It is a great pleasure I assure you to stand before this Assembly and relate a little of my application of homoeopathy to the lower animals. The title to this might have been more aptly, Reminiscences of A Convert. The animals, equally with the human subject, deserve blessing that can be bestowed upon them by homoeopathy, and the fact that it does work so well and accurately upon them knocks on the heads once and for all the oft repeated argument that homoeopathy works merely by suggestion. If one selects a wrong remedy or gives a placebo the animal does not get well, but upon the receipt of the individual remedy the animal responds immediately and a sense of well being and restoration to health ensues.
It is not the easiest thing I Know about to become a convert after the old school methods have been drummed into one in ones comparative youth. Not alone is the change itself not easy but oneself from the rest of the veterinary world. However, after the first step has been taken and the amazing results begin to roll, in, the isolation is more than made up for and the resulting happiness is beyond human works. Burnett said in speaking of such a path taken by a convert:.
It is strange, but a fact nevertheless, that the art of healing, pure and simple, is not in great repute nowadays. Indeed, it is almost a reproach to fling oneself, body and soul, into the business of healing, and herein try to do better than ones father did. Nay, it is even dangerous for a man of good repute to strike out a new path in therapeutics, and try to cure what the “old school” has ever held incurable. If he does, he will seek to deride and vilify him. The reason for this lies largely in the history of medicine and mankind; bad wares have so often been brought forward as good wares, that no one may be blamed for looking with suspicion on all new notions.
We in the veterinary field have much more to contend with than you who practice on the one species. We have to contend with several kinds of species including herbivorous, carnivorous, and omnivorous. I well remember away back in my apprenticeship days attending a dance with a very charming lady, who said to me, “why, soon, you will be going around like Dr. So-and-so with linseed oil all over your clothes.” I assured her that when I started practice that never would linseed oil adorn my clothing, and it didnt.
We might briefly discuss the treatment of the horse and dog as these are the two species that interest me chiefly. The former noble animal is almost common ailments that one met with in this animal were the many forms of so-called colic. A veterinarian who wishes to attain a large clientele must be able to handle these cases with quickness and dispatch. Homoeopathy leads the fields in doing this. One of the most common forms of colic in the horse is faecal impaction of the colon.
I was taught to use gallons of linseed oil and indeed this was the only remedial measure ever thought of. If the case was too protracted resort was had to subcutaneous injections of eserine and pilocarpine (crude), and the suffering the poor animals went through was too bad to speak of. In this condition the animal suffers from subacute pain, continually looks around and puts his nose in the flank region, plainly indicating the seat of the trouble. Why all these gallons of oil combined with eserine? Homoeopathy comes forward with such remedies as Nux v., Plumbum and Belladonna.
Nux v. : Constipation is a most important indication, especially when accompanied by frequent ineffectual efforts at evacuation; a distended condition of the abdomen with flatus, hiccoughs and rising of gas or food; a prolapsed condition of the anus as the result of straining; the pains, while they may be more or less continuous, are certainly spasmodic.
Plumbum : It is most effectual in cases due to impaction of hard, dry faeces, shaped like balls and generally black in color; the anus instead of beings protruded as in Nux v. is constricted.
Belladonna : A swollen and very bright red condition of the conjunctiva; a firm, hard, resistant swelling in the abdomen on the course of the large colon, with the indication of sharp griping pains at one particular spot, recognizable by the horse pointing with his nose to the same place. These are just a few of the remedies which may be indicated but there are a host of others.
In spasmodic or flatulent colic one has to draw from the following list of remedies: Aconite, Colocynth, Veratrum, Chamomilla, Dioscorea, Iris versicolor, etc.
In regard to disease of the respiratory system of the horse of course we have the usual “run of shad”. Occasionally we get a regular epidemic of equine influenza and in times past, when the horse population was much more abundant,great economic losses occurred. In the place of the various serums and bacterins homoeopathy has a vast number of curative remedies to offer. According to their indication the following remedies will usually carry any given a case to a cheerful ending:.
Aconite, in the very early stages; Arsenicum iod., nearly a specific in many outbreaks; Gelsemium, Nux v.; Rhus t.; movement seems to afford relief, the exact opposite of Bryonia. All of such cases respond beautifully to the indicated remedy without having to resort to the hypodermic syringe. Other remedies which might be indicated are: Eucalyptus; Antimonium tart., When the cough is loose, though attended with a good deal of oppression and apparent difficulty; Lachesis, when the swelling down the legs and along the abdomen persists and increases, ultimately resulting in the oozing of drops of blood and bloody serum through the skin. Sometimes, in such cases, Crotalus.horr. may be indicated.
And now we leave the horse and say a few words in regard to mans loyal and devoted friend, the dog.
This faithful creature is heir to all the ills that effect his manner.
I am often asked why I took up the treatment of dogs in preference to people. I always counter with the remark so truly spoken, the more I see of people the better I like dogs.
By the “old school” these little fellows are more than put through their paces, including a lot of unnecessary suffering, but once again comes homoeopathy to the rescue. We will take for instance the so-called distemper of dogs. This really is a combination of toxins and presents a truly toxaemic picture. Anti- distemperinum caninum will surely immunize animals given it is a series of degrees of potencies of this remedy. Futhermore I have proven beyond and measure of doubt that the immunization of puppies can be started in utero before the birth of the puppies by administering this remedy to the pregnant dam. The various serums of the present day seem to act prophylactically in some cases, but a vast number of cases that I am called upon to treat have had the serum. There must be a hole some where.
Another class of animals is the cat, and this above all other respond beautifully to homoeopathy. Give a cat one dose of “old school” medicine which has any disagreeable odour or taste you are sunk before you start, as they usually start pernicious vomiting and keep it up till death closes the scene. A recent graduate of one of our colleges was greatly surprised at seeing me treat cats successfully by homoeopathic measures, he having been taught by his professor of small animal practice that there were only two medicines to give a cat, one being santonine and the other mineral oil, somewhat abbreviated materia medica. It has been one of the greatest joys of my life to be privileged to apply this wonderful healing art to our little dumb friends. NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CALIF.
DR. FARRINGTON: I could take an hour on the treatment of animals, because in my more than forty-three years of experience I have treated a great many, all the way from canary birds to big horses. The doctor has given us some very interesting things.
One difficulty was that there didnt seem to be any good book from which sufficient information could be had in the treatment of animals.
I have usually gone on my own. Like children, animals are both difficult and easy to treat, difficult because you have to depend on your own observations, and easy because so few remedies are indicated and they act so quickly and so profoundly.
In the summer of 1928 I treated a little black dog for paralysis of the hind extremities. The dog was fifteen years old, and the veterinary said nothing could be done for it. A single dose of Alumina metallicum 200 got the little dog on its feet, to the great delight of the old lady who owned it. When my family and I went to Europe, she sent me a check for 100, and said, “This is from Chico to make your trip more pleasant.” She left for New York on Monday, and Chico was still toddling around. She was to sail on Saturday. On Wednesday, little Chico died. I still had the check though, although I hadnt cashed it. I telegraphed her before she left that little Chico had passed on.
When I was practicing in Philadelphia, I had charge of the animals on one of these de luxe farms. You know how these blooded Guernseys and other fine cows become ill. They are very susceptible. I used to take care of them when they had lost their calves, had retained placenta, or some other ailment.
One of the outstanding cases at that time was an enormous Percheron horse, a great, big, beautiful dappled-gray animal who had strangury. He was kicking the walls of his stall and the stableman told me that just as soon as he was able to urinate he quieted down. He was apparently comfortable for a long time. I gave Petroselinum 10M. I put a little powder in a cup of water and stirred it and stirred it, and told the stableman to get half a bucket of water. I poured in the water and stirred it very carefully and gave it to the horse. The horse was cured within a few hours. At least he had no further attacks.
A patient of mine in the apple business had fourteen horses in his stable. He came into the office one day for himself, and he happened to mention that thirteen of these horses were afflicted with pink eye, and the veterinary was trying to cure it. I said, “Let me give you some medicine for that.” I took a bottle about a foot and a half high, put in it some water and a powder of Euphrasia, but it looked so thin and watery, I thought I ought to add some kind of coloring matter. The only thing at hand was some whisky, and I put enough whisky in there to make it a light brown.
Several days afterward my friend was in to see me and he said, “Mike called up on the phone the other day and said, “Mr. So-and-so, that booze the doc sent down must have been awfully strong, because it cured the horses in three days.”.
One day I went to see a patient, and there was a kitten going around the room dragging its hind legs. She said to me, “What do you suppose is the matter with that cat?”.
I said, “The cat is constipated.” I gave her a dose of Nux, and she told me that half an hour afterward the cat was messing up the rug.
I would like to ask a couple of questions of Dr. Jervis. Isnt it a fact that the isopathic remedies work more readily and quickly on animals than they do on human beings?.
I could tell several stories about this, but I see my master is looking at me out of the corner of his eye and I had better quit.
There is only one other thing I want to mention. A CM. of Anthrax antidoted an injection of anthracis virus in guinea pigs in Hering College. It was in a class where an old school demonstrator was going to show the effects of this virus, and he injected these guinea pigs. A soft-hearted lady student thought it was too bad to have them suffer so, sneaked around to the room afterward and gave one of them the Anthrax CM. The next day they were all dead but the one, and the man was very much amazed. He said, “We must have missed that one.” They tried it over, and again she went and administered the potency to all of them, and the next day they were all alive. He became a homoeopath.
DR. GRIMMER: This is really a very interesting subject the doctor has brought to us, and it is somewhat related to our work among humans; that is, the contact is quite definite in some instances.
Take the subject of rabies, which has been spoken about. Hydrophobinum in potency will control your rabies in dogs. I had a very interesting experience in Illinois. Two men were bitten by the same dog which, by laboratory test, was found to be rabid. One of them took the Pasteur treatment and the other took the homoeopathic potency. The one who took the Pasteur treatment developed rabies, and the one who had the potency Hydrophobinum did not develop rabies.
The doctor spoke of the difficulties in treating animals. It is true it is difficult to treat dumb animals, and it really takes more discernment to study their symptoms and interpret the remedy. There is one thing that is less difficult, and that is they are not doped with a lot of coal tar and other derivatives that we sometimes find in our human patients. In that way, you have a better chance with your animals.
DR. BOND: I couldnt help but report a little case I had, an experience of a few months ago.
A mother cat, the best mouser on the farm, sitting on the back doorstep one morning with the rectum prolapsed 1 2 inches and oozing a watery yellow stool. Kents Repertory was consulted and Podo. 1M. was given with no results, then followed Merc., Sulph., Calc. phos. and a few others. Finally in despair I thought I had better consult a veterinarian. The rectum was stitched back in place by him and later by myself several times with no lasting results. Finally my faith in homoeopathy said there surely must be something for this poor cat, by this time getting very poor and distressed, after several months.
The veterinarian said the cat was constipated and needed mineral oil. This I gave without any appreciable results. So re- examining, the repertory I again came out to Podo. This time I decided to go high, 50M. Within a few hours the rectum was pulled back in place as magically as anything could have been done mechanically. A repetition of the 50M. a few months later completed the cure. She was able to bear a litter of kittens with no return of the trouble.
This case is interesting from a different angle, namely, that the May Apple grown on the same farm.
DR. SCHMIDT: I would like to mention the experiments done by Dr. Chevinon, of Paris, with Diphtherinum on animals as well as on humans. Dr. Chevinon has vaccinated animals extensively, especially hens, pigs, and other animals, against diphtheria very successfully with the 4M. and the 8M. of the Diphtherinum, obtaining protection for at least five to six years after only one dose of the Diphtherinum in high potency.
DR. MOORE: We call them dumb animals. I dont know what they call us, but you can compare a fox and a man, and the fox can be skinned only once.
DR. SCHWARTZ: I think of the case of a dog that had tetanus, where I practiced in the South. I had been the physician in this family. Even after the dog had anti-tetanus serum, its jaws were locked. I sent down some Magnesia phos. and restored the animal to normal condition.
DR. KETCHAM: I had an experience of being a physician in the very exclusive town of Palo Alto. I have always hesitated to tell this, but since you gentlemen have broken the ice I have to tell it.
I had a herd of cattle, with the Holsteins bred by A. H. Dollar. The Albright Guthrie people had brought them previous to the war and brought them to San Francisco. During the war they had all become infected with tuberculosis, and I bought the cattle simply because I wanted to experiment on them. There were eighteen cows and a bull. After I got them home–they had been passed out as reactors, and as we know tuberculosis is a matter of nutrition I figured these cattle could be brought back to health by homoeopathic methods and building up their resistance- -I called my brother on the scene and we started to feed the cattle and gave them Tuberculinum.
As a result of about six months of hard work we built them up. We had a man in who tested them, and they all passed but one. Out of this herd I developed a cow that made 36,167 pounds of milk and 112 pounds of butter. I wasnt sure that her calves might not be tubercular. I kept her and raised four or five calves.
There was a guaranty sale in 1923, and I took it up with the officials of the sale and told them, “I have a tubercular cow here, and the veterinaries claim all tubercular cattle must be killed.” Here in California, they didnt have any drastic law when I got these cattle, but I saw it was coming.
I bred my herd up to 125 pure-bred Holsteins. Every one of them was clear according to the test, but I picked out the reactors and sent for the state man to come from Davis, and he tested them and said they were all clear. I said, “How can they be clear? They have had nothing but homoeopathic medicine?”.
He said, “You are a little pill man?”.
I said, “Sure.”.
“How long have you been in practice?”.
I said, “I graduated in 1904, and have been practicing homoeopathy ever since.”.
He tested them and pickled out the tops of my herd, and they went over big at the guaranty sale.
DR. SHERWOOD: Dr. Jervis, I wish you would speak about the case of Miss B. It is nothing to do with veterinary medicine, but I wish you would mention it.
DR. JERVIS: This particular case was a lady down in North Hollywood who works for me. She is my chauffeur, and a very interesting lady. She came to me one day with a terrible looking face just below the eye and on the side of the nose. I took her to my friend Sherwood and he prescribed for her, I believe, or did you say, “Let George do it?” Anyway, this went from bad to worse. One evening she pulled up in her car outside my house. I went out with her where she was living, and I saw on the hub of her steering wheel a luminous-faced watch with the glass out. That gave me a thought. I had taken a sample of her blood just a few days previously. I inquired of my apparatus whether there was any possible chance of radium poisoning. It came through with a roar. I hesitated about treating her myself, but my friend Sherwood said, “That is all right: go ahead.”.
Over a more or less long period, the girls face has entirely healed. I dont just remember the various remedies I used, but among them was Radium iodide. I dont think Radium bromide ever came through, but Radium chloride came through on one occasion. Suffice is to say, the girl is perfectly healed and I keep track of her once in a while.
DR. GRIMMER: Does she still have that radium dial?.
DR. JERVIS: No, I took it off the next morning. Dr. Farrington asked one question, as I remember, about the comparative use of nosodes in animals and in people. I cannot answer that, because I have used them only on animals.
DR. GRIMMER: I would like to confirm what Dr. Jervis had just said about the radium dial. Dr. Trevino and myself, years ago, proved the fact that radium-dilated watches were producing a lot of sickness among men. Dr. Trevino was one of the sensitives who developed very serious symptoms, and remedies wouldnt hold until he had discarded the radium dial.
DR. BRYANT: I didnt feel I could discuss Dr. Jervis paper. I dont know how many regulars there are in this room, outside of Dr. Moore and myself, who sign themselves “an irregular regular.”
I happen to know Dr. Jervis niece in the city of Seattle, and all I have to say is that she has traveled all over Europe in search of a cure. She went to the greatest authorities in Europe, and finally came back in a rather hopeless state
of health. She went down to visit her uncle, Dr. Jervis, and then she came back to me and said, “Dr. Jervis had recommended you. I have traveled all over Europe to get a cure, but I had to go to a horse doctor to get it.”.