– Jan Scholten
We can be brief in the description of Cuprum. Vithoulkas (1991, page 23) has written about it, and so has Smits (1992, page 78), who has given us a particularly clear and broad picture of this remedy.

Cramp

An easy way to remember the essence of Cuprum is to remember the word cramp. Cuprum has cramp on the mental, emotional and physical level. They feel as if they continually have to stretch themselves to take everyone’s wishes into consideration. The violent cramp in the calves is symbolic of the feeling of having to walk on their toes all the time. They have to be kind and please everybody.

Rules, rigidity

They are very afraid of doing things wrong. That is why they tend to stick strictly to the rules, and they expect others to do the same. If someone doesn’t follow the rules they will tell. They are the sort of children who are tell-tales.

Ambitious, fanatic

We find in this remedy the general ambitious character of the iron group. They have to fulfil their task and they do this with great perseverance, with fanaticism even.

Being looked at, or being touched aggravates They hate being looked at or being touched. They immediately feel that the other person thinks they have done something wrong. They easily feel insulted or criticised. And because they feel that they are already stretched to their limit to please everyone they will quickly take offence and get very angry.

Aggression

They can get very aggressive and will kick, punch, shout, scream and break things in their anger.

General characteristics

Location: left.

Temperature: cold, cold feet.

Desires: cold food and drinks.

Aversion: boiled potatoes. (>) cold drinks (2).

Complaints

Neurological: cramps, tetanus, epilepsy. Thumbs are clenched inside fist.

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Cuprum metallicum is a well known remedy. Vithoulkas has described its essence very well (1991) and Smits (1993) has contributed a great deal to the overall picture.

Signature

The name Cuprum is related to Cyprus, where it has been mined since ancient times. We don’t know which of these two names is the oldest. Copper and gold are the two most ancient metals known to man. They are also the only coloured metals.

Statues and bells are cast out of bronze, which is a combination of copper and tin. Its alloy with zinc is called messing, often used in medals, coins, cooking utensils. Copper is also used to make water pipes, taps and containers, because of its corrosion resistant properties.

Copper is a good conductor of electricity, hence its use in electric cables, transformers, electric engines etc. The latest developments in superconductors are all based on ceramic materials that have copper oxide as its main component. The only metal that is even more conductive is silver, but it is also much more expensive.

Concepts

Stage 11 Ferrum series

Containing Task Work Duty

Holding on Craft Use

Maintaining Ability Perfectionism

Savings Supplies Routine Order Rules

Protecting Control Exams

Possessions Wealth Observed Criticism

Privileged Failure Guilt Crime

Spreading Persecuted Tried

Sharing Adult

Village

Group analysis

Holding on to your work: serious.

Holding on to control: cramp.

Maintaining order: telling tales.

Maintaining order: ritual.

Detaining people who make mistakes: guards.

Protecting against criticism.

Extending control.

Enjoying rules.

Picture of Cuprum metallicum Essence: maintaining control: cramp.

Holding on to your work: serious

These are serious people who work hard. They want to get on with their work, to carry on and expand. They are not allowed to ease up, whatever has been built up should be maintained. They are serious, hard working, responsible, sometimes even extremely ambitious or fanatical.

Maintaining control: cramp

They don’t want to lose control and this tendency to hold on can cause cramps, either on the emotional or on the physical level.

They have to be kind and keep their emotions under control, but it is rather a forced sort of smile. They wont let go of their own ideas and thoughts, which are often very conservative. They are rigid and precise. The physical signs of this rigidity are usually symptoms of cramp, often cramp in the calves, as if they are always having to stand on tip toes. But they can also be cramps anywhere else in the body; in the thighs, back, stomach, heart etc.

Maintaining order: telling tales

Rules are there to be obeyed. As long as they follow the rules nothing can go wrong. Or if something does go wrong they wont be blamed, because they have always obeyed the rules. They love rules, it gives them a sense of security. And it is very important to them that nobody steps out of line. If someone doesnt follow the rules they will report them. These are the children who tell tales.

Detaining people who make mistakes: guard

Their desire to control can be quite obsessive. Everything has to be checked, everything has to be perfect. They consider it their task to maintain order and can get very angry if other people step out of line.

Maintaining order: ritual

Another way of maintaining order is through ritual. Ritual is a key word for Cuprum. Their rigid desire to follow the rules can lead to ritualistic behaviour, a seemingly meaningless set of actions that are constantly repeated in the same order. This remedy could be very useful for people who are frequently involved in rituals, people such as priests or judges. There is often also a sort of superstitious element in these rituals, touch wood, cross your fingers etc.

Protection against criticism

They are very sensitive to criticism, especially when someone tells them they haven’t stuck to the rules. They don’t want others to interfere with their affairs. They can get extremely angry when someone criticises them, or touches them, or even looks at them. Cuprum children don’t want to be touched, looked at, carried or driven. Hence their desire to hide or to escape.

They want to avoid criticism and the pressure and restrictions of having to fulfil their task. Pressure of work can aggravate their complaints and if it gets too heavy they don’t want to carry on any longer.

Their own criticism of other people is always about not obeying the rules or not doing their duty.

Expressions

Fears: failure, falling, losing control, anticipation, future, arriving too late, new enterprises, criticism, opposition, approached, looked at, touched, people, family, strangers, health, going mad, heart disease, epilepsy, accidents, dark, water, fire; panic attacks with sweating and fainting, big eyes, easily frightened.

Dreams: futile efforts, paralysis, falling, driving the car without brakes.

Delusions: selling vegetables, general, officer calling a policeman, pursued by enemies or police, loss, thieves, falling, fainting, devils, death, renovating old chairs, busy, insanity, ghosts.

Mood: friendly, mild, haughty.

Aggression: kicking, striking, screaming, destroying, biting, scratching faces (Smits), teasing animals, quarrelling, taunting, shitting in the street, malicious; (

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– T. F. Allen.

Generalities
Convulsions, epileptiform. Clonic contractions of muscles, stiffness and rigidity of limbs and body, clenched jaws, etc. Generally characterized by cramps of muscles; a collapsed stage, with violent cramps, colic and vomiting. Clinical. Epilepsy, characterized by most violent spasms, cold sweat. Chorea violent, spasmodic, vomiting, cold sweat, etc. caused by fright. Uraemic convulsions. General neuritis, with lightning like pains, aggravated by touch.
Mind
Delirium, with disconnected talk. Anxiety, with tossing about.
Head
Bruised pain in the brain and eyes on turning them. Intermitting lancinating pains in various parts of the head. Clinical Meningitis from suppressed eruptions, with convulsions, loud screams, etc. Violent continued headache, with sensation as if water were poured over the head; vomiting of everything taken.
Eyes
Eyes crossed on account of contraction of muscles.
Face
Pale, bluish, with blue lips. Pains, burning and stinging, () temporarily by cold water. Violent cramps and pains in the stomach and bowels. Terrible intermittent, contractive pains or cutting, extending to the back, (

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by Pierce W.I.

COPPER.

Introduction
Copper, one of our “most abundant metals, has been known from a very remote antiquity-even before iron” (Wagner’s Tech.). (They are both mentioned at the same time in the Bible-Gen. iv. 22.) Hahnemann, who first proved metallic copper, included in its pathogenesis the provings and poisonings from Cuprum acet., especially verdigris, the basic acetate of copper, and Cuprum sulphate, the blue vitriol. Hughes says, concerning Cuprum,”by which I mean the salts of copper in general as well as the pure metal; for there seems no difference in their action, and they were used indiscriminately by Hahnemann in his provings and citations from authors.” Allen in his Encyclop. gives the pathogenesis of Cuprum acet. and Cuprum sulph. separately, and says: “Whether or not there is any essential difference in action between Cupr. met. and its ordinary salts, the collection here furnished will assist in determining.” To prepare Cuprum, Hahnemann directed that a piece of pure metallic copper be rubbed upon a hard, fine whetstone, under distilled water in a porcelain bowl. The fine powder that sinks to the bottom is dried and run up to the 3d triturate with sugar of milk. At present we are enabled to get our metallic copper in a purer and more finely-divided state by means of precipitation and this, after being well washed and dried, is triturated up to at least the 3d.
Symptoms
Hahnemann calls our attention to the fact that “most of the violent symptoms in those poisoned with copper are wont to appear in groups, lasting for a half or a whole hour, and they are apt to recur from time to time in renewed attacks with an almost identical composition of the symptoms,” and he adds,”copper is, therefore, all the more homoeopathically indicated in diseases that show themselves in such irregular attacks of similar groups of symptoms, as is the case with copper” (Chr. Dis.); he cites as the “chief sphere of the appropriate application of copper,” various kinds of partial or general clonic spasms, chorea, epilepsy, whooping cough, etc. We can keep in mind that the action of Cuprum, as a medicine, is short in comparison with some of our remedies, Hahnemann saying that it “seems to extend over only a few days” (Chr. Dis.), while Sulph. “seems to act in the smallest doses for from 16 to 20 days” (Mat. Med. Pura). “The poisonous action of copper, like that of most metals, is exerted primarily upon the alimentary canal, and secondarily, after absorption, upon the nervous centres” (Hughes). Prominent features under the remedy are what might be spoken of as the “Big Four;” they are, cramps, convulsions, coldness and a tendency to collapse. We have spasmodic contractions of flexor muscles, especially of the thumbs, fingers and toes, and these contractions will often serve as the key-note for prescribing the remedy in lesions of the nervous system. It is of value in chorea (31) “where the spasms come on in paroxysms, associated with other symptoms which always appear grouped with these paroxysms; or when the paroxysm commences in one part-the finger or limb, for instance-and gradually extends until the whole frame is involved” (Guernsey’s Obstetrics). We may have chorea with hysterical symptoms, laughing, weeping. etc., or paroxysms of the most violent character, associated with vomiting and cold sweat (185). It is useful in chorea when caused by fright (81) or appearing during pregnancy. The epileptic attacks (66) for which Cuprum is especially indicated are characterized by the most frightful spasms, with clenched jaws and fingers, thumbs underneath, stiffness of limbs and body, blueness of the surface and cold sweat. Talcott says that it is most useful in the epilepsy of “weak, nervous individuals; those in whom mental or physical overwork has advanced to complete exhaustion.” It is to be thought of in convulsions from worms (36), uraemic convulsions (36) following cholera and puerperal convulsions (155), in all of which the spasms “are apt to begin with cramps in the extremities, especially in the fingers and toes” (Hughes). It is of especial value in convulsions preceding the outbreak of the eruption in scarlet fever or measles (130), or in the repression of the eruption, with symptoms of meningitis (133). The convulsions are ushered in with spasms of the flexor muscles, the thumbs clenched, and are accompanied by loud cries, frothing at the mouth, and blueness of the face and lips. The headaches calling for Cuprum are severe and accompanied by spasmodic vomiting of all food and drink. We may have violent continuous headache, usually with intermittent pains and a feeling as if cold water were being poured over the head (90). Another important condition calling for the remedy is violent headache over the frontal sinuses in nasal catarrh, “better when lying down.” (Hering). We find neuralgia of the face, with burning, stinging pains and aggravation from touch (79). Spasm of the oesophagus is frequently noticed in Cuprum (147), with gurgling of drink on swallowing (184), or with a spasmodic cough and intense pain behind the sternum (184) on attempting to swallow. Vomiting is frequent in gastric conditions needing this remedy; it is spasmodic and painful and may be noticed in the morning on waking, or on the slightest movement. We find severe intermittent cramps in the region of the stomach and abdomen, with vomiting, or violent cutting pain in the region of the stomach and going through to the back (180), with feeling as if the abdominal wall would be transfixed to the spine (11) and preventing the slightest movement. In the abdomen we have neuralgia of the abdominal viscera, or the most horrible colics that are intermittent and associated with hiccough (116), convulsive vomiting and tendency to collapse. It is of value in cholera (31) and choleraic stools, with desire for warm food and drinks (175), which are swallowed with a gurgling sound (184). The movements are associated with spasmodic vomiting and intermittent cramps of the most frightful character, in the stomach and abdomen, and severe clonic spasms in the extremities, especially of the flexor muscles, the thumbs clenched across the palms. The stools are frequent but not very copious and are accompanied by intense coldness and blueness of the surface, tendency to collapse, and usually suppressed urine (200). Cuprum is of great value, and is used by many as a routine remedy, in after-pains (153), and especially so for women who have borne many children. It is to be thought of in laryngismus stridulous and in spasmodic asthma (21), with thumbs clenched in the palms, blueness of the face, constriction of the throat and dyspnoea so intense that even a handkerchief cannot be tolerated near the face. In whooping cough it is of great value, especially when the spasmodic character of the cough is very prominent (48); there is vomiting, the face becomes purple (47) and the child seems to almost suffocate. The paroxysms are better from drinking water. Cuprum is of frequent use for the cure of that condition which causes spasmodic contraction or cramps of the toe or calf (71), and occurring especially at night. Before the days of homoeopathy, people were advised, for the relief of this condition, to hop out of bed and repeat the following prayer. “The devil is tying a knot in my leg, Mark, Luke and John, unloose it, I beg.” In intermittent fever Cuprum would be useful when there was icy-coldness of the whole body (121), predominating cramps in the limbs, blueness of the surface, collapse and suppression of urine. I use Cuprum 30th.

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-M.L.Tyler.

Introduction:
HAHNEMANN, who solved the problem how to give us insoluble substance pure and in solution, by means of potentization, thus describes the preparation, for healing purposes, of metallic copper. He says, “A piece of pure metallic copper is rubbed upon a hard and fine whetstone under distilled water in a china vessel. The fine powder which falls to the bottom is then dried, and then triturated for three hours with sugar of milk, in order to obtain the millionth potency, *Hahnemann having so frequently explained the preparation of insoluble substances, in order to render them soluble, does not go into details here. But when he says, “the fine powder is triturated for three hours with sugar of milk, in order to obtain the millionth potency,” he refers to his usual method of arriving at that millionth potency. The procedure is this-One grain of the powder is strongly triturated for an hour with 99 grains sugar of milk: the result is the 1st centesimal potency-one in 100. One grain of this 1st centesimal potency is again triturated for an hour with 99 grains of sugar of milk, to give the 2nd centesimal potency-one in 10,000. And a third trituration, one grain of the 2nd centesimal in 99 grains of sugar of milk, gives the 3rd centesimal potency- one in a million: “after which, all substances can be dissolved in alcohol or water.” from which the dilutions are derived by means of alcohol. One or two pellets of the 30th potency are sufficient at a dose.” “The poisonous effects of this metal and its preparations, and the cruel and frequently fatal symptoms resulting from its application, have prevented physicians from using it internally. He quotes some of the poisonous effects of copper, which are important for us, because what a poison, can cause, that it can cure. “Loathing, nausea, fits of anguish and vomiting even in a few minutes, troublesome burning in the mouth, unsuccessful, retching, violent pains in the stomach a few hours after the metal, obstruction of the intestines, or too violent evacuations, even bloody diarrhoea, constant uneasiness, sleeplessness, exhaustion, weak and small pulse, cold sweat, paleness of face, pains in the whole body, or in a few parts, pain in the thyroid cartilage, pain in the hypochondria, tingling sensation on the top of the head, palpitation of the heart, vertigo, painful constriction of the chest, cough with interrupted, almost suppressed respiration, extremely hurried breathing, haemoptysis, hiccough, loss of consciousness, wandering look-also convulsions, rage, apoplexy, paralysis, death.” (Here are foreshadowed the principal curative uses of copper: and in diseases, often of a very severe nature, and great suffering. One can see that it would be-what it is-one of the great remedies in cholera, in whooping-cough, in cramps and spasms, in convulsions and epilepsy.) Hahnemann continues, “Homoeopathy alone is capable, by means of the peculiar mode of preparation to which it subjects remedial agents, and by means of its doctrine of the degree of potencies, to employ even the most violent substances for the benefit and restoration of the sick. “Most of those violent symptoms of poisoning usually appear in groups, lasting half an hour or an hour, and recurring from time to time in the same form and combination, such as,- “Palpitation of the heart, vertigo, cough, haemoptysis, painful contraction of the chest, arrested breathing- “Or-aching in the chest, lassitude, vaccillation of sight, closing of the eyes, loss of consciousness, quick, moaning respiration, tossing about, cold feet, hiccough, a short and hacking cough which arrests the breathing, etc. The use of Copper is therefore so much more homoeopathic as the symptoms appear at irregular intervals, and in groups. “Several kinds of partial or general clonic spasms, St. Vitus’ dance, epilepsy, whooping cough, cutaneous eruptions, old ulcers; and likewise spasmodic affections, accompanied with too fine and sensitive senses, appear to be the principal sphere of action for copper; it was likewise indispensable either to prevent or to cure Asiatic cholera.” He adds, “Copper acts only a few days”: though later experience, perhaps in chronic disease, perhaps in the higher potencies, gives its length of action as forty to fifty days. He quotes from Noack and Trinks.”Copper is most suitable to relaxed, irritable and nervous constitutions, with weakness and excessive sensitiveness of the nervous system, inclination to spasmodic affections, convulsions and typical diseases, especially of a chronic nature, with irregular paroxysms.” GUERNSEY, Keynotes, says:- “One of the strongest indications for the use of this remedy is a strong, metallic taste in the mouth. Rhus. in the only other remedy that has this symptoms in as marked a from. (The Repertory black types for this symptom are, COCC., MERC., NAT. C., RHUS., SENEG.) “Spasms. Spasmodic affections generally; whooping cough, where the attacks run into catalepsy. Epilepsy: spasms, particularly which begin in fingers and toes, then spread all over body. Where eruptions strike in, as in scarlet fever, etc., and where excessive vomiting, great stupor, convulsions, etc., appear, Cuprum takes high rank to cause the rash to reappear.” NASH: “SPASM is the one word characterizing this remedy. Cramps or convulsions in meningitis, cholera, cholera morbus, whooping- cough, scarlatina, etc. “Spasms begin in fingers and toes and, spreading from there, become general. “In cholera, cholera morbus, or cholera infantum, the cramping pains are sometimes terrible. “Dunham said (in regard to cholera): `In Camphor collapse is most prominent: in Veratrum alb. the evacuation and the vomiting: in Cuprum, the cramps.'” KENT: “Cuprum is pre-eminently a convulsive medicine. The convulsive tendency associates itself with almost every complaint that Cuprum creates and cures. It has convulsions in every degree of violence:- from little twitchings to convulsions of all the muscles of the body. When these are coming on, the earliest threatenings are drawings in the fingers, clenching of thumbs, or twitching of the muscles. “Tonic convulsions, where the thumbs are first affected: they are drawn down into the palms and then the fingers close over them with great violence. Spasms followed by the appearance as if the patient were dead.” Kent describes the whooping-cough that calls for Cuprum, in the language of the mother. “She says, `that when the child is seized with a spell of this violent whooping-cough, the face becomes livid or blue, the finger-nails become discoloured, the eyes are turned up, the child coughs until it loses its breath and then lies in a state of insensibility for a long time until she fears the child will never breathe again, but with a violent spasmodic action in its breathing, the child from the shortest breaths comes to itself again just as if brought back to life.’ You have here all the violence of whooping-cough and a convulsive case. If the mother can get there quickly enough with a little cold water she will stop the cough. Cold water especially will relieve the spasm.” “Whenever the respiratory organs are affected there is dreadful spasmodic breathing-dyspnoea. There is also great rattling in the chest. The more dyspnoea there is, the more likely his thumbs will be clenched and the fingers cramped. “Cuprum is not passive in its business. Violence is manifested everywhere. Violence in its diarrhoea, violence in its vomiting, violence in its spasmodic action: strange and violent things in its mania and delirium. “In the epilepsy calling for Cuprum, we have the contractions and jerkings of fingers and toes. He falls with a shriek, and during the attack passes his urine and faeces epilepsies that begin with a violent constriction in the lower part of the chest or with contractions in the fingers that spread all over the body, to all the muscle. (In puerperal convulsions) ” the urine is scanty and albuminous. During the progress of labour the patient becomes suddenly blind. All light seems to her to disappear from the room, the labour pains cease, and convulsions come on, commencing in the fingers and toes. When you meet these cases do not forget Cuprum. You will look around a long time before you can cure a case of this kind without Cuprum.” Kent also discusses CHOLERA. He says, “Hahnemann had not seen a case of cholera, but he perceived that the disease produced appearances resembling the symptoms of Cuprum, *In regard to Copper for cholera-workers in copper mines are said to be immune from that disease: and little discs of copper are often worn next the skin for a protection. Again, some of the sporadic “cholera” in India, where a picnic party goes down in a few hours with cholera, is said to be sometimes due to badly cleansed copper utensils in which the native servants brews the tea. Camphor and Veratrum Plus Plus For cholera and its remedies, and the marvellous results of homoeopathic treatment all over the world in the great epidemics of 1853-4-5, and in the Russian Epidemic of 1830-31, see our article in HoMOEOPATHY, April 1932. Everywhere, Homoeopathy reversed the mortality from two-thirds to one-third: or in some instances, (as in Rubini’s cases in Naples) wiped it out.; and these three remedies are the typical cholera remedies. You will see that the Cuprum case is, above all others, the spasmodic case. It has the most intense spasms. These three remedies tend downwards into collapse and death. Now, to repeat: Cuprum for the cases of a convulsive character; Camphor in cases characterized by extreme coldness and more or less dryness; and Veratrum when the copious sweat, vomiting and purging are the features. That is little to remember, but with that you can enter an epidemic of cholera with confidence.” Kent here compares Podophyllum and Phosphorus with Cuprum. He says the profuse stools of Pod. (Which has also cramps) are frightfully offensive: and of Phos. he says, as with Cuprum there is gurgling. In Phos., fluids gurgle as they enter the stomach, and gurgle all through the intestines. A drink of water seems to flow through the bowel with a gurgle. “Now this gurgling in Cuprum commences at the throat: he swallows with a gurgle: gurgling in oesophagus when swallowing.” He says, ” Discharges cease, or are suppressed, and sudden convulsions, come on: here Cuprum will re-establish the discharge, and stop the convulsions.” “Or, inflammations cease suddenly and you wonder what has happened. All at once comes on insanity, delirium, convulsions, blindness metastasis. A perfect change from one part of the body to another.” “The same may occur from a suppressed eruption-discharge-diarrhoea, and it goes to the brain, affects the mind and brings on an insanity; a wild, active, maniacal delirium. Convulsions where a limb will first flex and then extend. In a child you will see the leg all at once shoot out with great violence, then up against the abdomen again with great violence, and then again shoot out. It is hard to find another remedy that has that. (Tab.) Convulsions with flexion and extension are common to Cuprum. “Jerking of the eyes: snapping of the lids. Face and lips blue:- purple in convulsions. Paralysis of the tongue. “Many complaints are ameliorated by cold water. The cough is brought on by inhaling cold air, but stopped by drinking cold water, like Coccus cacti. A wonderful remedy in anaemia.” One does not know how to stop quoting from Kent! The more one reads in Kent, the more one marvels at his realization of the characteristics of drug action, and his wonderful power of graphic expression. One of our best prescribers carried Kent’s Materia Medica about with him all through the war, and his powers of assimilation must have been great!-judging by his rapidity in spotting the homoeopathic remedy. For beginners, Nash’s Leaders is probably the better book to start with: it is less bulky, and (for a beginner) less overwhelming. It teaches one to think homoeopathically, and is full of invaluable comparisons between drugs:-but-KENT ! Kent once declared, “I have originated nothing. All the teaching is Hahnemann’s.” Certainly the mantle of Hahnemann must have fallen on Kent, with a double portion of his spirit. Coming down to commonplace recollections and experiences. Patients who come to Hospital complaining of severe cramps- especially in calves-very often have to get either Cuprum or Calcarea. Calcarea cramps are especially worse at night in bed, and on stretching the leg in bed. One remembers a case where in malignant disease-I think of uterus-Cuprum was given for the violent cramps of which the patient complained, and it not only stopped the cramps, but, for a time, ameliorated the disease symptoms. One remembers a wee boy in hospital, very ill with pneumonia, complicated with diarrhoea and severe cramping pains. Here Cuprum very quickly brought down the temperature and cleared the lung, as well as disposing of the diarrhoea and cramps.
PECULIAR AND DISTINGUISHING SYMPTOMS.
Child has a complete cataleptic spasm, with each paroxysm of whooping-cough. Cough worse by inhaling cold air: better by drinking cold water. Cough in children, threatening to suffocate. In asthma, clutches air with hands, unable to speak or swallow. Muscles of calf contracted in knots. Spasms and cramps in calves. Spasms with blue face and thumbs clenched across palms of hands. Spasms after vexation, or fright. Child lies on belly, and spasmodically thrusts breech up. Convulsions with biting. CUPRUM ACETICUM AND SMALL-POX (Reprinted from The Homoeopathic World) SIR,-As I visited Gloucester during the late epidemic of small- pox in the Southern half of the city, and took great interest in the methods of treatment pursued there, your readers may like to learn (in the absence of a resident homoeopathic medical man in that city) the impressions left upon the mind of an amateur with some slight knowledge of Hahnemann’s law. The fatalities under different treatments varied greatly, as the following approximate list will show: In Isolation Hospital during the 54 per cent. In Isolation first regime under Dr. Brooke 8 ” With Hydropathy, under Mr. Pickering 10 ” With Crimson Cross ointment under Captain Feilden 2 ” I found during my visits that a great and growing confidence had superseded scepticism in regard to the Crimson Cross ointment, which the above rough gauge of results justifies. Feeling sure that if there were any curative effects in the ointment they must be due to our law, I asked Captain Feilden if he would tell me what the ingredients of his ointment were. He readily complied, and I found that the green paint-like unguent, which was smeared over his patients from head to foot, owed its remedial powers to Acetate of Copper. On learning last Monday from Dr. Hadwen the approximate results given above, it was evident that it was desirable to compare the symptoms of small-pox with the provings of Cuprum acet. The following are the results: SYMPTOMS OF SMALL-POX, FROM DR. PROVINGS OF Cuprum aceticum, FROM H.VON ZIEMSSEN’S Cyclopedia. ALLEN’S Encyclopedia. Fever and disturbance of Skin warm and dry, or covered general system. with sweat. Pulse accelerated. Pulse accelerated: from 120 to 140. Frequency of respiration Respiration accelerated. increased. Dyspnoea. Cramping spasms in chest(?) (Suffocative arrest of breathing. Jahr.) Initial (prodromal) rashes. Query. Languor. Remarkable weakness. Prostration. Vertigo and syncope. Exhaustion. Faintness. Fetor oris. Hoarseness. Spotted redness of the fauces Aphonia. (Speech is either arrested, or entirely annulled. Jahr.) Nausea, gagging, vomiting. Jaundice, with vomiting and eructations. Nausea and vomiting. Anorexia. Loss of appetite. Aversion to food. Constipation, occasional Diarrhoea, occasional constipation. diarrhoea. Severe headache. Agonizing headache. Face red and bloated: Face very red and swollen, puffy, violent pulsation in red, hot. carotids. Delirium, sleeplessness, Delirium. Sopor. Coma. disquiet. Pain in the back (less Pain in the loins and sacrum-at the constant than gastric navel and on the iliac region. symptoms and Headache). Drawing, tearing pains in Cramps in the calves, tetanic spasms the extremities. in large toes, most violent pains in the soles of the feet. Bronchitis less constant. Query. Eruption, almost always Eruption, seemingly of leprous worse upon face and hairy kinds, consisting of spots of scalp. different sizes, the largest white and scaly with moist base, as if something acrimonious had been secreted under the cuticle; eruption more or less over the body, and very much among the hair of the head. The above symptoms and provings correspond too closely for the similitude to be altogether fortuitous; and the starting success of the Crimson Cross ointment points to its being a fresh illustration of the law, similia similibus curentur. The homoeopathic branch of the profession have lost a great chance by not unanimously declaring the irrelevancy of vaccination to small-pox; it may be that, to make up for this lost chance, in Cuprum aceticum they have a remedy for variola which may rank with Aconite in fever, or with Camphor in the early stages of cholera. I am, Sir, yours faithfully, A. PHELPS. Edgbaston, September, 11th, 1896.

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