STREPTOCOCCIN REPORTS


STREPTOCOCCIN REPORTS. In the attempt to make the remedy more useful, at least to myself, I append a little scheme of numerical locations and conditions which appeared in these twenty cases. More amplification by experience with the remedy should bring a better profile into view.


These brief reports are offered as an attempt to illustrate a few uses of Streptococcin in the hope that it may repay in kind some of the benefits which the writer has received from others who have presented helpful demonstrations of homoeopathic principles and remedy action.

Streptococcin is one of the newer additions to our materia medica. So far as I know its literature could hardly be called that. Margaret Tyler, in her Homoeopathic Drug Pictures characterizes as “a nightly remedy” but relates it only casually to diagnostic entities such as diphtheria, scarlet fever, vaccination, measles, tonsillitis, chorea, rheumatism, qualifying only by intimating their use in suppressions and after effects; and I would suggest the chronic phase of serum sickness. Boericke, in the ninth edition of his Pocket Manual, suggests comparison with Pyrogen.

He notes its use in the sepsis of infections diseases and remarks the rapidity of its antifebrile action. The addition of remedies of this sort to our materia medica seem to be necessary because of the ever increasing anaphylaxis of the masses by modern medical and surgical practices. Of necessity and according to law as these disease are induced, the principle of similars reveals new remedies to overcome them. But, as time goes on and the complexity becomes deeper, cures and even palliation become more difficult. Patients coming from the zestful but fateful efforts to attack diagnostic or pathological entities as such are harder to treat with the old measure of success and finality. They situation is made still more difficult for the independent practitioner by the decline of proving. This also is a problem for thoughtful concern.

I.

Boy, aged five, one of the two worst cases of impetigo-in fact I had never seen anything like them. The other worst one was his brother, ill with it at the same time. The lesions began on the membranes of the lips; with yellowish crusts. Sulphur had no effect. Three days later, the lips, nose an chin were covered with black crusts, with bleeding from underneath them. The cervical glands were swollen and tender. Tonsils also swollen which caused snoring, which had never occurred before. He was disturbed by any company and by noise.

Sepia relieved only temporarily and Lachesis, with Rhus, interposed, did nothing. The temperature remained consistently at 103, he was thirsty all the time and had a white coated tongue of the strawberry type. Streptococcin was then given. Improvement went on four days when the temperature shot up to 105, the left axillary glands were considerably swollen and very sore. He kept his hot feet out of bed; left full after a bit of food. Incontinence of feces and urine. Marked pallor despite the high temperature and abject weakness. Improvement was more rapid after another prescription of Streptococcin 1M and he made a good finish.

II.

The case of the brother, aged 8, was even more difficult. A month was consumed in overcoming the disease with its complications. The lesions began on the inside of the wrist and spread up the extremity in one raw, bloody suppurating mass. The discharge of pus was almost incredible. The chin was covered with red crusts. Of course there was serious glandular involvement as with the other boy. Temperature some of the time reached 105. Sulphur did nothing. Sepia modified, them Pyrogen helped once but not a second time.

The most distressing feature was involvement of the nerve branches, causing the boy to shriek day and night during the times when the effect of Hypericum would wear off (and he was thirty miles away)> We had four days of this, helped but Hypericum 200. once and the 1-M twice. Still the pain would wake him and Lachesis 10 M helped twice. Meantime the eruption through all this had improved then began afresh at the original point on the wrist. Streptococcin 10 M then finished the case in short order. Had I been a routinist much trouble might have been saved, for Streptococcin has been said to cure impetigo!.

III.

The length of time it takes to cure a skin condition appears to correspond to the degree of abusive treatments to which the patient is been subjected. Listen to this: Mrs.B., 43; tonsillectomy; appendectomy; ovariotomy; scalp cysts removed; uterus suspended; sinusitis draining and incisions; ozena; blow on the back of the head; blow on the vertex; injured shoulder by a fall; treated from Hartford to Boston by X-ray son had impetigo at 4 years; tonsillectomy at 6; styes and boils suppressed by violet-ray; vaccination at 12; Tb and tetanus shots; cysts excised from back of neck; warts on soles suppressed by thuja and antimony ointment; cigarettes and beet a plenty.

Royal E S Hayes
Dr Royal Elmore Swift HAYES (1871-1952)
Born in Torrington, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA on 20 Oct 1871 to Royal Edmund Hayes and Harriet E Merriman. He had at least 4 sons and 1 daughter with Miriam Martha Phillips. He lived in Torrington, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States in 1880. He died on 20 July 1952, in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, United States.