TWO VERY INTERESTING CLINICAL CASES. The condition to which I will refer in the second case developed in the same patient twice, as a complication of two different puerperal periods. It taught me definitely that the homoeopathic physician does not need to resort to the use of narcotics and should therefore never use them.
DEPARTMENT OF PRACTICAL CASE MANAGEMENT. Unrefreshing sleep is generally an indication of an increasing toxemia and plenty of “good nourishing food” is often the cause of the trouble. Many cases will clear up after dietary correction and an increased amount of outdoor activity. Remove the obstacles to recovery and then prescribe the indicated remedy. The idea of letting the remedy do it all is unscientific and in the long run disappointing.
LOGIC AND PHILOSOPHY. The regrettable thing today is to think of the many who were in college at that time who had the same teaching, the same opportunity to perfect themselves and to go to a higher plane, but who have remained where they were or have gone backward since those days. Many of those young men and women who had very, good teaching under some of the very masters couldnt grasp it.
The American Foundation for Homoeopathic operates such a school, and has done so almost continuously for eighteen years. Each year a six weeks course in good homoeopathic philosophy, materia medica and prescribing, as taught by Hahnemann in the Organon, is given. This effort deserves the active support of every homoeopath, both as to prospective students and financial aid.
QUESTION AND ANSWER DEPARTMENT. Patients with the history of severe rheumatic fever, scarlet fever, diphtheria or any other disease causing heart complications through suppressive treatment must be conservatively handled and if there is an actual lesion present the potential for trouble is very great. In heart cases sudden increase or decrease in weight are both dangerous and a sudden stepping up of physical exercise is simply asking for the worst.
REMEDIES RUN IN FAMILIES. The kind of cases as here reported make up psora. Heredity and dietetic inadequacies produce psoric constitutions. Accordingly, it is easy to understand why two or more members of the same family may need the same psoric remedy.
CHOLECYSTITIS. A very bad morphine habit had been picked up through the years of pain, and the eradication of this was even harder to accomplish than the involution of the stone. He was constipated but relied on laxatives for relief, so deepening the atonic state of the colon continually, through frequent false stimulation and its resultant enervation.
POWER OF THE SPECIFIC REMEDY. This case takes additional interest as an illustration of the power of specific remedies to cure the class of diseases we have been considering, when we remember it had been fruitlessly treated allopathically and mechanically, for ten years, and after this mechanically ten years more.