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prescriber, had undoubtedly given him every drug which could possibly be indicated by the character and conditions of the stools. It was evident, however, that no curative effect could be expected from the remedies usually resorted to in chronic diarrhoea, for none of them corresponded to the italicised concomitant symptoms which were characteristic of this case. These were accurately covered by Berberis; and although neither the provings nor clinical experience would lead us to think highly of this drug in diseases of the bowels, the resemblance was so close in other respects that I did not hesitate to prescribe it. Berberis 2C was given, with directions to take a dose night and morning, and to omit the medicine as soon as there was decided improvement.
Two months later the patient reported that all the symptoms disappeared within a week, and that he had been perfectly well ever since.
Dr. W. M. Haines reports two cures of recurrent neuralgia with K. bich. Sx. In either case the pain occupied a small spot over the inner angle of the right eye, and lasted daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., being worst at noon.
April.—Dr. McClatchey (whose death we have since had to lament) states that he has been very successful in the treatment of intermittent fever. He has followed the precepts of Hahnemann, individualising each case, and prescribing for the totality of the symptoms with due regard to their hierarchical relations; and the result is that he, has in most cases been led to Quinine. This conclusion though quite in accordance with Hahnemann's own precepts, is so unwelcome to the so-called "Hahnemannians," that they have raised loud outcries against its promulgator. It is quite evident that they prefer prescribing from "keynotes." Dr. Farrington gives the following interesting bit of history :—" When Bonninghausen's Pocket Book was being written, Dr. Hering urged its author to state just what symptoms or groups of symptoms were affected by a given condition. For instance, instead of writing "worse from motion—Bryonia," Dr. Hering desired that it should be stated what symptoms were worse from motion. But Bonninghausen refused to comply with this request, reasonable as it was, so his book is crippled, and we have lost, probably irreparably, the particulars of his vast clinical work."
May.—At a meeting of the Philadelphia County Homoeopathic Society, Dr. Mohr read extracts from a letter received from Dr. S. A. Jones, who is proving Lappa major [Arctium Lappa). He says, "I have made some remarkable cures of prolapsus uteri with it, no mechanical aids being used. ... Of course, without provings one has not clear indications for it, but here are some clinical facts. The greater the relaxation of the tissues, the more atonic the condition, the better Lappa is suggested. If the uterus feels sore—an exquisite soreness, not acute pain; or if either ovary, but notably the right, is sore; if the urine is somewhat abundant aud alkaline (it must be neutral or alkaline in Lappa conditions), and if it contain amorphous phosphates, then Lappa is as well indicated as it can be without provings." The following bit of statistics from Dr. H. F. Biggar, is worth preserving: "For the eleven years I was surgeon-in-charge of the Cleveland Workhouse, 11,789 patients were treated and there were 35 deaths. A comparison with the best mortality reports of other workhouses gives this institution a rate of mortality 36 per cent. better than the Detroit Workhouse and 57 per cent. better than the Alleghany, and 450 per cent. better than the Ohio penitentiary."
July.—Dr. Winslow communicates the results of a microscopic examination of the triturations of Lycopodium, prepared iu divers plans. On Hahnemann's the 1st trit. showed 465 spores out of 500 unbroken; on Gruner's the lx showed 490; on Boericke and Tafel's, where the crude substance is first treated by itself for an hour, the 2x showed 420. At the best, therefore, this process does not make active more than 10 per cent. of the whole mass. At its annual meeting in 1882, the American Institute adopted, with but one dissenting vote, the following excellent resolution :—" That it is the sense of the American Institute of Homoeopathy that no physician can properly sustain the responsibilities or fulfil all the duties of his professional relations, unless he enjoys absolute freedom of medical opinion, and unrestricted liberty of professional action, as provided for in the Code of Ethics of this Institute."
August.—Apropos of Lappa, Dr. Hale reminds us that the old herbals assert that by the burdock "you may draw the womb which way you please." They applied it externally, but the analogy of the horse-chestnut suggests that absorption and specific action occurred.
September.—A pathogenesis of Magnolia grandiflora, by Dr. Talavera, of Mexico, is given here. It is unfortunately presented in schema only. Dr. F. P. Laird communicates a strking cure of a tic douloureux, caused by cutting off a pimple while shaving, the scar being visible. Spigelia, to which the symptoms pointed, gave great but only temporary relief; Hypericum (15x and 2x), given on the causal indication, cured speedily and permanently. Dr. Jones returns to Lappa, aud shows that its uterine virtues were known to all the old herbalists. Dr. Winslow makes, both here and in the July No., some curious statements about our medical position in England. "The licentiate," he writes, "must call in a physician in grave cases; the licentiate and physician must both call a surgeon for surgical operations; the surgeon must in turn call upon the physician in non-surgical cases. Such is the law, and in that country laws are generally enforced." A New York journal having exposed what it calls "Dr. Winslow's Error," its author returns to the charge. He admits his "slip" as to the surgeon (unless he be a pure one) being bound to call in a physician; but repeats his former mistake as to there being any law requiring surgeons to be called in for operations; and adds another, in supposing that the examination of the Apothecaries' Society is merely that which qualifies druggists! A tincture of Avena saliva (the common oat) is reported as effective in breaking the opium habit.
October.—Dr. McCourt testifies to unfailing success with Gnaphalium in sciatica. He gives the lx dilution. The following is from an editorial: "Let us fully understand the attitude of our opponent. She denounces physicians 1 whose practice is based upon an exclusive dogma' "—the'
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allusion is to the Code of Ethics of the American Medical Association—" and this without any regard to the truth or falsity of the 'dogma.' If, now, some medical Newton should arise among allopaths and demonstrate to them some principle by which they could always decide upon the best line of treatment for each case of disease, not one of these allopaths would dare to employ that principle, because their code expressly forbids it. If homoeopathy is exclusive, what shall we say of this?
"Thus the allopathicschool, while professing—and honestly professing—to hope for the speedy establishment of medical art upon a scientific basis, actually forbids its members to select remedies upon any scientific, i.e. general, principle. It reminds one of the ancient Jews, who, while anxiously waiting and longing and praying for the coming of their Messianic Deliverer, yet kept upon their statutebooks a law requiring the death of that Deliverer whenever he should appear among them."
November.—If Dr. Garrod were a reader of the Hahnemannian, he would be amused to learn that it was as far back as 1798 that he discovered excess of uric acid in the blood in connection with the gouty paroxysm. Dr. W. T. Laird accounts Berberis, Cantharis, Lycopodium and Sepia the essential remedies for lithsemia, but ranks Cantharis highest.
December.—Dr. Clarence Bartlett states that his treatment of chronic suppurative otitis was anything but satisfactory until he began to pack the ears with dry finelypowdered boracic acid, but that with this it is brilliantly successful. Dr. Jones, again writing about Lappa, advises the tincture to be made from the seeds.
January, 1883.—Dr. B. F. Bailey, himself a sufferer from hay-fever, sends an account of his experience in its treatment. He finds Sticta (lx) the best remedy, and Sanffuinaria very useful for the troublesome cough. The secession of two quondam homceopathists is announced—Dr. Samuel Potter, of whom our readers have heard, and Dr. . Liliencranz, of California. Adding to these Dr. Peters, American Homoeopathy thus counts three renegades during
the fifty-eight years of its existence, during which time its adherents have grown from 1 to 7000. "Thus," says the Hahnemannian, "the ancient prophecies which foretold the dissolution of homoeopathy are being rapidly fulfilled."
February.—Dr. F. F. Laird, who is becoming quite a prolific writer, gives a good study, after Dunham's manner, of Hydrastis. The late Dr. McClatchey (whose loss we sincerely deplore) slates that long before the appearance of Dr. Gowers' observations as to the production of psoriasis by Borax, he had been in the habit of treating this disorder with it, generally in the 6th dilution, and with most satisfactory results. We learn that Messrs. Boericke and Tafel have now dissolved partnership; the former devoting himself entirely to publishing and the latter to pharmacy.
March.—A first proving of Lappa appears here, made by Dr. R. P. Mercer on himself with the <p. Rheumatoid pains mainly were developed, and he states that he has verified his symptoms clinically.
April.—Dr. McGeorge has here a good clinical study of Cantharis. Among other cases, he relates one of acute parenchymatous nephritis, in which he refrained from this medicine because of the absence of bladder symptoms, but at last, giving it, found it work most effectually. When will homoeopathists learn that though the drug should have the totality of the symptoms of the disease, it is quite unnecessary that the disease should have the totality of the symptoms of the drug? Dr. van Densen relates a case in which repeatedly after the administration of Iron, in doses of five to seven drops of the tincture of the chloride, the patient had severe sharp pains in the heart, in short paroxysms, with a "smothering" sensation; the pulse being 120, weak and irregular. Dr. Houghton confirms Dr. Bartlett's experience with Boracic acid in chronic suppurative otitis, but prefers introducing it by insufflation, using a 75-per-cent. trituration.
May.—Dr. T. Pratt records a case in which a tapeworm was expelled, head and all, after three days of Santonine lx, gr. v. ter die.
New England Medical Gazette.—With the commencement