By DR. PIERRE SCHMIDT. Geneva.
[Dr. Schmidts article will be of particular interest to readers because he is one of the leading high potency men. He uses almost exclusively high and the very highest potencies in very infrequent doses, following the examples of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, whose favourite potency was the 30th.– J.E.B.].
I WOULD warn the readers of this article not to jump to the conclusion that the remedy which I have successfully employed for some disease or other can safely be used in the hope of success in every case of the same disease. Diseases should be treated not in accordance with their names, but in accordance with the totality of symptoms of the patient.
In giving the briefest summary of days work, I wish merely to show the all- sufficiency of the homoeopathic law and the fact that interesting and valuable results may be obtained by acting in accordance with that law. I would mention that Hahnemann published only a very few cures of his own because he wished to prevent his followers from acting mechanically and prescribing for the names of diseases instead of for the totality of symptoms, irrespective of the official designation of the complaint treated.
ACUTE COLIC ORIGINATING IN THE LIVER
Cured by three doses of Belladonna 200th potency in a few hours.
WHITLOW OF THE FINGER.
Very painful, was treated with a dose of Anthracinum 200th potency, and then with Hepar sulphuris 1000th, and is rapidly getting well.
A clergyman who had suffered for several years from this disease was rapidly improved with Natrum sulphuricum in doses which were gradually raised from the 1,000th potency to 500,000th potency.
ANAEMIA OF PRE-TUBERCULOUS CHARACTER.
A young girl, who suffered from this complaint, combined with very painful menstruation, was greatly relieved with Pulsatilla in the 10,000th potency.
A man of 50 had had two apoplectic strokes followed by complete paralysis of the left side. His condition was greatly improved and he was enabled to walk almost normally and to speak, with a few doses of Phosphorus, one in the 1,000th potency, followed by a dose in the 10,000th potency and one in the 50,000th potency with an interval of from five to seven weeks between each dose. During eleven months there has been no relapse. There were two crises which occurred with an interval of three weeks.
ST. VITUS DANCE.
This disease in a backward girl of 15 years who had not yet menstruated and had a very thick neck, was greatly improved with the help of Agaricus followed by Cuprum and then by Calcarea silicata, all in high dilutions.
A lady of 45 with this trouble is doing well with Nux vomica 10,000th and higher.
ECZEMA ALL OVER THE BODY AND ACUTE ARTHRITIS.
A lady in this condition, 44 years old, is doing well, having received a dose of Arsenic in the 1,000th potency, and another dose in the 50,000th potency.
INFLAMMATION OF THE TESTICLES.
This trouble, combined with varicocele and neurasthenia, in the case of a young man of 20 was wonderfully improved in less than a month after two years sufferings from these complaints. He was given Arsenicum in the 1,000th potency.
SPASMS OF THE OESOPHAGUS.
A youth of 12 suffered from spasms of the swallowing tube, which caused him to vomit his food. His condition was greatly improved by a dose of Sulphur in the 1,000th potency, followed by Lachesis in the 10,000th potency.
MIND AFFECTION AT THE CHANGE OF LIFE.
A lady, 40 years old, suddenly had the sensation that she was living in a different world. Everything around her seemed strange to her, she knew no longer where she was and she suffered mental agonies in consequence. She was cured in a few months with Medorrhinum given consecutively in the 1,000th, the 10,000th and 50,000th potency.
TUMOUR OF THE BREAST.
A lady of 38 was cured of a breast tumour with Silica, but other tumours appeared afterwards in the other breast.
A lady, 42 years old, had been suffering for eight years from asthma. She was cured in a month with a dose of Arsenic in the 1,000th potency, followed by Arsenic in the 10,000th potency, and the cure has remained for two years.
A girl of 15 with asthma is at present being treated and her condition has been greatly improved with Syphilinum 200the potency.
A young man, suffering from this disease of the spinal cord was wonderfully improved and nearly cured in the course of six months with Phosphorus in the 1,000th and the 10,000th potency.
HAEMORRHAGE AND FIBROID TUMOUR AT THE CHANCE OF LIFE.
The haemorrhage and all other disagreeable symptoms were cured in the course of a year with Lachesis, followed by Phosphorus, both given in high potencies.
A young girl, who suffered from neurasthenia owing to sorrow caused by a love affair, was cured in three weeks with Ignatia in the 10,000th.
A lady of 54, who suffered because she feared to meet people, to go into crowds, and to go out because she dreaded that she would not be able to find a public convenience, was cured in six months with Sulphur in the 1,000th potency.
A child of 2 was brought to me and the mother told me that it was unable to swallow any solid food. It could not masticate and would take no nourishment except liquids. The child suffered also from facial eczema which had been in existence for several months.
A single dose of Calcarea in the 1,000th potency enable the mother, to her great surprise, to feed the child on solid food, biscuits, etc. The child rapidly learned to masticate thoroughly and within six weeks the eczema had completely disappeared.
These few cases are come of the patients whom I have seen in the course of a day. They gladden the heart of ma homoeopath, for they show the efficacy of the law of similars by his cures with highly potentized medicines. Ones satisfaction to produce cures like those described is increased by their having been brought about by a single remedy which was allowed to develop its full power of action before another dose of the same medicine in the same or in a higher potency was prescribed.
Besides, no change of medicine was undertaken until the effect of the dose originally given had become fully established. If one changes haphazard from one medicine to the other or prescribes several medicines at the same time, one knows no longer which medicine has been responsible for improvement or for a cure.