CLINICAL OBSERVATIONS ON LACHESIS

BY C. WESSELHOEFT., M. D., DORCHESTER, MASS.

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17th. Patient reported that he had a short attack of headache, but without any nausea or vomiting, and that he had been able to work during the attack.

July 30th. Up to this date the patient had not reported to me. I was much pleased and astonished to find him quite enthusiastic on account of the improvement in his health. Since taking the first set of powders he had no vomiting at all, and feels that his headache has changed its character entirely, coming in the morning instead of the evening at intervals of two or three weeks, and lasting only through the forenoon without interfering with his work, the exercise of which makes him feel better; while formerly he was obliged to keep in bed and rest for nearly twenty-four hours before he could attend to his business again.

October 6th, December 29th, 1860, and March 31st, 1861. I repeated Lachesis, the patient having experienced a slight aggravation of his complaint at each of these dates.

September 11th, 1861. I made the following memorandum: Patient had no headache nor vomiting all summer, until yesterday (September 10th), when he was obliged to Stand in the water up to his knees for three hours while getting in his salt hay from the marsh, exerting himself in an unusual degree for a man of his age; whereupon he had an attack of the old pain and vomiting during the night. Though Rhus and Calcarea were strongly indicated, I gave one dose of Lachesis.

November 2d. Patient reports that since the day he last called, he had suffered repeatedly from headache coming on at night and lasting till morning; but vomiting occurred only two or three times for the last two months. Prescribed Lachesis200 (Lehrmann’s preparation) one dose.

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March 11th, 1862. The patient came to say that he felt considerably better; that he still had occasional returns of pain of a dull rheumatic kind, but that the real sick headache had not returned since taking the last medicine. The result of the treatment was quite satisfactory, since he had not expected so much benefit. In his own words he considered himself “two-thirds cured.” The attacks of pain now occurred only at long intervals, sometimes not for several months, when he would be troubled for a few days with slight occipital pain in the morning, lasting until after breakfast, when it left him well all the rest of the day. Prescribed Nux vom200 in two doses, to be taken for two successive nights, which was the last medicine I gave him.

September 9th, 1863. I called on Mr. L. to enquire it any change had taken place. He says he had no sick headache at all since he took the last medicine. As he grows older, he cannot endure the exposure of his occupation as well as formerly. Making hay on the salt marshes late in the season, and driving an open wagon in all weathers, produces occasional rheumatic pains in his joints, particularly the elbows after pitching off heavy loads of hay. Sometimes these pains extend to the back of his head, where he feels them mostly in the morning, but leaving him entirely after break-fast, when he begins active work.

Reference: The AmericanHomeopathic Review: BY C. WESSELHOEFT., M. D., DORCHESTER, MASS.

 

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