Homeopathy Papers

Tumour of Left Breast

Written by John Henry Clarke

The eminent John H. J. Clarke, M.D. , presents a case of tumor of the breast in a woman of 48.

On January 21st, 1904, Mrs. H., aged 48, the wife of a clergyman in the country, came to me in a good deal of alarm about a lump she had found in her left breast. There was certainly some cause for anxiety, seeing that her father had died of cancer, her mother of consumption, and her sister had died after an operation for cancer. The patient herself was of a very gouty habit, suffered much from sick  headaches, attacks of abdominal  pain, and bleeding piles. The cervical and inguinal glands were indurated. At times she suffered from eczema, and there was a good deal of tinea versicolor scattered about the body.

The patient had dark hair and complexion, and was somewhat ruddy. The periods, which had ceased for eight months, used to be irregular, scanty and during the periods there was pain in the breasts. This also occurred during her two pregnancies. On examining the breast, I found a small lump the size of a hazelnut, in the upper segment on the axillary side, and near it was a second lump the size of a small pea. There were enlarged glands in both axillae.

Rx Carcinos 100, three doses to go over the month.

February 17th — The lump is more tender. She now feels the slightest pressure of the dress. General health very good.  The increased sensitiveness of the tumour showed to me that the  remedy was at work. I did not therefore repeat it, but gave  Conium 30, a dose every fourth  night. The indication for Conium was the pain the patient used to have in the breasts at the periods, the periods themselves being scanty.

March 19th — The smaller of the two lumps has nearly gone. It is like a small pea, and is quite loose. On the whole she has been very well, except when the northeast winds were strong.   Repeat.   April 26th. — Lump smaller. Has had a good deal of sickness and faint feeling. This sick, sinking, faint feeling is a leading indication for the cancer nosodes.  Burnett proved them on himself, and experienced this effect in a marked degree.

Mamillin 100, three doses in the month.  (probably from Paget’s disease of the nipple.)

January 12th, 1905 — I heard nothing of the patient during the intermediate months. She then came, and gave me this history:  During the beginning of the time that she was taking the last remedy she felt ill altogether. When she had finished it she felt extremely well, and continued, as she described it, “extraordinarily well” all the summer. During November and December she had  been troubled with indigestion.  The most careful examination of the breast could not detect the faintest trace of the tumour.  The appearance of tumours at the change of life is not at all a pleasant symptom, especially when there is a bad family history at the back of the patient. I consider that in this case the nosodes of  cancer were of vital importance in saving this lady from the fate of  other members of her family.

From:  The Cure Of Tumours By Medicines With Especial Reference To  The Cancer Nosodes  By John H. J. Clarke, M.D.  – 1908  –  Case XIV

About the author

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica


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