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Fragmentary Provings of Drugs in various Potencies conducted during the year 1862* By H. W. Robinson, B.A., L.R.C.S., Formerly on the Medical Staff of the London Homoeopathic Hospital.

Aeonite.

In a young female, fr. gl. -j\ (L. & R.) at a single dose, in a wine-glass of water, and allowed to act. After a few days: Much lowness and depression of spirits (c.); disposition to weep (c.); great excitement and restlessness at night (c.); both her eyes became very bloodshot (c). This experimenter could almost always tell when Aconite was given to her, so highly susceptible was she to its influence.

In a middle-aged female, fr. gl. J% (L. & R.) in 8 oz. water, w. the addition of a few drops of spirits of wine, a dessert-spoonful every half hour for three doses. Shortly after: She felt quite ^drowsy (c.); she feels herself sleeping, while still awake (c.); extremely prostrated, and as if beaten all over (c.). This experimenter was also very sensitive to the action of this medicine, and recognised at once that Aeonite had been given to her.

Dulcamara.

In a young female, fr. gl. ^ (L. & R.) at a single dose, in a wine-glass of water. After a few hours: Vertigo; she staggers and reels (c.); nausea, w. inability to bring up anything (c.); sharp shooting pains in I. toes and thumb (c.); fearfully confused dreams.

* Explanation of Abbreviations, $,c.—(L. & E.), medicines prepared by Leath and Eoss. (E.), medicines prepared by Mr. James Epps. (aft.), after. (c), confirmatory symptom. (The absence of (c.) after a sy. indicates that its authenticity has not been determined.) (1.), left, (r.), right, (fr.), from, (w.), with, (gl.), globules, (tr.), tincture, (gtt.), drop or drops, (pil.), pilule, (after $ h.), after half an hour, (grs.), grains, (trit.), trituration, (m.), much. (sec. eff.), secondary effect, (alt. eff.), alternate effect, (im. eff.), immediate effect.

VOL. XXIV, NO. XCVII.— JULY, 1866. L L

She has to get up at night and walk about the room; sinking sensation all over; she fancied she would sink through the bed (c.). In the same, fr. gl. -ttsvo"* (E.) in 8 oz. water as before, a teaspoonful night and morning. After three days: Bursting pains extending fr. the forehead to the bridge of the nose (c.); sensation of pain in all her limbs (c.).

Graphites.

In a young female, fr. gl. T^5 (L. & R.), in 8 oz. water as before, a dessert-spoonful every second morning. After five or six days: A sound in the vertex, like the ticking of a watch (c.); lumpy patches on vertex, red and painful (c.); nightly toothache, tearing pain in the teeth, warm food increases the pain (c.); feeling as of a plug in the throat, at times much difficulty of swallotoing (c.); hot things disagree with her stomach (c.); r. upper arm sore, tender and swollen (c.) ; legs and feet unusually heavy; they swell much; she thought her feet must burst; ankles and feet much puffed, looking as though she had walked many miles (c.); sometimes her feet are icy cold, again quite burning (c.); at night she perspires much, a very sour and offensive sweat (c.).

[At this period (1862), soon after my first introduction to the new system of medicine, not being sufficiently familiar with the right method of drug-proving, I omitted to direct the prover's attention to the observance of the exact order and succession of the symptoms, a matter which, if not of extreme importance, is unquestionably one of much scientific interest.—H. W. E.]

Hepar.

In a young male, fr. gtt. £, at a single dose, in a wine-glass of water. After half an hour: Severe stitches in occiput and in both temples, as if a plug or nail was being driven in (c.).

In a young male, fr. gtt. .£$ (L. & R.), night and morning. Aft. sev. days: All his teeth feel loose, and the gums tender (c.); dry cough, w. tightness of chest and sore throat (c.); excessive shivering, followed by feverishness (c.).

In a young female, fr. gl. -^js (E.), in 8 oz. water as before; a teaspoonful four times a day. Aft. three days: Sensation as of drops of hot water in I. chest (c).

* These high potencies were obtained from Dr. Rentsch, of Wismar, and are said to be the celebrated preparations of Jenichen, but it is extremely doubtful if the numbers attached to them indicate their degree of dilution; or rather it is pretty certain that they only refer to the number of succussiom they received, 100 succussions counting as one degree of potency.

In a young female, fr. gl. jj^ (L. & R.), in 8 oz. water as before. A dessert-spoonful each morning: Constant sense of heartburn (c).

Ipecacuanha.

In a middle-aged male, fr. gtt. $, three times a day. Aft. seven or eight days: His appearance became quite yellow (c.); urine became bloody (c.); pains shooting as it .were from r. kidney down the thigh of same side to the knee-joint, like cramp (c.); chilly, feverish and thirsty (c.).

Kali Carb.

In a middle-aged male, fr. gtt. -fe (L. & R.), three times a day. After five or six days: Scraping sensation in the throat, it feels dry, parched and rough (c.); he felt as if there was no air in his chest, and he could not breathe (c.); violent throbbing and palpitation of the heart on the least exertion (c).

Lachesis.

In a middle-aged male, fr. a drop of the 6th potency, a sixth part four times a day. After six or seven days: Erysipelatous swelling of the face, the r. eye is almost closed up (c.).

In a middle-aged female, fr. gl. -$\-q (L. & R.), in 8 oz. of water as before, a dessert-spoonful every third morning. After two doses: intolerable colic (c.); a feeling as of incarcerated flatus (c.); excessive griping, as though about to have diarrhoea (c.).

In a middle-aged female, fr. pil. Js (L. & R.), night and morn-" ing. After three days, agonizing cutting pain in r. side of abdomen, throwing her into fainting attacks (c.); painful distension of the abdomen (c.); sensation of incarcerated flatus (c.); urging to urinate, but inability to do so, except at long intervals (c.); desperate fits of suffocation; she must sit up in bed (c.); icy coldness of the feet (c.).

Lycopodium.

In a young female fr. gl. -^os C&)> in 8 oz. water as before. A teaspoonful every third morning: her temper became very m. affected, at one time she was excessively merry, and laughed at the simplest things; again, she was melancholy and low-spiritti (c.) ; great loss of memory; she talked confusedly; her friends laughed at her and could not understand her altered manner; she was quite unable to write; having written a letter she burnt it because she could not read it (c.); scalp became exceedingly scurfy (c.); dazzling mist before her eyes (c.); profuse and fluent coryza (c.); looseness of the front teeth,thej feel as if too long and are painful on chewing (c.) ; soreness of the throat, to. difficulty of swallowing (c.); sour dry taste; on taking anything to moisten her mouth, it leaves a clammy taste (c.); pressure at stomach, as though she had eaten too much (c.); dryness in the windpipe, w. hoarseness. At first she had a peculiar dry cough at night, which was afterwards followed by a sensation as if she had too much phlegm in the chest, and lastly a thick yellow expectoration (c.); axillary glands m. swollen; bruised aching pains in both shoulders, worse when at rest (c.); her feet felt as if dead or asleep (c.); dreadful horrid dreams (c.).

Note.—The order and succession of the above symptoms were unfortunately not observed.

In a middle-aged male, fr. gtt. -fa (L. & E.), three times a day. After several days, dryness of the mouth (c.); aching pains in the bowels, w. cold shivers; acute griping pains, more confined to I. hypochondrium (c.); urging to urinate, but inability to do so, w. constant bearing-down feeling (c.).

In a middle-aged male, fr. gtt. -fa (L. & E.), three times a day. After three days: constant but ineffectual urging to stool (c.); he cannot bear to sit down, so painful are the protruded varices (a); continual burning pain in the rectum (c.); hard stools (c).

Mercurius Sol.

In a middle-aged female, fr. gl. -fa (L. & E.), in 8 oz. water as before. A dessertspoonful every third morning: Irritability and ill humour (c.); diarrhoea, w. m. wretchedness and dejection of spirits (c.); pain in the sinews of I. thigh, which are sore to the touch (c.); feverishness, w. considerable chilliness (c.); hard glandular swelling in upper pt. of I. thigh, which afterwards suppurated (c.); itching pimples and watery vesicles over the arms and different parts of the body.

In a young female, fr. gl. ^fa (L. & E.), in 8 oz. water, as before. A dessertspoonful every second morning: her head feels hound round as to. a cord (c.); it feels keavy and swollen (c.); her eyes are hot, a kind of dry heat (c.); shooting diarrhmic feeling in lower bowels (c).

In a young female, fr. gl. Jj (L. & 31.), in 8 oz. water, as before. A dessertspoonful every third morning. After two doses: profuse bleeding fr. the nose (c.); painful inflation of abdomen; rumbling sensation in the bowels (c.); involuntary twitching and a kind of spasmodic adduction of legs and thighs (c.).

In a young female, fr. a drop of the 5th potency, a sixth part four times a day. After five to six days: chilliness while at stool, ceasing after the evacuation (c.); discharge of clotted blood mixed with the feces, but without any straining (c.); dry sore throat and wheezing at the chest (c.); peculiar sour-smelling sweat; her fingers became all shrivelled, and a cold damp bedewed her feet (c.).

In a middle-aged female, fr. gl. -fa (L. & E.), in 8 oz. water, as before. A dessertspoonful every two hours. 'After several doses: intolerable itching all over the body, afterwards assuming the appearance of nettle-rash (c).

Merourius Bin.

In a young female fr. grs. 57, three times a day. After four days: intense shivering, followed by feverishness (c.); pain on pressure at epigastrium (c.); painful swelling of tonsils, and submaxillary glands (c.); distension of abdomen about the navel, w. pain at that part on pressure (c.); loud and bitter belohings (c.); hot perspiration (c.); nausea, while passing a diarrhceic stool (c.); frightful dreams (c.); aching pains fr. hips to ankles, as though she had walked many miles, felt more particularly in the bones (c); catching pain under r. breast oppressing the breathing (c.); urine thick and dark, on being passed (c.) ; frequent desire to urinate; she cannot hold her water for a moment (c.); bitterness of taste (e.) ; profuse flow of saliva, and achiug pains in teeth of lower jaw (c.); swelling; hot and inflamed state of r. side of nose, w. coryza (c.) ; sensation in frontal region, as if her head was bound round w. a tight cord (c.) ; pains in the bones of the head, chiefly the occipital (c.); low-spirited, and disposed to cry (c.); excessive giddiness, everything seems to reel round her (c).

Note.—The above symptoms were registered in the exact order of their occurrence.

(To be continued.)

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