Neither the type, time, chill nor any stage of the paroxysm of Benzinum is marked or peculiar, there is chill of single parts, but the heat is often wanting.
Like Petroleum and its products, Benzinum has both profuse and partial sweat, Sweat of single parts is very characteristic.
Chill: Of single parts, from extremities of fingers and toes to chest, head and vertex.
Sweat: At night, copious, general, warm and very exhausting (Cinnab.), followed toward morning by perspiration only on the breast, in the axillae and on the side not lain upon (Sanicula-Rev. of Aconite, Bryonia, Nit.ac.).
Analysis: The profuse sweat of single parts, especially the side not laid upon, is very guiding.
DEAR DR. ALLEN:
I have your first edition, and have been able to do some good work in consequence. One symptom under Benzinum helped me to relieve a poor fellow who had been annoyed by one-sided sweating for several months, and I had searched in vain for the remedy that had that particular symptom: “Sweat on the side of the body not lain upon.”
I had tried every remedy in the Materia Medica for “partial sweat,” without any relief. In looking over your book one day. I accidentally stumbled upon Bensine, and behold! my long-looked for symptom and remedy, and it was marvellous how quickly my patient was cured of his discomfort. ST.CLAIR SMITH.