me while I tell you this.”. The pope sent for Father Kneipp and when he came down, he thought he was going to get a going-over on account of his ecclesiastical relation with the parish, and he sat on the edge of his chair telling the Pole all about his parish.
The Pope said, I didnt call you here to ask about your parish. I called you here to ask about my health.”.
“Oh,” said Father Kneipp, “is that so?”.
So he sat back in his chair and began to talk to him like a doctor, and the Pope said,”Father Kneipp, how is it you have changed you attitude?”.
“Well, when Your Holiness called me to see you, you were the Pope, but now that it is about your health, Im the Pope.” (Laughter).
Well. I got a laugh out of that fellow. the whole trouble was that his mind traveled faster than his body, and he told me a whole lot of things about himself, that he couldnt sleep, and couldnt take bromides, or phosphides, or anything else, Well, I gave him Sepia 200, three doses, a halt hour apart, and an Epsom salts bath.
At ten minutes of three (she started to bathe him at half- vast twelve) he went to sleep and slept till half-past six, and that was the last time he had trouble in sleeping.
If you remember that you are the Pope, you can get your results.
DR.PLUMB BROWN: I have tried your remedy and Dr.Robertss remedy. I have taken the stand that you suggest, and in cases where I have taken such stand, in 100 per cent of the cases, I have been shown the door.
DR.EDWARDS;More power to you!.
DR.GRIMMER: I have had experiences similar to Dr.Browns about consultation with old school men, and I always tell my patients it is no use, when an old school man and a homoeopath are called, for they may get together as far as diagnosis is concerned, but when it comes to remedies, they cannot get together. “If you want old school treatment, that is your privilege, but if want homoeopathic treatment, then there is no need of calling an old school man in. I should be very glad to have another homoeopath called in.”.
I generally get by very easily with that.
The physician who engages in a search after the hidden sprigs of the internal economy, will hourly be deceived; but the homoeopathist who with due attention, seizes upon the faithful image of the entire group of symptoms,possesses himself of a guide that may be depended upon-WM.M. JOHNSON,M.D.1893.