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Pyrus Americana






NAT. ORD., Rosacae.

COMMON NAME, Mountain ash.

PREPARATION.--The fresh bark is macerated in twice its weight of
alcohol.

(We find the following in the American Observer, 1878,
credited to Northwestern Analist and written by Dr. H.
P. Gatchell. Allen, in the Encyclopaedia has not
mentioned the drug, and we can find no mention in any of
the dispensatories consulted. Dr. Fernie, in his
excellent book, Herbal simples devotes some space to
it. We quote: "'There is,' says an old writer, 'in every
berry the exhilaration of wine, and the satisfying of old
mead; and whosoever shall eat three berries of them, if
he has completed a hundred years, he will return to the
age of thirty.' At the same time it must be noted that
the leaves of the Mountain ash are of a poisonous
quality, and contain prussic acid like those of the
laurel." The following is Dr. Gatchell's paper, the
proving, be it noted, is made from a tincture of the
bark:)

My memory of details, never remarkable, except as the details belonged
to some system, is not as good as in earlier life, and in the matter of
disconnected or partially connected incidents, the widow Bedott could,
at any time, have given me five points in ten, and then have beaten me
easily.

No. 1 of the provers was a married lady; No. 2 and No. 3 were lads. The
tincture of the bark was used, several drops being put in a cup of
water, of which teaspoonful doses were given and repeated at, I do not
remember what, intervals. Myself experienced some irritation of the
eyes; no other symptoms.

No. 1. Feels like crying. Feels as if the knees are immensely swollen,
as if the toes the same. Knees and toes ache. Feels constricted around
the waist, obliged to loosen the clothes at once. Headache begins over
the eyes, left side of head aches terribly, like a tooth ache. Aches
everywhere, in every joint. Left great toe feels as if torn from the
socket. Sense of prolapsus of womb, bearing down and pressing out, as if
swollen, and burning all over. Pains in the head knife-like. All the
pains intense, acute. Thinks the conditions that of inflammatory
rheumatism as if the lungs were congested, especially at the base. Can
hardly breathe, as if cold water in the stomach. Thinks mucus
accumulated in the cold stomach. Craves hot teas. Headache extends to
the right side. Head feels as if it would burst. Great weight on top of
head. Toes burn. Aching at heart. Twinging pains in arms, legs and toes.
As if rectum were shrunken, dried up. Bearing down pains and pressing
out, like labor pains. Feels gloomy and discouraged, but can't cry. Very
cold, shivers internally; thinks she must look blue. Cold creeping all
over. Pain in knees subsides, and is succeeded by pain as in the tendons
and along the calves. "Oh, such a drawing pain, cutting and darting
also, like that in the head." Feels resolute, as full of a gloomy
determination. Stomach cold again. Thinks meat bad for her, would not
digest; needs soft, mild food. Irritation of bladder and urethra; feels
as if prolapsus of bladder. Dreads to move, especially on account of the
joints. Sensitive to cold. Stomach still feels as if full of cold
water. Sick feeling under right scapula. Thinks bile deficient.
Shooting pains in forehead. Feeling as if coldness in stomach extends up
under the sternum. Same feeling in the gullet. Excessive aching of bones
of toes; seems unendurable. Thinks the stomach very weak, as if it would
digest nothing; thinks it is dry and wrinkled. Hypochondriac, not
nervous. Feels lazy, as if she would like to lie in bed and be waited
on. Selfish. Headache penetrating in temples. Thinks she is clairvoyant,
can read character and understand motions; can see into herself; thinks
the blood dark blue. Feels pains drawing, rending along posterior aspect
of thighs and down to toes. Left side most affected. Feels as if the
left leg were drawn up, and would never straighten again. Pains seem to
move in meandering lines. Seems to be able to go out of herself for a
short distance, to walk around and return into the body. Thinks she is
looking down upon her own body. Seems to her that the fundus of the
stomach is depressed in the abdomen, as if on fire at the pyloric end of
stomach. Thinks there is a red spot there, looking like raw beef, as if
the stomach burnt up with raw whisky. Exclaims in a plaintive tone,
"Don't get out of patience with me" (of which I had given no
indications). Cries, feels babyish. Apprehension; fears something
terrible is about to occur. Very chilly. Can't talk loud; voice gone.
She feels so weak, as if about to die. Moans and groans, calls for help.
Oppression about the heart, as if it had stopped beating, as going into
convulsions. Feels as if a spasm of the heart, tetanic. As if the blood
too thick to circulate. Thinks she would have died but for the Camphor
I gave her. Felt as she did when near dying of hemorrhage. Brain is
active, intellect clear, thoughts vivid, the whole being intensified.
Next morning, sense of constriction at base of lungs. Some cough. Clammy
feeling of skin. Very sensitive to air.

No. 2. Causes a glow all over, hands sweat. Some pain in finger joints.
Throat feels obstructed. Some hoarseness. Dry cough, as if pharynx
stuffed with cotton. It is an effort to talk. Tongue feels partially
paralyzed, cannot direct it. Throws the paper down, has lost inclination
to read. Feels indolent, indifferent. Feels chills when air strikes.
Spasmodic breathing, like a nervous woman--silly, mystical. Pain in
finger joints continues. Feels like crying. Sad, weeping mood. Tears
will come. Eyes smart. Heart aches, as from some great sorrow. Eyes feel
as if had been crying a long time, as if swollen, burning. Very
sensitive to cold, easily chilled. Chills down the back and both legs.
Ends with a very tranquil feeling, particularly of consciousness. Next
morning, tight feeling of patella. Joints all feel constricted and sore.

No. 3. Very chilly. Can't endure cold at all. Other symptoms not
recorded.

In all three, pains and chilliness much increased by moving about.

No. 1. Subsequently her muscular condition was much improved. Her
muscles did not ache from work as formerly.

A cut bled less freely than usual, bled scarcely any, and healed very
quickly.






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