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before the attacks. They usually come during the night or in the morning on rising. His first attack came after a severe fright. His father and mother both have epileptic fits. The first thing that Mr. Nitric Acid notices when the attacks are coming on is the sensation of a mouse creeping up and down the left side, then he loses consciousness and goes off into a spasm. He is better from riding in a carriage. Mr. Nitric Acid is always better from the gliding motion of a carriage. After the mother's attacks of epilepsy, she goes into a delirious rage and tries to strike those around her.
Argentum has none of his mother's merry disposition. He is a nervous, gloomy hypochondriac. He is afraid to go to the window for fear he will jump out. He dreads to pass a certain point on the street for fear that he will fall down. He thinks himself neglected and despised. He is sure he has some dreadful disease and will die; contemplates killing himself; won't work; thinks he can't stand it; if he looks up he is dizzy and thinks the houses are falling upon him; he can't walk in the dark or with his eyes shut because he becomes dizzy and staggers.
In all Argentum Nitricum's sickness, he is nervous and has the headache. In most of them, he has the vertigo and cloudiness of mind and if, perchance, there comes a day when there is nothing the matter with him, he is such a hypochondriac that he imagines he is still sick. His weakness of mind and loss of memory are much like his father. The more Mr. Nitric Acid tries to think of a thing the more his thoughts vanish. He is also despondent, nervous, hopeless. He does not care to work. He thinks he will die soon, even though he is not sick. Argentum Nitricum is always tired, feels as though he had walked a long distance. His limbs feel nearly paralyzed, yet when riding in a carriage, he has much distress about his heart that he feels as though he must get out and walk for relief. His mother is worse also from riding in a carriage, indeed she is aggravated from any motion. His father is better from riding in a carriage, though worse from walking. He has the same tired feeling in his limbs that the son, Argentum Ni
tricum has. He feels as though he could hardly drag his feet along. Argentum Nitricum is drowsy; his mother is also drowsy, but can't sleep because of the itching of the skin.
Argentum Nitricum has no appetite; he is soon filled up. His mother is always hungry even when her stomach is full. His father is very hungry but is soon satisfied.
Argentum Nitricum has neuralgia; it is not especially acute but spreads over a considerable surface. In this, he is the opposite to his father, who is extremely sensitive to pain and makes a great fuss over every slight hurt.
The most of Argentum Nitricum's troubles come on the left side; those of his mother come on either side or they may begin on either side and go to the other. The father's troubles come on either side or come first on the right and then on the left.
Argentum Nitricum has a great longing for the cool open air and is generally beter in it. He is restless if he can't have the window open. His father doesn't like it at all; it makes him feel so bad. Argentum Nitricum is worse in the night and morning; his father is worse morning, evening and night.
Argentum Nitricum is troubled with much palpitation and shortness of breath. This he gets from his mother; her heart is always jerking or stopping or trembling or palpitating or troubling her in some way.
They are a weeping family. Argentum Nitricum weeps in despair of his physical condition. His mother will spend a long time crying over trifles and the father weeps violently because so discontented with himself.
2201 North Seventeenth Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
[EDITORIAL NOTE.—The foregoing is one of the many charm. ing articles on “Comparative Materica Medica” which will appear from time to time in these pages, from a choice collection dedicated, "TO him, who with kindly patience, led me into the Materia Medica world and acquainted me with its people." It is needless to say that Dr. James Tyler Kent is the individual referred to. This is the first appearance of this article and will be of the ones to follow, in any publication.- Editor.]
AN ARTHUSA CASE.
Sept. 24, 1903. Baby M., five months old, weight eight pounds, (weight at birth eleven pounds).
Diagnosis-Indigestion, lack of nutrition. Baby nursed first two weeks after birth, then was taken from the breast. Had vomited immediately after eating during four and a half months of artificial feeding.
First physician in attendance about four months, second one about one month.
On above date attending doctor said baby could not live twenty-four hours. I was called in and saw a perfect picture of Arthusa, which was given at once, one powder, 1M.; baby never vomited again.
Ile is now three years old, weighs forty-three pounds, has all his teeth, walks and talks as well as any child of his age.
V. A. HUTTON, M. D., Florence, Colo.
NOTE.-Original publication in The Critique.
THREE HOMEOPATHIC DOCTORS WANTED.
Here is a town of 50,000 inhabitants, growing fast, the only Canadian city on the coast, full of business and NOT ONE Homeopathic doctor. It is the greatest opening for three or four doctors of that school on the American continent.
There are a great number of people here who believe in Homeopathy as is proved by the large sale of Humphrey's, Luty's and Munyon's goods.
Absolutely there is not a Homeopathic doctor in the city; there was one a few years ago, but he made so much money he has retired from the practice, and lives in a fine house, so I am told.
Any doctor interested can get a copy of the Optimist and other information by writing us, or to the "100,000 club."
N. C. MERRILL, 311 Hastings Street, Vancouver, B. C.
Mr. Merrill is a Homeopath and writes one of The Critique's associate editors that he ascertained the foregoing facts from a personal search of the city for a Homeopathic physician.-Editor.
THE SCOPE OF PRE-NATAL TREATMENT WITH HOMEOPATHY.
Julia C. Loos, M. D., H. M.
In any given case of pregnancy, what concern is it to the old school obstetrician? Those claiming this field as their specialty, whose ideal responsibility includes the use of all their known resources, count it incumbent to ascertain the physical condition of the mother, to the extent of cardiac sufficiency, renal integrity and the pelvic proportions. Their conception of obstetric proficiency consists in detecting abnormalities in these avenues, in any stage of the pregnancy. Treatment is directed to maintaining ample secretion of urine, free of albumen and sugar, daily fecal evacuation, and strong heart action, to the aim that parturition may be completed in safety; i. e., that the mother may deliver her offspring and live, regardless of whether each has a normal vital force resulting. Adequate treatment in theory, includes interruption of child development by forced or premature delivery, when abnormalities in these specified lines appear to endanger the mother's life. Their idea of the attendant's duty in parturition is to assure themselves that the uterus be entirely cleared of all products of conception and preserve continuity of pelvic tissues. Sacrifice of offspring, at any stage is a secondary consideration that may be clearly explained as "justifiable or unavoidable under the circumstances.”
This crude ideal is even less observed among general practicians, and it may be noted that these conduct more cases of pregnancy than do the specialists. The following tragedies, among prominent people, within a few months in one community, might be ascribed to carelessness or ignorance, but they have been accepted without hint of apology, the attendants suffering no loss of confidence or esteem among their patrons.
A strong primipara, happy in sense of freedom from ailments during pregnancy, required two hours' attention of a doctor and a nurse, to resuscitate her from the effects of chloroform used during parturition, and further required several months to regain a semblance of her usual strength. Her
well-formed, beautiful infant died on the tenth day, after many spasms, from intestinal congestion, effects of “cold,” according to the doctor who treated it with repeated doses of whisky or braondy.
Another well-developed child, when three days old, was deprived of its mother by death, ascribed to nephritis, recognized more than a month previous.
One expectant couple were disappointed to find their firstborn well formed but delivered dead, with no reason ascribed except insufficient physical exercise of the mother.
In another home, persistent cough and fever distressed the primipara for months before parturition. When these continued after delivery, the attendant (a member of the state board of health) pronounced her “progressed into pulmonary tuberculosis." She fulfilled his prophecy that she would not live long, and he, in his daily visits during six months to look at the babe, chiefly expressed his inability to comprehend why the child existed any time, and was satisfied that it had fulfilled its destiny, when it finally died.
With such instances multiplied, what wonder that a prospective grandmother should express concern for her only daughter's welfare in her first maternity, seeing that so often “something happened,” no matter how free from ills they appeared.
IDEALS OF HOMEOPATHY.
But these cases above mentioned were not in charge of disciples of Homeopathy. The entire mental attitude, the ideal aim and the duty of physicians, trained in Homeopathy, is as different from other ideals, in obstetric cases, as day is from night, as knowledge from ignorance. Every investigating student of natural life recognizes that in this period the woman attains her fullest physical activity as every organ is working, not only in the interest of the organism of which it is a part, but also in the interest of the new creation of the organism of which it is a part, but also in the interest of the new creation; concerned in the formation of new organs, distinct systems, in addition to the usual repair and elimination upon which the mother's own life depends.