by H. C. Allen
Homeopathic Antitoxin. (A Nosode.)
Diphtherinum Especially adapted to the strumous diathesis; scrofulous, psoric or tuberculous persons, prone to catarrhal affections of throat and respiratory mucus membranes.
Diphtherinum Patients with weak or exhausted vitality hence are extremely susceptible to the diphtheritic virus; when the attack from the onset tends to malignancy ( Lac caninum, Mercurius cy. ).
Diphtherinum has Painless diphtheria; symptoms almost or entirely objective; patient too weak, apathetic or too prostrated to complain; sopor or stupor, but easily aroused when spoken to ( Baptisia, Sulphur ).
Dark red swelling of tonsils and palatine arches; parotid and cervical glands greatly swollen; breath and discharges from throat, nose and mouth very offensive; tongue swollen, very red, little coating.
Diphtheritic membrane, thick, dark gray or brownish black; temperature low or subnormal, pulse weak and rapid; extremities cold and marked debility; patient lies in a semi-stupid condition; eyes dull, besotted ( Apis, Baptisia ).
Epistaxis or profound prostration from very onset of attack ( Ail., Apis, Carbolicum acidum ); collapse almost at very beginning ( Crot., Mercurius cy. ); pulse weak, rapid and vital reaction very low.
Swallows without pain, but fluids are vomited or returned by the nose; breath horribly offensive.
Laryngeal diphtheria, after [Chlorum], Kali bichromicum, or Lac caninum fail; post diphtheritic paralysis, after Causticum, Gelsemium fail.
When the patient from the first seems doomed, and the most carefully selected remedies fail to relieve or permanently improve.
The above are cured symptoms, verifications which the author has found guiding and reliable for twenty-five years.
Diphtherinum is prepared, like all nosodes and animal poisons, according to the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia, and like all homeopathic remedies is entirely safe when given the sick.
Like all the nosodes, it is practically worthless in potencies below the 30th; its curative value also increases with increase of potency from the 200th to the m. and c. m. It need not and should not be repeated too frequently. It will cure in every case that crude antitoxin will and is not only easy to administer, but safe and entirely free from dangerous sequelae. Besides, it is homeopathic.
The author has used it for twenty-five years as a prophylactic and has never known a second case of diphtheria to occur in a family after it had been administered. The profession is asked to put it to the test and publish the failures to the world.