G.W.W. (17), small but well proportioned and of
good constitution, healthy since his ninth year,
has been deaf since he was four years old. When
three years of age, he had an eruptive disease of the whole
scalp, which, after resisting for a year all the milder methods of
allopathic treatment, was finally caused to disappear in the following
manner: A tar-cap was placed upon the head, and when firmly adherent to
the scabs, was violently torn off; the scabs came with it, leaving the
whole scalp raw. This raw surface was moistened with a saturated
solution of nitrate of silver. The eruption did not reappear; but from
that time the child was deaf.
The condition of the youth now excites the
earnest solicitude of his friends. His inability to move in society, or
to get a situation in business, on account of his deafness, has
produced a morbid state of mind. He broods over his infirmity, and
secludes himself even from his own family.
Under these circumstances, he applied to me
to be cured of his deafness. His present condition is as
follows: He is quite unable to hear ordinary conversation, and has
never heard a sermon in his life. A loud-ticking lever watch can be
heard at a distance of three and a half inches from either ear. On
application of the watch to his forehead, or to his teeth, he
hears it distinctly. Occasional buzzing noises in front of the ears. A
physical examination of his ears reveals the following conditions: The
external meatus is abundantly supplied with soft, normal wax. The
membrana tympani is white, opaque, and evidently thickened. When
the patient attempts to inflate the middle ear (which he accomplishes
with great difficulty, by closing both mouth and nose and making a
forcible expiration) the membrane tympani becomes but very slightly
convex, and it is impossible to distinguish its distended blood
vessels. There has evidently been a deposit in the substance of the
membrane. On examination of the throat, it appears that the orifice of
the eustachian tube is free.
Feb. 3rd, 1857. Patient received a powder containing three globules of Mezereum 30, to be taken on retiring.
Feb. 24th. Thinks he hears better -- "every
sound seems much louder than before." Hears my watch at a distance of
four and a half inches from the right ear, and four and a quarter from
the left ear. (No medicine.)
March 1st. Has not improved during the last week. Mezereum 30, three globules.
March 27th. Hears my watch, with the right
ear, six and a half inches, and with the left, seven inches. (No medicine.)
April 20th. Hears my watch, with the right
ear, at a distance of ten inches, and with the left, at a distance of
fourteen inches. Hears ordinary conversation easily, with attention. (No medicine.)
Sept. 28th. Has been steadily improving
until three weeks ago, when he became more deaf again, without
apparent cause. Mezereum 30, three globules, on retiring.
Jan. 26th, 1858. Hears my watch at a
distance of fourteen inches from the right ear, and twenty-four inches
from the left ear. Deafness returns when he takes cold, but disappears
with the cold. Mezereum 30, three globules on retiring.
March 19th. To his surprise, on going to church,
although seated at the extreme end of a very large building, he
distinctly heard the whole sermon -- for the first time in his life. On
physical examination, the opacity of the membrana tympani is found to
have disappeared, and its elasticity to have sensibly increased.
May 24th. Patient writes me that he has obtained,
without difficulty, a situation in a store, and that he is no longer
conscious of being deaf. His sole difficulty is that, as he has
the reputation of being deaf, everybody shouts at him. His father
writes that the son's hearing is "perfectly restored."
The success of the treatment resorted to in this instance warrants a
few remarks upon its rationale. Here was a case which presented
to the practitioner apparently nothing on which to base a prescription.
There was a thickened membrana tympani -- nothing more. The work
of thickening had probably been accomplished years ago. Here was a pathologico-anatomical condition, but no pathological process
and, consequently, there were no abnormally performed functions -- or
in other words, no symptoms of disease -- from which to draw
indications for the treatment. The pathological-anatomical condition
threw no certain light on the pathological process which had produced
it -- just as a knowledge of the town at which a traveller has arrived,
gives no certain clue to the road by which he reached it.
...the history of a case is
often of the utmost importance in determining the treatment. In the
case before us the coincidence between the violent removal of the
tinea capitis by nitrate of silver, and the appearance of the deafness,
was too marked to escape notice. It could not fail to occur to the
practitioner that the scalp disease... disturbed in its localization
upon the scalp, had transferred itself to the tissues of the ear. It
further occurred to me that, since in this latter localization there
were no sufficient indications for a prescription, I might find such
indications in the phenomena of the former localization upon the scalp.
I accordingly addressed myself to the task of getting a complete
picture of this affliction, which had disappeared thirteen years
before. By good fortune the mother of the patient was possessed of a
good memory, and of very excellent powers of description, and from her
I learnt that "thick, whitish scabs, hard and almost horny, covered the
whole scalp. There were fissures in the scales, through which, on
pressure, there exuded a thick, yellowish pus, often very offensive.
There was great itching, and a disposition to tear off the scabs with
the finger-nails -- especially troublesome at night.
The remedy, which corresponds most closely, in its
pathogenesis with the above group of symptoms is undoubtedly Mezereum.... The resemblance between these groups of symptoms was so striking that Mezereum was at once selected as the remedy for this case of deafness, just as if the scalp affliction had still been in its original form, and had been the immediate object of the prescription.
Dr. Tyler then quotes James Tyler Kent from his Lectures on Homeopathic Materia Medica on some characteristics of Mezereum: "It [Mezereum] tends to manifest the sufferings of the body on the skin; it throws the physical evils to the surface. The Mezereum
patient is in fairly good health when the eruptions are out. When
suppressed, catarrhal affections, nervous disorders, strange mental
symptoms, constipation, rheumatism, joint symptoms appear; he becomes a
(Dr. Margaret Tyler, Homeopathic Drug Pictures)
The case is that of an eighty-four year old
woman with senile dementia who is a resident in an old people's
hospital. At the time of my initial visit to see her in the hospital,
she had been a resident for seven months. The nurse-in-charge at this
hospital is a student of homeopathy. It was she who suggested to the
family that homeopathy would be worth a try.
The patient had an ulcer on her left heel which had
originally begun as a pressure sore. She had been on antibiotics for
two months, and was currently on Floxapen. The ulceration was not
healing. The sore on the sole of the foot was turning black. The doctor
said "pre-gangrenous" and was offering the option of an amputation.
This woman has an extra-ordinarily devoted husband who wanted to avoid
that trauma for his wife. And so I was called in to see her.
The first noticeable thing was the smell in her
room. There were three deodorisers doing their best and not wholly
succeeding. The smell permeated the atmosphere in the small hospital,
even noticeable from the hospital entrance.
There were three areas of ulceration/erosion on the
left foot. The original one on her heel, one on the sole of the foot,
and one on the upper lateral part of her foot over the head of the 5th
Her foot actually felt reasonably warm to touch,
though it looked bluish-purple. It was apparently painless to her,
though that symptom is common enough in cases of dementia. She had a
most beautiful smile, but she was not fully aware of what was going
Plan: Echinacea tincture irrigation of the wound and Secale 30C. Because she was on antibiotics I decided to give Secale three times a day for two days.
Day one after the remedy: The patient was dozy and not wanting to eat, so the dose of Secale was reduced to only one dose a day.
Day two: The wounds were odour-free for the first time. The food lesions look deeper.
Day three: The patient was chatty and alert.
Day five: The central 'core' of the area on the
upper side of her foot had come out, so the wound looked deeper but
much cleaner. It was deep enough that I could see the bone of the
metatarsal head. The sole of the foot was sloughing purulent/necrosed
tissue. The doctor said it looked much better that when he last saw it.
In herself, she was much brighter. There was more 'direction' in her
comments, and more force in her voice. Her husband, who fed her, said
she was eating her breakfast in half the time it used to take... I
asked the nurse who was doing the dressing what she thought was
helping, the antibiotics or the homeopathy? She said bluntly, "Well
she's been on the antibiotics for two months already and it never did
any good before." Plan: Continue with the Echinacea dressings and Secale 30C once a day.
Day twelve: The area remained odour-free. The heel
area was beginning to close over, the area much smaller. The sole of
the foot was still sloughing off. It looked cleaner. The hole looked
bigger. The nurse reported that the fistula between the heel and sole
eroded area might be closing. Wound on upper side of foot was clean, no
more sloughing. It was beginning to granulate. The patient was a little
more sensitive to dressing changes. In herself not quite so bright.
Plan: Continue with Echinacea. No more Secale.
One month after the original visit: The heel wound
was half the previous size, looking clean and good. Ulcer on upper side
of foot was half the original size also. Sole of foot clean, pink,
healthy looking. Still a slight sloughing in that area. Maybe getting a
little smaller; certainly not any bigger. Plan: Continue Echinacea.
Three weeks later: Heel no longer needed dressing.
Scab slowly coming off. Well sealed and covered. Side of foot also
progressing well. Sole of foot, half the size, and not so deep. In
self, eating whole meals. Continued slight overall improvement in the
Two and a half months after the initial visit: Heel
completely better. Side of foot only half centimetre yet to heal. Sole
two centimetre long and granulating well. Eating very well. A week ago
said "yes," instead of her usual "no" to the offer of a tour in a
wheelchair. The past few mornings she was actually chewing off a piece
of toast, which was unusual for her. Usually she would spit out lumps
Three months after initial visit: Healed over. Still chatty, the mental improvement maintained.
A few months later the patient was having
difficulty with constipation, having to have either an enema or manual
removal of the stool every three or four days. She was given another
dose of Secale 30C after which the bowel was more active, though she remained incontinent...
Since that time I have had the opportunity to treat
several other residents at the hospital. There has been an on-going
initiative from the nursing staff to use Echinacea or Calendula
tincture or cream on the small skin tears which are inevitable with the
fragile skin of old folk. The healing time is noticeably improved with
this homeopathic care. Arnica is given for bumps and bruises where it
is indicated after falls, etc.
(Presented at the Toronto School of Homeopathic Medicine, 2005)
Mrs. E. called on me complaining of a strange
feeling about the heart, as if a beat were dropped. She said that at
first it occurred only occasionally through the day and hardly
attracted her notice, but gradually for some weeks had increased in
frequency until now it was making her quite nervous and anxious. Her
general health was and had always been good. Auscultation revealed a
firm, strong pulsation of heart, perfectly normal except the loss of
one beat every fifth to eighth, the pulse at wrist corresponding. In
questioning for the cause I asked, "had she had any fright or nervous
shock of late?" She replied in the negative, but on thinking, said
"that about six weeks previous her son, with three other young men, had
gone out in a boat on the lake; while watching them from the bank,
suddenly the boat capsized, and the boys were precipitated into the
water, and really came near being drowned."
Taking fright and anxiety of mind as the key-note for the remedy, I prescribed Aconite
3X. In 24 hours there was marked improvement, and by the end of a week
the patient was perfectly well, and has never had any return of the
(Presented at the Toronto School of Homeopathic Medicine, 2005)
No. 16: Two cases with a family history of tuberculosis by E. B. Nash
L. D. G., a man sixty years of age, whose brothers
and sisters had several of them died of consumption, had been troubled
at times with a spasmodic gagging cough for twenty-five years. He was
operated on for a stricture of the urethra, and a few weeks after was
attacked with chills resembling fever and ague. It was in the winter
season, and chills and fever are not common here at any time of the
year, unless imported. He had several of these chills daily, until
there developed a strong Rhus toxicod.
condition, when a dose of that remedy put an end to them. But here
followed frequent attacks of great pain from the back all through the
abdomen, especially the hypogastric region. When I would get these
pains in the bowels relieved in a measure he would have what appeared
to be neuralgic pains in different parts all over him, first in one
place, then in another. When these would seem to subside, he would
begin to cough more, and so the thing travelled from pillar to post for
Dr. Sheldon, of Sarcous, a man of large
experience, was called in consultation. After careful examination, he
decided, in view of the family history and (as he expressed it) a
peculiar doughy feeling in the abdominal walls, that the case was
tubercular in character, and advised Verat. album at present, because the patient was so weak and reduced and cold, especially the extremities.
It was given, but with little or no effect, and
things went on as usual until on his theory of Tuberculosis one evening
I dropped a dose of Tuberculinum
upon his tongue. The effect was that he slept that night quietly as if
under the influence of an anodyne, and every symptom was alleviated,
and he improved in every way for weeks until he was able to be out on
the street every day. It was very cold weather and he caught cold and
came down to the bed again. After a few doses of Aconite to symptoms following his exposure, he received another dose of Tuberculinum
as before, with similar effect, and in a short time he had so far
improved as to be able to go on a visit to his friends in Troy, N. Y.
How he will come out is still a question, but
repeated effects of the remedy were so apparent in so grave a case that
I have deemed them worthy of narration.
I will add now, Dec. 17th, 1900, that the case of
L. D. G. has continued to improve until he seems as well as he has
during the last ten years and weighs more.
Another case -- Maude Porter, age 27, unmarried;
sanguine, nervous temperament; short and stout when in health; blue
eyes, brown hair.
Has had bad occasional epileptic fits for eleven
years. Have been less frequent for past two years under the influence
of a specialist's medicine that she got by letter from New York. Her
mother had just died of tubercular consumption. Maude cared for her and
was continually over her for the last month of her sickness.
After her mother died, on May 28, 1900, she came to me bringing symptoms as follows:
Can't eat anything.
On that date I prescribed Pulsatilla 200th and later 10M with no perceptible change for the better.
Mouth tastes very badly; in the morning worse.
Smell of cooking food nauseates.
Coughs badly, especially nights.
Soreness middle of chest, behind sternum, worse when coughing or ascending hill or stairs.
Has lost 22 lbs. of flesh since May 1st.
Backache when tired.
Feels cold and shivery, worse morning and evening.
Feels very weak, can't walk without fatigue.
Passed her last period without menses.
Greatly depressed and cries easily.
Has had a cough since la grippe last December.
Has had diarrhea for past two weeks.
Pulse from 100 to 120 all the time.
After Pulsatilla failed I prescribed for her Tuberculinum 1M, and for the next four months she got about once in two weeks the same, once or twice changing to Bacillinum
200, under which treatment she made a perfect recovery, and is doing
her usual housework, looking as well as ever at this date, December 17,
I believe that she would have gone with quick
consumption but for this remedy. What do you think, my reader?
(Dr. E. B. Nash, Leaders in Homeopathic Therapeutics)
No. 17: Two Spigelia cases cited in Temple S. Hoyne, M.D., Clinical Therapeutics in Homeopathy
Case 1: Miss A., seamstress, obliged to use her eyes constantly, says
"her sight is perfect and her eyes are never inflamed." At times is
troubled with a very severe pain in her eyes, especially the right; the
pain usually commences in the afternoon, grows worse toward night and
sometimes incapacitates her for work; it is sharp and stabbing in its nature, seems to pierce the eye like a needle and then radiates in every direction;
worse on any attempt to move the eyes and the application of warmth
generally gives some relief. Examination showed no refractive anomaly,
or derangement of the accommodation. Spig.
6 was given for the characteristic pain; she took the remedy two weeks,
but with no improvement either in the frequency or severity of the
attacks. As the remedy still seemed indicated, the potency was changed
to the 30 C, which soon gave her relief, and in a short time wiped out
the whole difficulty.
(Dr. F.H. Foster)
Case 2: Mrs. H. had suffered for some weeks past with a violent
face-ache, which had become intolerable under allopathic treatment. It
corresponded to Spig. The lady being extremely sensitive, Spig. 200
was dissolved in a cupful of water and one spoonful of this solution
mixed in a second cupful of water; one teaspoon of this was given, and
the effect was violent in spite of my precaution. Immediately after
taking the dose, she had an attack of the pain, which was more violent
than any of the preceding ones had been. This attack lasted only five
minutes; it then ceased altogether, and the pain has never returned
No. 18: Several Thuja cases cited in Hoyne, Clark and Tyler
Case 1: (Warty growth on canthus) Mrs. T., aged sixty-five; a
dark complexioned lady, with an evident tendency to moles and warty
growths, consulted me June 12, 1878, for the removal of an unsightly,
black, projecting growth springing from the skin just between the inner
canthus of the right eye and the root of the nose. This had existed for
four years, and had recently grown more rapidly and become slightly
painful. Instead of excision, to which the patient objected, I
prescribed Thuj. 3, tinct., one drop three times a day, and Thuj.
0, to be painted over it every morning. It withered up and dropped off
on the 9th of July, only twenty-seven days from the commencement of the
(Dr. J. M. Moore)
Case 2: Today a case has turned up which is very likely to prove that
polypus in the ear can be cured without the snare, which may also prove
a delusion, for I have seen them come back again. This man had a very
good-sized one, showing outside the external meatus, and making him
deaf in damp weather, when it swelled, and, of course, occluded the
passage -- and nasal polypi will also enlarge in wet weather. The
polypus had a small aperture in it, and was pear-shaped; it often
discharged a fluid, with a snapping noise. If these polypi are enlarged
follicles, we can understand why Thuj.
should act so powerfully on them. It was more for experiment's sake
that I kept steadily to this medicine, touching it externally with
mother tincture, and using internally the first decimal. It soon made
it transparent and shrank it, and now it is about a fourth of the
original bulk, and has intracted well within the ear. Two reasons
prevented me from removing it: the first was its thick pedicle, and the
operation is excessively painful, even at the quickest; and secondly,
the success of the Thuj.
points to a sycotic origin. Now nearly four months have elapsed, as far
as I can guess without reference, and, with the exception of a few
doses of Sulph., at the beginning, and Calc. carb., midway, he has been all along on Thuj.
9. Not only has his hearing improved, but his health, manifestly; and I
trust it will prove "lignum vitae" to him, and give him a renewal as
far as this life is concerned.
Case 3: March, 1833, I was attacked with ileus [an obstruction of
the bowel accompanied with colic pains]. The seat of the painful
trouble was in the right lower part of the abdomen (typhylitis) [i.e.,
appendicitis]. The disease lasted two weeks. In the middle of the
fourteenth night, which was one of unspeakable torment, I had the luck
to hit upon the right remedy myself, one never before given in this
disease. It was Thuj. and the symptom leading to it, sweat only on uncovered parts, while covered parts were dry and hot. One globule Thuj.
30 relieved the pain in five minutes; after ten minutes, a copious
stool, followed by sound sleep from which I awoke next morning feeling
as if newborn. Con. and Lyc. completed the cure.
Case 4: In this connection I want to show you a warty boy. This boy,
aged twelve, came to the hospital on March 14, with 160 warts on the
hands and feet. The assistant house physician, Dr. Rocky, gave him Thuj.
200. A week later, he reported again, having lost during the week,
about sixty of these troublesome growths. Today he says he has
fifty-three left, showing a loss during the past week of forty-seven.
At this rate he will soon get rid of the rest of them, and to be able
to hold up his head with the other boys of the neighborhood.
Prescription today, plenty of soap and water, and Thuj. 200. [Note -- A week later he had forty warts, and he has not been seen since.]
(Dr. T. Hoyne, Hahn. Hosp. Clinic)
Case 5: Spinal curvature. The spine, from fifth to twelfth
vertebra, bent backward, the long dorsal muscles in the region
atrophied. The patient, a boy, at eleven, cannot stand erect, is bent
forward, and supports his body by putting his hands upon his knees. On
sitting upon a chair he supports himself by holding fast to the back of
the chair, on sitting upon the floor his head sinks down upon his
knees. His hair is thin, of slow growth; urethra reddened; belly
enlarged (pot-bellied); nose always stopped up. Thuj.
300, one dose. A month after this, much better; moves about more
handily, and sit erect in a chair for a short time, and then the
improvement continued, but the restoration of the back to a normal
state took about two years.
(Dr. C. Kunkle)
Case 6: Polypus of the Vocal Cords
-- Dr. Hendricks, Sr., says: "An old lady, whose husband was in the
army, lost her formerly clear voice. She had been treated a long time
by homeopaths and allopaths, bit in vain. She had also gone through the
hands of the specialists. They had discovered polypus of the vocal
cords, and had proposed an operation to her, as it was life or death.
The doctor, suspecting syphilis, felt moved to give Thuja 30, in solution, four times daily. After three doses, the voice was clear and the polypus gone."
Case 7: Imbecililty of mind and loss of speech after vaccination
in a girl aged 3. Vaccination took place successfully some weeks ago.
Since then restless sleep; fretfulness; peevishness; "cries the whole
day." Remarkably fast growth of hair since vaccination. Before
vacccination the child had commenced talking; since vaccination she had
not uttered one word. She has lost her mind; nothing excited her
attention; her eyes stared vaguely; occasional flow of saliva from the
mouth; looking like an idiot. Thuj.
30, in water night and morning for three days. Improvement commenced
some three or four days after the first dose and continued until
gradual recovery had taken place.
(Dr. C. Kunkle)
Case 8: Wee boy of three. Comes as mentally deficient.
Very dirty: incontinence of stool and urine by night. Ate a dog's
faeces. At the children's hospital the mother was told "You can't
replace brains" he will never be normal. Was vaccinated and did not
take; done again at nine months. Mother had also, before his birth, a
filthy discharge (gonorrhoeal?), another indication for Thuja. He was given Thuja,
with almost miraculous results. Already, four weeks later, "Wonderfully
better. Wonderfully different. Understands what you say, talks; getting
fatter. Sleeps better. Very observant, asks 'What's that? -- What's
that?' Had a birthday party four days ago, and was as normal as
anybody." Mother says, "The Great Ormond Street doctor said, 'You
cannot replace brains' -- but you have!"
Another month; plays about the room and chatters. When his mother calls
him to have his coat on says, "Just a minute, Mummie!" But of course
this was not a real case of mental deficiency, merely arrested
(Dr. M. Tyler, Royal London Homeopathic Hospital)
Case 9: Miss R. 40, complained of her head, especially at certain
moments, when ideas which did not concern her in the least came to her
as if someone else was thinking by her side. Thuja
produces a confusion in the thoughts which patients cannot rid
themselves of on account of great weakness and pain in the head. This
patient had for months been attending on a paralysed sister, frequently
getting up in the night and worrying herself about numberless things.
Her nervous system was very impressionable, and for weeks had reached a
point of extreme over-excitement. She could no longer calm herself, and
in addition she sneezed and coughed much. The problem was to give her
sleep and take away the pain in the head. Even when she was not obliged
to get up she could not get to sleep. Her eyes were also very much
The patient afterwards described her condition
thus: "I felt in the anterior part of the head, principally the
forehead, a sensation as if lead were compressing my eyes; these were
inflamed, worse by light, better in open air. Before going to sleep, I
felt a congestion in the head with headache, at the same time queer,
confused ideas which changed like a flash and fell upon the most odd
things. These were better when I opened my eyes or sat up. Before my
eyes images and statues arranged themselves. If I wished to think of
something sensible, in the twinkling of an eye I lost the thread of my
ideas. All this happened at night; during the day the wicked sprites
did not appear. My head and eyes pained me when there was much
movement, as when several people were speaking at once."
The effect of the dose she described thus: "After having taken the Thuja
I tasted a sweet repose. The next morning a complete transformation had
taken place in the head. The weight was gone, the eyes were more fresh,
the brain free."
(Dr. J. H. Clark)
No. 19: A cancer case cited in Margaret Tyler, Homeopathic Drug Pictures
Dr. Cooper gives wonderful cases of apparently malignant ulceration of the stomach, cured by Ornithogalum,
and one actually proved malignant by operation at one of the London
Cancer Hospitals, where the patient was afterwards informed that
"adhesions had been found between the stomach and the thoracic wall
with a cancerous growth and thickening of the pyloric extremity of the
duodenum, and that if had been impossible to remove all the diseased
tissue." He was later readmitted to the cancer hospital on account of
his agonizing pains, but when sent home six weeks later, was informed
by his own doctor that everything
possible had been done for him; that he could not possibly live long,
and that he must bear the pain while his life lasted."
Cooper found him writhing in agony on his bed. He
could keep nothing long on his stomach; warm foods relieved, cold
drinks aggravated. Pains were worse at night; they spread from stomach
to heart and between shoulders, as if an iron brick were being forced
through stomach and chest. The growth was rapidly enlarging, with
visable bulging underneath the attachment of the diaphragm; with marked
dullness on percussion; the bulging extending to scorbiculus cordis.
Tongue red, coated towards the back; bowels confined, with sometimes
In this case the effect of Dr. Cooper's unit dose of Ornithogalum was,
first, intensified pain, then bowels acted, and a frothy substance came
up which gave great relief. After a second unit dose, he began bringing
up a black jelly-like substance, with great relief to pain, and general
improvement in his condition.
During a couple of following months legs and feet
would go to sleep and he was unable to keep still. Then feet and ankles
began to swell; right leg felt bruised and got painful and angry; then
swollen and tense, and pitted on pressure. He had also a feeling as if
food choked him, with some flatus.... These symptoms confirmed Cooper
in his belief that this swelling of the absorbents shown by the
condition of the right leg and the previous swelling of feet and
ankles, resulted from the high pressure put upon the emunctories owing
to the setting free of the poison in the system. Some few weeks later
he came to show the terrible condition of his legs-swollen, with great
red streaks and patches coursing down the limbs. Cooper insisted upon
his walking away without another dose, believing that this was due to
the rapid elimination of the cancer poison. After that his recovery was
uninterrupted. He received no other medicine except at the very first,
when greatly suffering, a few doses of Carbo veg. 3x, which seemed to increase the pain, and was discontinued, and at the last a unit dose of Alliaria officinalis.
Cooper's treatment began in July 1898, and in May 1899 the man
wrote that he was in almost perfect health, appetite good; eating
almost any kind of food, able to enjoy meals, which he had not done for
many years, able to get about well, and carry on his business without
fatigue. "I have joined the Volunteer Force and have done two or three
stiff marches, besides firing in competitions, and feel no ill effects.
I have never felt so well for nearly twenty years. I feel wonderfully
well now, and have gained two stone odd which I lost during my illness."