EYE DISEASES OF



Child, aet. 8, with opacity of both cornea, with fresh ulceration and some infiltration, no redness. The ulceration healed, and the infiltration speedily cleared up under Kali mur6.

An ulcer at outer edge of cornea slightly excavated, with vessels running to it, improved under this remedy rapidly.

It may be that Kali mur. will be found useful in cases of clear ulceration and absence of infiltration. It is worth a trial.

A girl had, on the lower edge of the left cornea, a little blister, from which a bundle of small veins ran. Feeling of sand in the eye. Edges of eyelids are scabby. Kali mur12. internally and externally, every six hours for three days, cured the cornea in ten days, and in three weeks the scurfiness of the eyelids, which she had had for two years, had nearly disappeared. (W. P. Wesselhoeft, M.D. From Hg).

Dr. Koch writes: An old woman came to me aet. 72. She had worn a green shade over her eyes to my recollection, since my younger days, when, as a student, I spent my holidays at Simbach with my grandparents. This person complained of a constant burning sensation in her eyes, causing a continued flow of smarting tears. This commenced at eight o’clock in the morning and lasted till sunset. During the night it was better. She had much thirst, but little appetite. Externally the conjunctiva palpebrum was in a chronic state of inflammation. On each side of the nose there were excoriation and eczema of the skin caused by the flow of acrid tears. The punctae lachrymosa were dilated; but the tear-ducts were unobstructed. I hesitated whether I should give Natrum mur. or Arsenic.; but Dr. Schussler’s special mention of Natrum mur. in regard to these excessive lachrymal secretions determined my choice, and I gave Natrum mur. in water, one teaspoonful three times a day. In three weeks the symptoms all greatly subsided, and shortly after entirely disappeared. (From Schussler).

I have hitherto only given Natrum phos. in scrofulous subjects, and only then when my old remedies, Calcarea carb., etc., failed. One case was particularly striking on account of its being cured so rapidly. In May last a little girl, aet. 8, was brought to me, who suffered from severe conjunctivitis, with great dread of light. She had been treated for some time by an ordinary practitioner, but without effect. I ascertained that her eye affection dated from the time she had had measles, some years previous. Calcarea carb. and other medicines proved ineffectual. The enlargements of the glands of the neck, and the creamy secretion of the eyelids, led me to try Natrum phos., of which I administered a dose three time daily. A week later on, and the child was brought to me, her eyes bright and perfectly cured. (From Schussler).

Louis G, aet. 19, came to my office, July 3d, 1886, by advice of his physician, Dr. Nichols, of Hoboken, N.J. The young man was of good physique and apparently perfectly healthy. He stated that his right eye had been “bloodshot” for a week, and that the vision had been steadily failing for five days. Examination of the eye showed moderate photophobia, lachrymation, conjunctival redness and ciliary injection. The cornea was very hazy, appearing like ground glass throughout its whole extent, but was not vascular; the surface was clear. The vision was reduced to counting fingers six inches from the eyes. The history of the case, though not clear, pointed toward a strumous rather than a syphilitic origin. Atrop. was instilled, and Kali mur. was given internally. Under this treatment alone he steadily and rapidly improved until he was discharged, August 19th, with vision 15/40. On December 27th he was again seen, when the vision in the right eye was found to be perfect (15/15). But the disease was making its appearance in the left eye, as evidenced by moderate inflammatory symptoms and cornea hazy at the outer edge. L.V. 15/30. The same treatment was prescribed which had been so successfully employed before, but for two weeks the cornea gradually grew more opaque, the redness increased, the pain became more marked as if there were something in the eye, the photophobia and lachrymation became excessive, and the vision decreased to counting fingers at six inches. Rhus tox. 6x was then alternated with Kali mur. 6x when the sthenic type of the disease soon changed, and the inflammatory symptoms rapidly abated, after which, under Kali mur. alone, the improvement continued so long that in eight weeks his vision was 15/40, and later became perfect.

William Boericke
William Boericke, M.D., was born in Austria, in 1849. He graduated from Hahnemann Medical College in 1880 and was later co-owner of the renowned homeopathic pharmaceutical firm of Boericke & Tafel, in Philadelphia. Dr. Boericke was one of the incorporators of the Hahnemann College of San Francisco, and served as professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics. He was a member of the California State Homeopathic Society, and of the American Institute of Homeopathy. He was also the founder of the California Homeopath, which he established in 1882. Dr. Boericke was one of the board of trustees of Hahnemann Hospital College. He authored the well known Pocket Manual of Materia Medica.
W.A. Dewey
Dewey, Willis A. (Willis Alonzo), 1858-1938.
Professor of Materia Medica in the University of Michigan Homeopathic Medical College. Member of American Institute of Homeopathy. In addition to his editoral work he authored or collaborated on: Boericke and Dewey's Twelve Tissue Remedies, Essentials of Homeopathic Materia Medica, Essentials of Homeopathic Therapeutics and Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics.