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Syphilinum – the Destruction of the Disease and its Manifestation in Society

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The author discusses syphilis and the syphilitic miasm.

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Figure 1: Scientific Classification and Image of Treponema Pallidum

Generally acquired through sexual contact with an individual hosting the spirochete bacteria, Treponema Pallidum, syphilis is catalogued as a disease with four distinct progressive stages (primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary.). Prior to modern technology, the disease was known as The Great Imitator due to the fact that its many tertiary symptoms made it difficult to readily identify, and it is argued that historical cases of leprosy epidemics were more likely syphilitic outbreaks. [1] Coined ‘syphilis‘ in 1530 by Italian physician and poet Girolamo Fracastoro, the disease was epically identified as punishment sent by Apollo against a shepherd named Syphilus as a result of his defiance against Apollo[2].

Primary syphilis manifests as a usually painless chancre forming within 10 – 90 days of contact with the spirochete and unless the chancre is in a visible location it may well go unnoticed. There may be local swelling of lymph nodes. The chancre resolves itself within 4 to 6 weeks and the disease moves to the secondary stage within 1 to 6 months. Involving a likewise painless reddish-pink or coppery colored rash/lesions that may cover the whole body but particularly on the palms of the hands and soles of feet, this stage is considered the most contagious and can be accompanied by mild fever, sore throat, general malaise, weight loss, meningeal headaches, arthritic complaints, and enlarged lymph nodes (see images Appendix A). More severe cases can involve acute meningitis, hepatitis, renal disease, gastritis, disorders of the rectum and colon, and several kinds of eye disorders which can eventually lead to blindness. Latent syphilis is defined as having proof of infection (by blood test) without symptoms and is sub-categorized as either early-latent (under two years since infection without symptoms) or late-latent (over two-years since infection without symptoms). Syphilis is conventionally treated using antibiotics, but it is important to note that this suppressive measure only places the patient in a state of latency, not of cure – a patient is still considered to be infectious in this stage. Tertiary syphilis generally develops within 1 to 10 years after initial infection, but may take as long as 50 years and is characterized by the formation of gummas, a non-cancerous form of granuloma, most commonly found in the liver (gumma hepatis), but can also be found in brain, heart, skin, bone, testis, and other tissues, leading to a variety of problems. The area of the gumma eventually fails due to coagulative necrosis, or cell death, related to lack of oxygen delivery to the area due to long-term inflammation.

When viewing photos of the disease stages, one finds it hard to believe that most are actually painless, as the appearance evokes (for me, at least) a sense that it should be excruciatingly painful, suggesting a strong hint for the miasm‘s characteristic withdrawal and lack of emotion, as though one has been totally desensitized (GENERALS, Reaction, lack of). Indeed, of the 388 rubrics in Kent‘s repertory, only 13 of them are bold type. Shroyen‘s Synthesis Treasure Edition shows only 35 bold-type rubrics out of a total of 1585, and it is no surprise to find that the ‘boldest‘ rubric for Syphilinum, rated 4 in degrees is MIND, Disgust, a rubric that pretty much sums up the influence of the syphilitic miasm in present-day society.

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Figure 2: Fifteenth century medical assigning astrological causes to the disease.

Looking to the bold remedy symptoms of syphilinum in Kent’s[3], we can see the destructive tendency of this disease physically and mentally manifesting itself, primarily in the bones (head, face, and legs), through eruptions, ulcerations and abscesses, and pains in the body. What the mind lacks in expression and reaction, the body seems to counter with major expressions of severe pain, particularly in agonizing (described as unsupportable) bone pains.

Sorting the whole set of rubrics by similarity gives these major groupings:

Insanity

Paralysis (incl. paralysis of the mind and emotion)

Tissue Changes (tumors, growths)

Eruptions, Ulcers, Abscesses

Discharges

Heat / Cold and Inflammation

Itching/Twitching

Pains of the Body (esp. head, face, eyes, teeth, back, and extremities)

Cough and Expectoration

Interestingly, with all the eruptive discharges, the body seems no longer able to discharge normally: there is prolapse, fissure, and constriction of the rectum as well as a morbid urge to urinate with only the ability for a feeble stream; blocks of the nose, and oppression of the chest with dry, hard, non-productive cough. Numbness in the extremities is paired with a kind of “numbness” in the mouth (lack of ability to taste) and an equal numbness of the mind (confusion and weakness of memory.). Kent indicates this is not the best remedy for the primary symptoms of the disease itself, but is more appropriate to restore order to the vitality of one who suffers in the latent stages or for patients who are “syphilized invalids”, and states it is by no means only for those who have had the disease, but for those “with symptoms like those of the proving“ or “with similar symptoms to those that are common to the disease.“ He indicates its use in high potencies only. In considering how the syphilitic influence manifests in society today, one can borrow easily from the rubrics of the mind and generals. Wherever it is that disgust, rot, insanity, apathy, blood-lust, confusion, disregard for life and other “paralyzed” reactions reign, we will find syphilis at its roots: violence, aggression, mayhem, destruction, terrorism – all are syphilitic.

The Syphilitic Big Bad Wolf from Unit 8, shown here with his “X-Rated“ placard removed, quickly gives one the idea this is not a guy to meet for tea, to meet the parents, or to meet in a dark alley.

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Figure 3: The Syphilitic Miasm as seen in the Big, Bad Wolf

Spoiling and even aching for a fight (insanity), recklessly seeking an outlet for destruction (eruptions), he is perhaps the darkest side of humanity: the murderer, the rapist, the annihilator, the terrorist, the assassin, the shooter, the bomber, the serial killer, the prejudiced, the indifferent, the apathetic, the pyromaniac, the kidnapper, the self-destructive, the violent, the insane, the perverse, the severely depressed, the suicidal, the homicidal, the raging, the superstitious, the obsessive, the ones who have lost or sold their souls (lack of reaction), those who hate so violently that the conscience is muted (paralysis of emotion): all will have had their brush with syphilis at some point in time in some way, whether in direct contact with the disease or by way of generational inheritance.

And leave us not forget the many compensated individuals in whom this miasm also bears influence – the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker (ad infinitum).

Throughout history, these tendencies have manifested not only in individuals, but also in the group mindset. When group-think takes on a syphilitic posture, mass-destruction can follow quickly and always violently, such as in the case of the Ku Klux Klan, the murder of Jews during WWII, the willful annihilation and exploitation of races of people, airplanes being flown into buildings, bombs dropping from planes out of the sky, the shooting up of a schoolyard, the Mumbai massacre, and the list goes on. Wherever hate, terror, and fear reign covertly or overtly, our deepest inheritance, syphilis, will no doubt be the perpetrator.

Bibliography

Allen, H. C. Allen‘s Key Notes, with Nosodes. 8th Edition. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, Ltd, 2001; pp 282 – 284.

Heudens-Mast, Henny. The Foundation of the Chronic Miasms in the Practice of Homeopathy. Tallahassee: Lutea Press, 2005.

Kent, James T. Materia Medica of Homeopathic Remedies. Sittingbourne: Homeopathic Book Service, 2000, pp 949 – 954.

Kent, James T. Repertory of the Materia Medica and a Word index. Sixth American Edition. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 1927.

Ortega, Proceso Sanchez. Notes on the Miasms. New Delhi: National Homeopathic Pharmacy, 1980.

Radar Homeopathic Software, Version 10, Using Kent‘s Repertory.

Vermeulen, Frans. Prisma. Second Edition. Haarlem: Emryss bv Publishers, 2002, pp 1316 – 1326.

Appendix A

Disease Images

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Figure 1: Primary chancre of syphilis at the site of infection on the hand (Wikipedia).

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Figure 2: Typical presentation of secondary syphilis rash on the palms of the hands and usually also seen on soles of feet (Wikipedia).

Appendix B

Syphilinum MIND and GENERAL Rubrics, Kent

MIND – CONFUSION of mind

MIND – FEAR – insanity,of

MIND – FEAR – paralysis,of

MIND – IRRITABILITY – headache,during

MIND – MEMORY,weakness of

MIND – MEMORY,weakness of – dates,for

MIND – MEMORY,weakness of – names,for proper

MIND – MISTAKES – in calculating

MIND – RESTLESSNESS,nervousness – headache, – during

MIND – SPEECH,babbling – slow

MIND – WASHING always,her hands

GENERALS – EVENING – sunset – till sunrise

GENERALS – NIGHT – 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

GENERALS – ABSCESSES – recurrent GENERALS – ABSCESSES – glands

GENERALS – ASCENDING – high agg. – amel.

GENERALS – CONVULSIONS – epileptic

GENERALS – CONVULSIONS – menses, – after

GENERALS – PARALYSIS agitans – one-sided

GENERALS – REACTION,lack of

GENERALS – STORM, – approach of a

GENERALS – STORM, – during storm

GENERALS – SYPHILIS

GENERALS – WEAKNESS,enervation

GENERALS – WEAKNESS,enervation – morning

Syphilinum BOLD Rubrics, Kent

MIND – IRRITABILITY – headache,during

HEAD – PAIN, – night

HEAD – PAIN, – cutting,darting,stabbing – Occiput – night

FACE – ERUPTIONS – pimples – nose

FACE – ERUPTIONS – syphilitic

MOUTH – ULCERS – syphilitic

BACK – PAIN – evening – sunset to sunrise

BACK – PAIN – night

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Leg – night

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Leg – warmth – of bed

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Leg – bones

SKIN – ERUPTIONS – syphilitic

GENERALS – SYPHILIS

Syphilinum SINGLE Rubrics

MIND – WASHING always,her hands

HEAD – PAIN, – cutting,darting,stabbing – Occiput – night

HEAD – PAIN, – lancinating – Occiput – night

EYE – PAIN – drawing – lamplight agg.

FACE – ERUPTIONS – rash – syphilitic

MOUTH – TASTE, – putrid – epileptic fit,before

TEETH – CUPPED in children

TEETH – DWARFED

FEMALE GENITALIA – ITCHING – morning

RESPIRATION – DIFFICULT – midnight – after – 1 to 4 a.m.

COUGH – MORNING – daybreak amel.

COUGH – CHOKING sensation,fauces from,to bifurcation of bronchi

EXPECTORATION – BALL,feels like a round,and rushes into mouth

CHEST – PAIN – cutting (sudden sharp pain) – night

BACK – ERUPTIONS – maculae (syphilitic)

BACK – PAIN – evening – sunset to sunrise

BACK – PAIN – Lumbar region – urinating, – after – agg.

EXTREMITIES – ERUPTION – Upper Limbs – elevations – spots

EXTREMITIES – ERUPTION – Fingers – elevated spots

EXTREMITIES – ERUPTION – Leg – elevations – spots

EXTREMITIES – LAMENESS – Upper Limbs – raising the arm

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Foot – back of – extending to – toes

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – dislocation,as if,feeling, – Toes

EXTREMITIES – TUMORS, – Leg – tibia,osteosarcoma

EXTREMITIES – WASHES – always washing her hands

GENERALS – ASCENDING – high agg. – amel.

GENERALS – CONVULSIONS – menses, – after

Syphilinum Sorted Rubrics, KENT INSANITY

MIND – CONFUSION of mind

MIND – FEAR – insanity,of

MIND – MEMORY,weakness of – dates,for

MIND – MEMORY,weakness of – names,for proper

MIND – MISTAKES – in calculating

MIND – SPEECH,babbling – slow

MIND – RESTLESSNESS,nervousness – headache, – during

MIND – WASHING always,her hands

PARALYSIS

MIND – FEAR – paralysis,of

EYE – PARALYSIS – optic nerve,amaurosis

EAR – CALCAREOUS deposit on tympanum

HEARING – IMPAIRED – Lost

FACE – PARALYSIS

MOUTH – PARALYSIS, – Tongue

MOUTH – SPEECH – thick

MOUTH – TASTE, – wanting, loss of taste

EXTREMITIES – LAMENESS – Upper Limbs – raising the arm

EXTREMITIES – NUMBNESS – Hand – palm

EXTREMITIES – NUMBNESS – Foot – sole of

EXTREMITIES – CONTRACTION of muscles and tendons

EXTREMITIES – CONTRACTION of muscles and tendons – Knee,hollow of

EXTREMITIES – EXTENSION, – fingers,difficult

EXTREMITIES – WEAKNESS – Hip

EXTREMITIES – WEAKNESS – Knee

GENERALS – PARALYSIS agitans – one-sided

GENERALS – WEAKNESS,enervation[4]

GENERALS – WEAKNESS,enervation – morning

TISSUE CHANGES

EXTREMITIES – TUMORS, – Leg – tibia,osteosarcoma

FEMALE GENITALIA – TUMORS – Ovaries

NOSE – PROTUBERANCES

TEETH – LOOSENESS of – sensation TEETH – SERRATED

HEAD – HAIR, – falling

TEETH – CARIES,decayed,hollow – gums,at edge of

TEETH – CUPPED in children

ERUPTIONS, ULCERS, ABSCESSES

EYE – ERUPTIONS, – canthi

EAR – ERUPTIONS – boils

FACE – ERUPTIONS – nose

FACE – ERUPTIONS – crusty,scabby

FACE – ERUPTIONS – crusty,scabby – chin

FACE – ERUPTIONS – crusty,scabby – nose

FACE – ERUPTIONS – papular

FACE – ERUPTIONS – pimples

FACE – ERUPTIONS – rash – syphilitic

FACE – ERUPTIONS – red – nose,on

FACE – ERUPTIONS – vesicles

CHEST – ERUPTIONS – rash

BACK – ERUPTIONS – maculae (syphilitic)

EXTREMITIES – ERUPTION – Upper Limbs – boils

EXTREMITIES – ERUPTION – Upper Limbs – elevations – spots

EXTREMITIES – ERUPTION – Fingers – elevated spots

EXTREMITIES – EXCORIATION, – Toes,between

SKIN – ERUPTIONS – coppery

SKIN – ERUPTIONS – dirty

SKIN – ERUPTIONS – rash

NOSE – ULCERS – inside

NOSE – ULCERS – septum,round ulcers

MOUTH – ULCERS – base black – lardaceous

MOUTH – ULCERS – gangrenous

MOUTH – ULCERS – Palate – on velum

STOMACH – ULCERS RECTUM – ULCERATION

MALE GENITALIA – ULCERS – Penis – glans

FEMALE GENITALIA – ULCERS RECTUM – HAEMORRHOIDS – ulcerating

EXTREMITIES – ULCERS – Hand – back of

EXTREMITIES – ULCERS – Lower Limbs – varicose

EXTREMITIES – ULCERS – Thigh

EXTREMITIES – ULCERS – Leg

EXTREMITIES – ULCERS – Leg – burning

SKIN – ULCERS – burning

SKIN – ULCERS – shining

THROAT INTERNAL – MUCOUS patches

THROAT INTERNAL – SYPHILITIC affections

ABDOMEN – ABSCESS in walls – Inguinal region

RECTUM – ABSCESS BACK – ABSCESS – psoas

DISCHARGES, FLUIDS

EAR – DISCHARGES

EAR – DISCHARGES – purulent

NOSE – DISCHARGE, – crusts,scabs,inside

NOSE – DISCHARGE, – greenish

NOSE – DISCHARGE, – offensive

NOSE – DISCHARGE, – thick

NOSE – DISCHARGE, – yellowish-green

EYE – TEARS, – acrid

STOMACH – NAUSEA

STOMACH – VOMITING – coughing,on

EXPECTORATION – GRAYISH

EXPECTORATION – GREENISH

EXPECTORATION – PURULENT

EXPECTORATION – THICK

EXPECTORATION – WHITE

EXPECTORATION – YELLOW

RECTUM – DIARRHOEA – morning – bed,driving out of

RECTUM – MOISTURE

STOOL – ACRID,corrosive,excoriating

FEMALE GENITALIA – LEUCORRHOEA

FEMALE GENITALIA – LEUCORRHOEA – thick

FEMALE GENITALIA – LEUCORRHOEA – thin,watery

FEMALE GENITALIA – LEUCORRHOEA – white

FEMALE GENITALIA – MENSES, – bright-red

EXPECTORATION – BALL,feels like a round,and rushes into mouth

HEAT (INFLAMMATION, SWELLING) VS COLD

EYE – INFLAMMATION

EYE – INFLAMMATION – iris – rheumatic

EYE – INFLAMMATION – iris – syphilitic

EYE – CHEMOSIS[5]

EYE – CHEMOSIS – right

EYE – HEAT in – lids

EYE – REDNESS

EYE – PAIN – burning,smarting,biting

EYE – REDNESS – lids – edges of

EYE – COLDNESS in

EYE – COLDNESS in – cold air blew in,as if

THROAT INTERNAL – FULLNESS

FACE – SWELLING – submaxillary glands

FACE – SWELLING – submaxillary glands – hard

NOSE – PAIN in – burning,smarting

NOSE – PAIN in – burning,smarting – wings

EYE – SWOLLEN – lids

EYE – SWOLLEN – lids – margins

MOUTH – PROTRUDED,Tongue

FEMALE GENITALIA – SWOLLEN – Ovaries

MALE GENITALIA – SWELLING – Scrotum

RECTUM – HAEMORRHOIDS

RECTUM – HAEMORRHOIDS – touch agg.

EXTREMITIES – FELON (Onychia,Paronychia, Panaritium, etc.) beginning in nail – runaround.

EXTREMITIES – SWELLING – Fingers – second

EXTREMITIES – SWELLING – Toes

ITCHING/TWITCHING

FACE – TWITCHING

EYE – TWITCHING – lids – right

MOUTH – SPASMS,Tongue

BACK – SPASMS

EYE – ITCHING – canthi – inner

NOSE – ITCHING – inside

NOSE – ITCHING – inside – left

RECTUM – ITCHING

URETHRA-URINARY ORGANS – ITCHING – meatus

FEMALE GENITALIA – ITCHING

FEMALE GENITALIA – ITCHING – morning

COLORATION

FACE – SPOTS

MOUTH – DISCOLORATION, – Tongue, – dirty

MOUTH – DISCOLORATION, – Tongue, – red

TEETH – DISCOLORED, – black

EYE – DISCOLORATION – of iris

EYE – DULLNESS – iris

VISION – COLORS before the eyes – black – spots

SKIN – DISCOLORATION, – bluish

SKIN – DISCOLORATION, – red – spots – coppery

SKIN – INTERTRIGO

STOOL – YELLOW – orange

PAINS IN THE BODY

HEAD – PAIN, – sun,from exposure to

HEAD – PAIN, – Vertex

HEAD – PAIN, – cutting,darting,stabbing – Occiput

HEAD – PAIN, – lancinating – Occiput

HEAD – PAIN, – lancinating – Occiput – night

HEAD – PAIN, – pressing – Vertex

FACE – PAIN, – right

FACE – PAIN, – eating, – while

FACE – PAIN, – lying,while

FACE – PAIN, – lying,while – on affected side agg.

FACE – PAIN, – pressure – amel.

EYE – PAIN – light

EYE – PAIN – canthi – inner

EYE – PAIN – aching

EYE – PAIN – drawing – lamplight agg.

EYE – PAIN – sand,as from

EYE – PAIN – stitching – extending backward – inward

EAR – PAIN

NOSE – PAIN in – sore,bruised,externally – inside

TEETH – PAIN, – left

TEETH – PAIN, – cold, – anything

TEETH – PAIN, – masticating,from

TEETH – PAIN, – warm – drinks,from

TEETH – PAIN, – jerking

RECTUM – PAIN

RECTUM – PAIN – soreness

RECTUM – SENSITIVE

MALE GENITALIA – PAIN – sore,bruised

FEMALE GENITALIA – PAIN – Ovaries

FEMALE GENITALIA – PAIN – Ovaries – right

FEMALE GENITALIA – PAIN – Ovaries – left – extending to abdomen – right

FEMALE GENITALIA – PAIN – Ovaries – left – extending to abdomen – small of back FEMALE GENITALIA – PAIN – Ovaries – extending to – back

FEMALE GENITALIA – PAIN – aching – Ovaries

FEMALE GENITALIA – PAIN – aching – Ovaries – left

FEMALE GENITALIA – PAIN – cutting – Ovaries

FEMALE GENITALIA – PAIN – sore,tenderness – Ovaries

FEMALE GENITALIA – PAIN – stitching – Ovaries

KIDNEY-URINARY ORGANS – PAIN – extending – testes

CHEST – PAIN – burning – coughing, – during

CHEST – PAIN – cutting (sudden sharp pain) – Heart

CHEST – PAIN – sore,bruised

CHEST – PAIN – sore,bruised – coughing,from

CHEST – PAIN – sore,bruised – Mammae

BACK – HEAVINESS,weight – Lumbar region

BACK – PAIN – Cervical region – bending head – backward – amel.

BACK – PAIN – Dorsal region – scapulae – between

BACK – PAIN – Lumbar region

BACK – PAIN – Lumbar region – urinating, – during

BACK – PAIN – Lumbar region – urinating, – after – agg.

BACK – PAIN – Coccyx

BACK – PAIN – Coccyx – sitting,while

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – night

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Upper Limbs – raising arm

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Shoulder – raising the arm – agg.

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Upper Arm – raising arm

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Lower Limbs – morning – amel.

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Lower Limbs – menses, – before

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Lower Limbs – sciatica – motion – agg.

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Lower Limbs – sciatica – walking – amel.

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Lower Limbs – warmth – of bed

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Hip – night

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Thigh

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Thigh – standing, – while

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Thigh – anterior part

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Knee

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Ankle – rheumatic

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Foot – back of

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Foot – back of – rheumatic

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Foot – back of – extending to – toes

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – Foot – sole – standing, – while

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – aching – Knee

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – aching – Leg

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – dislocation,as if,feeling, – Toes

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – sore,bruised – Foot – sole

EXTREMITIES – PAIN – tearing – Thigh – walking, – amel.

COUGH AND EXPECTORATION

LARYNX-TRACHEA – SCRAPING,clearing larynx

LARYNX-TRACHEA – VOICE, – hoarseness – menses, – before

RESPIRATION – ASTHMATIC – thunderstorm,during

RESPIRATION – DIFFICULT – eating, – after

RESPIRATION – DIFFICULT – lying, – while

RESPIRATION – DIFFICULT – thunder storm,before

RESPIRATION – RATTLING

COUGH – MORNING – daybreak amel.

COUGH – CHOKING sensation,fauces from,to bifurcation of bronchi

COUGH – DINNER, – after

COUGH – DRY

COUGH – DRY – night

COUGH – DRY – sleep, – disturbing

COUGH – HARD

COUGH – HARD – night

COUGH – LYING – abdomen,on,amel.

COUGH – LYING – side – right

COUGH – RACKING

COUGH – SCRAPING – larynx,from

COUGH – SLEEP, – disturbing

COUGH – WHOOPING

CHEST – DRAWN feels, – toward back

CHEST – OPPRESSION

MISCELLANEOUS

VISION – DIPLOPIA

VISION – MYOPIA

NOSE – OBSTRUCTION

MOUTH – SALIVA, – sweet

MOUTH – TASTE, – putrid – epileptic fit,before

MOUTH – THICK,Tongue,sensation

TEETH – GRINDING

STOMACH – THIRST – extreme

RECTUM – FISSURE

RECTUM – PROLAPSUS

RECTUM – CONSTRICTION,contraction,closure,etc

BLADDER-URINARY ORGANS – URGING to urinate (morbid desire) – night BLADDER-URINARY ORGANS – URGING to urinate (morbid desire) – frequent BLADDER-URINARY ORGANS – URINATION, – feeble stream (slow)

EXTREMITIES – EMACIATION – Upper Limbs

EXTREMITIES – EMACIATION – Leg

EXTREMITIES – PERSPIRATION – Wrist SLEEP – DREAMS, – disease SLEEP – SLEEPLESSNESS – sleepiness,with

GENERALS – ASCENDING – high agg. – amel.

GENERALS – CONVULSIONS – menses, – after

GENERALS – STORM, – approach of a

GENERALS – STORM, – during storm

[1] An excellent article on the origins, history, and treatment of syphilis can be found online at Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/syphilis). See also the related article on the bacteria Treponema Pallidum

[2] Apollo, the god of light and the sun, truth and prophecy, was also noted for being the bringer of medicine and healing as well as the caretaker of music, art, and poetry. It is interesting that he is credited with sending this „mother of all diseases? to punish those in defiance. A general symptom of syphilis is loss of eyesight, and an intriguing specific symptom of neurosiphilis is Argyll Robertson pupil, a failure of the pupils to accommodate to light when they will accommodate to focus on a near object (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argyll-Robertson_pupil and http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/EHSL-Moran-Neuro-opth&CISOPTR=60).

[3] See Appendix B. There are a total of 388 rubrics in Kent?s for Syph, 272 (70%) of which are plain-type or first-degree rubrics.

[4] Loss of vitality Valerie

[5] Swelling of conjunctiva

About the author

Valerie Lovelace

Valerie Lovelace

Valerie Lovelace maintains a homeopathic/holistic practice in Maine, United States. She trained with the School of Homeopathy, Stroud, UK, and since 2005 has gained a sincere and deep appreciation for the wonders of energetic medicines and our body's incredible ability to cry out specifically for the very substance in nature through which we can heal our greatest suffering. She is inspired by the work of many homeopaths, energy workers, and shamanic healers from around the world. Val can be reached via email at [email protected] Website: http://www.secondwindhealing.com/

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