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State, and, according to the admission of the board, answered every question correctly, except one, and that in part. He also passed a perfect physical examination, but was rejected by the board because he was a graduate of the New York Homceopathic College and Hospital (class of '84).
Colonel Hine was thoroughly indignant and, supported by General Plume, commanding the New Jersey Division ; General Stryker, Adjutant-General of the State, and nearly every other officer of rank, made a masterly and eloquent appeal for his staff officer to Governor Voorhees. The Governor took the matter up vigorously, sent for the medical examining board, and, on their admission of Captain Adams' excellent examination, informed them that. on his further record of having passed the most perfect examination of any medical officer in the State, at the time of his admission to the service, and of eight years of faithful and efficient service to the State, he would certainly commission him.
The board appealed to the authorities at Washington, with the result that Captain Butler, the regular army recruiting officer at the post, received a telegram from General Corbin, Adjutant-General
, L. S. A., directing him to muster in Captain Adams. Still further, as the office of regimental surgeon was vacant, Colonel Hine nominated Captain Adams for the position; Governor Voorhees immediately approved, and on Sunday, May 15, in the presence of the entire regiment on the parade ground, the Captain was sworn in as Major and Regimental Surgeon, Second Regiment, N. G. N. I. Volunteer Infantry. On the authority of a regular army officer, Major Adams is the first homoeopathic physician ever employed by the United States Government in any capacity whatever.
While this may be regarded as a victory for homeopathy, it is still more a victory for right and justice, and New Jersey should be as proud of Governor Voorhees as the Second Regiment is of Colonel Hine. Fraternally yours,
EDWIN DE BAUX, M. D. Passaic, N. J.
OUR LONDON LETTER.
EDITOR NORTH AMERICAN:
The British Homeopathic Congress of 1898 was this year held on Friday, June 3, at the London Homeopathic Hospital, Great Ormond street. The alteration of usual date, viz., the third Thursday in September, was made to suit the arrangements of the British Homeopathic Society, which holds its “Annual Assembly" in the first week of June.
The London “season" being in full swing, and the parks lively, as well as all amusements of the metropolis open, made a visit quite enjoyable for the provincials.
On the Thursday evening previous to the Congress Day; a most
interesting clinical evening was organized by Drs. G. Blackley, Buriord, Neatby, Johnstone, and other members of the staff, at the hospital. Numerous cases of unusual interest were shown, brought from the wards; the latest research apparatus exhibited; microscopic and pathological specimens; a new method of counting the blood-discs in anæmia, etc., added to our information on many points. The proceedings closed with a festive supper at Frascati's, Oxford street, generously provided by the president of the B. H. S., Dr. Edwin A. Neatby.
On Friday, June 3, the members of the Congress, to the number of seventy-six, assembled at 10 A. M. in the bondroom of the hospital, where the president of the Congress, Dr. Eubulus Williams, of Clifton, delivered a learned discourse full of interest upon the Evolution of Medical Science. Tracing medicine, in its alliance with theology, from the earliest Egyptian records, he showed that it was not until the times of Pliny and Galen that the physician became dissociated from the priest. Despite the sound wisdom and shrewd clinical observation of Hippocrates of Cos, superstition and astrology continued to leaven and obscure all medical knowledge until Galen started on a new line of thought, about 130 A. D. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Arabians took up medicine, Avicenna and Averrhoes having a world-fame, and not without merit. Vext came Paracelsus, who was not merely a "quack," but a bold and original investigator who helped subsequent ages. Next Harvey, Jenner, and our own immortal Hahnemann, received due honor from the president. At the conclusion of this eloquent address, which occupied an hour in delivery, a hearty vote of thanks was passed to the president, who quaintly replied: "Gentlemen, I thank you heartily for your appreciation of my address, and I am glad it is over!" "After a brief interval, Dr. J. H. Clarke, editor of the "Homoeopathic World," read an ingenious paper on "The Doctrine of Signatures and the Law of Similars." The quaint fashion of the old herbalists of ascribing certain medicinal properties to plants derived from the color, form, odor and habits of growth of their various parts, and how this old “doctrine" may add to our "provings" formed the subject of this curious and unusual communication. The flower of Euphrasia, called "eye-bright" from its well-known beneficial effect on eye-inflammations, was given as an example of "signatures,” because of the resemblance of its petals to blue eyes! Dr. Dudgeon, in the discussion, gave us the interpretation of the names of Euphrasia in French, German, Spanish, Italian, etc., and disproved this fanciful idea.
Drs. Proctor, Hale, Byres Moir, J. V. Moore and R. T. Coop:r spoke on the subject. Some speeches expressed the hope that it would not go forth to the medical world that this mediæval superstition was in any way a part of our grand truth, “The Law of Similia Similibus Curantur.
The Congress then adjourned for lunch, which was provided on a handsome scale, as usual, at the Holborn restaurant by the London members of the B. H. S. After the afternoon session by a
unanimous vote Leicester was selected for the place of meeting of 1899; Dr. Byres Moir, of London, was elected president; Di. George Clifton, of Leicester, vice-president, and Dr. Mason, honorable local secretary. The day was fixed by a majority to be the second Thursday in June, 1899.
Dr. Burwood, of Erling, next read an interesting and original paper on "Barometric Pressure as Affecting Mortality." From a series of observations extending over sixteen years, Dr. B. showed that many aged or delicate persons, especially those afflicted with dilated and muscle-weak hearts, die from a sudden fall in the barometer after a prolonged "anti-cyclonic" dryness and lightness in the atmosphere. He gave numerous and striking illustrations from his own practice. His paper deserves thoughtful study, when printed, for it gives us a new line or basis of prognosis, and accounts for many a case of startlingly sudden, unexpected death.
Several speakers, including Dr. Hale, of Rochdale, who is also a metereologist, discussed the paper. Lastly, Mr. Clement J. Wilkinson (of Windsor) read a paper on “Associated Symptoms in Provings and Disease Without Obvious Pathological Basis." This was the most homeopathic paper of the three read at the congress. It was marked by an ingenious explanation of the physiological mechanism productive of that peculiar characteristic symptom of causticum, viz., "spurting out of urine when the patient coughs"; and by the excellent analogy of “key-note” or characteristic symptoms to the "over-tones” erected in an orchestra by the sustained sounding of the tonic note. Drs. R. Hughes, Blackley, Proctor, Moore, Stanham, and others, discussed the the paper, and added valuable facts and corroborations of the writer's statements. The doctors and their friends, including several ladies, dined together at the Holborn restaurant in the evening. The usual loyal toasts were proposed and drunk: The memory of Hahnemann, "Homcopathic Hospitals”—now being “federated,” by the way–Honeopathic literature, etc. The veteran, Dr. Pope, was present, and spoke at length. We were glad to see Dr. Dudgeon and Dr. Arthur Clifton in good health and spirits.
M. D. June 6, 1898.
JOHN L. MOFFAT, M.D.
(It is the aim of this department to collate experience which may seem to writers insufficient for formal papers, but which it published will diffuse valuable information otherwise likely to be lost. Clinical confirmations, with the single remedy, of homæpathic indications and original observations regarding the homeopathic application of drugs are respectfully solicited from our readers. It is important to note any adjuvant treatment and especially to say that there was none, if that be the case. Much value is added to the report if the reader be apprised of the duration of the symptoms and of the promptitude and permanence of the relief. Contributions should be addressed to John L. Moffat, M.D., 17 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn, who will carefully edit them and give full credit.)
Reported at the November (1897) Meeting of the New York
Homeopathic Materia Medica Society.
Belladonna 30th in Headache.—Mrs. R. S., age 42, had brain fever with grip years ago. Symptoms constant since this illness. Pathogenetic symptoms: Vertex and whole head feel as if split open < by heat, sun or stove. Clinical symptoms: Head feels so hot that she has to bathe it with cold water, which becomes warm. Remarks: One dose was given, and when seen five and a half months later she had had no return.—DR. JOHN ARSCHIGOUNI.
Berberiix in Renal Colic.-Mrs. A. S., age 37. For seven years has passed gravel of various sizes. Always with fearsul pains. Vany old school physicians have always prescribed opium and morphine. Pathogenetic symptoms: Constant frontal headache. Dizziness; on lying she sees everything turning around. taste. Pyrosis. Water brash. Clinical symptoms: Weight on stomach; at times after eating. Remarks: Gave nux vom.3 for the suggestive symptoms and berberisix to be taken only as soon as she felt the pains. About a month later she had similar pains, but second dose of berb. relieved her at once. Then I gave her berb. zoth to take all the time. One month later she had slight pain, but berb.ix again relieved it. Since then she has had no more trouble. -IBID.
Blatta Orientalis in Asthma with Emphysema.--Mr. C. K., age 39. Employed at post office. Has suffered for five years. Has been treated for two years to my knowledge, without any benefit. Main remedies were phos.' ipec. rhus. I then saw him, and after physical examination recorded the following: Clinical symptoms : Heaviness on the chest on lying, < stooping. Dyspnoea.' Hard
cough in morning on getting up. Cough after sleep, > by dry air and sunshine. Wheezing; heard even at a distance. Expectoration white, lumpy > by hot drinks. Remarks: I began with ipec.6, which relieved for a month. Kept him on it (6th and 3d) for two months. Five months later gave him blatta 6th, and he returned in about two weeks much better, and says the medicine is "grand" Gave him more at intervals for slight relapses. Met him last month and he is practically cured. Now nearly four years.-IBID.
Colocynthis 6th in Backache.---Dr. S., homeopathic physician. Female. Pathogenetic symptoms : Constant dull, aching pain between scapular, more toward left, > by external pressure and lying on it. Clinical symptoms: <by cool applications and excitenient. Caused by mortification and quiet grief. Remarks : She had taken for several days rhus.and bry.without any benefit. Also mustard plaster. Coloc." cured in few days and no relapse.-IBID.
Conium 6th in Reflex Vertigo.--Mrs. S., age 40. Clinical symptoms: Vertigo before and during menses, with nausea. Vertigo on turning the head in bed and on sitting up. Remarks: She had been in bed for several days with no relief. I gave her conium“ every two hours. Much better in two days and after few more doses was well.-IBID.
Ignatia in Hysterical Joint.—Mrs. C., age 40. Pathogenetic symptoms : Sudden twitching, jerking and jumping of right leg. Ankle turns and leg gives away. Clinical symptoms: Twitching occurs when standing, sitting or in bed, but not when asleep. Knee gives away and stumbles. Falls is not holding chair or wall. Numb feeling, particularly upper third of thigh. Drawn sensation at times from right hip down. Soles always cold. Remarks: Was free of trouble for six months, but on repeating medicine has had more since (one year). Cured this symptom of giving away of knee in two other cases, both females.-IBID.
Iodumin Diarrhea.—Mr. T., student. Has suffered for a long time with no relief. Pathogenetic symptoms: Stool gushing. Colic. Flatulent. Burning at the anus. Hungry all the time. Clinical symptoms : Constipated for four or five days, then diarrhea would follow twice daily at 6 A. M. and 3 P. M. Remarks: Three pills every three hours four times a day. No relapse.-IBID.
Natrum Muriaticum" in Malaria.-Mr. J. C., age 35, engineer. Chills and fever for three months. Pathogenetic symptoms: Chill arises from sacral region, runs up and spreads all over. Shaking, and then fever. Sweat sour. Great thirst during the fever, with headache and vomiting. Chills occurring at 9 A. M. and at 6 or 7 P. M. Remarks: In five days much better, only slight chill day before. No relapse.--IRID.
Ranunculus Bulbosus' in Vertigo.-Mrs. L. W., age 54. Pathogenetic symptoms: Dizziness < in doors. Feels as if everything turned around. Feels as if head would fall forward. Remarks: