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Antimonium Arsenicicum - Appendix symptoms - T.F. Allen

Arsenite Of Antimony, Antim, Antimonium, Arsenicicum, Antimonium Arsenicosum, Arsenicosum, Ant-a.

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HPUS indication of Antimonium Arsenicicum: Cough

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September 9th. I awoke with dull headache and burning in the vertex. At breakfast had little appetite. Pulse 69. I took a solution of 12 mlgm. After thirty-four minutes I experienced first the nausea, the epigastric region became swollen and very painful. Pulse 72. These symptoms disappeared, but returned more violent after five minutes, and were associated with a disagreeable metallic taste, accumulation of water in the mouth, burning in the throat, coldness of the extremities, retching, chilliness, sweat. Pulse 77. In order to relieve the flat taste, I drank cold water. The pulse fell to 72, but soon rose to 79. The symptoms disappeared completely after an hour and a half. Pulse 72. Only the weakness, dulness of the head, and pain in the throat returned. After an hour and a quarter I counted 65 weak beats of the heart. Through the day I had copious secretion of saliva and no appetite. On the following days I was prevented from continuing the experiment, but I was extremely weak and prostrated. The eyes were surrounded by blue rings, and lay deep in their sockets. The headache left me for only short periods. The difficulty in swallowing had entirely disappeared. Pulse 69 and 70.


, being observed after tartar emetic given in canelle water; also Schoenfelder, do; observed from a solution of antimony glance (crudum) in Aceticum Acidum acetic acid; also Goodwin, do., from tartar emetic mixed with Camphora camphor; also Barbier, see Hencke's compilation, A. H. Z., 88, 5, tartar emetic mixed with chicory; also Jankovich, do., from tartar emetic mixed with opium. 1, Hartlaub and Trinks, Reine Arznei-mittldehre, 2, 209; 2, S. Hahnemann, Archive, 3, 2, 146; 3, Rückert, do.; 4, Gross, do.; 5, Stapf, do.; 6, Fr. H-n, do.; 7, Hering, Archive, 13 z., 183; 8, "M.", in Buchner's review, Hygea, 18, 274, took first dil. repeated doses; 9, do. took one grain at once; 10, Molin, Comptes rendus du Congrès Méd. Hom. d. Paris, 1851-56, proving with sixth and eighteenth dilutions, repeated doses; 11, Noebling, N. Z. f. H. K., 14, 80, proving with several small doses and subcutaneous injection; 12, Boecker Beitrage, crude proving; 13, Mayerhofer, in Boecker Beit., effects of one one-hundredth of grain; 14, De Moore, Rev. de [left] Mat. Med., 5, 436, proving with one-quarter grain; 15, Macfarlan, Am. J. Hom. M. M., 4, 60, prov. 3m Fincke; 16, Woodbury, N. E. Med. Gaz., 4, 238, four grains a day for fifteen days; 17, Giaccomini, N. Archive, 1, 2, 107, one scruple; 18, Hutchinson (in Stapf's collection, Archive, 3, 2, 146, effects of inunction), (see also Wibmer); 19, Blackburne, do.; 20, Horst, do., inunction (Hufeland's Journ., 1813); 21, Bonetus, do.; 22, Elias, do. (Hufel. J., 20), eight grains in a clyster; 23, White, do.; 24, Baeumlinus, do.; 25, Stutz, do. (inunction); 26, Autenrieth, do. (inunction); 27, Hecker, do. (inunction); 28, Walther, do. (four pounds in milk, the curds eaten by two students); 29, Serres, from Hencke's collection, A. H., Z., 88, 5 (and also from Wibmer); 30, Troschel, do.; 31, Driver, do.; 32, Male, do.; 33, Duffin, do.; 34, La Clinique, do.; 35, Med. Gaz., do.; 36, Wetzler, do.; 37, Krebs, Hygea, 20, 289; 38, Hildebrandt, do.; 39, Imbert-gourbeye, Brit. Journ., 19, 367, et seq, eruption from inunction; 40, Boeckh Frank's Mag.; 41, Lembert, do.; 42, Crichton, do.; 43, Wesener, do.; 44, Schneider, do.; 45, Carron, from Wibmer; 46, Orfila, Toxicologie (from Roth Mat. med.); 47, Recamier, do.; 48, Constant, from Roth; 49, Savory, do.; 50, Sachi, do.; 51, Baumbach, do.; 52, Freer, Lancet, 1847 (effect of two drachms); 53, Harley, Lancet, 1846 (effect of ten grains on a child); 54, D. Kiger, O. M. and S. Rep., 5, 171 (child swallowed one-half ounce crude).

Pustular eruptions of the tongue and lining membrane of the mouth, of the character of those produced on the skin by the application of the ointment,

Pulse 72 (before experiment); 70 (after two minutes); 72 (after five minutes); 67 (after ten minutes); 72 (after fifteen minutes); 71 (after twenty minutes); 74 (after twenty-five minutes); 68 (after thirty minutes); quickened by the deep breathing, 70 (after thirty-five minutes); 72 (after forty minutes); 77 (after fifty minutes); 66 (after one, and two hours),

Breathings 18 (before experiment); 20 (after four minutes); 18 (after eight minutes); 14 (after twelve minutes); 13 (after eighteen minutes); 12 (after twenty-four minutes); 10 (after twenty-eight minutes); deep uncomfortable sighings, 8 (after thirty-four minutes); 7 (after thirty-eight minutes); 6 (after forty-two minutes); 12 (after fifty-two minutes); 18, natural (after one hour),

Rolling upon the ground in great agony, vomiting blood, and tormented by agonizing colic pains,

In half an hour violent nausea was induced, but vomiting did not commence till 2 P.M. (after three hours), after which it became more violent till three, when it seemed at its height; a quantity of bile was at first ejected, afterwards painful strong retching, with an obtuse fixed pain at the epigastrium, which was not always referred to the same spot, and accompanied by great thirst; a slight discharge of mucus at intervals ensued. About 4 P.M., the above-mentioned symptoms gradually disappeared, and were succeeded by great and universal prostration; two very copious, bilious stools were passed. In the evening, after taking some tea, a profuse perspiration broke out, which appeared to be the last effect of the medicine,

Unable to stand; scarcely able to speak; exhausting evacuations, both from the stomach and bowels; weak, contracted pulse; cold clammy sweat; extreme paleness; prostration of strength,

In about two hours he felt an inclination to evacuate his bowels, and the alvine discharges continued involuntarily. Breathing slow and laborious; face pale and altered, features shrunken; eyes fixed and turned upward, pupils dilated; surface cold; appeared to be unconscious, but stated afterwards that he knew what was passing around him; the action of the heart was intermitting and extremely feeble, and no pulse could be felt at the wrist (in three hours); complained of great thirst, and a sense of burning in fauces, oesophagus, stomach, and lower bowels (in seven hours); throat sore; fauces covered with pustules, some of which, having discharged their matter, have left soft superficial ulcers (second day),

At 6 P.M. she complained of pain in the lower part of the left side, and retired to her room, where she was immediately attacked with vomiting, followed after several hours by purging, both of which continued, accompanied by burning in the mouth, dryness of the throat and great thirst,

Lethargic expression of countenance; conjunctiva slightly congested; general surface of body cold and clammy, with a bluish-pale appearance; voice weak; speech slow and deliberate; vomiting and purging; violent cramp in the legs,

After the experiment of Dr. Mayrhofer (Heller's Archiv. 1846) I began with the smallest possible dose, 1 mlgm., and gradually increased to 0.013 grm.

September 1st, 1866. I took a solution of 1 ccm., diluted with distilled water to 10 ccm., so that every ccm. contained 1 mlgm. of Antimonium Tartaricum Tartar emetic. Pulse 73. I took 1 ccm. at 8 A.M., two hours after breakfast. After an hour, not feeling the slightest change in my condition nor in the rate of my pulse, I went about my business. 3.15 P.M., I took 2 ccm; pulse 71. After about three-quarters of an hour I felt rather uncomfortable for a short time, pulse rose to 72 or 73, and after the disappearance of the discomfort, returned to 71. My appetite at evening was unchanged.

September 2d. 8 A.M., pulse 73 took 3 ccm. After forty-five minutes some discomfort, which disappeared after twelve minutes. Appetite normal. Pulse 71, after twenty minutes.

September 3d. Took at the usual hour 4 ccm. Pulse 72. After forty minutes slight headache, nausea, and very acute sticking pain in the epigastric region, which disappeared after a quarter of an hour. Pulse 74; half an hour afterwards 70; after half an hour's quiet work 68. Appetite at noon diminished. 3 P.M., injected a strong solution into the left thigh, 1/2 ccm. Pulse 73. After five minutes there was vivid redness, associated with burning pain at the point of injection, which I relieved by cold applications. Pulse 75. Ten minutes afterwards I experienced violent heat, headache, nausea, weakness, which gradually increased, till after ten minutes more sweat broke out. Pule 79. I was very much exhausted, felt great need of rest. Pulse after fifteen minutes 72. After another quarter of an hour 67. After walking about the room the pulse rose to 73, but soon fell to 68. In the evening I took very little food, and then felt constant burning in the throat, even swallowing caused trouble. Increased thirst, sleep broken.

September 4th. On waking I felt slight headache in the skull, and had little appetite for breakfast. I took a concentrated solution, less than 1/2 ccm., about 8 mlgm. Pulse 71. After thirty-eight minutes there were the first symptoms of discomfort, which soon disappeared, but ten minutes later returned with increased violence. Very disagreeable sensation in the pit of the stomach, which was distended. It was very sensitive to touch, not unlike a sticking. Constant recurrence of yawning, eructations, and rumbling in the abdomen, which alternated with each other. I felt a burning heat in the head, with alternations of chill and heat. There was a feeling of coldness in the hands and feet. Pulse 74. After fifteen minutes this condition entirely disappeared and gave place to weakness, weariness, and prostration of the limbs, so that I could scarcely rise from my chair. Pulse 70. Nausea continued, the whole day, associated with a very disagreeable taste in the mouth and copious secretion of saliva. I ate scarcely anything all day. The persistent weakness caused me to go to bed earlier than usual.

September 5th. Rose with chill, headache, and weakness of the limbs, otherwise well; took at 8 o'clock 1 ccm. of a solution, about 1 cent. grm. of Antimonium Tartaricum Tartar emetic. Pulse 70. After half an hour there came on nausea, yawning, eructations, rumbling, pain, and pressure in the epigastric region, accelerated respiration (20), headache, burning in the throat, difficult swallowing, accumulation of saliva in the mouth, chilliness, weakness, and retching. Pulse 75. These symptoms gradually diminished, and disappeared entirely within half an hour. Only dulness of the head an weakness remained. Pulse 69. I had a most violent aversion to all kinds of food, and had scarcely eaten the soup at noon, the swallowing of which was very painful, when most violent retching came on, but without vomiting. A disagreeable taste in the mouth obliged me to drink much cold water all day, which afforded some relief to this symptom and to the difficulty in swallowing. Weariness drove me early to bed, and I slept well all night. The next day I was prevented from continuing the proving. I had no remarkable appetite; the epigastric region felt painful; the headache persisted, but only in a slight degree. The difficulty of swallowing was considerably relieved. The proving was also omitted on the seventh.

September 8th. Feeling perfectly well, at 8 A.M. took 1 ccm. Pulse 74. After thirty minutes I felt the first indications of nausea. Pulse 79. With the increasing nausea the pulse rose to 84. Violent retching, chilliness, perspiration, and vomiting of the remains of the breakfast. Pulse 88. With increasing weakness and with diminution of the nausea the pulse feel to 71, and half an hour later to 67. At noon I experienced most intense aversion, becoming qualmish on even looking at food. During the day I suffered from headache and pain in the abdomen, the latter increased in severity by the slightest movement. At night I slept little and very uneasily.

September 12th. I made a new experiment; I injected a solution directly into a vein. For this purpose I took a concentrated solution, and injected it into a superficial vein in the left forearm, 1/2 ccm. of a strong solution, amounting to 5 mlgms. I had scarcely emptied the syringe when I experienced a raging headache, saw sparks of fire, had burning heat in the face, and distressing pressure in the brain; at the same time there was violent praecordial anxiety. I suffered from dyspnoea, it became black before the eyes, I reeled, so that I was obliged to sit down; I vomited green masses with great effort. At the same time there was very free haemorrhage from the place of the injection, which was stopped only by persistent compression. Through the day I felt very weak, as after a terrible illness. Unfortunately it had been impossible to count the pulse, on account of the violence of the symptoms.

September 13th. Headache and pain in the stomach continued; there fore I took only 7 mlgms., after which there was nausea but no vomiting. The pulse rose within thirty-four minutes from 75 to 79, and an hour later fell to 70. Little appetite. On this day slight diarrhoeic stool.

September 14th. I injected about 1 1/4 centgm. into the left forearm. Pulse 68. There was immediately violent burning at the point of injection, which became very red. The face became hot; I experienced violent headache in the vertex and pressure in the brain, and a very anxious sensation in the pit of the stomach, nausea, retching, chilliness, and after twenty-five minutes vomiting of green masses, with outbreak of copious perspiration. Pulse 80, very small. The whole day I was very weak and unfit for any effort. On the two following days I could not make any experiments, but the headache continued, there were sensitiveness in the epigastric region, complete loss of appetite, and diminished power of digestion.

September 17th. In the morning I drank 1 1/4 centgm. The condition was tolerable. Pulse 72. After half an hour symptoms previously observed returned. Pulse 83. Headache and weariness lasted through the day. Sleep at night short, restless; diarrhoea.

September 18th. In spite of the unpleasant remembrance of the former injection, I attempted it again, injecting 3/4 centgm. directly into a vein on the left forearm. Pulse 75. This was followed by frightful headache, heat of the face, vision of sparks, very anxious sensation in the stomach, in short, the same symptoms as after the former injection. On this day I examined my urine with Nitric Acid Nitric acid and under the microscope. After the Nitric Acid Nitric acid there was slight turbidity, and I found under the microscope desquamated epithelium of the uniferous tubes. This appearance of albumen in the urine warned me, on account of Maryrhoffer's proving, that I must discontinue further experiments on myself. The turbidity of the urine lasted two days; the pain in the stomach and head and difficulty in swallowing disappeared after three days, and the appetite returned. But even after two months there were frequently recurring troubles in digestion, reminding me of my proving. It was noteworthy that during the proving I lost seven pounds in weight.

Immediately experienced a metallic taste in the mouth. In a short time she felt sleepy and powerless; black specks floated before her eyes, and she had to go to bed, where she lay rolling about and became faint, with cold perspirations. At 3 P.M. she vomited her dinner, and was purged, and again vomited two or three times. She had pain in the lower part of the abdomen, with severe cramps in the lower extremities. At 5 P.M. she was in a state of extreme prostration, with tetanic spasms of the legs. With great difficulty the legs were straightened, which gave great relief. She suffered from enteritis for about three weeks, and gradually recovered. The only other effect of the poison was that the hair began to fall out soon after the illness. She is now alive and well, but the air on the crown of her head is very thin,

Violent vomiting; violent and frequent recurring cramps of the legs, relieved by forcible extension,



Tartar emetic, 2 H4O6 H2O. Preparation, Triturations.



Authority.67, Dr. Molin, Des Spécifiques en Médecine, Paris, 1847 (Brit. Journ., vol. vi, 1858, p. 118).

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