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PROVINGS OF THE X-RAY

If Constantine Hering had never given the homeopathic profession anything but his admirable pathogenesis of Lachesis he would have been remembered in gratitude for all tune by the homeopathic world.

If Bernhardt Fincke had never given the homeopathic profession anything but his proving of the X-ray, his name, too, would be held in grateful remembrance by posterity, for its possibilities in the cure of many of the most obstinate of chronic diseases appear almost limitless.

We are indebted to Dr. John B. Campbell, one of the original provers, for the discovery of the great value of this dynamic agent in rousing the reactive vitality of the system, both mentally and physically, and thus bringing to the surface suppressed symptoms of persons laboring under a combination of dyscrasia, the miasms of Hahnemann.  This is especially true of the deep-seated constitutional ailments, sycotic in character, which so often terminate in malignant disease, especially cancer.

When the sycotic or syphilitic virus is grafted on a psoric or tubercular diathesis ; when from the paucity of presenting symptoms it is almost impossible to be certain of the predominant diathesis, in consequence of which the best selected antipsoric, Calcarea, Medorrhinum, Psorinum, Sepia, Sulphur, Syphilinum, or Tuberculinum, fails to relieve or to rouse the overpowered vitality to a sufficient degree to throw off or bring to the surface the predominant toxine, the X-ray bids fair to be our curative remedy.

Every physician who has had even a limited experience in the treatment of the toxic effect of the X-rays on either a bone or soft tissue will not need any proof of its deep-seated character and the extreme difficulty under any form of treatment of arousing the overpowered vitality and effecting a cure.  An X-ray burn, so-called, whether of the bone or skin, is almost impossible to heal, and despite the best efforts of the ablest practitioner, the best treatment known to medical science of the present day, is often fatal.

Here is a field of action in which the potentized dynamic remedy bids fair to be unrivaled, for there is no known homeopathic agent, either crude or potentized, that in its primary action is so deep-seated or long-acting in results. Neither is there any known agent that will more surely suppress and render incurable many chronic diseases as this, or none which better illustrates what Shakespeare said so long ago, that, "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread," or where

"A little learning is a dangerous thing,

Drink deep or touch not the Pyerion spring."

There is no therapeutic agent that so often cures, and so often fails where we think it ought to cure, in its empirical use, as this. If when its empirical use has roused latent vitality and restored suppressed symptoms we could correctly observe and interpret them, and for them find the similimum, what possibilities lie in the future ?

As maintained by Hahnemann, Hering and Fincke and demonstrated by the work of the Austrian Provers' Union, the dynamic potentized drug is the chief factor in both proving and healing.  Like Magnetis Polus Australis and other imponderabilia, electricity and the X-ray are both capable of potentization, and the potentized dynamic remedy is just as superior to the crude drug as Aurum, Lycopodium, Silicea or Sulphur.

A very able description of the discovery of the X-ray by Professor Roentgen was given in the Homeopathic Physician (March, 1896), by Dr. Walter M. James, and concluded with the words :

"Why should not the homeopathist seek to procure a proving of the effects of the X-ray upon the animal economy of the human being ? An inviting field is there opened up to the experimenters of our school. May it soon be cultivated !"

March 27, 1897.  A drachm vial filled with absolute alcohol was exposed to a Crook's tube in operation for half an hour, and then brought up to the sixth centesimal potency. With this smallest globules were moistened and the vials containing them presented to the members of the Brooklyn Hahnemannian Union, which met the same evening in regular session.

Of course everyone was curious of trying the new remedy and took a small number of globules on the tongue at once, and lo ! it began to reveal its existence immediately, and during the two hours of our being together a number of symptoms were observed, which were at once announced and taken down by our diligent Secretary. Some of the members from that time have been seriously affected, that they would not for any consideration try any more of that mysterious power.  The following is a narrative of its action upon the several provers, being perfectly healthy up to that time, which lasted from the beginning to two months. The action reveals not only new symptoms, but also hunted up many old ones.

If it is assumed that glass is opaque to the X-ray, it was not so in our case, for the alcohol in the vial was certainly affected by it, as the result of the provings show. If the X-ray penetrates certain tissues of the body in order to make the condition of the opaque organs, such as the bones and foreign bodies contained in the body, visible, it also shows its penetration into that invisible interior of the human being, which is under the dominion of the life-force.

Dr. Alice B. Campbell, one of the provers, said :

"Dr. Fincke presented each of us with a bottle of the X-rays, and said : 'It is a sample, you can take a dose.' Each of us took a dose. I thought it was such a low potency that it would not have any effect, and that was the reason I took it. We did not know what it was going to do. I took just the one dose."

I was in the best of health and spirits when I began to use the X-ray ; was a healthy girl, never had a doctor until pregnancy.

Nov. 24, 1906. A lady, aged 56, hereditary cancer in her family ; mother died of it at 52. For an injury of right breast, which resulted in a tumor, which would probably develop into cancer, the X-ray was used for months, reduced its size and entirely relieved the pain. Some time after a stiffening of neck on left side appeared, to which little attention was paid.  Suddenly one morning it went to right side, with intense pain, from which I have never been free for a moment since. Pain severe every night, and occurs in paroxysms during the day. Sudden "cricks" attack first one side, then the other < on getting cold, and turning the head nearly produces convulsions. The pain is more severe behind the ears,, the mastoid process. A sickening grating is heard between the bones of the cervical spine on turning the head. Skin behind the ears red and sore to touch.

The grating is heard and felt in nearly all the joints, especially the shoulders ; toe pains are 'steady, but at times will appear in sharp "cricks," then in streaks down the course of the nerves < by moving head or neck ; moving the head on pillow at night is agony. Sometimes the pain is relieved on keeping perfectly quiet, again gentle motion relieves.

Have read all the stiff neck symptoms in Lippe, Hering, Raue, T. F. Allen and other works ; the indicated remedy has failed to give me slightest relief.

Dec. 1, 1906. Last three days left side of head and neck pain intensely and constantly, at times paroxysms of cramping pain in cord, from left shoulder to head, and sharp shooting pain in head, back and above left ear. Cords feel too short. Only relief I have is in walking the floor. Skin is so sore, cannot bear the slightest touch, though hard pressure relieves for an instant. I am nearly mad with pain. (Dr: G-- has said frequently in the last month that he was afraid that I was getting too much X-ray ; I though not, although I thought it very queer he could not relieve my pain.)

Jan. 9, 1907. Have taken no X-ray treatment since Nov. 23d. Have not been out of the house for six weeks. Suffered torture for four weeks at every motion of head, neck or shoulders. The neuralgic pains were torturing, and the best selected remedies had little or no effect.  Spigelia partially relieved severity of pains, but they appeared on the right side of head and neck, yet never left the left side for an instant. Atropin relieved the right sided pain for 24 hours, but neck and shoulder are still lame. I now have no severe pain, if I lie still on left side of face and body, but am unable to lift head from pillow without taking my hands, and then only by a slow circular motion.

I can sit up or stand for 15 or 30 minutes, and then clutching, shooting, aching pains begin behind left ear, and in muscles of left side of neck, and I must lie down on left side, and in a few minutes am free from pain. The stinging, contracting of the muscles relieved, but the pain in back. of head is still persistent. Massage, at times, has given slight relief, at other times the slightest touch is so painful that it cannot be borne. Heat relieves the pains at times, but Arsenic does not.

Jan. 14. Improving some ; yesterday could lie with a much higher pillow, first time in six weeks. Should be able to bear the pains could the darting, aching, clutching pain in the bone behind the left ear, which makes its appearance every time I sit up over twenty minutes, be relieved. The stinging, contracting pain is better, and notwithstanding all the suffering from the last few weeks, I do not look as if I had been ill ; color good and gaining weight.

The tumor in breast is softening some, and decreasing in size.

The X-ray treatment was always the very lightest possible, and never once colored the skin red, although tanning it very brown. Took it at first but once a week ; the effect being so good, applied it every third or fourth day.  The first pain I had was a slight stiffness of neck on left side. In March it was only felt on turning in bed at night ; increased slightly and gradually until Nov. 1st; though I had one severe paroxysm of pain in right side of neck in May, relieved by hot applications, which still give some relief at times. Sitting in the hot sun shining on my neck gives some relief. Have suffered intensely of late from flushes of heat, similar to those I had during climacteric ; better afternoons and evenings.  The back of head at times seems perfectly well-next moment cannot bear slightest touch or lift my head from the pillow without great pain on both sides in muscles of neck.

 

1. Dr. B. L. B.B., after one dose of X-ray 6 cent.

A magnetic thrill in right hand extending up forearm, immediately.

No particular symptoms the next day.

Next morning awaked earlier than usual by dull aching in the left side of occiput, and immediately in left sacro-iliac region, then on posterior aspect of left thigh and calf, a dull ache.  These pains extend from above downward, not severe, lasting fifteen minutes.

In afternoon suddenly a sharp ache in left side of occiput on a small area. This occurred two or three times at intervals of some hours without regularity.

After that in the course of two or three days a trouble which he had once before, a catarrhal condition of inflammation of rectum with discharge of mucus, slightly bloody, after action of bowels.

Corns on soles of feet more sensitive than formerly, consisting of thickening of cuticle, and sometimes a little pin-head depression which does not scale off.

 

2. Dr. Miss Alice B. C., after one dose X-ray 6 cent.

A feeling on the external orbital margin as if it might be an ache, immediately.

Buzzing in right ear with pressure extending to temples.

Bearing down of eyelids.

Woke with headache next morning, continuing at intervals during whole day.

A pressing across forehead, with a miserable feeling generally as though going to be sick.

Sleepy with headache.

Bloody mucus from nose.

No appetite for anything, only sweet pudding or cake most tolerable.

Aversion to meat.

Heaviness and fullness in lower abdomen after eating small quantity.

Uneasy feeling in lower abdomen at intervals like fomentation, as though diarrhea would follow.

Most distress after midday and evening meal. Abdomen distended with full feeling.

(Pulsatilla, which a year ago helped for months a train of symptoms, had only very slight effect.

Drawing gnawing in the region of appendix as though inflammation were beginning.

Sensation in right lower abdomen as though bubbles were forming and wanting to burst (relieved by Taraxacum for twenty-four hours).

Flatulence with ineffectual desire for stool.

Seven days after taking the medicine was roused out of bed at 4 A. M. with desire for stool, and complete evacuation of immense quantity followed by nausea and vomiting, profuse sweat.

Colicky pain in right lower abdomen, sometimes extending behind hip, and retained urine.

Tenesmus vesicae continuing for twelve hours to 4 P. M., when the urine came freer.

Vomiting ceased though colic-pains remained for twelve days.

Moving aggravated pains especially on right side of abdomen, which seemed to adhere to the walls, feeling as if being torn off. Had to keep a large towel-pad between abdomen and thigh to support abdomen and prevent the excruciating pain.

Ate nothing for three days.

Thirst for cold drinks, though nothing tastes good. Tongue thickly coated.

Breath foul.

Only snatches of sleep during these twelve days, always followed by terrible mental depression, did not want to answer questions, did not want to see anybody nor speak to anybody, misanthropy.

Chills as soon as beginning to sleep running up back, preventing sleep.

Dreams of distressing nature.  Recurrence of a dream that used to trouble her many years ago.  This dream was repeated at wide intervals over twenty years ago. Now it came every night for five times.

Seven days from beginning of the attack had a return of renal colic with vomiting, continuous nausea, cold sweat and retention of urine on left side. A clutching pain from kidney to bladder that never relaxed for four hours, causing the wildest demonstration of agony, ghastly face, blue rings around sunken eyes, violent trembling, frightful restlessness, cold sweat, urine retained in ureter, giving a perfect picture of Tabacum which also relieved the symptoms. As soon as the pains in the ureter relaxed, the urine seemed to fill up the bladder and then passed without pain. Some spasm remained and was relieved by Cantharis in five minutes. (He had something like this before, about a year ago, by all means not so severe, a mere strangury.)

Varicose veins inside of knees and legs, with swelling and soreness (after years returned).

The palms of the hands, which were rough and scaly and bleeding at times, became entirely smooth during proving. Healing action. After that the hands went back to former condition while general health improved.

Prostration for a long time.

During the continued action of the X-ray she suffered so much that for some time she had to take medicine to counteract it. All these symptoms have been thrown out.

 

3. Dr. John B. C., March 28th, 1897, took X-ray 6 cent., three doses in globules ten minutes apart.

Five minutes after second dose.

Sensation of fullness of head with slight full feeling in both ears, worse in right ear.

Feeling in head and nose as if coryza were about to commence, with some slight desire to sneeze.

Sense of pressive fullness starting from posterior prominence of vertex in a straight line to bridge of nose, followed by fullness in entire vertex extending to bridge of nose.

Tingling in both arms as of an electric current, or as if asleep.

Intermittent, slightly burning rheumatic-like pain in right carpo-metacarpal articulation extending from index-finger up outside of forearm.

Aggravation of fullness over vertex worse along centre to nose, worse stooping.

Dull pain in right sciatic nerve, worse on walking.

Wandering pains in chest, sticking in character, worse on right side.

Sticking pains in different parts of head and face.

Rheumatic pains in different parts of head and face.

Rheumatic pains in front of right thigh.

March 29th.  Bad taste in forenoon.

Disagreeable fullness of head all morning, with bland coryza

and stoppage of nostrils.

General tired and sick feeling.

Symptoms gradually increasing in severity after noon.

Headache gradually extending to frontal region, worse in centre of forehead.

Sense of pressure in centre of forehead.

Dull headache in morning, worse stooping and after rising.

Symptoms all intermittent in character, they have all returned.

Sensation of sulphur-vapor in nose, with much sneezing.

Aching pain across top of head, coronal suture, on blowing nose and after it.

Pain in dorsal region.

Sulphur-vapor sensation in throat and nose.

Intermittent noise as of deep steam whistle in left ear, and ringing in head.

Mental processes not clear ; writes wrong words in letters.

Stitching pain in right upper chest, going through to upper part of scapula.

Rheumatic pain in left wrist and forearm.

Lame and stiff in back.

Aching whole length of spine.

Chilly while undressing in warns room.

March 30.  Constant ache in vertex, worse on waking, also worse coughing, sneezing, motion or head low.

Rheumatic twinge in last two phalangeal articulations of index and middle finger for a short time in forenoon.

Appetite diminished.

Nose stopped, worse on left side.

Throat painful on swallowing.

Sense of painful lump about left tonsil, worse swallowing.

Very vivid lewd dreams repeated night after night.

Dreams of strife, busy dreams.

Sleep not unrefreshing, though apparently dreaming al night.

Remark of the Prover.  This medicine resurrects old troubles that have been long dormant, and remedies that formerly helped have little, if any, effect against the renewed difficulty In five provers old symptoms were brought to light. In some cases the symptoms had been absent one year, some six twelve or even thirty years.

May 24.  No appetite for breakfast (an old symptom absent for years).

Re-appearance of an old slight pimply eruption on left side of forehead.

Persistent exhaustion and languor ; this last was marked and not attributable to spring.

Return of a slight eruption on outside of lower legs, burning when scratched, worse after scratching (absent for months) .

Observation of the Prover.  It seems this medicine might be used in three ways : left To develop old troubles or those which might become latent from any cause including suppression. 2. To develop acute symptoms already present as against its own pathogenetic phenomena. 3. As an antipsoric somewhat like Sulphur.

 

4. Dr. Miss C., March 27, 9 P. M., one dose X-ray 6 cent.

An indescribable sensation in esophagus, immediately.

Pain in right side of head above temple. Palpitation during evening, causing cough.

Pulsations greatly diffused and violent, provoking an exclamation which was repressed, accompanied with a desire to walk in open air, and entirely relieved by lying down.

Before going to sleep, dull pain in upper jaw on right side.

Scraping pain in lateral incisor, aggravated by noises and jarring of cars.

March 28. After waking at daybreak next morning sensation in dorsal region of spine, as if its convexity were anterior and drawn far forward, lasting but a minute, and followed by a very uncomfortable feeling in that region, lasting a much longer time.

In morning after rising and before eating, a cough caused by an irritation in larynx, accompanied by a pain in right side just above crest of ilium ; eating relieved cough, but side felt bruised when bending, or jarring, or pressing it.

Red, smooth eruption on right side of face.

Sore pain in cartilage of left ear, felt when pressing it, later in right ear.

March 29.  Pain darting upward in region of left ovary, when sitting, walking or standing.

March 31.  After eating at noon, a sensation of a long and narrow foreign body lodged in pharynx, unmoved by swallowing, aggravated by swallowing.  After this passed away, pharynx felt hollow and sore on deglutition.

Sharp pain at apex of heart, better by lying on left side.

Had always heat and swelling of feet in spring which is better now. Healing action.

 

5. Dr. St. C., after one dose X-ray 6 cent.

Threatening headache, pressure through temples, immediately

Aching of extensor muscle of forearm, going up to shoulder.

 

6. Mrs. E. C., after one dose of X-ray 6 cent.

Drawing, aching discomfort in right thigh through hip and knee down through toes, immediately.

Sciatic pain in right hip.

Palpitation of heart.

In less than a week began to cough, with tearing sensation in bronchi, hoarseness, palpitation.

Chilliness on moving or from draft.

Eyeballs sore.

Lame and sore all over.

Wave-like sensation as if would break out in perspiration.

Stools green though normal in consistency.

Teeth covered with a gray-green deposit.

Menses dark green one day.

Second day of menses violent sick headache, pulsating pressure outward in forehead as if bursting, vomiting, pain relieved by hot water application.

Phlegm of greenish hue causing cough in crawling up.

 

7. Dr. L. M. L., after one dose of X-ray 6 cent.

Drawing in and heaviness across brow approaching nose and resting there.

Ears more clear from ringing and from dullness of hearing than for many years.  Healing action.

Rheumatic pains in right wrist and arm.

Headache across brow and a different pain in temples.

Eyelids feel sleepy and heavy.

Tingling like pins and needles in left hand.

Improvement of hearing continues.

 

8. Dr. F. H. L., after one dose of X-ray 6 cent.

Tingling in right hand, immediately.

Pain-across brow over bridge of nose.

 

9. Dr. Miss R. After one dose X-ray 7 cent.

Lower part of both legs asleep, tingling feeling as if from electric battery increased in right, immediately.

A feeling as if some one were drawing icy hands over the thigh downward aggravatingly slow. (Return of an old symptom twelve years ago after a nervous shock which did not return for five years.)

Three years ago proved Uranium nitrate.  Up to that time had never missed a regular menstruation, but it has been irregular ever since.  Had not menstruated for six months till after taking X-ray, when it was almost prostrating.

Three or four days previously felt from waist down as if bursting and wanting to hold herself up, with distention and weight in abdomen, relieved by flow, violent, profuse, without pain. Flow lasting seven days.

Mental condition upset, felt as if she would like to kill somebody.

Heavy pressure on vertex as from a hand (old symptom absent a year).

 

10. Mr. Davis S. took one dose X-ray 6 cent. 1897, March 28.  Next day mental irritability.

Trembling all over.

Body tired and exhausted.

Pain on right side of head passing around base of brain to left ear, followed by paralytic numbness.

Nervous.

Powerlessness of limbs.

Slightly sick of stomach.

A sensation of hyperesthesia or nervous concentration in bridge of nose.

Sore feeling across loins as after a heavy cold.

Fullness in ears, worse in right ear, worse by inserting finger.

Pressing outward in ears.

Sensation as of a cool drop of sweat going down left side of spine.

Sense of contraction across middle chest.

Chills going down back, followed by paralytic feeling in right cheek.

Muscles feel soft subjectively.

Tongue felt dry, rough, sore, scraped.

Soreness in small of back.

Sleepy and unable to sleep for some hours after retiring.

On rising in morning expectoration of considerable mucus.

Generally worse in open air.

Nasal discharge thin.

Mentally irritable.

Headache and soreness worse toward afternoon.

Mental and physical aggravation markedly pronounced toward evening.

Bitter taste.

Pain in left temple, worse at 8 P. M.

Contraction of chest at night, relieved by belching.

Slight electric current sensation in left side of tongue and face, passing over and disappearing on right side of face at 8.25 P. M.

Much expectoration of tough lumps as large as fingers' ends, whitish like gelatine, raised easily.

At first had desire for sweets.

The sleeplessness, which was getting constant and troublesome, seemed to be relieved permanently by a bottle of Pabst Malt Extract.

May 1st. Drowsy at night when sitting up.

Drowsiness leaves the instant he lies down, so he cannot sleep.

Reappearance of many symptoms which occurred during an attack of inflammatory rheumatism, twenty-five years ago.

Painful bulging of left chest over the cardiac region.

Sensation in right eye as though bulging.

Right eye sore to touch.

On closing eye in dark sees old women's and old men's ugly faces.

A paralytic sensation extending from spine down left leg.

Twitching internally in various parts of body.

All symptoms worse towards evening and at night.

On inside of left knee sensation in different spots, painful as if hairs were being pulled out, worse on walking, better on rubbing and scratching.

Sexual desire lost.

Raising of jelly-like mucus, worse in forenoon, tenacious and tough.

Grayish expectoration.

While lying on left side, heart-sounds keep him awake.

Goes to sleep on right but wakes on left side.

Symptoms better after Bell. or Acon. for a short time, better from ale, which puts him to sleep.

Sleepy during day.

Waking frequently at night from no apparent cause.

Spells of feverishness, perspiration and weakness.

On straining at stool, a sore sensation in nates.

Rheumatic-like fever in trunk, pain steady and dull going steadily from trunk to legs and finally to heels, worse left knee, worse stepping on heel, on underside.

Head feels empty as though scraped out, worse at night in bed.

Can't hold things in left hand, being powerless or clumsy.

All symptoms worse in bed.

Third day after taking.

Slight nose-bleed on left side at 4:30 P. M.

Sensation of swooning at times during day and night, feeling like dying.

Rheumatic pains in limbs (an old symptom of rheumatism resurrected even to an old soreness in heels).

Soreness worse in legs and arms and around heart, dull and constant.

No hunger, goes till he feels faint, can eat plenty but does not enjoy it.

Frequent urination, worse after getting into bed.

Testes relaxed, impotent feeling.

Pressure in small of back as from congestion about kidneys.

Sharp stabbing pain in left temple, which staggered him, followed by clearing up of mental functions-the heart immediately felt this impulse.

Left chest bulged out (like enlargement of heart in old rheumatism twenty-five years ago).

A sensation in left side as if fingers pressed the cartilages in, followed by sensation as though something broke inside, with temporary relief.

Sensation of drops of water trickling down on inside of chest.

Wind around heart, flatus and flatulence as though diarrhea would commence.

Unnatural lewd or disgusting dreams, occurring on several nights, or several times in one night.

 

MIND AND DISPOSITION.   Mental irritability.

Clearing up of mental function after sharp stabbing pain in left temple staggering him, the heart feeling the impulse immediately.

Mental depression after snatches of sleep for twelve days.

Mental processes not clear, writes wrong words in letters.

Mental condition upset during profuse menstruation, would like to kill somebody.

Misanthropy during renal colic, did not want to answer questions, did not want to see anybody or to talk to anybody, being completely prostrated.

 

HEAD.   A feeling at right external orbital margin as if it might be an ache, immediately (the first symptom observed).

A pressing across forehead with a miserable feeling generally as though going to be sick.

Awoke with headache next morning, continuing at intervals through whole day.

Sleepy with headache.

Headache gradually extending to frontal region, worse in centre of forehead.

Sense of pressure in centre of forehead.

Dull headache in morning, worse when stooping and after rising.

Headache and soreness, worse toward afternoon.

Head feels empty as though scraped, worse at night in bed.

Sensation of fullness of head with slight full feeling in ears, worse in right ear.

Pain in right side of head above temple.

Threatening headache, pressure through temples.

Headache across brow, and a different pain in temples.

Pain in right side of head, passing around base of brain to right ear, followed by paralytic numbness.

Pain in left temple, worse 8 P. M.

Sharp stabbing in left temple, followed by clearing up mental function, the heart immediately feeling the impulse.

Feeling in head and nose as if coryza would set in, with slight desire to sneeze.

Sense of pressive fullness starting from posterior prominence of vertex in a central straight line to bridge of nose, followed by fullness in entire vertex extending to bridge of nose.

Aggravation of fullness over vertex, worse along the centre to nose and when stooping over.

Disagreeable fullness of head all morning, with bland coryza and stoppage of nostrils.

Aching on top of head across along coronal suture on blowing nose and after it.

Constant ache in vertex, worse on awaking, also on coughing, sneezing, or head low.

Drawing in and across the brow approaching nose and resting there, immediately.

Pain across brow over bridge of nose.

Heavy pressure on vertex as from a hand (old symptom, absent a year).

Sticking pains in different parts of head and face.

Sickening grating between the bones of the cervical spine on turning the head.

Pains steady, but at times appear in sharp "cricks," then in streaks down the course of the nerves < by turning the head or neck ; moving the head on pillow at night is agony ; >keeping perfectly quiet ; again by gentle motion.

Pain in left side of head and neck, intensely and constantly, at times paroxysms of cramping pain in cord, from left shoulder to head, back and above left ear.  Cords feel too short.

Cannot bear slightest touch, though hard pressure relieves for an instant ;>by walking the floor.

Pain aggr. by lying on left side of face and body.

Unable to lift head from pillow without taking hands, and then by a slow circular motion.

Pain in back of head >at times by massage slightly, also by heat.

Back of head at times seems perfectly well, next moment cannot bear slightest touch or lift my head from the pillow without great pain on both sides and in muscles of neck.

Morning awaking earlier than usual with dull aching in left occiput, and immediately in left sacro-iliac region, lasting fifteen minutes.

Suddenly sharp ache in left occiput on small area, recurring two or three times at intervals of some hours, without regularity.

Violent sick-headache second day of menses, pulsating pressure outward in forehead as if bursting, vomiting, pain relieved by hot water applications.

Neuralgic pains.

 

NECK.  Stiffness on left side of neck, turning in bed.

Stiffness on right side of neck, with intense pain at night ; occurs in paroxysms during the day > somewhat by hot applications.

Sudden "cricks" attack first one side of neck, then the other, <on getting cold ; turning the head nearly produces convulsions.

Aching pains in left side of neck.

Clutching, shooting, aching pains begin behind left ear and in muscles of left side of neck on sitting up over twenty minutes ; >by lying on left side.

Pain on both sides and in muscles of neck when lifting head from pillow.

Pain relieved on keeping perfectly quiet ; sometimes by gentle motion.

Pains more severe behind the ears-the mastoid process.

Stinging contracting pain.

 

EYES.  Bearing down of eyelids.

Eyeballs sore.

Sensation in right eye as if bulging.

Right eye sore to touch.

Congestion of eyes in forenoon, worse on rising.

On closing eyes in dark sees old men's and women's ugly faces.

Eyelids heavy and sleepy.

 

EARS.   Sore pain in cartilage of left ear when pressing it, later in right ear.

Pressing outward in ears.

Buzzing in right ear with pressure extending to temples.

Fullness in ears, worse in right ear, worse by inserting finger.

Fullness in ears, more right, and fullness in head.

Intermittent noise as of deep steam-whistle in left ear, and ringing in head.

Ears more clear from ringing and dullness of hearing than for many years, an improvement lasting up to this day.  Healing action.

 

NOSE.  Bloody mucus from the nose.

Sensation of sulphur-vapor in nose with much sneezing.

Sulphur-vapor sensation in throat and nose.

Congested sensation in head and nose as before coryza.

Nose stopped on left side.

On blowing nose and after it aching across top of head along coronal suture.

Sensation of hyperesthesia or nervous concentration in bridge of nose.

Nasal discharge thin.

Flowing coryza with stoppage of nostrils and fullness in head, forenoon.

 

FACE.   Dull pain in right upper jaw.

Paralytic feeling in right cheek, preceded by chills going down back.

Slight electric current sensation in left side of tongue and face, passing over and disappearing in right side of face.

Red, smooth eruption on right side of face.

Stinging pains in different parts of head and face.

 

MOUTH.  Tongue dry, rough, sore and scraped.

Scraping pain in lateral incisor, aggravated by noises and jarring of cars.

Teeth covered with a gray-green deposit.

Tongue slightly coated.

 

THROAT.  Sulphur-vapor sensation in nose and throat.

Throat painful on swallowing.

Sense of painful lump about left tonsil, worse swallowing.

Indescribable sensation in esophagus, immediately.

Foul breath.

After eating at noon, sensation of a long and narrow foreign body lodged in pharynx, removed by swallowing, aggravated by swallowing. After this passed away, pharynx felt hollow and sore on deglutition.

 

APPETITE.   No appetite for anything except sweet pudding or cake.

Aversion to meat.

Ate nothing for three days.

No appetite for breakfast (old symptom absent for two years).

Appetite diminished.

Desire for sweets.

Most distress after midday and evening meal.

No hunger, goes till he feels faint.

Can eat plenty but does not enjoy it.

More thirst than usual.

Thirst for cold drinks, though nothing tastes good.

Bad taste in forenoon.

Bitter taste.

 

NAUSEA, VOMITING.  Nausea and vomiting with profuse sweat after immense stool at 4 A. M., seven days after taking.

Slightly sick at stomach.

Vomiting ceased, though colic pain remained in lower abdomen for twelve days.

 

ABDOMEN.   Abdomen distended with full feeling. (Pulsatilla, which a year ago helped for months a train of symptoms, had only very slight effect.)

Flatulence with ineffectual desire for stool.

Heaviness and fullness in lower abdomen after eating small quantity.

Uneasy feeling in lower abdomen at intervals like fomentation, as though diarrhea would follow.

Wind around heart, flatus and flatulence as though diarrhea would commence.

Drawing gnawing in region of appendix, as though inflammation were beginning.

Sensation in right lower abdomen, as though bubbles were forming and wanting to burst (relieved by Taraxacum for twenty-four hours).

Flatulence with ineffectual desire for stool.

Colicky pains in right lower abdomen, sometimes extending behind the hip, and retained urine.

Moving aggravates the colic pains, especially on right of abdomen, which seemed adhered to walls, feeling as if torn off.  Had to keep a large towel pad between abdomen and thigh to support abdomen and prevent the excruciating pain.

Pain in right side just above crest of ilium, with an irritation in larynx causing cough in morning after rising, and before eating ; eating relieved cough, but the side felt bruised when bending, or jarring, or pressing it.

 

STOOL.  Catarrhal inflammation of rectum, with discharge of mucus slightly bloody after action of bowels, in course of two or three days (a trouble he had once before).

Seven days after taking medicine roused out of bed at 4 A. M. with desire for stool and complete evacuation of immense quantity, followed by nausea and vomiting, profuse sweat, pain in right lower abdomen, retained urine, vesical tenesmus continuing for twelve hours, till 4 P. M., after which urine became freer, vomiting ceased ; colic pains remained for twelve days.

Stools green, though normal in consistency.

On straining at stool a sore sensation in nates.

Ineffectual urging to stool, with flatulence.

 

URINE.  Retained urine, vesical tenesmus after enormous evacuation, vomiting for twelve hours to 4 P. M.

Seven days from beginning of attack return of renal colic with vomiting, continuous nausea and retention of urine on left side.  A clutching pain from left kidney to bladder that never relaxed for two hours, causing the wildest demonstration of agony, ghastly face, blue rings around sunken eyes, cold sweat with trembling, frightful restlessness, urine retained in ureter (giving a perfect picture of Tabacum which relieved at once).  As soon as the pain in ureter relaxed after it, urine was filling up the bladder and then passed without pain.   Some spasm remained and was relieved by Cantharis in five minutes. (She had something of a like trouble a year ago, but not so severe as this, only a strangury.)

Great prostration followed this attack,

Frequent urination, worse after getting into bed.

Pressure as from congestion about kidneys.

 

MALE SEXUAL ORGANS.  Sexual desire lost in man.

Testes relaxed, impotent feeling.

Unnatural or disgusting, lewd dreams on several nights, or several times in one night.

 

FEMALE SEXUAL ORGANS.  Menses dark green one day.

Pain darting upward in region of left ovary when sitting, walking or standing.

Second day of menses a violent sick headache, pulsating pressure outward in forehead as if bursting, vomiting (pain relieved by hot water application).

After cessation of menstruation for six months it reappeared again, violent, profuse, without pain but prostrating, the flow lasting several days.

Three or four days before menstruation, felt from waist down as if bursting with distention and weight in abdomen, and wanted to hold herself up, relieved by the flow.  Mental condition upset, she would like to kill somebody (three years ago she proved Uranium nitrate. Up to that time had never missed a regular menstruation, but irregular ever since).

Flushes of heat ; better afternoons and evenings.

 

AIR PASSAGES.  Cough caused by palpitation during evening.

In morning after rising and before eating, a cough caused by irritation in larynx, accompanied a pain in right side just above the crest of ilium, eating relieved cough, but side felt bruised when bending, jarring or pressing it.

In less than a week a cough with tearing sensation in bronchi, hoarseness, palpitation.

Phlegm of greenish hue causing cough in crawling up.

On rising in morning expectoration of considerable white mucus.

Much expectoration of tough mucus as large as fingers' ends, whitish like gelatine, raised easily.

Raising of jelly-like mucus, worse in forenoon, tenacious and tough.

Grayish expectoration.

In two cases of gonorrhea, obstinate in character, deficient in symptoms, on which to make an accurate prescription, due, probably, to the deep sycotic diathesis, the X-ray not only developed all the acute symptoms of original attack but revealed the remedy (Merc.cor.) which promptly and permanently cured the disease and an old catarrhal deafness as well.

In two other cases, which had resisted the best of treatment for months, the remedy developed numerous sycotic excrescences on glans and the symptoms calling for the similimum were sharply indicated, and it cured permanently.  The physical and mental incubus, which for months had made one patient's life a burden, was immediately removed on the reappearance of the condylomata, which had followed suppression by injections and were subsequently disbursed by cauterization.

 

CHEST.  Wandering sticking pains in chest, worse on right side.

Stitching pain in right upper chest going through to upper part of scapula.

Sense of contraction across middle chest.

Contraction of chest at night relieved by belching.

Left chest bulged out like enlargement of heart (old symptom of inflammatory rheumatism twenty-five years ago).

Sensation of drops of water trickling down on inside of chest.

Sensation in left side as if fingers pressed costal cartilages in, followed by sensation as if something broke inside, with temporary relief.

 

HEART.  Palpitation during evening causing cough.

Pulsations greatly diffused and violent, provoking an exclamation, which was suppressed, accompanied with a desire to walk in open air, and entirely relieved by lying down.

Sharp pain at apex of heart, better by lying on left side.

Palpitation with a cough with tearing sensation in bronchi and hoarseness.

Painful bulging of left chest over cardiac region (old symptom of inflammatory rheumatism twenty-five years ago).

Heart's sounds keep him awake while lying on left side.

Dull and constant soreness around heart, and worse in legs and arms,

Wind around heart ; flatus and flatulence as though diarrhea would begin.

 

BACK.  Awakened earlier than usual by dull aching in left occiput, and immediately in left sacro-iliac region, then posterior thigh and calf for fifteen minutes.

Pain in dorsal region.

Lame and stiff in back.

Aching whole length of spine.

After waking at daybreak next morning, sensations in dorsal region of spine as if its convexity were interior and drawn far forward, lasting but a minute, and followed by a very uncomfortable feeling in that region, lasting a much longer time.

Sore feeling across loins as after a heavy cold.

Sensation as if a cool drop of sweat going down left side of spine.

Soreness in small of back.

A paralytic sensation extending from spine down left leg.

Rheumatic-like fever in trunk, steady dull pain going steadily from trunk to legs, and finally to heels, worse in left knee, worse stepping on heel, on underside of heel (old symptom of inflammatory rheumatism twenty-five years ago).

Pressure in small of back as from congestion about kidney.

 

UPPER EXTREMITIES.   Magnetic thrill in right hand, extending up forearm.

Tingling in both arms as of electric current, or as if asleep.

Intermittent, slightly burning, rheumatic-like pain in right carpo-metacarpal articulation, extending from index finger up outside of right forearm.

Rheumatic pain in left wrist and forearm.

Rheumatic twinge in last two phalangeal articulations of index and middle fingers for a short time in forenoon.

Grating heard in shoulder joints, as well as nearly all other joints of the body.

Aching extensor muscles of right forearm going up to shoulder.

Rheumatic pain in right wrist and arm.

Tingling like pins and needles in left hand.

Tingling in right hand.

Can't hold things in left hand, powerless or clumsy.

Palms of hands, which were rough and scaly and bleeding at times, became smooth and natural during the proving.  Healing action. (Afterward they went back to former state when general health improved.)

 

LOWER EXTREMITIES.   Lower part of both legs asleep, tingling, as if from electric battery more in right, immediately.

Sciatic pain in right hip.

Rheumatic pains in limbs.

Dull aching posterior aspect of thigh and calf in morning, from above downward.

Pain in right sciatic nerve on walking.

Rheumatic pains in front of right thigh.

Drawing aching discomfort in right thigh through hip and knees down through toes, immediately.

Feeling as if somebody were drawing icy hands over thigh downward, aggravatingly slow. (This occurred first twelve years ago after a nervous shock and did not return for five years.)

Varicose veins inside of knees and legs, with swelling and soreness (returned after years).

Had always heat and swelling of feet in spring, which is better now, although it is spring. Healing action.

On inside of left knee sensation in different spots painful as if hairs were being pulled, worse walking, better rubbing or scratching.

Rheumatic-like fever in trunk, steady dull pain going steadily down to legs and finally to heels, worse in left knee, worse stepping on heel, on underside of heel (old symptoms of inflammatory rheumatism twenty-five years ago).

 

FEVER.   Chills as soon as beginning to sleep, running up back, preventing sleep.

Chilly whilst undressing in warm room.

Chilliness on moving or from draft.

Chill going down back, followed by paralytic feeling in right cheek.

Wave-like sensation as if it would break out in perspiration.

Profuse perspiration on getting into bed, keeping him awake.

Spells of feverishness, perspiration and weakness.

 

SLEEP.  Kept awake by heart's sound while lying on left side.

Sleepy with headache.

Only snatches of sleep during these twelve days, always followed by mental depression, during suffering from nephralgia.

As soon as she begins to sleep, chills running up back preventing sleep.

Sleepy, but unable to sleep for some hours after retiring.

Sleeplessness constant and troublesome (relieved permanently by a bottle of Pabst Malt Extract).

Drowsy all night while sitting up.

Drowsiness leaves the instant when lying down, so cannot sleep.

Goes to sleep on right side, but wakes on left side.

Symptoms worse when getting into bed, worse after sunset.

Profuse perspiration on getting into bed, keeping him awake.

Sleepy during day.

Waking frequently at night from no apparent cause.

All symptoms worse in bed.

Frequent urination, worse after getting in bed.

(Symptoms better after Bell. or Acon. for a short time ; better from ale, which puts him to sleep.)

Dreams of distressing nature.

Sleep not unrefreshing, though apparently dreaming all night.

Awaking with a headache lasting all day.

Recurrence of a dream which used to trouble her many years ago. (This dream was repeated at wide intervals over twenty years ago ; now it came every night for five times.)

Dreams of strife, busy dreams.

Very vivid lewd dreams, repeated night after night.

Unnatural lewd and disgusting dreams, occurring on several nights and several times in one night.

 

GENERAL SYMPTOMS.  General tired and sick feeling.

Persistent exhaustion and languor, not attributable to spring.

Lame and sore all over.

Trembling all over.

 

SKIN.   Reappearance of an old, slight, pimply eruption on left side of forehead.

Return of a slight eruption on outside of lower legs, burning when scratched, worse after scratching.

August 28, 1 took a dose of a few globules of X-ray 45m. for some urinary trouble, which ameliorated without being removed. September 13 I felt a stinging and smarting on a place behind the left hip joint while sitting at the dinner table. In the course of the afternoon this symptom disappeared and reappeared on the right side, precisely corresponding to the place on the left side.  Toward evening it burned like fire, and, on examination, a place as large as a silver dollar on the right buttock was red and tough as if the skin were abraded. On going to bed a blister as large as a hickory nut, not unlike a fish bladder, was present, from which smaller blisters extended down in a curve. The redness and roughness was enlarged to about three inches in diameter.  On being quiet there was no pain, but on the least motion or friction, the part burned like fire, or a severe burn. In the night the blister opened, and another had come opposite to the first, as large as a chestnut. The pains on motion, touch, or friction, continued like a real burn.  The skin was red, rough and inflamed, like raw meat, for four inches down, with small blisters of different size extending downward. The large blister discharged gradually, and a scab formed, which, under cessation of pain, fell off, so that by the end of September the skin was as sound as before.

This reminds me of a similar experience observed from repeated action of the X-rays upon the skin, resulting in a denudation of the tibia for the space of about six inches, as far as the leg was exposed to the rays, because it would not heal from an ulcer consequent upon an injury.

"On the red erythematous surface elevations begin to appear, of different sizes and which may be acuminate or papular. In the early stage they are barely visible, and resemble ordinary congestion papules.   If, however, their surface is scratched with a needle, a yellow serous slightly opaque fluid exudes and the papule disappears. These elevations, though of small size, are in reality vesicles.  They occur in groups or disseminated over the surface, and ultimately develop into vesico-bulle, or vesico-pustules which have the appearance of an ordinary eruption."

" In a weeping eczema the exudation disappears after one to four exposures, and does not return."

" In pruriginous eczema the itching often ceases after a single application."

"On dry eczema the effect of the rays is most marked." A single application is frequently sufficient. " It is in the more obstinate, chronic, and recurring types that they are the most useful."

To quote now from Dr. Hall-Edwards :

" The disease generally makes its first appearance in the form of a mild erythema around the roots of the nails. The nails begin to thicken and their substance to degenerate, until they become shapeless masses. The skin becomes uniformly red, and later small warty growths appear. These gradually increase in size and number, whilst the skin generally becomes dry and wrinkled. At this stage, apart from the disfigurement, the patient suffers no inconvenience.  The warty growths continue to increase in size, and the skin loses its elasticity to such an extent that it cracks with the slightest exertion. These cracks are very painful and difficult to heal. Pain of an almost indescribable character, which appears to come from the bones, and which is aggravated by holding the hands downwards, is felt. Loss of power in the arm muscles is also experienced. At this stage the skin between the warty growths exhibits marked telangiectasis, is considerably thickened, and is tied down to the subjacent tissues.  There is an ever-present sensation of burning and extreme itching, so that it requires no small amount of self-control to keep from scratching. The bases of some of the larger warts become inflamed, and the thickened mass may come away, leaving an ulcer which takes months to heal. These ulcers are so tender and painful that words fail to convey any idea of the suffering of the patient. They occasionally refuse to heal, become gradually larger, and may assume malignant characteristics, which demand operative interference."

Dr. J. T. Pitkin, in a paper read before the "American Roentgen Ray Society," in 1903, thus graphically describes the sufferings of this terrible disease :

" For a description of the pain and suffering, hyperesthesia and paresthesia, no language, sacred or profane, is adequate. The sting of the honey bee or the passage of a renal calculus is painful enough, but they are comparative pleasure ; being paroxysmal, they have a time limitation.  Extreme tenderness to the slightest touch, hot and cold waves and flashes, warmth, tingling, pricking, throbbing, stinging, crawling, boring, and horning sensations, as if the parts were on fire and contained bugs and other living things ; feelings as if the anatomical structures were being removed from one position to another ; all of these sensations are proportionate to the depth of the inflammatory process."

 

GENERAL SYMPTOMS.  General tired and sick feeling.

Persistent exhaustion and languor, not attributable to spring.

Lame and sore all over.

Trembling all over.

Body tired and exhausted.

Nervous powerlessness in limbs.

Sensation of swooning at times during day and night, feeling like dying.

Prostrated for a long time.

All symptoms worse in bed.

All symptoms worse toward evening and at night.

Mental and physical aggravation markedly pronounced toward evening.

Symptoms intermittent in character, the first observed symptoms have all returned at irregular intervals.

Muscles feel soft objectively.

Generally worse in open air..

Twitching internally in various parts.

Symptoms gradually increasing in severity after noon.

For many years have removed the sensitiveness of nervous peons in electric storms with electricity cm.

 

Case of Dr. John B. Campbell.  A patient for three years has gout, which is the summing up of a history of suppressed chills. He got X-ray 30th cent., which seems to have helped him somewhat.  Swelling of legs and knees disappeared, after being present for weeks.  Some of the pains were better.  1897, March 29th, 2:30 P. M., took X-ray 30 cent., one powder ; at 5 P. M., the second-no symptom-at 1 P. M. the third, which produced little itching. At 10 P. M. took a hot bath with some improvement, and 11 P. M. the fourth powder, all of the 30 cent. 

After that decided glow of heat all over body with some itching.

Little rash on both legs, with decided pricking on both legs from knees to toes.

Pain in region of spleen for one hour which passed away in bed, during which time no twitching or jerking of muscles, could stretch out both legs comfortably.

Very good night's sleep.

March 30th, 7 A. M., slight perspiration on legs from knees to toes.

March 31st, took the remaining powder of same potency.

Some itching on left shoulder blade and arm from shoulder to elbow, with considerable increase of pain in elbows and hands, and sensation of heat all over body, but no fever.

Stiffness of back and neck, necessitating moving of whole body to turn his head.

Slight rash on left leg above knee.

Some itching of arms and chest in bed, especially when beginning to get warm.

Could walk a little better the first two days after taking medicine.

More thirst than usual.

Had no chill since 21st, until today, when he had a slight chill from 2 to 4 P. M. ; no fever thirst or sweat.

Appetite and bowels extremely good.

Some itching or prickling pains above knees.

The swelling from legs and feet has gone down immensely, though pain does not abate.

 

RELATIONS

Compare : the Calcareas, Caust., Hepar, Med., Nat. mur., Psor., Puls., Sili., Sulph., Thuja, Tub., for its power to reproduce old or suppressed symptoms and conditions ; Act., Lil., Lac can., Plat., Sep., Pyr., for nervous reflexes and neuralgic conditions from ovarian or uterine irritation ; Agar., Cur., Tar., Zinc., for irritation of the cord, spinal reflexes, neurasthenia ; electric storms, thunder storms, Agar., Med., Nat. c., Phos., Psor., Rhod., Sep., Sil., Syph., Thuja.

Antidotes: Nux, Sulph. and the dynamic potencies of the remedy.

Aggravation: In bed ; towards evening and at night (both mental and physical); in the open air ; in the afternoon.

"Six years ago I received a severe X-ray burn on my left hand and finger. Eighteen months afterwards warts appeared-one seedy old chap, near knuckle of left index finger. second joint, gave me much concern. Various remedies were tried.

Five months ago it became exceedingly annoying to me, and then I looked up the Materia Medica carefully, and there, sure enough, was the remedy. I took Causticum 200, and one dose, after awhile, of the cm. I am usually a high potency man. The result was a cure. Then I recalled the article of Dr. W. P. Wesselhoeft, in October issue, 1906.

Medical Advance, under "Reminiscences," and had I remembered it I could have been cured of the unsightly warts long before. Some day I may write up the case for the Medical Advance. It may help out some one suffering from these X-ray warts, so common from X-rays. "- Sgd. -J. W. King, M. D.

Kienbock lays down this axiom :

"The stronger the dose given at a seance, the shorter the period of latency, the sharper the reaction, and the longer its duration."

" The first degree of intensity is characterized by hyperemia and infiltration of the skin, accompanied by exfoliation of minute scales and a considerable amount of itching. Atrophy of the appendages of the skin-glands, hair and nails-may follow.

"The second degree of dermatitis is characterized by the occurrence of vesiculation and phlyctenule. Inflammatory signs are severe, the tension considerable and the pain intense. Under the phlyctenule the bares chorion appears red and discharging.

"The third degree is characterized by total destruction and sloughing of the irradiated tissues. These show the usual signs of dry gangrene ; the sloughs separate slowly, leaving behind an ulcer of a very torpid nature, which sometimes remains unhealed for years.

"In radiotherapy one should endeavor to irradiate the tissue with the exact quantity necessary to product- a definite result. In the use of other therapeutic agents we are often obliged to vary the dose. A given drug may have a tonic action in a small dose, an emetic action in a moderate dose, and a poisonous action in a large dose. The same may be said of X-rays.

"Take, for example, their action on the scalp. In small fractional doses they have a stimulating effect on the hair. whereas in large doses they cause epilation, and in still larger doses vesiculation, ulceration, and sloughing."

 

Scalp (X-Ray)

"At first sight it may seem contradictory that the same agent will, in one case, cause the hair to fall out, and in another case favour its growth.

The contradiction, however, is only apparent, as the results depend on the amount of rays absorbed by the hair papilla and the consequent inflammatory reaction. It is evident that if this factor is varied the results will be altered."


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