Clara H.3 years, had a severe attack of bronchitis with rattling of mucus in the chest and trachea as if a quantity of it must come up with the cough, which often was followed by vomiting, but even then but little was ejected. She was worse lying down especially the breathing, was drowsy and ill-tempered, would not let me come near her nor even look at her contrary to her previous disposition, for we had always been good friends.
R/- Antim tart 200 improved her so much in a few days that the parents considered her entirely well again, and contrary to my advice dispensed with further treatment.
Yet she apparently quite well for several months until the parents took her out to an entertainment in a country church one stormy winters evening. She was very sick again the next morning, when I found her in about the same condition and the same symptoms as before, but in a rather aggravated form.
R/- Antim tart in various potencies had very little or no effect now, and though she would not allow me to come near her, much less examine, yes, even look at her, and was always irritable in my presence- the rapid breathing, increasing dyspnoea, cyanosis and prostration certainly indicated pneumonia. The mother said she coughed but little and it seemed loose rattling. Antimon tart having clearly failed to produce any good result Bell., Chelid, Lycopodium, Phos, given on seemingly good symptoms furnished by the mother, also failed to improve her. The perfunctory question asked daily. “Did the bowels move?” was always answered in the affirmative, but on the tenth or eleventh day the mother added to this answer, “But I have to make her!”
When questioned regarding the meaning of this she explained as follows; “Clara will sit on her little chair when I tell her, but she gets up at once, and I have to make her sit and keep her sitting for a long time before she has a stool. “Then has no desire for stool?” “Nor, for urine, or food or anything else.” “Is she always so irritable as she is when I am here.? “Oh no, not at all, she is very good always, I have no trouble at all with her; she sleeps most of the time.
Here then, I had to deal with a paralytic form of Pneumonia and I gave her Re/- Opium (200) in aqua. The following day there was a decided improvement in her condition, which continued under the same remedy and was followed by a complete recovery on the third day thereafter.