MIRACLE CURES OF AN EYE EAR NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALIST. Psorinum as a remedy for neuritis is not so far fetched when we consider the fact that neuritis is frequently of focal infection origin in which the infecting micro-organism is the staphylococcus which happens to be also the particular germ common to all original stocks from which Psorinum is prepared.

EVERYONE can recall instances where the results obtained from the administration of drugs, homoeopathically prescribed, have approached the miraculous. My experience in this direction forces me to accept as truth those experiences cited by others which match up with my own, even though at times they may appear ridiculous to the uninitiated. I wish to report some outstanding cases selected from a large assortment.

During the summer of 1893 I had occasion to prescribe Sulphur 30x for an infant suffering from bowel inflammation, so common in those days. The particular symptoms which led to the prescribing of Sulphur were the excoriating stools, sore anus and rhagades in the creases about the buttocks. Amazing as it may seem, this triad of symptoms was decidedly improved within twenty-four hours and disappeared entirely within two days. Sulphur was prescribed in the 30x because no other potency was available.

The thirtieth potency of any substances is so dilute that it cannot be detected physically, chemically, spectroscopically, or any other way. On the other hand, neither is it conceivable that faith working directly on the child, or indirectly through the mother in a bottle-fed baby, is capable of working such a result. If faith was a factor then any other medicine should work just as satisfactorily and as frequently as the one prescribed homoeopathically. That it does not, rules out faith altogether.

A year later I was called to see a frail, weakly, inanimate, anaemic looking woman, forty-five years of age, suffering from copious bleeding from the sex organs. She had become so invalided from years of continuous loss of blood as to confine her to the bed and a chair near the bed. The parents had a trap door made in the bedroom through which to lower her down to the dining room once a year for Christmas dinner. She had been visited regularly by my predecessor twice a week and he was frequently called in between times. A cousin of the patient, a renowned gynecologist, was the consultant who directed the treatment.

Because of her timid nature I was disallowed the opportunity of making a physical examination and was compelled to rely entirely upon internal medication. After a few months of failure at prescribing, I began seriously to look up a remedy. Although I prescribed Ferrum on the totality of symptoms, there was one outstanding symptom, “flushing of the face from the least emotion,” that first led me to think of this remedy. It was prescribed in the 12x. It was not the potency of choice, but it happened to be the only one in stock at the time. The improvement was so prompt and recovery so complete that the patient was able to go down stairs within a week and inside of thirty days was able to do regular housework on a farm.

The second winter in general practice brought the following experience that indelibly impressed itself upon my mind. The case was that of a seventy-eight year old female patient, suffering from pneumonia. She looked withered up, feeble, pale, and was extremely short of breath, she did not “look good” for many hours more. It is difficult without the records (long since turned over to someone else) to recall all the details. However, there was one outstanding symptom told by the nurse in charge and that was, the patient was constantly “slipping down toward the foot of the bed.”

This symptom suggested Natrum muriaticum, which was supported by the other symptoms. Accordingly, it was prescribed in the 30x, the only potency at hand. Within a few hours there was a marked turn for the better and by the next day it would almost strain ones credulity to believe that it was the same patient, so pronounced was the improvement. She continued to live for many years and was fond of telling her friends of how “close a call” she had, with the usual embellishments that only a grateful patient can add.

A case that deserves a place in this limited group is one of arsenical poisoning. The patient, H. W., was a laboratory worker at the Zoological Department of the University of Pennsylvania, who did considerable taxidermy on the side, which brought him in contact with white arsenic. He eventually developed arsenical poisoning to a marked degree. After several months of severe suffering and fruitless efforts to get well, I was called in, not so much as a physician, but as a friend to console a hopeless individual. When seen in bed he was on the verge of suicide. After a good deal of persuasion, lasting two hours, he was soothed into allowing me time enough to figure out a remedy, which I promised to bring the next day. In the meantime he was given a Placebo.

George W. Mackenzie