A woman of thirty-four who had received, formerly, positive benefit from constitutional treatment appealed for help in quite a new difficulty. She had been promised an important church job provided she could sing high C. She had been at it for some time but could make no progress in that particular. She had been turned down by a throat specialist. As you know, a great deal of success in voice development depends on the method of voice production and on the strategy of the teacher. In this instance both had been all right apparently, for all was satisfactory except to attain the desirable altitude.
With homoeopathy in the blood one never shrinks from anything, even to help with mechanical, anatomical or pathological difficulties. Moreover, this patient had previously demonstrated splendid powers of development. At the age of eighteen when she first came for treatment she was pale, thin, slab-chested, string-muscled, weak in the back, slumped in posture, sad-looking and altogether a doubtful specimen to look at. We prescribed Greek, tap and acrobatic for her and medication.
The latter consisted mostly of Sulphur and Ignatia ranging up and down through the potencies as indicated for several years. With these measures the transformation to harmony and beauty of physique, nerve stability and morale was gratifying to behold. To date, at fifty she preserves the same appearance of youth-like competence, dignity and poise. Therefore, at thirty- four we responded forth-with to the appeal, although with that figure in mind there were distinct reservations as to the outcome.
Singing in the lower register her voice had become “foggy” and this was worse if she had been singing high. It was worse when hungry or the reverse, from over-eating.
There was a sensation as if the vocal cords fluttered.
The left tonsil shed a concretion every two weeks.
The patient sneezed if the least bit chilly.
The eyes felt dry and as if drawn inward or up toward the head.
The throat was dry; thirst morning and evening.
Itching in the larynx.
Now then, translating “itching” into “tickling” we have Phosphorus in the highest degree. Lachesis has “fluttering in the larynx” but Phosphorus has a sensation of a piece of skin hanging down so it seemed that it might flutter on occasion. Thirst morning and evening is characteristic, the vocal aggravation from empty stomach or one too crowded was positive and the more common symptoms agreed. Considering that Phosphorus provings produce these symptoms, it was conceivable that when applied dynamically some reaction might appear. At any rate our lady attained high C, which she had never done before, and she got her job. Phosphorus 200.
This report was selected so that if some of you ever get into the same trouble as this patient did you will know what to do for it. A man who had had gonorrhoea three times got his penis caught while at work in the tight trousers which he was wearing, resulting in a serious case of paraphimosis. There was severe vascular stagnation and tumefaction of the entire member. The glans especially was a “horrible” disfigurement. Willing but ill-fated attempts by a doctor had failed to reduce either the strangulation or the resulting misery. Here again the intangible, invisible entity, except to the mind, put it over material expedients by one hundred per cent. Kali iodatum. 1M.