WHAT IS A PROVING?.
EXCEPTIONS has been taken by one or two correspondents to the title of Mr. Ellis Barkers account of his self-poisoning, given in the October Number of this Journal.
The writers hold apparently that his experience is not worthy to be dignified with the name of “Proving,” and suggest that the large amount of grape fruit consumed by him, added to the lateness of the hour when it was taken, would be enough to account for the symptoms of “biliousness.”.
This may be so, and it would certainly be interesting to know if any untoward symptoms followed the ingestion by Mr. Barker of, say, a single grape fruit at a more reasonable hour of the day.
At the same time, it must be remembered that a not inconsiderable proportion of the symptoms in our materia medica are derived from records of poisoning by massive doses (and in instances where small doses of the same substances taken by the same persons would probably not have produced any abnormal effects).
Such symptoms of gross poisoning were admitted by Hahnemann and his immediate followers, and experience has proved their value.
TOXAEMIA DUE TO SPIDER BITE.
J. B. Bays (Journ. Med. Assoc. of South Africa, August 22nd, 1931, p. 529) records a personal account of the results of a spider bite. In his usual health he suddenly was attacked by complete anorexia and nausea, followed by a restless night and slight fever. Next morning he noticed a small yellow mark with surrounding erythema on the dorsum of his right foot; this had been caused by the bite of a spider. The redness and swelling, accompanied by considerable pain, rapidly spread up the calf of the leg to the knee; lymphangitis over the front of the thigh and swelling and tenderness of the femoral and inguinal glands ensued, accompanied by a considerable constitutional disturbance.
Numerous small bullae containing a pure culture of streptococci appeared on the calf; on the fifth day a profuse perspiration heralded a fall in temperature, and improvement in the general symptoms. Desquamation followed, and some swelling and tenderness were still present a month later. Treatment consisted of the injection of manganese butyrate, with glycerin and ichthyol applications, and the administration of as much liquid as possible by the mouth. British Medical Journal, November 4th, 1931.
[The above extract is kindly sent by Dr. W. R. McCrae, who remarks on its interest to homoeopaths, in view of the well- marked septic element in the symptomatology of Tarentula.
It would have been of great additional interest had the variety of spider concerned been named in the report. ED.].
THE MEDICAL TREATMENT OF INOPERABLE MALIGNANT DISEASE.
The healing of this paragraph is that of an editorial in this months (September) issue of Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics. The name of W. J. Mayo at the foot of the article naturally rouses the readers attention, and excites his interest to find out what Mayo has to say about the “medical treatment” of inoperable carcinoma. Little enough, indeed, as might be expected. The article, a pithy and well-written one, deals chiefly with the positive diagnosis of abdominal carcinoma in difficult cases.
There follows a paragraph touching on the beneficial effects of radiotherapy assisted by surgery, and the final paragraph of the editorial is devoted to consideration of the “one exception to the inadvisability of radical operation for incurable cancer,” which is, according to the writer, removal of the primary growth when secondary growths are present in certain situations, for instance, in the liver. The liver, May reminds us, has the greatest power of regeneration of any organ in the body. “When cancers of the stomach, rectum, and the large intestine are safely removable locally, it is sometimes advisable to excise the primary growth as a means of palliation, and to prolong life, thus enabling the painless secondary processes to bring about the fatal issue. Especially is this true of metastatic growths in the liver.
Metastatic processes in the liver have plenty of room for enlargement without infecting or pressing on neighbouring organs, nerves, or tissues, and the patient may live many months comfortably and die painlessly.” Though Mayo has not much to write about the medical treatment of inoperable cancer, nevertheless, the comfort of the end of such patients life may be wonderfully helped by the experience, skill, and thoughtfulness of his doctor. Discretion in prognosis, skill in the use of anodynes, and temperate sympathy in his conversation are qualities in a doctor which make a vast difference to the mental and physical well-being of his incurable patients. From The Medical Press and Circular, September 23rd, 1931.
As the Editor of The Medical Press truly remarks, little enough is said in W. J. Mayos article about the medical treatment of inoperable malignant disease, but as much is said on the subject as we should have expected.
After all, what can anyone who knows not Homoeopathy have to say about the medical treatment of disease for which the only known orthodox treatment is surgery, radium or X-Rays?.
THE MOST USEFUL ACUTE REMEDIES.
LAST month we gave a list of what we considered the twelve most useful remedies for use in acute complaints. We have been asked to suggest remedies for a case of twenty-four. The following would be our second twelve remedies:.
Baptisia, Carbo veg., Causticum, Chamomilla, Colocynth, Drosera, Ignatia, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Merc. corr. Merc. cyan., Sulphur.