PHYTO-ANALYSIS AND HOMOEOPATHY. The phyto-analysis, i.e. the study of the building up, the growth, the mode of the plant, the test of the animal excrements condensed in the plants, the test of the hormones of the plants, gives the scientific base of the pathogenesis, i.e. the symptom- theory of homoeopathy.
NEWS AND NOTES. IT is becoming quite common nowadays in orthodox circles to bewail the increase in the mortality from Diphtheria and the failure of anti-toxin to stem this increase. The British Medical Journal a year or two back devoted a leading article of a page to this subject, stating that the high expectations entertained of a at the first of the diphtheritic serum had not been fulfiled.
THIS CHANGING WORLD. The actual inoculations with infective material were made by instilling 0.5 to 1 c.cm. of a Seitz or Berkefeld W filtrate into each nostril, the subject being in the supine position with the head tipped back; the mucous membranes of the anterior nares and the posterior pharyngeal wall were then lightly rubbed with swabs soaked in the filtrate.
THE CLINICAL USES OF DIGITALIS. Modern views on digitalis therapy demand that at the outset an adequate dose should be given, sufficient to exert the desired control upon the heart muscle. This frequency necessitates an initial dose of several drachms of the tincture, and the daily amount required for maintaining the desired control may exceed the maximum pharmacopoeial dose.
DO OUR REMEDIES NEED RE-PROVING. However, even if all are agreed that our remedies should be re- proved, the unfortunate doubt remains as to whether this strenuous age would be able to find time for such sustained effort as is required. A recent request initiated by the International Homoeopathic League for provers for a new remedy, met with not a single response!.
HINTS ABOUT HEARTS. Mitral stenosis usually attacks the patient before puberty. In this the blood pressure is high. The ring at the mitral valve opening remains at childish size, and does not grow pari passu with the heart. The left ventricle remains small and weak, because of the lessened blood current. There is a thrill felt in mitral stenosis, ending with a short sound or snap, or some other abnormal noise, which may vary from day to day.
A PROVING OF GRAPE FRUIT. SOME time ago I had a very strong desire for grape fruit, instead of taking the usual half grape fruit at breakfast, took two whole grape fruits last thing at night with the minimum of sugar or no sugar, usually with no sugar. After a fortnight or so I began to suffer from an almost continuous headache low down at the back of the head which took various forms and is therefore difficult to describe.