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Ferrum phos [Ferr-p]

      Simple cases of scarlet fever. (In alternation with Kali mur).

Kali mur [Kali-m]

      Often suffices in mild cases with Ferrum phos., brings rash out and prevents sequelae. Dr. P.D. Peltier believes this remedy with Ferrum phos. excels Belladonna in its curative action, and is also as efficacious as a prophylactic. Lymphatic enlargements, etc.

Kali sulph [Kali-s]

      Desquamation, skin peels off, it assists desquamation and formation of the new skin, also for the development of the rash. Discharges of foul, offensive ichorous pus from ears, foetid discharges from all mucous surfaces.

Kali phos [Kali-p]

      Post-scarlatinal dropsy.

Natrum mur [Nat-m]

      Drowsiness, twitching and vomiting of watery fluids.

Silicea [Sil]

      Scrofulosis, glands swollen and threaten to suppurate, boils, abscesses, subsequent induration of glands from tardy reconvalescence.

Natrum sulph [Nat-s]

      Rash rough and pimply, rising of mucus in the throat.

SCARLATINA CASES [Scarlatina cases]

      A.S., the child of a post official visiting here, was taken ill with an attack of very slight scarlatina. The rash had disappeared after scarcely twenty-four hours. The throat symptoms, at first threatening to be severe, disappeared in three or four days. On the seventh day almost complete retention of urine set in, as in twenty-four hours only a very small quantity was passed, although the child drank a good deal. The urine contained some albumen, the feet were swollen, the abdomen very much distended. As the child was all time in high fever, and at night delirious, I advised the parents on my visit on the morning of the eighth day to consult a second physician. Dr. Gerster, who was called in to consult with me, agreed completely with my diagnosis. When I told him that I had not had any results from any of the medicines, such as Bellad., Canthar. and Arsenic., we agreed to give Kali mur., every two hours a small powder. In the evening the little one was already better. She has passed a tolerable quantity of urine free from albumen, the pulse steadier, the skin moist. The following night the little girl slept quietly for several hours. In the morning almost free from fever, and could be considered convalescent. We continued the use of Kali mur., and a few days after she was able to return home perfectly well. (From Schussler).

Dr. Holbrook reports a case of scarlatina (Southern Journal of Homoeopathy treated with Kali mur. 200 alone making a good recovery, and, given to the rest of the children in the home, prevented their having it, though with the sick one nearly constantly.

“A few days ago,” writes the pastor in W —, “two of my children had the scarlatina, one of them being complicated with diphtheria. The allopathic physician pronounced the latter case hopeless. That which most frightened me was the complete insomnia day and night. The convulsions and typhoid symptoms did not yield to any remedy. I employed several remedies without result. At last, in looking over Schussler’s work, I found that Natrum mur. was the remedy indicated. I at once made use of it, but with little confidence. However, the result was striking; after the first dose the child had a peaceful sleep, and slept quietly all night. I continued the remedy, and my child, declared hopeless, was cured in a few days.” (Jour. Pop. De Hom).

Several cases of scarlatina this winter did not do well under the usual remedies but were speedily relieved and cured by Natrum sulph. The rash instead of being smooth was rough and pimply, and in some cases rising of mucus in the throat. (E.H.H).

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.