CASES CURED WITH COQUELUCHIN
WHOOPING-COUGH, as every one knows, is an infectious disease. It is characterised at the outset by catarrhal symptoms which cannot be distinguished from an ordinary cold in the head. The catarrh is soon followed by a cough, at first irritating, but rapidly becoming spasmodic. When the disease is fully developed the fits of coughing fit terminating in the characteristic “whoop,” which announces that the air has at last been admitted into the lungs. There is another feature of the cough which is no less characteristic- the expectoration of a clear, glairy, tenacious mucus. This mucus contains the virus of the infection, and it is from this that the Coqueluchin of homoeopathy is prepared.
It is not my purpose now to describe whooping-cough and its dangers and possible consequences, which are numerous; but merely to give an account of a powerful remedy which may be used to meet it. As my practice is a consulting and not a general one, I do not have many opportunities of treating cases of this disease, and my experience with the remedy is not very extensive. But it will be found to be sufficiently striking.
I may state here that I have used the remedy in one preparation only-the thirtieth centesimal potency.
A maiden lady, verging on 60, of very gouty history, a governess by profession, continued her duties throughout the summer 1905 whilst her pupils were undergoing an attack of whooping-cough. She herself contracted a violent spasmodic cough, which the allopathic family doctor pronounced to be “not whooping-cough.” The family moved to their country house in Hertfordshire, and there Miss. H. came under the care of Dr. X. After due consultation, Dr. X. concurred, and found the cough “not whooping-cough.” However, the lady was too ill to leave when the term of her service came to an end; but after a time she was thought well enough to be sent to the seaside, but the cough continued as before. In London she saw a homoeopath, who thought there couldn’t be any whooping-cough in it after all that time. But the remedies he gave made no impression, and when I returned to town after the holidays she asked my opinion on the case. That was on September 28th, after she had well nigh coughed herself to pieces for three months. She looked completely broken down. Had violent fits of coughing; coughed till she retched; did not whoop, but the fits of coughing sometimes ended in a sob. I unhesitatingly pronounced the case to be one of whooping-cough, and set about to verify my diagnosis by the treatment.
The patient had allopathic cough remedies and homoeopathic cough remedies, she evidently now needed something fresh.
My prescription was- Coqueluchin 30, gl. iv. in powder of Sacch. lact. Mitte xxiv., one every four hours.
Oct. 3rd.-Cough nearly gone: what there was left of it was quite easy and no trouble. A thing to be noted was that since getting Coqueluchin she had very copious expectoration, which gave great relief. Before this she could hardly get anything up at all.
The improvement went on steadily under the same remedy, and as an old patron of hers, Lady——, wished her to take charge of her children for a time, said children having all had whooping-cough, I allowed her to do so.
All went well till the end of the month, when an epidemic of influenza broke out in the house, and claimed my patient for one of its victims. This cleared up quickly under Influenzinum 30; but the influenza, as its evil habit is to wake up the germs of any old malady that may be lurking about, aggravated the cough, which started again with some violence, each cough ending in a sob, or gasp, or sigh.