JOHN HUTCHINSON, M.D.
“How long has this persisted-this excessive accumulation of mucus in your throat?”.
“For several years. It is worse at night, with a great deal of rattling and whistling; so much that its noise keeps me awake. It is the dryness then; nothing seems to want to come up, and I cough but title if any then”.
“Your are pretty well otherwise, it seems, for a man approaching 80. And you say you do not suffer from hoarseness, so that the larynx is not involved”.
“I have been told that it is the suprasternal fossa only that is involved, and as I find there are one hundred or more fossas or fossae I am thankful if only one of mine is involved!!”.
“You have had considerable treatment then for your trouble?” “Yes, but while some of the treatment may have done good, nothing has helped this particular disorder”.
“We shall have to go back a little. Tell me about your early life, your childhood, or earlier, if you know anything about it”.
“Well, I am told that I was a pretty bad baby, fretting and screaming most of the time and dependent on soothing syrups to a disgraceful extent”.
“Well, later what do you know?” “Oh, nothing in particular, except that I was not considered husky; rather slight in build and lacking physical endurance”.
“What are your present habits? What do you drink in the line of beverages?”.
“No alcoholics. Beer is poison, likewise coffee; tea bad except very occasionally.” “Then you are not fond of them?” “On the contrary, I crave coffee, even though when taken it has to be paid for by some digestive, circulatory, or other inconvenience. Beer I dont like, fortunately. Tea is not tempting to any degree. A little wine at dinner seems not to do any harm if taken only rarely”.
“Well, I have your remedy. It is recorded by Hahnemann, Hering, Lippe, and other noted medical men, and it will help you. Report in ten days”.
Later: “Well, Doctor, the trick is done. From the second day after taking the medicine I have had no return whatever of the chest rattle at night, and no accumulation whatever of extra mucus. In fact, I do not ask to be better”.
NOTE: Chamomilla 1000, three powders, two hours apart. From all that can be determined the cure is perfect. Respiration is like that of a healthy child. NEW YORK.
DR. HAYES: Stumped! How did he do it?.
Of course there was the soothing syrup, and the coffee and the rattling nights, and the “stomach” brought up so delicately through the ages, but-anyhow-and no lengthy route a la Westphalia or Chicago, how dare he! Well, with no intent to toss roses- admirable skill from the start (the start needs it most) and-. Recorded by Hahnemann, Hering and Lippe!.
DR. SLOAN: Only a wonderful knowledge of our materia medica and the ability to select the salient symptom enabled Dr. Hutchinson to cure his case. Would that we all had that ability.
DR. STEVENS: Dr. Hutchinson has reported a marvelous cure. It is a work of art!.
It interests me especially because in the last year I have had several cases among elderly people who have been greatly helped by Chamomilla, a remedy which I had always associated with cross children.
Last spring my oldest patient, Mrs. W., age 962 years, fell and broke her left femur. I was ill at the time and could only put her in the care of a good surgeon and a capable nurse.
The surgeon thought, naturally, that Mrs. W. would not live and just tried to make her comfortable by means of a limited amount of morphine. The doses were usually only 1/8 grain, but were repeated three of four times daily. When I took the case again after about six weeks, there had been an attempt to stop the morphine and the patient was suffering greatly from paroxysms of twitching, restlessness and nervousness. She was not cross, however, and I mentally rejected Chamomilla, giving instead Morphinum 200 and later Hyoscyamus 200. with only slight relief.
Finally I gave Cham. 200 in repeated doses and the patient was entirely relieved in a few days.
This winter, with the intense cold, the same patient had a return of the pruritis senilis which had troubled her in past years, and the Cham 200 helped to make her comfortable.
A woman of 93 years had a fall, bruising and straining one thigh an knee. Arnica and later Rhus tox. improved conditions greatly, but one day the nurse told me she was irritable and I found her rude, complaining-plain ugly! Cham. 1M. was given with very good results. She told me she was always “spunky” when a child.
Miss B., nearly 77, formerly of keen mind, had had a very slight shock. Her body improved, but not her mind. She was cross, complaining, easily vexed, tearful. Chamomilla 1M. improved her temper and seemed-for a time at least-to make her more normal mentally.
DR. STANTON: A model cure, a model patient, and a model doctor. Off with our hats, every one of us, and do homage to Hutchinson-Dr. John. The prescription a work of art in which the physician exemplifies the art of work.
DR. MACFARLAN: I have read the case cured by the use of Chamomilla in the 1M. potency. I have of course nothing to say, only a passing word of regret that more humans cannot have the benefit of similar good care. Accurate prescriptional work which Dr. Hutchinson has carried out for many, many years makes highly interesting reading. He has an urgent affection for curing sick folks which is a most commendable trait.
DR. BROWN: Thank you, Dr. Hutchinson-a masterful stroke! A radiant illustration of the intangible truth of our inheritance and possession-the Art of Cure. A well taken case, most illustrative of t he subtle permanency of oft overlooked or suppressed childhood pictures, unattainable save by hard persevering work. You have done it. It can be done again, for the sake of humanity. It must be done. If true to our trust, it will be done. Let us, each and all, “Will to can always what we ought to do”.
DR. HUTCHINSON: All the members of this organization have been so extremely polite in accepting my report that my natural modesty is overwhelmed. In fact, my conscience insists ;upon my saying that I only followed the easy method of prescribing the obvious remedy. That method is the one I have always tried to cultivate, largely because when I attempt any other my work falls down. It is so hard to be both practical and profound at the same time. A remedy is the obvious one if it discloses itself on the ground of essential symptoms. Of course these include in the total complex many others- perhaps a great many others-and my reported case may have illustrated the whole text of Chamomilla during its long career; ;but, happily not the whole text was required to cover the picture.
At the same time, there is little doubt but what the patient had exhibited from year to year so many phases of Chamomilla that it could be only a great pity he could not have got the remedy earlier, much earlier. yet, that it removed so promptly and so permanently the condition most annoying to his disorder, is in my opinion an illustration of the very wonderful power of Chamomilla, a remedy that heretofore I have not at all fully appreciated. So that it could have been selected only by its forcing itself into the prescription.
Dr. Hayes put his index finger on the outcome that was to be expected. He owns it. There are some cases in which the chosen remedy is bound to cure.
Dr. Stevens contributes a wealthy of Chamomilla cases that are most helpful, showing that “Works of art” may be found in such cures as she reports. They disclose Chamomilla powers to be remembered.
Dr. Stantons good word for the poor patient whom we badger so industriously, because in this case the patient provides the highlights. Yes, indeed, sometimes a good patient shows really good sense!.
Dr. Macfarlan knows how to prove and reprove, and it is to be hoped that he will one day investigate Chamomilla to see what modernistic verifications may be secured.
Dr. Sloan with his materia medica recognizes the stature of homoeopathy as constantly to be looked up to with gratitude.
And Dr. Brown during a long and eventful practice has had more successful experience with all the great remedies given us by Hahnemanns personal authority than some doctors, myself especially, will ever accomplish.
So, it all comes back to or acceptance of what is provided for the care of the sick and its availability in our hands. We find no remedy unimportant, and frequently conclude that we have failed to exhaust the complete riches of the most important. We may read into them all those powers which verify themselves within the range of our comprehension.