VENENO DE SERPIENTE

Allan D Sutherland

 

Read before I.H.A., Bureau of Materia Medica, June 22, 1934 +This remedy was later definitely identified as Bothrops atrox-ED.

Two physicians undertook the proving of this remedy in the 200th potency, one taking one dose and one taking two doses three hours apart. The proving from the two doses lasted twenty-nine days, and the first symptoms to appear after the two doses were those those of a free, watery diarrhoea.

The symptomatology recorded was as follows:.

Exhaustion and depression associated with the pains.

Sudden momentary giddiness; tendency to fall to the right side; to the left side; comes suddenly and goes as suddenly.

Giddiness on carrying a heavy package; on rising the arms level with the shoulders; on exertion; on turning in bed, the room seems to turn around; on rising from a seat.

Trembling internally.

General feeling of amelioration in a warm room.

Dull pain in right side of head, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sensation as of a nail in right parietal bone. Dull pain in right side of occiput.

Headache returns on going into the open air.

Sensation as of fullness in right ear.

Purplish roughening as of a fine eruption under the skin of the nose; veins on the nose like little purple threads. The eruption runs together in places, especially toward the wings, becoming redder as they become confluent. (This was the last symptom to appear.).

Posterior part of the tongue converted with a heavy brown fur, cracked and furrowed crosswise.

Sharp stab in diaphragm on deep inspiration; attachments of the diaphragm seem involved.

Pressing ache in heart region extending to left axilla, wakening from sleep, especially 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Sharp stab at apex or heart; distress about apex of heart.

Persistent pressure about cardiac region as if there was no sufficient room for the heart, < after midnight to sunrise.

Sticking in heart region, < severe exertion, < deep breathing, < talking; < motion; < walking; < reaching across desk with left arm; < on inspiration. Sharp sticking stabbing with each inspiration, which is a little deeper than usual. Sticking in heart region on getting out of bed in the morning.

Sticking in precordium with radiation down left arm. Feeling of fear that the heart may stop beating.

Stabbing pain from right nipple through to back, < deep inspiration, raising left arm (as in putting on overcoat).

Pain in chest through the right nipple and downward, only after noon.

Sudden catch under both sides of sternum simultaneously, on standing erect after sitting for a few minutes.

Sharp stabbing in left lumbar region, coming so suddenly as to shut off the breath in a grunt; coming at irregular intervals.

Cough short, hacking, almost continuous all day..

Dull pain and lameness in dorsal region.

Stabbing pain in right lower chest (posterior tenth rib).

< on motion, on rising from chair. (Both provers noted this in almost identical words.) Sore spot about four inches in a diameter over posterior tenth rib, not felt except on touch; no external signs.

Diarrhoea, semi-solid stool.

Loose watery, yellowish stools; small amounts at a time; no discomfort.

Feet constantly cold.

Back of hands and wrists perspire; cold, clammy, sticky sweat; none on covered portions.

Blueness of the hands ; hands blue or blue-white, especially the right: < letting the hand hang by the side; < carrying anything; < leaning on.

Hands pale and colorless.

Blueness of the hands every seven days.

Skin of hands wrinkled and lifeless looking. No elasticity to the skin.

Sweat profuse; warm on covered parts; cold, clammy, sticky on hands.

Putrid, carrion-like odor, not traced definitely to perspiration or to breath; not perceptible to or near the prover but noticeable at a distance of five or six feet; < after exertion, unusual strain or broken rest.

Sleep wakeful because of precordial pain.

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