The object of this paper is to fix in our minds the great value of this remedy in its application to disease, and to fasten upon our memories similar remedies.
rgentum nitricum is an ancient remedy in the “Old Schools”. The sticks of lunar caustic were called “lapis infernalis”, which Hering speaks of as a prophetic name indicating the horrible abuse of it in our age. It is an irritant poisoning, causing violent inflammation and ulceration of the throat, stomach and mucous membranes generally. It is destructive to red blood corpuscles, causing general malnutrition; produces violent tetanic convulsions, followed by paralysis. Pains in all mucous membranes are sharp and splinter-like, and the discharge mucopurulent.
The Argentum nit. patient is irrational; has all sorts of imaginations, illusions, and hallucinations, all of which areworse at night; extremely anxious, which put him in a hurry; he goes for a walk, and walks faster and faster; walks until he is fatigued. He fears he is going to have a fit or have a sickness. There is an inflowing of strange thoughts that in crossing a certain bridge or high place he might kill himself, or perhaps might jump off; or the actual impulse comes to jump off a high bridge into the water.
Pulsatilla also had fear of high places, as has Nux vomica, although the temperaments are entirely different, the Pulsatilla being slow and phlegmatic, while the Nux vomica is irritable and impatient rather than hurried.
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