The Potassium salts have more relation specifically to the solid tissues than to the fluids of the body; to the blood corpuscle rather than to the blood plasma. The fibrous tissues are particularly affected, the ligaments of joints, of the uterus, and of the back. It corresponds to conditions in which these tissues are relaxed – joints give way; the back feels as if broken; the patient feels compelled to lie down, even in the street.
An interesting sequela to this boys experience was the complete change of personality. Where previously he had been rather dull and stupid, preferring to stay by himself than to take part in the play of other children, he now became a normal, happy child ready for any sort of fun or mischief.
Here it resembles Cactus, but is differentiated by the fact that Cactus has a sensation as if the heart itself had been squeezed rather than the chest wall. Lachesis has an intolerance to the clothing or any weight on the chest rather than the band sensation. Its pain does not radiate to the left arm as in Spigelia and Cactus. Lilium tig. also has a sensation as if the heart were grasped.
The compilation which I am making of Pyrogen is too long for reading at this meeting. Before turning it over for publication I am anxious to have the clinical data as complete as possible and I am anxious to have the clinical data as complete as possible and I am asking every member here to give any personal experience with this remarkable remedy.
Four years ago seed warts appeared on the back of the left hand which were removed by electrolysis. Soon another appeared in the same place and two months later a second wart appeared next to the first. The warts seemed to be getting worse and they were again removed by the same process.
Usually the beginner learns to recognize Aconite and Belladonna among the earliest remedies in his armamentarium; to the older student of materia medica they present marked differentiating symptoms, but the novice sees chiefly marked similarity.
Which metal to use at any given stage of the disease? What preparations of the metal to select? How much of it to give? By what route? What plan of treatment to follow, whether continuous or interrupted or combined, and so on? And if toxic reactions or resistance to therapy develops, what other course to follow? If no reactions develop when to stop treatment?