No one did so much for the growth of our material madica as Dr.Constantine Hering . The article cited here one more method of developing clinical symptomatology . What wonderful reasoning went into the work of these great and scientific researchers !
By using this technic , we can add more remedies to various fears .
A short time ago while glancing over some medical journals I found , with out now being able to remember where , the question “ what should be done in the above mental derangement “ ? It can only be answered by experience ; but to wait until a remedy produces the above symptom under its provings , and then again to wait for its confirmation , is not answering the question . In this case , as in other cases , where the prominent symptom in not yet to be found among the provings , we must choose a remedy in accordance with all other symptoms , or if that is not sufficient we must generalize the symptoms of the special fear ; for instance fear of imaginary threatening evil ; but this belongs to the a, b, c, of prescribing and every body knows it . Again the remedy might be found by resorting to other symptom as “dreams of dogs “ fear of dogs in this dreams or other shrewd artifices . two complete and permanent cures , both effected after the disease and existed for years are worth relating after the disease had existed for years that the first inducement for this narration in the well known story of the painter ; an artist who had endeavoured in vain to paint the foam at the mouth of a horse so as to satisfy thee connoisseur , finally irritated and out of patience , took the sponge which he had repeatedly used for wiping off the paint , and dashed it against the picture , behold there was the foam !
A patient who belonged to the class of “ tormentors “ complained , besides innumerable other symptoms , for a fear of being syphilitic but contended that he must have become so in an extraordinary way etc., after he had been compelled acknowledge that he was decidedly better in every respect , he still continued to be haunted by this fear he demanded a remedy which would show whether any portion of that disease remained in his system . I gave him Syphilinum 30 (lappe) which had just been received as some thing new , principally find out whether it would produce any new symptoms . Though he experienced some , they were too trifling to be noted . His tormenting fear however grew less and then ceased entirely , with a vial of this medicine in his pocket , he took leave and has not been seen since
A few years later the father of one of my students told me under the seal of the greatest secrecy , that he feared his son would show symptoms of syphilis , as a paternal inheritance , although he , the father had never known any other woman than his wife , the mother of his son , the son was the picture of health and very likely it was this fear which induced the father to urge the son to study medicine . I gave the father syphilinum told him it would cure him , which it did .
Of course , it will be understood that these two cases prove nothing and they are only related because they induced me to give hydrophobinum for the fear of hydrophobia . In cases where persons had not been bitten by the mad dog or had not been bitten at all , a fear which embittered the life of the well known poet Raymond .
A rich and influential merchant of pheladelphia , after having especially demanded a confidential interview related that he was mentally diseased ; for years he said he said he had been tormented by the idea that he might be attacked with hydrophobia . He could not recollect ever having been bitten by a dog , not even by a healthy dog but certainly never by a sick or a mad dog . His reason compelled him to understand , that he had no right to have this fear , but not withstanding his reasoning he could not rid himself of it ; he was not afraid of dogs , but he disliked to see them because their sight renewed his fear ; he did not fear ; he did not dream of dogs but he passed most of his nights sleeplessly walking up and down in despair I feel he said that I can not physically endure this much longer and I shall be compelled to enter an insane asylum , my imagination alone is sufficient to cause the disease I so much dread in answer to the question whether he had seen any one suffering from this disease , he said no but I have read about it until my physician interdicted it and my wife with tears in her eyes begged me to read no more on this subject , but that is of no use said ,he , can you do any thing for me .
That I do not know ways my answer it may be ! his physician was one of our local celebrities , and of those block heads who think that homoeopathy cures through imagination , there fore I told the patient intentionally that cases of this kind were very rare occurrence and nothing could be promised with certainty , that he should continue for some time to take homoeopathy remedies , having tried the ordinary mode of care long enough and knowing that he could not be cured at all . I gave him hydrophobinum 30 (lappe) and he went away without encouragement . This cruelty , as the patient confessed he had no faith in homoeopathy and I had told him , faith was not at all requisite ,the man would never have submitted to a continued treatment . It would have been labour lost to try to investigate the case fully , and I would therefore only make an experiment nothing entitled to me to choose this remedy as there was no connection between the salt in the saliva of a mad dog where the saliva becomes mixed with the blood . the provings on the healthy have shown that it produces certain effects , among which sometimes attacks persons bitten by a mad dog , among which is the symptom of tormenting fear of a threatened evil . In the above related doubt full cures with syphylinum which might easily for the fear of syphilis , analogy decided the choice! analogy the mother of so many errors was to be justified the cases with syphylinim which might easily be doubted and controverted , were to be confirmed by facts which can not so easily be thrown aside . A week later , the gentleman returned and said , I feel quite well the torment , the torment I have suffered for years has left me . The first powder (the one which contained the medicine ) I felt through the whole body , while taking the others I recovered entirely . Why did you not tell me this ? because I did not know it , cound not know it “ was my answer “ am I now cured ? and for ever ? that I do not know very likely not but should disease return , you may call again . did your small poder produce this effect ? why not they do still more , he asked for another package and received something innocent . He asked how he should regulate his mode of life and was answered “ as he had not been requested to make any changes during the last week he need certainly not make any now . This happened twenty years ago , and he had not been seen since . While no inference can be drawn from this one case , the following is of much more importance
A respectable physician from the neighbourhood brought me a patient on account of the peculiarity of the case –he was what people generally call a very nervous man . He related verbally , and as we were frequently interrupted , at my request in writing the following .;
Two years ago he visited a friend in the evening ; a small dog came running out ogf the house and bit him in the right calf , without causing a wound or even a visible impression . The little dog was healthy and remained so , for six weeks , the patient felt a continued pain in that spot , later only now and then ; sometimes the pain came when he was not thinking of it at all . lately he became much worse and quite severe . It was burning pain precisely on the spot where he was bitten by the dog from thence it extended over the whole body and he felt very strangely , during the night it changed into a trembling , he is full of fear , this fear consists in the painful conviction that hydrophobia was attacking him , nevertheless he felt very thirsty and had no aversion to drink , but on the contrary , drank large quantities of water . Yesterday at 10 am he began to spit a great deal , which continued all day till supper , could take no nourishment , could not remain at the table , drank some strong tea after which salivation discontinued until 8 pm and then commenced again during the night he slept little , was disturbed by disagreeable , disconnected dreams , felt strangely , he had a trembling sensation through the whole body , mental emotions always makes him worse mentioned place had been relieved by hot steam striking against it arsenicum had been given previously , since bite , two years ago , he is afraid of dogs , night before lost and since then he has a pricking sensation under the tongue ,This is all I could ascertain . I gave him hydrophobinum 200 (janichen) .A few pallets on his tongue at once became more perceptible , A letter from his physician , who was as well as the patient .not informed what medicine I had given and stated not informed what medicine I had given and stated on the 1st of February while traveling home the pricking pain under the tongue and the pain in the right leg became less severe salivation is also diminished . The day following he felt worse without with out the frequent spitting . ; the next day the improvement began again and continued . on the third day salivation returned , it was supposed because he had not eaten his meals at the regular meals at the regular times .. on the same day he felt pain in his foot , similar to a rheumatic pain his brother complained of .All his symptoms of two years standing as well as the later ones had disappeared , he could eat as formerly , he spit but little .the pricking under the tongue had ceased and also the burning and all the other morbid sensations through the whole day . he has now pain in the sole of the right foot extending up to the ankle ; great weakness in the back as if it would split and fall apart I gave him , in case that the burning pain should return , a higher potency of the same remedy
Among the symptoms of this case some were similar to those produced on the healthy by the same remedy especially of the frequent splitting which is very characteristic ,but scarcely would this alone have induced me to give it , had I not had the experience of the former case
In this manner weak rods may become strong staves by augmentation . should similar cases confirm the above , then we could add this missing symptom which we can never expect to produce by our proving the only way to learn how to cure these , is by experience with the sick
So I here state a certain cure by hydrophobinum ‘
Ten years ago in the month of august I was requested to see a gentleman over fifty years of age . Who had suffered for a day or so . he stated a new symptom which he had not spoken of , as he thought it of no importance . He had several striking symptom . the attacks were worse at night the straining to evacuate caused a violent pain in the small of the back and in the rectum , compelling him afterwards to walk about , enough weak : he could neither lie down nor stand up , for any length of time on the morning on which he stated this one characteristics symptom , he related that after one of these evacuations of bloody mucus and after the dimunition of the pain he sat at open front chamber widow , carefully selected remedies had given one short relief , and one characteristic symptom had not been recorded in the material madica , and would probably never be experienced by healthy provers , by analogy alone I gave the patient a few pallets of hydrophobinum 200 on the tongue .The improvement was rapid and permanent . The disease had now lasted almost six weeks after this single dose of hydrophobinum was taken he was dismissed as cured