[ Read before the Bureau of Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, I.H.A., June 19, 1951].
MARION BELLE ROOD, M.D.
As the mania for mass production extends its methods into the field of public health, the creeping paralysis of socialist legislation anticipates the collapse of individual attention and care of the sick by any such individualistic system as Homoeopathy. To quote from an article widely disseminated by the American Medical Association, speaking through their one-time bitter critic, Paul de Kruif in the June Readers Digest: “Its fantastic how constantly evolving miracles are saving time for doctors. Our lives are now guarded by crews of nurses, X-ray and laboratory technicians of which the doctors are the captains.
So I take a little time from the Bureau of Obstetrics to analyze the value of the immense time saved in this way. The case is one seen but recently, a baby of one year and his mother.
Baby G.A.S., first, seen May 5th, 1951, aged one year and a day. Born prematurely, estimated at seven and one half months, from birth, his eyes have been useless to him due to paralysis of the extrinsic muscles. He lies quietly, not trying to move very much, appearing not to notice anything of the surroundings, as if unable to see. The eyes roll in their sockets without co- ordination, the predominating position being rolled downward. Mother states his urine is very strong in odor, similar to ammonia. Many red naevi on his body. First prescription, May 5th, 1951, Causticum 10M.
May 19, 1951-Second visit. Some improvement. Plays with his hands. Gets onto his knees, and rocks on knees and elbows a good deal of the time. Focuses his eyes for very short periods on his fingers. His mother has a sore throat and a cold. R. Diphtherinum 10M.
May 20, 1951-R Causticum 10M.
June 9, 1951-Neighbors and family enthusiastically affirm improved ability to focus. R Causticum CC.
Having been fortunate enough to find the remedy Diphtherinum and its complement, Causticum, for this baby, I now learned the rest of the case history, withheld at the earlier visits. The baby was expected in June. In December, before Christmas, his mother suddenly suffered an inflammation of the eyes, which were very red, and very sensitive to light. This was treated with argyrol drops in the eyes, and soon was under control. But right after Christmas, she had a very sore throat.
This was not yet cured when she began to bleed, and was hospitalized under sedation for about ten days to avert a miscarriage. Her throat continued sore at intervals. She developed a chronic “sinus” condition. The baby was finally born prematurely at seven and a half months about the fourth of May. At first his eye condition was assigned to his prematurity, but remained quite stationary for one years, improving only after the administration of Diphtherinum and its complementary remedy, Causticum, and then rapidly showing signs of disappearing altogether.
DR. DONALD G. GLADISH (Glenview, Ill.]: These remedies were all given to the baby?.
DR. ROOD: The baby was a year old.
DR. GLADISH: You said the mother had a sore throat.
DR. ROOD: The mother had a sore throat and I gave the baby and mother Diphtherinum. The mother is not really the patient, but it is the baby.
DR. GLADISH: This is an interesting case.
DR. T.K. MOORE [Sharon Center, Ohio]: I hope this isnt far- fetched, but a while ago I had an eleven-year-old boy for whom they were struggling to do something for his eczema which had persisted all of his life, and I wasnt getting too far along when I finally uncovered that his mother had had very severe influenza while carrying the boy. What the boy got was Influenzin, and it cleared up the eczema.
DR. GLADISH: It cleared his eczema?.
DR. MOORE: That was eleven years afterward.
DR. GLADISH: That was a long shot in dark.
DR. A. H. GRIMMER [Chicago, Ill.]: I wonder what is going to happen to a lot of those babies that are being doped, and whose mothers are being doped, before they come into the world. I wonder if a lot of the things, the degenerative diseases and the mental incompetences, haven;t had a lot to do with the kind of treatment they have been given and are being given. We just have to wait and see.
The homoeopathic remedies do modify case, and I overcome but still, sometimes, even they fail in some of these very extreme cases, and I think just the thought that the doctor has brought here about things that happen to the mother before the baby is in the world, have a lot to do with the things that we see so much these days. That is why we need homoeopathy more than ever, and a really deep study of it, and that is why, when we come to a meeting like this, we all get something to think about and to take home and think over, and we get light and strength to carry on. More power to all of you!.