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This disease is usually found in persons past the middle age. It has been stated by some writers that this form is *secondary* to cancer of the breast. Such has *not* been the case in my experience. Others seem to think it is nearly always a complication of cancer of the stomach. I have not found it so in my experience. During my professional practice I have met with a good many cases of cancer of the liver, but I do not recall *any* case secondary to cancer of the female breast. It may happen now and then as a complication in cancer of the stomach but the cases are few and far between.
Symptoms. The sallow appearance of the face will be noticeable in this disease, also marked emaciation [cachexia, rc], the *weak hurried* pulse of cancer, the pearly tint to the white of the eye, tongue coated a dirty yellow and underneath the coating the *dark red* color of advanced cancer are all indications of this disease. There will be an enlargening of the liver. It may reach below the false ribs, even to the brim of the pelvis. By pressing the fingers down upon the liver it is felt to be irregular and knobby to the hand. [don't do this, rc]. There is pain and fullness in the right hypochondrium [below the lowest rib], the pain is of a *burning boring* nature; the patient will tell you that the jolting of a carriage in riding hurts his side, that he experiences the same trouble in walking. He is constantly *pressing* his hand over the *region* of the liver to *support* it as he walks. I regard this as a pretty reliable symptom of this disease. There is gastric disturbance, symptoms of indigestion and vomiting.
Treatment. For the pain of this disease we may give tincture echinacea -3ss.(half ounce), Aqua -3vi. Mix. Sig. One teaspoonful every hour. When there is perpendicular enlargement of the liver, a dusky hue to the face, constipation, indigestion, strong urinous odor to the urine, Tr.[tincture, rc] chelidonium [Garden Celandine..Chelidonium Majus. A fluid extract of flowering herb is advised by Parke, Davis 1909, cautiously: 1/2 to 1 fluidrachm; rc] is the remedy. Dose, five drops three times a day. If the pulse shows a *weak*, discouraged feeling I like sulph. strychnine[ strychnine sulphate] one-thirtieth grain before each meal and at bedtime. For the symptoms of indi
gestion chelone glabra [Balmony] first decimal, three tablets once in three hours will be found useful. As a curative remedy for this diseased condition, we have one remedy which I have found the best, viz.: cholesterinum third decimal. It was used successfully by the noted physician, Dr. Ameke, of Berlin, and that distinguished physician of the homeopathic school--Dr. J Compton Burnett, of London, England, whose success in curing cancer is a matter of record in medical history. The symptoms calling for this remedy are "a tawny skin, emaciation, yellow conjuntiva and enlargement of the liver".
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When the disease seems to affect the *left* lobe of the liver, that portion that lies between the liver and the pancreas, iodoform third decimal is the remedy. The two remedies, iodoform third decimal and cholestrinum third decimal, may be alternated each once in four hours.
In February, 1891, a man came to consult me for a liver trouble. I made a thorough examination of the liver and found it quite an enlargement of that organ. The surface of the liver felt *nodulated*. He complained of a burning pain in the region of the liver and was obliged to hold his hand over his right side when he walked. His face ad the cancer cachexia, there was a weak rapid pulse, yellow conjunctiva, a dirty yellow tongue. My diagnosis was cancer of the liver. For the vomiting of sour fluid I gave him nux vomica sixth decimal, three tablets once in three hours. To act upon the diseased organ I gave him cholestrinum third decimal, six grains three times a day. A second examination of his liver in a month's time revealed the fact that the size of the organ had been much reduced. The treatment was continued until the liver had resumed its normal size and
all his symptoms very much improved for the better. He soon after returned to his business and I am not aware that there has been any trouble with the liver since I treated him.
In June, 1896, a patient came under my treatment who had been the rounds of the doctors but none of them could give a clear diagnosis of his case. He complained of a *boring* pain in the region of the liver. His face had a sallow look and he had a very poor appetite. There were symptoms of indigestion, spitting up his food, much gas in the stomach, and vomiting of sour fluids quite often. I found his liver enlarged, perpendicularly, nearly to the right nipple. My diagnosis was cancer of the liver. I gave him tincture chelidonium, ten drop three times a day, nux vomica second decimal three tablets once in three hours. For the constipation ten tablets of Kali mur [another I don't know, kali is Latin and German for "potash", it may be an East Indian plant? Again, probably known by homeopathic physicians] sixth decimal at bedtime. In a week his condition was improved; he had better digestion, no vomiting, bowels had begun to act more natural. In a month I examined the liver and found it *not* quite so much enlarged; from month to month it seemed to be growing smaller until it had regained its normal size."
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