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Calcarea phos [Calc-p]

      Incipient phthisis in anaemic patients, profuse sweat, especially about neck and head. To lessen the emaciation, give also cream, koumiss, small doses of cod- liver oil and carbonaceous food. Chronic coughs of consumptives. Night-sweats of phthisis with cold extremities. In diarrhoea and chronic forms with but little fever. Hoarseness, involuntary sighing, suffocating attacks. Cough with soreness and dryness of throat, dull aching in chest. Alternating or associated with anal fistulae.

Calcarea sulph [Calc-s]

      Sputa purulent; sanious, mixed with blood. In phthisical coughs with greenish yellow expectoration, rattling cough.

Kali phos [Kali-p]

      Shortness of breath on the least motion, putrid sputa.

Kali mur [Kali-m]

      Expectoration white and thick.

Natrum sulph [Nat-s]

      Hydrogenoid constitution. Phthisis mucosa. Cough with muco-purulent sputa. Lower lobe of left lung affected. All-gone feeling in chest.

Natrum mur [Nat-m]

      General malaise after the least exertion, sleepy by day, restless at night. Spasmodic periodical cough with rattling in chest and expectoration of bloody sputa, worse in the evening after lying down, congestion to head with hectic flush, chronic coryza with total loss of taste and smell. Patient always worse near the seashore. Accumulation of transparent mucus in the larynx in the morning. Empty swallowing causes cough.

Silicea [Sil]

      Profuse discharge of foetid pus – nightly paroxysms of cough with tickling in suprasternal fossa – tuberculous deposits on skin, showing themselves as lumpy tumors. Emaciation, profuse night-sweats. Terribly offensive foot-sweat. Great constipation; the rectum lacks power to expel stools, and hence it recedes after partial evacuation. Patient is always cold, especially feet. Much prostration and loose, rattling cough, with copious expectoration of thick, yellow-greenish pus. This remedy embraces most of the symptoms that belong to the phthisical dyscrasia. Consequently it is a remedy of a value for the constitutional condition in congenital or hereditary cases. Dr. Holcombe has used the 6000th potency with wonderful curative power in the last stages of phthisis.

Ferrum phos [Ferr-p]

      Breathing short, oppressed and hurried, accompanied by heat and feverishness. Hoarseness from over-straining the voice. Cough worse in open air. Haemoptysis profuse, bright-red, frothy; epistaxis. It is the remedy where, in delicate looking subjects, haemorrhage is the first symptom. Phthisis florida. “If patients take cold, become prostrated and have a blood-streaked expectoration, this remedy, even in the 300th potency, will quickly quiet the pulmonary congestion.” (F.)

“Laryngeal phthisis, arytenoid cartilages pyriform, acute dry tickling cough from laryngeal and tracheal irritation, accompanied by slight or even severe bronchial or laryngeal haemorrhages.” (Ivins).

PHTHISIS PULMONUM CASES [Phthisis pulmonum cases


Mr. T., aet. 30, of a sanguine, bilious temperament, rather dark complexion, five feet ten inches high, weight in health 166 lbs., family consumptive, two sisters and a brother having already died, leaving a brother still enjoying tolerable health. Had several haemoptyses in the summer while in the hay field, and had constantly declined from that time. Saw him the April following; he having passed through the hands of several physicians, and at that time was so low that his physician said he could not live six weeks, and such was my opinion on seeing him. there was a large cavity in the right lung at the second intercostal space at about three inches to the right of the sternum; there were heavy rales in the left bronchi, with decided indications of breaking down of the parenchymatous structure, and cavernous lesions there, also the sputa was very heavy and largely purulent; there was the odor of the cadaver already present, musty and offensive enough from septicaemic influences; he had no appetite and sat up hardly longer than to have his bed made; skin had a cold, clammy feel, and he was drenched with night sweats. Case was marked with absence of vital warmth; indeed, so forbidding was the case that I refused his brother when he asked me to visit him again in a week; he lived forty miles away. He was given a dose of Silicea 200, every other night with Sac. lac., and ordered to report by mail in a week. He had been very much harassed with his night sweats and cough, which was worse from motion. The first mail brought me the intelligence that the medicine acted like a charm and wanted more of the same kind; I sent so that he got a dose of Silicea twice a week, and so treated him till June, when he paid me a visit. Left lung appeared to be cleared up, night sweats no longer troubled him, appetite was good, he was steadily gaining in flesh and strength. Nevertheless, in the right lung there yet remained traces of the vomica, which now was much smaller and secreting only a small amount of muco-purulent matter; he was furnished additional medicine and went home, and by the middle of July was on his mowing machine. Patient was alive for four years after enjoying fine health, and I do not know but he is today; no man could be more surprised than myself at these results. Were we all deceived? Three good physicians of the leading school of medicine agreed about the diagnosis, and I don’t think there is left a possible ground for doubt. The case is exceptional, we agree; but is it not full of suggestions? (G.N.B., in Brigham’s Phthisis).

The same excellent work, on page 193, contains the record of another case of phthisis, where Kali mur. was the remedy.

Case of a lady who had been bedridden for nine months. Mrs. McH. was given up by four doctors as beyond medical treatment. The professor’s diagnosis ran thus: Both lungs diseased, especially the right lung. The heart is greatly dilated, especially the right cavity. The lung disease produced by neglected cold. When her case was brought under treatment by biochemic measures, four years ago, she was also suffering from dropsy. At the stage she came under the new treatment, it took sometimes an hour and more before she could find the right position to rest in. She would often rather spend the night on the sofa than venture to go through the fatigue of going to bed. Her cough and expectoration were very bad, breath extremely short and palpitation constant. She did not know what it was to have a good night, and rarely slept. By patiently adhering to Dr. Schussler’s remedies she recovered greatly, her lungs are wonderfully healed up, and her dilatation of heart almost removed. She now lives in comparatively fair health, so that she was able to nurse her husband during a severe illness, where night watching was necessary. To reassure all concerned, a diagnosis was made. Dr. H., a specialist, concurred in the statement that her right lung, of which a large portion is gone, is now fairly healed up, and dilatation of heart has almost entirely disappeared. (From Schussler).

Dr. Snader emphasizes the importance of Silicea in night sweats. Of sixty-two cases treated, in forty-three the perspiration was stopped, and in thirteen it was lessened. The potencies used were from the 3d to 30th, and Dr. Snader thinks that the higher potencies, as a rule, act best.

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.