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Carbuncle on the back of the neck

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A lady aged about 30, suffered greatly from a carbuncle on the back of the neck;

She had applied many domestic medicines and obtained no relief.

The tumefaction seemed destined to suppurate.

It was mottled bluish and the pain was intense, knife-cutting and burning.

She was sick at the stomach to vomiting, and at night she was delirious. Her eyes were staring and there was some fever ; the tongue was foul and the breath fetid.

There was great tension in the scalp and muscles of the face. She begged for morphine to “stop that burning and cutting.

” Tarantula cubensis 12x one dose produced quiet immediately and the angry looking tumefaction failed to complete its work ; it did not suppurate.

The discoloration was gone in two days, and the hardness soon disappeared also.

She regained her normal state very rapidly, and she said to me a short time ago that she had never had her old headache since that swelling left her, showing how deeply the medicine affected her whole system.

If a part is mottled (Lachesis), bluish, growing dark, with those symptoms, Tarantula cubensis must be the most appropriate remedy.

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James Tyler Kent

James Tyler Kent

James Tyler Kent (1849–1916) was an American physician. Prior to his involvement with homeopathy, Kent had practiced conventional medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He discovered and "converted" to homeopathy as a result of his wife's recovery from a serious ailment using homeopathic methods.
In 1881, Kent accepted a position as professor of anatomy at the Homeopathic College of Missouri, an institution with which he remained affiliated until 1888. In 1890, Kent moved to Pennsylvania to take a position as Dean of Professors at the Post-Graduate Homeopathic Medical School of Philadelphia. In 1897 Kent published his magnum opus, Repertory of the Homœopathic Materia Medica. Kent moved to Chicago in 1903, where he taught at Hahnemann Medical College.

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