Dr. E. R. Corson writes upon the recent epidemic of Dengue in Savannah, and gives cases treated with Acon., Ars., Bell., Gels., Nux v., Hellebore, China, Ipecac., Mere.-sol., Sulph. ac. and hot Pediluvia. The specific indications in each case are not given; only a few obscure generalities are collected at the end of the article. Moreover, the remedies were sometimes given in alternation; hence no lessons of any clinical value can be learned from this essay.
Dr. W. A. Dewey, house physician at Ward’s Island reports a case of traumatic erysipelas of the forearm complicated with mania-a-potu, acute desquamative nephritis and acute bronchitis. The patient on admission is semi-delirious; starts suddenly at any noise, jar or touch. Swelling of the arm is bright red. Dozing disturbed with startings and crying out; sleepy but can not sleep; dilated pupils; flushed face; throbbing in arm with soreness; body hot to the touch and on uncovering heat seems to steam out; feet cold, head hot. Bell. 3. The next day patient was seized with violent delirium and then the remedy was changed to Hyos. 3d. We think the doctor made a mistake in changing his prescription. He should have continued the Bell. and, possibly, have raised its potency. Afterward for the inflammation of the arm the patient received Silic. 30, then Hepar. 3. This last was repeated when the nephritis set in, until with the appearance of tube casts in the urine, oedema of legs, hurried breathing, large mucous rales all over the chest, and profuse expectoration of frothy mucus, he was given Ant-tart. 30. He got better under this remedy; then pain in right chest on deep breathing followed. Bry. 3 was now given and he now improved so rapidly that he was discharged, one month after his entrance to the hospital, cured.
Another man, addicted to excessive drinking and tainted with gonorrhea and syphilis, was admitted, with erysipelas of the leg in the region of an old ulcer. Bell. 3 was given and the next day delirium occurred, whilst the inflammation showed improvement. Remedy changed to Hyos. He slowly improved under it and when the erysipelas had disappeared, was removed to the surgical wards for treatment of the ulcer. This was a mistake; the ulcer should have continued to receive drug treatment without any mechanical interference.
From E Art Medical, for Aug., 1880, is translated an article by Dr. Jousset, reporting five cases of endocarditis, either cured or very much benefitted by infusion of Digitalis, after being un-successfully treated with other remedies singly and in alternation—not forgetting also the administration of Morphia by hypodermic injection. The treatment is empirical entirely.
Dr. H. C. Frost reports the case of a laborer who fell down a well upon the point of a stick, which passed through the scrotum, upward, between the abdominal muscles and adipose tissue, thence, between the muscles of the chest and the adipose tissue as far as the third rib where it emerged. He recovered in twenty-seven days.
Dr. J. S. Mitchell writes upon the value of local applications of kerosene in phthisis, illustrated with cases. His method of prescribing is empirical. Hence there is no more to be learned from it than from a similar article in a journal of the old school. Having had success with Petrol, in the crude way he proposes to investigate its value when given in the higher dilutions. The doctor forgets that merely giving drugs in dilution is not necessarily homoeopathic prescribing. The drug must be given in accordance with the law.
Dr. Q. O. Sutherland was called to a child accidentally poisoned with atropine. He saved the little sufferer by the exhibition of large doses of the “physiological antagonist” of the poison, Sulphate of Morphia. The doctor is aware that his “method of procedure is open to severe criticism, but he also has no doubt that the prompt use of large doses of Morphia saved his patient.”
Dr. J. A. Hoffman writes upon diphtheria insisting strongly upon treating cases according to the totality of the symptoms and giving the remedy time to act. He denounces washes and gargles. Declares his opinion that many false cases of diphtheria are reported cured in the journals, especially tonsillitis, which is magnified into “malignant Diphtheria” with a big D. His indications for Proto-iodide of Mercury are : bilious temperament, moist tongue, enlarged tonsils, yellow false membrane, exudation thick and stringy with or without bronchial complications. For Arsenicum the symptoms are: putrefactive or typhoid form, glairy, red, shriveled and retracted tongue, throat dark, fetid exudation, putrid and bloody discharge from the nose and ears, very tired and exhausted, tendency, to collapse, or to a comatose condition.
Opens with an article upon dilutions in which the writer succeeds in filling much space with the dreary details of the ludicrous report upon the “Milwaukee Test.” This is a marring of some otherwise interesting matter. Speaking of some odd changes of opinion frankly acknowledged by Dr. Skinner, the author gets off this following wise piece of philosophy: “There really seems something in the so-called ‘Hahnemannism’ which makes men arrogant and virulent beyond all measure; and few of its votaries escape the contagion”! Here the learned author of “Dilutions” mistakes the enthusiasm, impetuousness and perfect frankness of Dr. Skinner for arrogance and virulence. And even if the charge were true, he takes this one case as a basis for generalizing in reference to all the “Hahnemannians.” He thus commits the same mistake that he makes in teaching homeopathy— that of generalizing; and hence the pages of the British Journal teem with empiricism only equalled by the dominant school that it so weakly imitates.
Dr. Blake writes quite a learned article on “Rheumatic Gout and its Congeners,” and teaches alternation of medicines. At the end of the article he actually advises the use of a quack remedy “of unknown constitution probably very complex in character, perhaps containing Colchicum”!! Perhaps we should not speak of this as we thereby expose the fact that we are tainted with the “contagion” of arrogance and virulence!
Dr. E. M. Hale reports curing a case of subacute myelitis with Strychnine in doses of one thirtieth of a grain, with the advice of an old school physician. The doctor claims it as homoeopathic according to the pathological observations in Allen.
Dr. Dudgeon writes an article upon the temperature of the breath showing that when the bulb of a thermometer is wrapped up in cotton, silk or wool, and then breathed upon, the mercury rises to an unusual height. This phenomenon is found to depend upon the dryness of the fabric in consequence of which water is condensed and heat produced.
Intermittent fever. An exceedingly interesting case. Nat-mur. and then Gels., though indicated, failed. The following symptoms then appeared.Pricking in anus during the fever and when sitting. Ascarides. Peevish. Pale yellowish face. Whitish clay-colored stools. Cold damp feet. Stomach swollen outwardly like an inverted saucer. Craving for eggs. Calc-carb 21 M. Much better. The case was finished with Gels. C.M.
Prof. J. R. Kippax relates a case of fracture and dislocation of nasal bone successfully replaced. Scirrhus of breast removed by the knife. Lupus erythematodes cured. Cervical endometritis cured with mechanical treatment (dilatation of cervix) and internal remedies. Indications not given.
Dr. Blackburn relates two curious cases of negroes; one with white spots, itching and burning, relieved by Ars. 30—after giving the medicine black spots appearing upon the white ones—and the other, chills every month, accompanied by swelling of scrotum.
Dr. J. F. Edgar cured a case of ingrowing toe-nail with Marum Verum 4th., using no mechanical treatment whatever. In a few well chosen sentences he shows that this deformity depends upon pre-existing dynamic condition. His statements and conclusions are strictly correct.
Dr. Wilson had a case of apparent chronic suppurative inflammation of the middle ear with parasites in the meatus. Syringing with hot water to kill the parasites, and the internal administration of Sulphur produced a cure.
Dr. Davis writes upon senile hypertrophy of the prostate. He says that the treatment “must be palliative not curative.” How does he know? By the tenor of his remarks he has never tried pure homoeopathy, but contents himself with an assertion, borrowed from Gross. “Homoeopathy is so young, and there are so few true practitioners of its principles, that the incurability of this or any other disease is by no means certain.” On the contrary, the remarkable achievements at the hands of the few who actually try the system, are calculated to make one dare attempt any feat in therapeutics. None of these diseases will ever be cured if we simply sit down and take for granted what old school doctors say about it.
Dr. Butler describes his invention for performing massage and giving induced currents of electricity at same time. Its use however, is a mere repetition of old school empiricism. He gives no symptoms by which we may be guided as to when it is indicated and when not.
Dr. Geo. S. Norton writes upon the use of boracic acid in chronic suppuration of the middle ear. He applies it locally in the powdered form while at the same time he gives Calc-phos. Sil., Hepar, Puls., etc. How can he tell which cured, the internal remedy or the externally applied boracic acid? Why does he not give one remedy at a time?
The editor also gives The Organon a severe castigation. He informs the profession that this journal sets up for its standard, “My doxy is orthodoxy and every other man’s doxy is heterodoxy,” and that it can not long survive. We hereby learn that the only true doxy in this world where reigns “liberty of medical opinion and action,” is that which least represents one’s measures. It is correct doxy to use a name which, to the vulgar mind, conveys some special, but hazy, idea of improved treatment, and to a professional mind some special plan of treatment, whilst the practioner at the same time, does as he pleases; that is, practices the empiricism that has been so signal a failure for a couple of thousand years. It is correct “doxy” to assume to practice a principle that by the laws of logic requires that you shall not use a drug for curative purposes until you have first found out something about its character and its sphere of action. That you shall give only one such remedial agent at a time, lest by giving more it leave a doubt in your mind as to which cured, and thus prevent your making a rapid cure in the next case you meet. It is correct “doxy” to pretend to follow a principle that contains within itself such requirements, and then in total disregard thereof, give “Woolridge’s Tincture, a patent medicine of unknown constitution, probably very complex in character, perhaps containing colchicum.” [Vide British Journal of Homeopathy, Jan., 1881, p. 58.]. It is good “doxy” to do this, even though the patient might have done it for himself, without the assistance of the learned champion of “Liberty of medical opinion and action.” This is not “heterodoxy,” it ain’t. If you dare to call it so you are not giving “every one a chance to be heard.” You are not advocating the “broadest principles of liberalism.” You are not giving to others the “untrammeled liberty of thought, word and action.” You are not carrying on “such discussion” in a “gentlemanly, courteous spirit.”
Dr. Heath shows how treatment of a case of convulsions in an old woman from overloaded stomach did not come under the operation of the law of similars. No, you must clean out the organ by causing vomiting with tartar emetic in three grain doses.
Dr. House reports a case of apparent cholera in a farmer— rice water discharges, etc. It is suggested that the patient caught it whilst ministering to his own hogs which were sick of the cholera. Cured by Verat-alb. followed by Camphor, then Bell., and later, Nux v. The symptoms at first called for Verat. which was duly given. We think the doctor should have waited a little longer before giving the Camphor. However, the patient was treated homeopathically, and the succession of the indicated remedies is a matter of judgment. This same physician also gives a case of skin disease cured with Ars. 2 c., and a case of gonorrhoeal discharge re-established after a cold, cured by Medorrhine C.M. (Fincke).
Dr. Laird reports a very interesting case of pulmonary abscess seemingly occurring as a consequence of mal-treatment of several successively appearing carbuncles. “The history of the case, the long series of aborted carbuncles followed by internal suppuration, the nocturnal paroxysms of dyspnea with their peculiar concomitant symptoms, the prostration and hectic and the marked aggravation of all her sufferings after sleep, pointed unerringly to the remedy.” Lachesis 41 M. Cured in about ten weeks.
Dr. Houghton reports two serious’ cases of carries of temporal bone. From one of these a discharge of pus had continued for twenty-three years. They were successfully treated with a variety of remedies and by operative means.
Dr. Dake proposes to eradicate the germs of small-pox from a room where patients have been confined with it, by increase of heat and moisture so as to start up a fermentation which shall destroy the life of the germ.
Dr. Scott writes an article entitled, “Is Shock an Element of Acute Disease?” He offers the probability of shock as an explanation of the sudden death occurring in the course of acute disease. Dr. Bell reports his seventh case of ovariotomy.’ which was treated after the operation, with Arnica, and then Verat. Result, complete recovery.
Dr. Armstrong reports a case of valvular disease of the heart, and points out the value of observing more closely the pulsations in the jugular vein as showing tricuspid failure. His prescription of Digitalis 2 x is not accompanied by the proper symptomatic reasons, hence there is nothing to be learned from it.
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