EDITORIAL NOTES AND COMMENTS

Rabe R F

 

 More Signs of the Times. We have just received the announcement and program of the thirty-fifth annual convention of The National Society of Physical Therapeutics, which is to be held in New York City. The program contains many varied and interesting subjects for consideration and discussion and of the essayists who will present papers or discuss them, practically all are homoeopathic physicians, some of prominence in the homoeopathic school, whose names are well known to all of us.

It is of course, a fact to be somewhat proud of, that homoeopaths have distinguished themselves in collateral fields of medicine, not directly concerned with their own fundamental therapeutic principles; there is no good reason why they should not do so; such catholicism of choice reflects the broader outlook, now becoming more and more universal and breaking the creaking bonds of outworn sectarianism and intolerance.

At the same time and to this thought we wish to call attention, as the activities of homoeopaths with extra-homoeopathic subjects increase, their practical interest in homoeopathy decreases, with the natural and inevitable result, that homoeopathy itself must suffer. This is exactly what has happened in our United States and the process has gained pace with every year. Where formerly we had able homoeopathic physicians whose homoeopathy came first, today we either have none at all or nominal, homoeopaths, whose practice is a sort of therapeutic melange of most gaudy hue.

Who will dies hinaus? Where is this decadence to stop, or will it stop at all? Unquestionably one very important reason why homoeopaths have branched out into specialties of all kinds, is the patent fact that the monetary rewards are greater; the very simplicity of homoeopathy is its own worst enemy and broadly speaking, makes of it a poor money-getter. After all, homoeopathy appeals to the intelligentsia only; the semi-morons, with which the world is largely filled, are satisfied to take whatever is momentarily most loudly trumpeted; for in spite of all the newspaper and magazine publicity regarding medicine, the ignorance and credulity of the great public is simply appalling.

Many years will undoubtedly be required, before the fundamental philosophy of homoeopathy has been finally incorporated with the basic principles of established medicine and when this has taken place, we will hear no more of homoeopathy; the name will have become absolute and of historical interest only. In the meantime, those of us who feel, that upon ourselves rests the duty of carrying on and safeguarding the precious truths of our science and art, must struggle on as best we can.

Treatment of Constipation.- “In Sanders opinion, the last measure to be considered in the treatment of constipation is the administration of drugs. The enema habit is also condemned. There are, however, definite indications for drug therapy in all cases in which correction of faulty habits and removal of the cause has not restored the function to normal. The treatment is, first the removal of the cause; second, the re-establishment of the normal intestinal peristalsis by regulation of habits, diet, exercise and by discontinuing catharsis; third, the use of drugs which are nonirritating, chiefly liquid petroleum combined with agar, and, in obstinate cases, the temporary addition of cascara or magnesia.

In the atonic type of stasis Sanders prescribes a simple fruit mixture. It consists of: Cooked prunes (seeded), 1 pound; dried figs, 1 pound; dates (seeded), 1 pound; agar agar, 2 ounces; senna leaves, 2 ounces. This mixture is run through a meat chopper several times until it is thoroughly mixed and pulverized, and then made into a cake, which is in turn cut into blocks one inch square, The dose is one block taken at bedtime.” -J.A.M.A.

Constipation is one of our national evils and one difficult to overcome. Homoeopathic prescribing for the patient, when characteristic symptoms are present, is often sufficient in itself, but many cases will require additional temporary aid, such as suggested by some of the above recommendations.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. “Richardson reports a case of carbon monoxide poisoning in a man who had bought a new automobile of the sedan type, with an exhaust heater in the back. The heater had caused considerable trouble by getting hot even when the valve was turned off. Furthermore, there were wide cracks in the floor boards through which had come the strong smell of exhaust fumes.

The patient drove this car largely in traffic for 10 miles or more every morning and evening and often much farther. He would feel well on getting up, but at about moontime lassitude began coming on, until at night he felt absolutely worn out. This feeling was soon accompanied by a severe, upper half headache. The patient was advised to put away the new car for one week. By the end of the third day the symptoms had entirely disappeared, and he was feeling as well as ever.”- J.A.M.A.

This comes from Boston and is respectfully commended to the attention of drivers of Ford and other sedans.

Lac caninum. The following symptoms were speedily cured, after an initial aggravation, in a woman of forty-seven years, by one dose of Lac caninum 10,000: soreness of the throat for past two weeks, repeatedly changing sides, from left to right and back again. No other modalities were present in this case.

Natrum mur. in Pharyngitis. Natrum muriaticum 10,000 one dose, speedily cleared up the following symptoms in an otherwise healthy young woman of about twenty-three, whose tonsils had been removed during childhood.

Throat sore for ten or twelve days.

Sensation of a lump in the throat.

Occasional clicking noise and sensation, in the ears on swallowing.

Tongue slightly coated, grayish-white, more at base.

Pharynx has a granular appearance; vesicles on pharyngeal wall. No modalities of time or temperature.

Neurasthenia in Tropics. “Acton points out that neurasthenia is real ill health associated with certain existing causes, and not merely a feeling of ill health. In the tropics there is a further association with certain predisposing causes that are more commonly present than in temperate climates. It is obvious that before a cure can be effected one must first deal with any exciting causes, then remove the predisposing causes, and aid the different endocrine glands that are not functioning properly. It is little use trying to quiet the nerves with bromides, or to aid the functions of the endocrine glands by shotgun prescriptions of the various endocrine products now on the market, before removing the exciting cause.”-J.A.M.A.

These are sane observations concerning the treatment of a symptom complex most difficult to cure. The selection of suitable homoeopathic remedies is not easy, but once the similimum has been found, remarkable results become manifest. As Acton points out, the exciting cause must be removed; unless this can be done, it is useless to prescribe.

Menstruation and Suicide. Among Steiners thirty-nine suicides in women, eleven occurred just before and eleven during menstruation, a proportion of more than 50 per cent. of his material.- J.A.M.A.

Homoeopathy can be of great help here, for it has many remedies whose mental symptoms are those of premenstrual mental depression, with suicidal thoughts. Individualization of each case is of course, in order.

Tinnitus Aurium. Noises in the ears depend upon one or more of several pathologic conditions, which often are beyond the ability of the general practitioner to correct. Indeed, the aurist himself, with all his expertness and skill, is not always successful.

Many homoeopathic remedies possess the symptom of noise in the ears and the repertory contains a bewildering array of possible remedies which, for the most part, are useless, unless we discover the particular pathology or functional disturbances of the case in hand. Recently, in a case of tinnitus of many years standing, in a patient who had been treated by aurists, as well as by at least one homoeopathic physician, without success, we gave Thiosinaminum 6x, t. i. d. with complete abatement of the noises within two weeks; inasmuch as an annoying vertigo appeared, by us attributed to the remedy, we changed the potency to the 30th of which one dose only, per day, has been given. The case is of interest and the experience may prove useful to others.

Thiosinamine is Allyl sulphocarbamide, derived from oil of mustard seeds. We reprint the subjoined clipping, taken from “Jottings” many years ago, as likely to be of instruction and interest.

“THIOSINAMINE FOR NOISES IN THE EARS.

THIS is a new and, as yet, unproved remedy in Homoeopathy, one for a condition of which many persons complain and for which there seems to be nothing to meet it successfully. Dr. Alfred M. Moore, of Brighton, wrote concerning it in the July HOMOEOPATHIC RECORDER: The treatment of tinnitus aurium has long been so unsatisfactory that the rule to make no promises has been fixed among men who have had any experience with that distressing condition. I have made many attempts to give relief to those applying with the various noises in their ears, but not until I began the use of Thiosinamine was I able to get any results whatever in the cases of long standing. Dr. Moore quotes Dr. McCullough to the effect:.

(1) That is exerts a marked beneficial action on ear diseases accompanied by the formation of new connective tissue; (2) that this beneficial action is due to an increased pliability of this tissue; (3) that its administration should always be accompanied by mechanical measures; (4) that better and more prompt results may be obtained in recent cases; (5) that it exerts a beneficial action on vertigo; (6) that better results may be obtained with it in the relief of tinnitus aurium than with any drug used heretofore.

I have verified the above, and in some cases, without the mechanical means for vibrating the membrana tympani, rapid relief has followed its administration. I looked up the literature on this drug, but found practically nothing.

Thallium Acetate for Scalp Ringworm.- “Dowling and Kelman report on twenty-four cases. The treatment consists of a single dose of thallium acetate, 8 mg. per kilogram of body weight, given by mouth in sweetened water. The hair begins to loosen in from six to eight days, and complete epilation has taken place by the nineteenth day. Confinement to bed during the whole period of treatment is desirable. As albuminuria may be a complication of thallium treatment, it is evident that the giving of thallium acetate to a person suffering from any renal disorder is contra- indicated. Epilation has been satisfactory in every case so treated.”- J.A.M.A.

Thallium, a rare metal, is mentioned by Clarke in his Dictionary of Materia Medica as of possible use in the treatment of baldness and of the violent pains of tabes dorsalis; also as of value in the night-sweats of phthisis. The remedy needs proving and may show itself to be of service in nephritis, as suggested by the abstract.

Workmen in Zinc Foundries. “Lead poisoning is rare among these workmen. Foundry fever, beginning a few hours after the melting of the zinc and resembling febrile influenza is not infrequent. The workmen believe that it has a favorable influence on syphilis and tuberculosis. Albuminuria is frequent among them.”- J.A.M.A.

These observation also, are of interest; we cannot know too much of drug pathogenesis.

Tuberculin in Whooping Cough. “The frequent occurrence and special severity of whooping cough in tuberculous children have been noted by many authors. Stuhl believes that a tubercular infection is present to some extent in every case of whooping cough. This opinion has been strengthened by his results with tuberculin in whooping cough, which has reduced the number of the paroxysms and shortened the course of the disease in practically every case.

“The initial dose was 0.0000001 gm. old tuberculin; injections were repeated every third day, increasing the dosage by half each time. As a rule five to six injections are given, but more may be necessary. The best results are obtained if the tuberculin treatment is started as soon as the child begins to cough”.

In the vernacular of the day, this is “some dose.” We confess that our bump for mathematics is not sufficiently developed to enables us to figure out without much trouble and time, just which potency this array of naughts may represent. At all events, it is small and we hasten to congratulate our friends of the Old School upon their perspicacity and superhuman wisdom.

Homoeopathy Abroad. We have received voluminous literature concerning the Ninth Quinquennial International Homoeopathic Congress to be held in London, July 18th to 23rd, at Connaught Rooms, Great Queen Street, Kingsway, W.C. 2. The officers of the Congress are Dr.George Burford, President-elect; Dr. C.E. Wheeler, Vice-president-elect; Dr. John Weir, C. V. O., Chairman of Committees; Sir George Wyatt Truscott, Bt., Hon. Treasurer; Dr. E. A. Neatby, Hon. Acting Treasurer; Dr. H. Fergie Woods, Hon. Organizing Secretary and Dr. E. Petrie Hoyle, Hon. Administrative Secretary. Truly, an imposing array of names and titles, reminiscent of our own fraternal organizations in the land of the supposedly free and undoubtedly brave.

Our British colleagues have gone to great lengths in their endeavors to make this Congress a success and if social distinction and royal patronage are its ear-marks, success has already been assured, for we note that His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, has most graciously consented to act as Patron. We Americans, with our strong flare for royalty, which will crop out, in spite of all our alleged democracy, recall with pleasure the visit of the Prince to this country, a few years ago.

We now have an opportunity of showing our appreciation by returning the visit and attending the Congress to be held next month; the greatest kindness and hospitality will be shown us and the scientific program to be presented, will be of a high order as well as of great importance to homoeopathy. Elsewhere in this issue, we publish one of the communications from Dr. E. Petrie Hoyle and we trust that as many Americans as possible, particularly those who have survived the “Lapland” trip of the American Institute of Homoeopathy, will attend.

A Cigarette Case. We have thus far refrained from commenting upon the plaintive wail of “Neighbor,” which appeared in our April issue, hoping that some subscriber, with abler pen than ours, would hasten to give our Neighbor much needed advice. But alas, such advice has not, thus far at least, been forthcoming, so, mindful of the admonition that fools rush in, where angels fear to tread, we graciously condescend to play the fool, forgetting for the moment, that quite possibly we do not have to play it; in some quarters it has been slyly suggested, that we already have sufficiently measured up to this distinction; if so, we plead guilty to the indictment, for happily, an abundant fund of good nature, is one of our characteristics.

Now in the first place we would suggest, that Neighbors intimate friend is very ungallant in smoking in his wifes presence, since by so doing, he makes her sick. Unless he really wishes to dispose of her, he might try the garage or the coal cellar for his indulgence in the blessed weed. As to the desire to be cuddled and coddled (cute words those) we are inclined to sympathize with him; to be sure, this depends upon who is to do the cuddling and coddling, for it does, we understand, make a difference. Perhaps on the other hand, he has been coddled too much, for there is such a thing, we have been told.

Our poor victim feels, evidently, that he is “misunderstood”; well, perhaps he is; perhaps his over-zealous wife devils the life out of him with well-intended, though nevertheless annoying solicitude. Men hate to be fussed over, in that way at all events. Neighbor wonders whether Tabacum high would do anything for him, to which we answer most emphatically, “No!” unless, as we suspect, the unrevealed causes of domestic and business worry and care, can first be removed, when the abnormal craving for tobacco would of itself largely disappear. Arsenicum, Nux vom., Ipecac., Tabacum itself, might then come into play.

Yes, Neighbor, Apomorphin will cause your cigarette bedeviled friend to vomit copiously, but we doubt whether cure would result from such emesis; incidentally, the bedroom rugs might be ruined, his temper certainly would be. You ask whether putting something in the cigarettes would do any good. You might try dynamite, the cure would be absolutely permanent, for the cigarette case would then be ended, once and for all.

Arsenic Poisoning and Purpura from Wall Paper. “Tillings patient, a physician, felt tired for about a year. His feet were cold. Later on purpura appeared repeatedly. At times he had pains in the abdomen and once a transitory amaurosis. A few drops of solution of potassium arsenic caused an exacerbation of the purpura. The patient requested chemical examination of a sample of the wallpaper, which had been painted green about five years before. It contained a large amount of arsenic; the patients hair also gave a strong reaction.”- J.A.M.A.

Yes, Arsenicum will play the devil, as we homoeos know. To be sure, cold feet are not necessarily characteristic of arsenic, many other things have been known to cause them as well. The observations of Tiling are interesting.

Homoeopaths in Veterinary Medicine. Although to many of us it would seem, as though the automobile mechanic has long since usurped the place of the veterinarian, nevertheless there are many parts of this and of other countries where the horse and other domestic animals form an important part of daily life. The ills of such animals must be treated, not only from human considerations, but also from the standpoint of economic welfare.

The treatment of the sick animal resembles very closely the treatment of young children in that it is purely and almost entirely objective. Animals cannot tell us in spoken language, what ails them; neither can babies, but their reactions to disease are manifested by various signs and symptoms, to the watchful medical observer. Objective symptomatology is therefore, of first importance in the treatment of sick animals as it is in the treatment of sick babies.

Homoeopathy offers an enormous field for investigation in this direction and veterinary medicine offers a fascinating department of such research. Homoeopathic veterinarians have existed in this and in other countries and many of them have achieved brilliant results in the realm of animal medicine. Hurndall in England, has immortalized himself, so far as the practice of homoeopathic veterinary medicine is concerned, by recording his professional experience in book form.

One or two others have done the same. In Germany before the Great War, homoeopathic medicines were widely used by army officers in the treatment of their mounts and the famous Hagenbeck of Hamburg, employed homoeopathy in the treatment of his sick circus animals. There was no particular sentiment about this; it simply paid, for the losses from disease were lessened thereby.

Many a homoeopathic physician, in the past, at least, has treated successfully horses and dogs when the veterinarian with his cruder Old School methods, could do nothing. Most of us can recall successful results in animals, after apparently suitable remedies in potencies, had been given. One of our subscribers has recently asked for the publication of veterinary cases, treated homoeopathically and we would be very gratified to oblige him; perhaps some of our readers will respond to his request.

Were on the Wing Once More. With the June issue of the RECORDER, the editor will say Farewell to his readers for a period of several months, during which he will visit and take part in the International Homoeopathic Congress in London, as well as roam about the continent in the pursuit of recreation, pleasure and knowledge. For there is nothing like a European trip to furnish all three, with special emphasis perhaps, upon the first two. During the editors absence his more settled and less restless friend, Stuart Close, will hold the editorial reins and our readers know, without any emphasis from us, how efficient his guidance will be. For ourselves we wish that we might take the entire RECORDER family with us; possibly however, some of them would find the going too wet, on the other side.

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