Dr. A MONCRIEFF added her thanks to Dr. Borland whom she considered our most brilliant prescriber in acute conditions, and what success she had in acute prescribing she felt was due to his teaching. In her childrens clinic she had a great number of cases of otitis media and most of them came not necessarily in the very acute stage when probably Belladonna might be indicated, but with a history of acute earache for one or two nights.
On examination of the drums there would be redness and possibly bulging, and she had found Pulsatilla so often indicated if the condition affected the right ear that she almost tended to use it as a routine remedy. If the left ear was affected she often found Silica useful, and Hepar sulph. if the child was so hypersensitive to pain that he or she cried before being touched. Most of her ear cases either cleared up or discharged, the exception being the very tough drums which she occasionally had to refer to Dr. Cunningham.
With regard to colics, she agreed with Dr. Wheeler that Verat. alb. was very useful in dysmenorrhoea accompanied with vomiting, and had found Dr. Tylers experiences of Tuberculinum also must effective in this condition.
The PRESIDENT said that a message would be sent to Dr. Borland. He had found great pleasure in reading the paper. He would not say very much about the drugs, but Arnica for a tired heart was useful. Very often there were no indication on which to prescribe at all. He did not agree with Dr. Cooper. He saw two boys, brothers, the other day, John sat on the chair, Kit sat on his mothers knee, but John would not do so, although he would do anything for his mother. He was a typical Bryonia case and the other child was typical Pulsatilla. With regarded to Dr. Ghais remarks on Belladonna in earaches, there was no drug for any one complaint, it often depended on the season of the year. There were remedies suitable for summer, autumn, winter and spring; just then with the high cold winds it was Belladonna.
With regard to dysmenorrhoea very often Mag. phos. would help in the acute attack, and the remedy which had helped him the most was Tuberculinum 6, and it very often eliminated the need for Mag. phos. They all knew that Carbo veg. was a “corpse reviver”; with regard to Veratrum alb. he had a very severe diarrhoea one day, with a cold clammy sweat. He took a dose of Veratrum alb. and in twenty minutes was relieved. A patient came to him with neuralgia in the face, he got her X-rayed and found a black speck in one of her teeth., For two years she had had amalgam in that tooth and she had to have it removed. One had to be careful that there was not some such case for pain in the face.