Wera Pochwalinskaja, seven years of age, was the daughter of a sexton; she was of good robust constitution and blooming appearance. On the 7th of November, 1862, her mother brought her to the dispensary with a request that I should rid her of the warts on her hands and face, which she had had for several years and which were yearly increasing in number. On inspection the right hand, particularly the dorsum, was found covered with not less than seventy warts of different sizes; on the left hand there were fifty-eight, while on the face, lips and even on the mucous membrane of the mouth there was such a quantity that I did not take the trouble to count them. On the body there was also a considerable number, of which I was willing to receive the mother's testimony, if only to spare the child the trouble and shame of undressing before a multitude of other patients.
The selection of a remedy in this case was difficult I had the choice between Natrum carb., Natrum mur., Causticum, Calcarea carb., Sulphur, Thuja, Lycopodium, Dulcamara, and many others. I chose Natrum muriat24 If correct, it would show to a young allopathic physician, visiting the dispensary, that a material, constituting a part of the nourishment of the body, and taken, in quantity, daily, for years, only manifests in the homoeopathic attenuations, its peculiar and characteristic specific action and this even when, during its use as a remedy, it belonged uninterruptedly to the food nourishing the organism; that, therefore, the homoeopathic doses are by no means nothing, because they must be especially prepared to make them accessible to the senses by the microscope and spectral analysis; that farther it wants no certain unit of weight nor any special chemical and decided destructive properties to authenticate a medicine which should be able to bring about reaction in the organism. For these reasons I prescribed five globules of Natrum mur.24 in sixteen powders of sugar of milk, one powder to be taken daily.
On the 12th of December, the mother reported that after a while the warts began to pain, then to bleed and finally to fall off. In this way all on the face disappeared and five had also fallen off from the right hand.
On the 30th of the same month, the mother returned to get another lot of the same powders, but did not bring her daughter with her. She got the desired remedy as before, with the injunction not to come the next time without her daughter.
On the 27th of January, 1863, ten days after taking the last sixteen powders she brought her daughter, and we could convince ourselves conclusively of the scarless disappearance of all the warts without exception. Whereat the young allopathic physician neither could nor would deny the effect of common salt? Was it nature or art? S.
|The American Homoeopathic Review Vol. 04 No. 12, 1864, pages 549-550
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