Inveterate asthma from babyhood in a child now twelve years. Convulsions, vicious catarrh, great nervousness and irritability preceded and the asthma was very severe. Constant motion of the feet during the paroxysm pointed to Zinc. and results to date are fairly good. This case is not yet cured.

This is a fourth attempt to set forth a method of studying the materia medica by building up the general characteristics from a grouping of particular symptoms. The other drugs used were Kali c., Nat. c. and Nat. m.; this time it is Zinc. To my mind there is an additional reason for doing it this way. After telling laymen what provings are and showing them lists of symptoms as they appear in the materia medica, with some idea of generals and particulars, they are confused when we give them descriptions of drugs in the lecture form, even though the characteristics stand out much better that way. Therefore, it seems logical to build up for them the individualizing symptoms, for each drug considered, by showing them groups of particular symptoms which go to make up the generals.

Take, then, the general features of Zinc as found in several lectures on the drug and list under each the separate symptoms which justify the generalization, thus:.


Brain-fag from overstudy, from night watching. (Clarke, Hahnemann).

Aversion to labor. (Clarke, Hahnemann).

Weakness of memory; great forgetfulness. (Lippe, Clarke, Hering).

Mental operations very difficult. (Hering, Allen).

Repeats all questions before answering them. (Hering).

Loss of thought and a soporous condition of mind. (Hering, Allen).

Great dulness of head; heavy and confused; obtusion. (Hering, Allen, Hahnemann).

Great cerebral, nervous depression; stupefaction. (Hering, Allen).

After a little emotion, trembles for long time. (Symptom Codex).

Weak, sick feeling in eyes, constant weariness. (Hering, Symptom Codex).

Face vacant, earthy as after long illness, pinched. (Hering, Allen).

Weakness of organs of speech; talks with difficulty. (Hering).

Prolonged desire for stool which is satisfied only after great effort. (Hering).

Emission of urine very slow. (Hering).

Faintness, unconsciousness, prostration. (Hering, Allen, Symptom Codex, Hahnemann).

Weariness, sudden exhaustion, heaviness. (Hering, Allen, Hahnemann).

Faintishness when staying up a little too long. (symptom Codex, Hahnemann).

Coma from cerebral exhaustion; exhausting sleep. (Hering).

Weakness and trembling of hands and feet. (Lippe).

Tremulous weakness in lower extremities, hollow knees. (Allen, Lippe, Hahnemann).

His body feels heavy and his limbs weary. (Symptom Codex, Hahnemann).

Extreme malaise unto fainting. (Symptom Codex).


Sensitive to others talking and to noise. (Hering, Lippe, Hahnemann).

Sensitiveness to open air and to cold. (Hering, Allen, Hahnemann).

Sensitive to light; brain affected. (Hering, Clarke).

Dread of the light of the sun. (Hahnemann, Hering).

Intolerable pain in left eye. (Hering, Symptom Codex).

Child screams out whenever it is moved. (Clarke).

Least noise makes her frantic. (Hering).

Intolerance of wine. (Clarke, Hering, Allen, Symptom Codex, Hahnemann).

Extreme sensitiveness of vertex to touch. (Allen).

Sensation of soreness of the teeth. (Lippe).

Talking or listening is distressing; makes him morose. (Hering, Allen).

Irritable, peevish, terrified, fretful. (Hering, Allen).

Easily angered and very much affected thereby. (Hering, Allen).

Alternately fretful, irritable, quarrelsome, despondent, depressed. (Hering, Hahnemann).

Frequently able to laugh excessively over a trifle, just as easily vexed. (Hering, Allen).

On awaking, fear, cries out, starts, jumps. (Hering).

Tendency to fits of passion. (Clarke).

Easily carried away by anger. (Symptom Codex).

Inclines to internal anger and chagrin. (Hahnemann).

Sobbing on account of vexation without obvious reason. (Allen).

Extreme sensibility of cartilages of ear and nose. (Hering).

Julia M. Green