I AM going to tell you of a form of chill that, if it makes the impression it made on me, you will never forget it.

During a trip to Europe some years ago, I was taken sick with a septic gall bladder. I got a great deal of help in San Francisco and finally got down to Colorado. Here I took sick again and my brother-in-law said, “I am going to find a homoeopath here.” We got Dr. Paul Hemas; he came and found me lying in bed. I had just persuaded by brother to sit down on my abdomen, because I was shaking with such violence I couldnt keep the covers on, and every shake seemed to increase my chill. My son was lying across my chest, and I had someone to sit on my feet.

That chill is typical of Lachesis, and when dr. Paul Hemas, past seventy years old, came in, he said, “There is one of the guiding symptoms for Lachesis. I might have given you Hepar over the telephone”.

That is what made me think of it, that violent chill in which the patient asks to be sat upon and held, and you cant hold them tight enough. The strange coincidence was I went back to Seattle and had a patient on whom I had promised to do a caesarean section.

Four days later she developed the chill, and thinking I was going to have a bad case of puerperal sepsis on my hands, I heard the nurse say, “There is something the matter with the chill patient. She has asked me to sit on her chest.” I gave Lachesis and in two hours the chill was gone, the temperature down, and the patient made an uneventful recovery.

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