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The patient continued to cough and expectorate mucus, somewhat frothy and white, without further mitigation. Lycopodium was substituted for the Bryonia, a dose three times a day. After four days the expectoration changed to a thick yellow sputum, while the cough, not painful, continued, and evinced no signs of disappearing. Stannum 30th was substituted for the Lycopodium, and a drop to a dessert-spoonful of water was given half an hour before each meal. The cough became better under the use of this remedy, but there was a tendency to chilliness, and fever, and night sweats, for which Carbo vegetabilis was prescribed, and to be administered in the same form as directed for Stannum. The patient found great relief from this remedy, and seemed to be rapidly improving, until a fresh cold aggravated the cough to a degree that brought on haemorrhage, from the rupture of a small vessel, and for this Hamamelis Virginica was prescribed with salutary effects; the hemorrhage ceased, the abrasion healed, and the consequent soreness was no longer felt. There was a gradual improvement from this time, and recovery was the result.—Dr. A. E. Small, United States Medical and Surgical Journal, January, 1874.
Cancer of the JRectum.
Mrs. G—, of Franklin, N. H., aged thirty-one, married, of nervo-bilious temperament, having formerly enjoyed good health, and belonging to a family free from scrofulous and hereditary diseases, became ill in March, 1873. The symptoms at first were pain in the stomach and lowei portion of the abdomen, with obstinate nausea and considerable thirst. There was also present a constipated condition, and in one instance the patient fainted while at stool foom the severity of the pain during evacuation. An allopathic physician was called, and under his treatment the pain and nausea subsided at the end of a week, and the patient was comparatively comfortable for a fortnight, when they returned worse than ever, salivation being added to the list, and for two months the most "heroic " treatment failed to give relief. The pain again ceased for a short time, the salivary discharge continuing, and decided symptoms of debility presenting themselves. Again the pain and nausea appeared, which resisted treatment; emaciation rapidly progressed, the strength failed greatly, the patient becoming so weak as to require to be moved in bed by assistants, in the most careful manner. Meanwhile the bowels had become more regular, but thirst continued uninterruptedly.
Up to this time she had been treated by several allopathic physicians, the treatment largely consisting of cathartic and narcotic medicines, and the diagnosis being intrauterine abscess, the regular attendant regaling the family each day with a minute description of the size the abscess had attained, and the probable quantity it would discharge when it burst. Among those who were called to the case was a professor of surgery in two different "regular" schools, and he agreed with both the diagnosis and treatment of the other physicians.
Falling to find relief from the means employed, the patient at this time (August 14th) came under the care of Dr. E. L. Styles, a homoeopathic physician of Hartford, Vt. The symptoms present were those above enumerated,—prostration, emaciation, thirst, distress and pain in lower portion of abdomen, nausea, profuse salivation, &c. The latter symptom, which was very troublesome, yielded promptly to Lobelia. During his first visit, Dr. S. examined the patient with a speculum, and failed to find any evidence of uterine disease, and hence the presumption was that the seat of trouble must be in the bowels. Arsenicum and Nux vomica were prescribed, and in four days' time the patient was again visited by Dr. Styles, and, while in the house, a profuse discharge of blood occurred, patient sinking at the time to the point of syncope, and grave doubts being felt as to her ability to rally. The haemorrhage was very profuse,—about three quarts, with shreds and pieces of flesh-like material interspersed.
Being summoned by telegraph, I visited the patient in consultation, and after examining the vessel my decided impression was that a miscarriage had occurred at some former time, and the placenta had now been expelled. A vaginal examination showed this opinion to be erroneous, when a digital exploration of the rectum revealed a ragged mass, some three or four inches above the anus, at least half as large as a hen's egg, quite sensitive to the touch, and from which the haemorrhage had evidently proceeded, the profuse discharge having been checked by the administration of China, and the use of an injection of Hamamelis, directed by Dr. S. before my arrival. Bealising the importance of a correct diagnosis, some of the fibres were collected and safely enclosed in a bottle for future examination, and the patient was left with Arsenicum 3 and China 3 in alternation every half hour until improvement manifested itself, the interval between the doses to be then increased, and the injections of Hamamelis to be continued. A microscopic examination of the shreds showed very plainly the true cancer cells, and also the hair-like appearances noticeable in some cases, and the conclusion was that we had a fibro-cellular cancer of the rectum to deal with. To avoid any possible mistake, fibres were sent to two other physicians (one of them a brother of the professor who had seen the patient), and after careful microscopic examinations they both pronounced the case to be cancer. The case was now left in the hands of Dr., Styles, my opinion being unhesitatingly given that the patient could not possibly recover; and, from Dr. S.'s note-book, I will give the subsequent treatment, and the result.
The Arsenicum and China were continued for one week, an occasional intercurrent dose of Carbo veg. 3 being administered, and under this treatment the patient gradually improved, having but one subsequent hemorrhage, and that but slight. Ordphites 6 was next prescribed, three powders daily (the Hamamelis injections being continued), and one powder per day of Lachesis 12 was also administered.
Improvement continued under this treatment for about two weeks, when the patient seemed to come to a stand-still, but was well enough to be removed to her father's home in Quechee, Vt., a distance of over forty miles, her former allopathic attendants, however, freely expressing the opinion that she would not return alive. A powder of Sulphur 200 was next given, and Iodine of Arsenic 3 prescribed, three powders daily. This treatment was continued for three weeks, with an occasional dose of Sulphur 200, after which Phosphoric acid 3 was administered twice per day for a fortnight, when the patient was sufficiently well to return to her home on the 12th day of October, two months after she adopted homoeopathic treatment. At this time she was well enough to do light house-work, and has continued to steadily improve, without medicine, being now aparently in her usual health. On the 1st of October an examination showed that the cancerous mass had been completely absorbed, a slight induration only remaining, and from present indications the disease is entirely cured.—Dr. Gallingeb, New England Med. Qaz., Feb. 18th, 1874.
De. Bebnhabd Hieschel, of Dresden. At the age of fifty-nine Dr. Hirschel, the learned editor of the Neue Zeitschrift fur Homoop. Klinih, died most unexpectedly of strangulated hernia on the 15th of January. He was the author of numerous works on homoeopathy and other subjects, and will make a blank in the ranks of German homoeopathists that will not easily be filled up. The journal he edited so long and so ably will be continued under the editorship of his nephew, Dr. Edmund Lewi.
Dr. Edwaed Acwoeth. We regret to have to announce the death of our colleague Dr. Acworth, which took place at his-residence at Hay ward's Heath on the 17th March, after a short illness, at the age of sixty-four. Though we differed from the deceased on some subjects, which will be fresh in the remembrance of our readers, we have always been ready to acknowledge the charm of his literary style, and to regret that these differences should have lost to our pages a continuation of those brilliant articles on homoeopathic subjects, many of which are to be found in our earlier volumes.
British Homoeopathic Congress.
The Congress for this year is fixed to take place in the large board-room of the London Homoeopathic Hospital, Great Ormond Street, on Thursday, the 4th June. The Congress will open at half-past 10 o'clock, and in order to accommodate provincial members arriving by early train, the President will not commence his address till 11 o'clock. Various papers of interest have been offered, and those selected by the Committee will probably be announced in the Monthly Homoeopathic Review of May. It is hoped that the Congress will be well attended, and that many of our foreign colleagues will honour it with their presence. The members of Congress will dine together the same day at "The Pall Mall," in "Waterloo Place.
Bonninghausen's Homoeopathic Therapeia of Intermittent and other Fevers. Translated with the addition of new remedies by A. Kobndoebpeb, M.D. Boericke and Tafel, New York and Philadelphia, 1873. 8vo, pp. 223.
0. Hering's Materia Medica, with a Pathological Index, vol. i. Boericke and Tafel, New York, 1873.
Petition to His Excellency John A. Dix, Governor of the State of New York, and the Honorable the Members of the Senate.
A Memorial of David James, M.D.
Is it the Tendency of Homoeopathic Treatment to lengthen Human Life? Experience of the Atlantic Mutual Life Assurance Company.
Birmingham Hospital Report for 1873.
Apoplexy not a Disease, by Ed. A. Murphy, M.D., Cleveland.
Notes on Electro-Surgery, by Ed. A. Murphy, M.D., Chicago, 1874.
The Hot Springs of Wisbaden. By Dr. W. Magdeburg.
The Dublin Journal of Medical Science.
The New Zealand Homoeopathic Gazette.
The Monthly Homoeopathic Review.
The Hahnemannian Monthly.
The American Homoeopathic Observer.
The Western Homoeopathic Observer.
The Chicago Medical Investigator.
The North American Journal of Homoeopathy.
United States Medical and Surgical Journal.
The Western Homoeopathic Observer.
The New England Medical Gazette.
The American Journal of Homoeopathic Materia Medica.
El Criterio Medico.
The Calcutta Journal of Medicine.
The Food Journal.
The Chemist and Druggist.
The New York Journal of Homoeopathy.
The Medical Union.
Compendia di Materia Medica Pura. Par Dr. B. Dade A.