Just to remind you how important it is to take careful case histories, I want to present a number of cases where the mentals pointed the way to curing various and interesting diagnoses.
(1) Miss. K. age 22, a stenographer. The other doctor said it was a nervous breakdown. Depressed, many heart symptoms, scanty menses, sensitive to slightest touch of vaginal tract. Upon questioning. I found she was afraid that her lover would be killed in the war, and that her illness dated back to the time he was sent to the South Pacific. Lilium tigrinum was her remedy and she was back at her office work and in normal health.
(2) A druggist in poor health for several years was finally persuaded by a mutual friend to come to me. I found on questioning him that his troubles started after his escape by inches from being hit by a fast train at a railroad crossing. He recovered after two many high doses of Aconite, but has never given Homoeopathy or me any credit for his recovery because some one persuaded him to be a vegetarian while the Aconite was working a cure! So, if any of you ever have a similar case, do not forget to induce the patient to give up eating meat. It may help!.
(3) This one is an infant one and a half years old. Bottle fed and strained vegetables. Always constipated, no bowel movement without an enema. The child put everything in its mouth, rags, pencils, dirt off the floor, etc. One dose of Alumina ten thousand cured. You cant call this a mental symptom but it takes careful case taking to direct the doctor to the KEY NOTE symptom and the similimum.