I will state the case of a man who had crude pulmonary tubercles and was constantly suffering with spasmodic asthma, to whom I gave Kali carbonicum with tolerable success, which remedy, when the symptoms got worse again eight days after the improvement had first commenced, I exchanged for some other medicine. Before he came under my treatment, he had taken several homoeopathic remedies in Italy, his native country, and I had been giving him for the last nine months a variety of homoeopathic remedies without any result, when I determined to again have recourse to Kali carb., but this time not as formerly in three, but in one dose of two globules of the thirtieth attenuation.
Already on the third day after taking this medicine, his asthmatic paroxysms had abated, which abatement continued until the ninth day, when the paroxysms returned again with increased violence. Instead of changing the medicine, I now gave him Saccharum lactis. About the third week they again commenced to decrease and under the exhibition of these sham powders the improvement continued until the ninth week, when another aggravation set in, which it was my purpose to watch for eight days before deciding in favor of some other remedy.
After the lapse of eight days the patient was again better than ever. During these eight days he had not had a single paroxysm of asthma, nor had he another attack during the eighteen months that he continued under my treatment, notwithstanding his tubercles still existed. The beats of the heart that had previously been very tumultuous and irregular, had likewise returned to the normal standard.
From my long practice I might relate more than a hundred of such cases where one dose of a single remedy achieved a finer result in the space of two months than twenty impatiently administered drugs in two or three years. Observation, however, has shown to a certainty that in chronic diseases, where one remedy alone is capable of achieving the whole cure, slight symptoms of an incipient improvement will, according to my observations, show themselves in the first week or in the first fortnight, and if these preliminary symptoms do set in,
the physician cannot watch subsequent aggravations with too much care, unless he means to spoil everything by the premature exhibition of another remedy. On the other hand it is likewise an established fact that, where even the discriminating eye of the most careful observer does not even perceive the slightest signs of a beginning improvement in fifteen or twenty days after the exhibition of a remedy in chronic diseases, nothing better can be expected of this drug, and some other remedy will have to be chosen.