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1. In the summer of 1964, I was called to visit Miss S.V. S, a girl aged 10, the daughter of an income tax officer in Bombay. When I arrived at the house, I found her lying in bed with a temperature of 104. The history narrated to me by the father was as follows:
About two months earlier the girl had an attack of fever. The fever continued for 6 or 7 days. It was suspected as enteric fever and she was put on chloromycetin. But the temperature continued and after a few more days she developed a few scattered rashes which seemed like measles but no one was sure. Then suddenly on the 10th day in the evening the temp. shot up to 107. The parents were upset, even the attending G.P. was worried. So a consultant was called in. He felt that possibly it was a case of measles with recession of the rash. He advised an ice pack and one tablet of aspirin every hour the whole night. He opined that if the temperature was not controlled her life was in danger.
The parents passed an anxious night but fortunately by morning the temp. subsided somewhat and in 2 or 3 days she seemed quite well. Everyone was relieved and happy.
About 15 days later, for no apparent reason at all, one night the child developed temp. again and in 24 hours, by the next night, it shot up to 107. The G.P. was non-plussed and so the consultant was called in. The same opinion was given, same treatment prescribed and in 2 or 3 days the child was "well" again.
After about two weeks the same episode recurred all over again and the same procedure was followed!
By this time the parents had become tired and rather skeptical about the treatment given. So this time, when the child got temp. again they called me.
On examination I found nothing except a coated tongue. I now asked the mother "Can you please think out and tell me, if you can, what brings on the fever every time?"
"O yes," the mother replied at once. "This is an easy question. I know it. I have found out that every time she gets fever it is because she has eaten something sour. If only she will avoid eating sour things, I am sure she will never be ill. But she is so crazy after them, she eats them when my back is turned and suffers. I told the other doctors about this but they did not take any notice."
I now asked the mother how the child liked bathing. She replied "That is a funny thing too! Since the first attack of fever, the girl is avoiding a bath somehow or other. This was never the case formerly. She was always a clean child."
I further discovered that the child was thirstless in spite of the fever and this clinched the drug.
I now gave her Ant-crudum 1M, four doses to be taken every 4 hours till the temp. touched normal. With the second dose itself, the fever disappeared and never returned.
Now it is more than one year she is well.
The Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy Vol. 58 No. 7-8, p. 215, July -Aug. 1965.
Observation: The case is interesting because of the excessive reaction of the child to the sour food, though I believe that a deeper predisposition for an intermittent fever was lying there all along, triggered by some circumstances that we do not have information about. How can we explain otherwise the fact that the child was probably eating sour food before without causing the fever to appear...
In such a case it would be interesting to know of the changes that took place later, like whether the desire for sour food was diminished, or whether she would still eat sour food etc.
2. In the case of a certain child there had been noticed from his birth an occasional whistling sound during respiration, which usually occured after waking from sleep, but also during the waking hours, and was always accompanied by loss of breath. At the sixth month, the symptoms were: General convulsions; spasmodic contraction of the arms, hands and feet, of the muscles of the face and eyes; then coma and trembling of the hands, followed by restlessness of the arms and head with staring of the eyes.
These attacks came on suddenly every hour and lasted several minutes. He had a large head and open fontanelles. Ignatia 30 relieved these attacks at last. When the child was 15 months old, the whistling sound during breathing, already mentioned, came on more frequently and breathing was interrupted for a longer time. This showed itself after each waking from sleep and after every mental excitement. The child is backwards in every sense of the word. Fontanelles still open. The attacks are nearly constant and take the following form: Spasmodic contraction in closing the mouth firmly ; stertorous breathing with danger of suffocation. After going to sleep it jerks all over and moans constantly, and has a croupy respiration. Hepar, Calcarea, Sulphur, Ipec., Belladonna, Tartar emetic were given without relief. Basing the prescription upon the whole history of the case Ant-cr, 2 was given twice a day with immediate improvement and a final cure.
"Allg. Hom. Zeitg." iii, p. 124
Observation: This is an interesting case because it shows the kind of retardation that Ant-c. has coupled with convulsions and associated respiratory problems. A lot of information is missing especially concerning the deeper long term action of the drug in the retardation.
3. F., aged four years, passes large quantities of urine which is as clear and odorless as distilled water; much of it passes involuntarily; drinks often and much at a time; eyes are both inflamed -conjuctiva quite red, cornea dim- they are very dry and he keeps them closed; nostrils are very sore; mouth is very dry; emaciated to a skeleton; keeps the bed and sleeps much during the day; craves sour food; exceedingly irritable;-strikes and scolds; no sugar in urine. Ph-ac., Natr-m., Lyc. and Sulph. of no use. The mother says the boy cannot bear to be looked at. Ant-c. 6 cured.
Choudhuri's Materia Medica, page 45.
Observation: The case is interesting because of the quality of the urine which has not been recorded at all before.
4. A student, 17, had twenty three warts on right hand and thirty four on left, mainly on backs and fingers but a few on interior surface of fingers. In addition rednesss and inflammation of the eyelids. Cured in seven weeks with Ant-c. 200x.
5. Dr. M. Jousset has recovered a severe case of chorea which resisted all the usual remedies and was cured with Ant-c. prescribed on the digestive symptoms particularly the characteristic white tongue.
The last two cases are quoted in:
The Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica, J.H. Clarke, pp. 121-122.