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Pure Metallic Silver.

Preparation- Triturations.

Acts prominently upon the mucous membranes of the digestive, respiratory and genito-urinary tracts; also upon the articulations and their component elements-bones, cartilages, ligaments, etc.; cartilaginous surfaces; cartilages of the ears, Eustachian tube, nose, false ribs, tarsal cartilages, etc.  It also acts upon the spinal nerves, causing pains in various parts and a tendency to spasmodic action of muscles. It also acts upon the glandular organs and upon the heart.

Mind. - Increased cheerfulness and disposition to talk the whole time.

Head. - Suddenly giddy, as if a midst were before the eyes (Gels.), vertigo, with difficulty in controlling his senses.  Pressing pain, with dullness in forehead, with drawing pressure in occiput and stupor.  Pressive, tearing pains, at the temporal bones, increased by touch.  Aching, drawing pains in left temple.  oCrawling and whirling in the head as if drunken.

Eyes.- Margins of lids swollen, red and thick (Ant. crud., Graph., Lyc., Merc).  Violent itching of lids and corners of eyes (Sulph.).

Ears.- Corrosive itching of the lobules of both ears. Stitching, tearing, drawing pains.

Nose- Excessive, fluent coryza, with sneezing (Acon., Ars., Euph., Merc, cor.); mornings. Tingling and itching in nose, then bleeding.

Face.- Pressing and tearing in facial bones; drawing, tearing in right zygoma. Swelling of upper lips (Calc. c).

Mouth. - Dryness in the mouth; foetid breath. Tongue sore, and burning vesicles.

Throat.- Region of sub-maxillary glands swollen; neck stiff; swallowing difficult, as from internal swelling; has to force every mouthful down the throat. oSticky, tough saliva on palate causing scratching. Viscid, gray, jelly-like mucus in pharynx, easily hawked up; early in the morning.  Throat feels raw and sore (Arg. nit.) during expiration and coughing ; not on swallowing.  Painful tension in the fauces as from swelling when yawning.

Stomach..- Excessive appetite even when stomach feels full (Lyc.).

Abdomen..- Bruished pain over the left hip, and on the whole side of the pelvis. Loud rumbling and croaking in the abdomen with hunger.

Stool and Anus. - Frequent urging in the lower part of the rectum, with discharge of small quantities of soft stool.  Dry stool, like sand ; after dinner.

Urinary Organs.- Frequent desire to urinate, with profuse discharge (Apis, Arg. nit., Phos. ac.); ourine turbid; sweetish, profuse at night; odiabetes.

Male Organs. - Crushed pain in the testicles (Acon.); clothing increases the pain on walking. Seminal emissions almost every night, without erection, with atrophy of penis; after onanism. oYellowish, greenish gonorrhoea, of an indolent character from the beginning. . oChronic gleet.

Female Organs. - Pains in the left ovary (right, Apis) and loins.  oLeft ovary feels as if it were very large. oProlapsus uteri, with great bearing down and pain in left ovary, pain extending up back and down thigh, with leucorrhoea, yellow excoriating, ichorous, of intolerable odor. oIn uterine disease a sore feeling as if ulcerated, in the whole abdomen, worse when riding in a carriage.

Respiratory Organs. - oHoarseness, especially of professional singers, speakers, etc. (Arg. nit., Arum, Phos.).  Laughing produces mucus in the larynx, and excites cough (Cinch., Dros., Phos.). When stooping or ascending stairs, mucus rises in the throat, which is expelled by a single cough. Rawness and soreness in the zipper part of the larynx, when coughing, not when swallowing (Brom.).  oOver the bifurcation of the trachea a raw spot, worse when using the voice. A dull cutting which becomes a stitch, in the airpassages, from below upward, causing two or three fits of coughing.

Attacks of short, rattling cough by day, not at night, nor in the open air, with easy expectoration of white, thick mucus, like boiled starch. Great weakness of chest, worse on left side.

Heart. - Frequent spasmodic, though painless twitching of the whole cardiac muscle, especially when lying on the back.

Extremities.— Tenderness ; tearing pressure and pain in bones. Joints feel weak, sore, especially in descending. Sensation of soreness in joints, especially of hands and feet, fingers and toes.  Drawing in anterior surface of right upper arm when at rest.  Paralytic drawing on outside of left arm, with bruised feeling on pressure.  Bruised pain in radial part of wrist on pressure.  Painful tension in muscles about trochanters and buttocks, as if sprained, with bruised pain on pressure.  Bruised pain on left internal malleolus.  Tearing in the feet, at times in the soles, dorsum, heels or toes; in tarsal or metatarsal bones.

Generalities. Loss of power; after walking, unusual fatigue.  Weary, forced to lie down and sleep. Sensation of soreness and rawness in internal organs. Weakness in the morning on waking.  The attacks recur every day at noon.  Hectic fever every day from 11 to 12 or l o'clock.  Restless at night.

Compare Agar., Alum., Asaf., Calc. c, Cinch., Chin, sulph., Fer., Gels., Hep. s., Lye, Merc, Nitr. ac, Puls., Plat., Sep., Zinc.

Antidotes.— Merc, Puls.

Argentum Metallicum Antidotes.— Mercury.

THERAPEUTICS. . A valuable remedy in chronic laryngitis and hoarseness, especially in public singers or speakers. Cough from laughing or talking, or from irritation in larynx, with characteristic expectoration. Chronic pharyngeal catarrh with same expectoration, and with much rawness and soreness when coughing, not when swallowing.  Arthralgia and arthritic inflammation of the joints.  Rheumatic pains in limbs and back, generally worse when sitting, better when lying down.  Irritability of the heart. General aneemia with oedematous feet. Diabetes, especially insipidus.  Gonorrhoea and gleet, with symptoms already given.  Orchitis.  Seminal emissions without excitement or loss of sextial power. Bad effects from onanism.  Prolapsus and other uterine and ovarian diseases, with symptoms already named, xiectic fever.  Ailments from abuse of mercury.

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