Constant and consistent study of the materia medica gives one a broad knowledge of symptoms groupings and greatly facilitates accurate prescribing. No amount of cleverness in repertory analysis can take the place of personal acquaintance with each remedy. Conversely no materia medica expert can afford to practise homoeopathy without the aid of one or more standard repertories.
Had the disease of childhood without any sequelae; remained well to his thirtieth year, when he came under allopathic treatment for a fever. Twelve years ago he had tertian intermittent, which was successfully treated by Dr. Hartmann, homoeopath. Since then his health had been tolerably good, but he began hard during the last months, since when his present symptoms have made their appearance.
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Attacks of suffocation especially after midnight; the patient has to sit up or leave his bed and stand stooping forward leaning on his hands; he has to open the windows or get out into open air; palpitation, following by eructations and yawning, and the spasm terminates with or without coughing and expectoration.
Unfortunately, Gunpowder had not definite proving and has to be used more or less empirically, but it will be found very useful in many cases. It consists of a mixture of three powerful remedies, Sulphur, Carbo vegetabilis and Kali nitricum. I have never been able to get satisfactory results with anything higher than the 3x trituration.