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.

Hahnemann, in his clinical discussion of psora, writes the following paragraph:.

These ailments and infirmities are merely descendants of one and the same vast original malady, the innumerable symptoms of which form but one whole and are to be regarded and to be medicinally treated as the part of one and the same disease in the same way as in a great epidemic of typhoid fever.

Thus in the year 1813 one patient would be prostrated with only a few symptoms of the plague, a second patient would show only a few, but different ailments, while the third, fourth, etc., would complain of still other ailments belonging to this epidemic disease, while they were, nevertheless, all sick with one and the same pestilential fever and the entire image of the typhoid fever raging at the time could only be obtained by gathering the symptoms of all or at least of many of the patients. Then the one or two remedies, found to be homoeopathic, cured the whole epidemic and therefore showed themselves specifically helpful with every patient, though the one may have been suffering from symptoms different from those of others and almost seemed to be suffering from different diseases.

Since psora, as explained in my paper on Vitamins and Psora, is not an infection, but an avitaminosis of alimentary deficiency, and since in one and the same family its members for. the most part eat the same foods which may be deficient, it is logical to conclude, that they become affected by the same polymorphic constitutional malady which Hahnemann called psora.

The toxins introduced or generated by foods in the organism of a man may be either of one or of several types and, accordingly, may indicated one or several remedies. In one and the same family very often one type prevails. The symptoms which it produces in the members of the family may be either the same and consequently require the same remedy, or they may be different, but still belong to the same remedy.

A few cases may serve as an illustration. One of them struck me in this respect very forcefully for the first time 10 years ago.

A boy of 18 years came crying into my office. He was accompanied by his mother. Doctors had told him that he suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis and that nothing could be done for him as one of his lungs was entirely destroyed. My clinical examination did not show the lung so entirely destroyed and I concluded that there was still hope. The homoeopathic examination pointed unmistakably towards Lycopodium. But, Lycopodium being a perfidious remedy, I wanted to be absolutely sure before administering it.

Corroboration could be looked for only in his mother. So I examined her too and found more than I expected. The mother presented just as strong Lycopodium symptoms as the boy, though not the same. Together they gave the most complete picture of Lycopodium I have ever seen. Only incidentally I shall mention that I told the boy that he would be cured in two months, and he was cured in two months.

Another case: A boy of 8 years suffered from epileptic fits. He exhibited some Phosphorus symptoms, yet not numerous enough to warrant to safe prescription. To get more information, I examined his mother and father also. This time it was the farther who had many strong Phosphorus symptoms. I gave this remedy to the boy in full confidence that it would not disappoint and it did not disappoint. The boy was cured from his epilepsy.

The third and last case: A married couple, both 78 years old, both suffering from weak hearts and obesity and whom I had attended for eight years, presented many symptoms pointing towards Pulsatilla and Sulphur. Their symptoms were not the same. but when put together they completed either the picture of Sulphur or of Pulsatilla each time I prescribed for them, These two remedies always cured their troubles in the shortest time.

This couple have been married a number of decades, have lived an identical life, eating the same foods, drinking the same water, breathing the same air. No wonder they developed identical constitutions with identical psoric attributes which indicated identical remedies.

Knowing one of them, one found no difficulty in prescribing for the other.

In the two other cases the same security in prescribing was obtained by the knowledge of the constitution of the father and mother respectively, who both presented symptoms belonging to the remedies indicated for the sons. In these two cases not only diet, but also heredity may have played a part in the production of the identical constitutional changes. Since metabolic characteristics and weaknesses of organs and tissues of the parents are inherited by their children, one might suppose heredity to be a great factor in modeling the organisms in such a way that identical remedies would be required.

F K Bellokossy