Arsenic album

 

Arsenic album comes to us, studied quite thoroughly, both as a poison and as a remedy. It has long been known as a quick way to destroy life, hence it has often been used for suicidal and homicidal purposes. It has the property of uniting with animal tissues, probably with albuminous tissue parts, hardening them and allowing them to avoid the normal cycle of decay, so that these tissues are retained for a long time. Taxidermists exploit that fact in stuffing birds and animals.

 

Arsenic Album is also useful in infant cholera, and in infant atrophy. A lot of the symptoms that have already been enumerated indicate this. The bowel symptoms are, undigested stool, diarrhoea that is provoked just as soon as the child starts eating or drinking, aggravation after midnight (especially restlessness and diarrhoea), and rapid emaciation. The skin of the child is apt for being tough and dry, and often yellowish and tawny. The little patient is anxious, and clearly in constant pain. In this case too, we always have to offer Arsenic very early, because the symptoms were going on here before you arrived.

 

 

In intermitting fever types we find Arsenic often indicated. We all know how often Cinchona succeeds in treating chills and fever with Arsenic. It always heals. If specifically indicated after quinine failure or after drug abuse; also if fever was contracted in salt marshes along the seashore. The chill isn't well defined; it's very erratic in fact, but the heat is unmistakeable. It's intense, with burning thirst for hot drinks in particular; cold drinks make the patient feel chilly. Sweat doesn't always ease up. It feels quite tardy at times.

 

Arsenicum is indicated in typhoid fever late in the disease when the changes in blood have progressed so far that you get a picture of complete exhaustion. The patient thinks himself still able to move about until he finds out how weak he is. He has weak attacks that are very alarming; he faints away dead, with cold sweat on his body