Now my object in writing this paper is to suggest some additional clinical uses for drugs that some of us are too apt to restrict to certain fields. I know myself to be a sinner in this respect and I suppose everyone trying to run a homoeopathic general practice is exposed to the same temptation, for lack of time.
The criticism is evidently written by a well-meaning and well- informed scientific physician of the Old School. It begins with the erroneous statement: “This work enjoys a very high reputation in its native country.” No doubt the critics remark refers to the author, nor to the book
If may require many hours, often following false clues, to piece together this most fascinating of jigsaw puzzles. But when the perfect whole is found it stimulates the mind to added effort to attain a fuller knowledge of the homoeopathic materia medica, and inspires a greater appreciation of the fundamental truths promulgated by Samuel Hahnemann over a century ago.
The desire for air appeared again, with a constriction sensation around neck, so she could not bear anything tight around it nor the weight of clothes on abdomen. Hot flushes appeared frequently, when she would be extremely hot or extremely cold. Became greatly depressed, much trembling. During all this, the one swelling in the neck grew less and less but the swelling in side of neck grew larger and hard as a stone.
Kent, in one of his lectures, calls attention to Strontium carb. as a remedy that may prove a life-saver in a condition of shock following operation. He says, Where there has been much cutting, there may follow a state of prostration, coldness, oozing of blood, and almost cold breath. Strontium carb. will relieve the congestion and the patient will get warm. Strontium carb. is the Carbo veg. of the surgeon.
The writer never had a high rate of confinements, not more than a dozen to a dozen and a half a year but that was enough to augment gratitude for Aconite, Belladonna, Calcarea, Caulophyllum, Gelsemium, Ferrum, Kali phosphoricum, Kali carb., Nux v., Puls., Xanthox, Sul., Helon., Cimic., and probably others of the hundred and nine remedies edited by Yingling.
Times change. Twenty years ago, few indeed in the profession favored acquainting laymen deliberately with much of the why and wherefore of medicine. Patients, too, were content with faith in their doctors, and not inclined toward curiosity. But recently physicians have been giving the matter serious thought, and laymen have been newly discovered as eager and not inept pupils when the subject touches their own health.
As to Hahnemanns initial aggravation, transient and little notice in acute sickness, but often very definite in chronic disease, followed by a period of steady amelioration, neither of which, as he insists, must be interfered with if results are to be obtained.