All Homoeopathic physicians learn a great deal about suppression in the course of long practice; they cannot help it, if they would, in this day of great wear and tear, hurry and worry, strong drugging, injection treatment. When the effects show viciously in little children the spectacle is truly pathetic, even tragic.
This short paper aims to report three desperate acute cases and 0two chronic ones in which Zinc unlocked closed doors and set a child upon the path to health.
CASE I: This was reported one to the I.H.A. It is referred to again because it belongs in this Zinc group. During the severe influenza epidemic of 1918 this boy was given up to die with double pneumonia and suspected empyema.
He has been ill four or five days, had been given, as I recall it, acetanilidine, strychnia and Browns mixture for the cough; as vitality waned, the dosage of these drugs was tripled. Aspiration of the chest had been considered, but not done, on account of the low condition of the patient. Homoeopathy was tried as a last resort.
After ordering an interval of several hours without medicine, I went at night to sit by the bedside and watch for symptoms. Suppression had beep so violent that nothing could be observed but deep coma, irregular pulse and respiration, great pallor with bluish tint about eyes and mouth. He was entirely limp and barely alive. Finally I noticed a few fine muscular twitchings. After nearly four hours the eyelids parted and the high, shrill cry came, “Rub my feet”. The mother complied, telling me that the child had asked for this before he went into coma and had been soothed by the rubbing.
Another long silence was interrupted by the same cry, a little stronger. “Rub my feet, quick. Rub my hands.” Here was only one symptom but in the “Strange, rare and peculiar” class always welcomed by the homoeopathic prescriber. Taken along with the evident deep suppression, it was sufficient. A dose of Zinc 10M. brought that back to consciousness within an hour, caused him to announce of his own accord that the pain in his chest was better now and allowed the doctor to go home in the early morning sure of victory to go home in the early morning sure of victory. No other medicine was needed; the dose was repeated once in the next ten days and within two weeks the boy was dressed, playing on the floor.
CASE II: During my absence last Christmas a girl of eight has an attack of grippe. A local doctor was called who prescribed a codeine mixture for the cough. Next day he pronounced it pneumonia, took the child to the local hospital, started oxygen and a heart tonic. On my return two days later the frantic mother begged me to do something, the patient was desperately ill, was given oxygen all the time and had had a blood transfusion that morning.
The child had been my patient since two years old and family history plus her own health history was anything but good. I called up the doctor, stating my position as family physician and asking what he thought of her, hoping he would offer to withdraw. He did not do so. I allow me to do the drug prescribing and he keep on with adjuvant treatment. He balked at stopping the codeine mixture because she was so weak, he would not like to have her cough hard, but finally he consented provided I would tell him what I was giving.
So I wrote it on the hospital chart, “Zinc one thousandth potency”, and wondered what he thought of it. The child was semiconscious, markedly cyanotic, moaning with every breath, chest loaded with coarse rales, pulse thready, irritable, restless, oversensitive to noise, voice high pitches and weak. The medicine was given in mid-forenoon. That evening showed some general improvement; next morning she was bright, color fair, moaning stopped, resting quietly. Next day the doctor charted a normal temperature and clear chest. In two days she was taken home, made a very rapid recovery, needed no more medicine.
The doctor did not communicate with me: I never saw him; he had made no comment to the parents, so probably he thinks his treatment triumphed in spite of mine. What is the use trying to disillusion him?.
CASE III: LAte one evening this spring a frantic call came from a father who has heard of the last case. This time it was a four- weeks old baby given up to die of pneumonia by the doctor in charge. It has been a breech presentation at birth with deep cyanosis and a long time before respiration was established. In fact the child had cried only twice in the four weeks of its life, seeming weak but not ill; a breast-fed baby. It had been taken to a hospital in the middle of that day, the fourth day of illness which began with only sniffles. This child, too, had been given something to stop the cough which it did promptly and effectively. Oxygen was used and some sort of heart stimulant. Transfusion had been advised but refused by the father.