In the month of February, 1906, I was requested by a noted specialist to see a case in consultation of frontal sinus abscess. He said that he had operated on it, but the sore would not heal, and hoped that something might be done to promote the healing process.
Mrs. A. J. L., age 61 years, spare, dark olive-brown complexion, sallow. Abscess of frontal sinus ; has been operated. Nodes or swellings in periosteum (knees, shin and clavicle), small joints enlarged. These swellings are painful, sensitive and very hot to touch. Has taken much Mercury. Bowels very constipated ; little black balls like sheep dung. Oppressive choking sensation, wants to take a long breath frequently. Weeps much ; is very melancholy ; thinks she ought to die and get out of the way, is no good and never will be.
Taking into account these things, first, chronic poisoning with mercury ; second, the location of the caries (nasofrontal) ; third, the depression of mind, we advised Aurum met., six powders of the 200th (B. & T.) to be taken dry on the tongue one week apart. The following letter will show the results :
E. B. NASH, M. D.
My dear Doctor : I am Dr. P—–‘s frontal sinus patient that you visited at the Ophthalmic Hospital in New York in February. For eighteen months the left frontal sinus had been open, and every other day was treated. What I suffered words cannot tell. That tube had to be taken out and replaced, and I could not take cocaine or anæsthetics, so I had to just grin and bear it ; but the tissue would not form ; the wound would not heal. In January I again went to both Dr. P—– and Dr. M—– ; told me there was no hope for me unless I submitted to a dreadful operation that would disfigure me for life. This I refused, and when you came to see me I was in the depths of despair. You prescribed, and now, in six weeks, the sinus is filled up, the wound is healed, and to-day I am without a patch. I have only taken six powders. It seems a miracle to me. I had given up hope. I am not nearly so nervous ; have only had two nightmares since taking the medicine (and I used to waken the house-hold every few nights.). My constipation is better, but not what it should be. The little black sheep marbles have disappeared ; the discharge is now light colored, slender, choppy or broken off looking ; not every day. Every little exertion makes me break out in profuse perspiration, but I am stronger than I was when you saw me, and I believe if you could take me in hand I might be a good deal better.
Mrs. F. H. L.
This case is interesting in all ways, but I wish to call attention particularly to the potency used. So many think that gold and the other metals cannot be potentized above demonstrable divisibility of matter. I shall have occasion to show differently in my report of cases further on (Nash.)