Stramonium, by Dr. F. Gladwin

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Federicka Emily Gladwin as well as Eugene Alonso Austin were two of the most famous students of Kent; they are the ones who taught homeopathy to Pierre Schmidt. The Homeopathician journal was created in 1912, but only published in 1916, two issues of it were published after the death of Kent.

This is the first article by Fredericka Gladwin published in The Homeopathician

By Federicka E. Gladwin, M.D., H.M., Philadelphia, PA.

The Homeopathician, vol 01, n° 01, January 1912, pages 9-11.



In the proving of STRAMONIUM, delirium and spasms are so strongly emphasized that STRAMONIUM without delirium and spasms resembles “Hamlet” with Hamlet omitted. Nevertheless, STRAMONIUM has an individuality in which neither delirium nor spasms exist. During the last year it has fallen to my lot to have one-of these cases under observation. As time has not permitted me to write up any remedy for this bureau, I ask for the privilege of showing you STRAMONIUM as represented in this case.


February 17, 1910, Mr. W. brought his son to my office. In the eleven preceding years he had taken him from one specialist to another and, discouraged, had given up trying to have the boy cured; but some kind heart, in pity for the boy, had per­suaded him to try once more.

John is twenty-one years old, has dark hair, brown eyes, low forehead, depressed cheek bones and over­developed jaws.

Timid, almost afraid he say his soul is his own; has the look in his eyes of a cowed dog ; came only because his father brought him.

Thinks that every one else thinks he is in a class beneath them.

Will not talk with his father; he thinks his father despises him.

Everything that he has ever attempted, a special study, or work, just as he was nicely started and interested in it, he was obliged to give up on account of nervousness and stammering. Had he give up school on account of it. Worries and grieves about his fallures.

Can hardly talk. Starts a sentence, says a word or two, then, instead of saying the next word, he just works his mouth and lips and moves his hands rapidly for a moment. Then he gives up and waits a minute, and starts the sentence again. Maybe he succeeds in reaching and speaking the first syllable of the trouble­some word ; then he tries in vain to go on ; stops waits a minute and begins again. When he finally does speak the word, it comes out with a jerk, and two or three more will follow. Then he stops again without uttering a sound, works his mouth again.

He imagines himself in some way to blame for the stammering, but doesn’t know how, and cannot help doing it. Thinks stammering a disgrace. Thinks he disgraces his family and himself by the stammering.

While he was talking with me, his father watched him with a disgusted expression on his face. Father says he has never been so bad as now. It is painful to see him.

He is nervous, restless, can’t keep still a minute ; works his fingers; moves his hands ; bites his finger-nalls until thy bleed ; picks his toe-nalls until they bleed ; digs his fingers into his ears until he makes scabby sores in them.

Despondent at times.

Imagines something will happen.

Ameliorated in the open air.

Shuns people. If there is company in the house, shuns them ; will net stay in the room where they are ; goes away, because they feel above him.”

Easily excited.

Talks in sleep; nightmare. Dreams of fires.

The trouble began when he was seven years old. The school-teacher, desiring to attract another boy’s attention, suddenly struck John’s desk with a ruler and spoke loudly. John was much frightened, thinking the commotion intended for himself. From that time he began to hesitate in his speech.

While out driving, when ten years old, the horse ran away. John jumped from the carriage and ran into a corn­field ; was lost from noon until after dark; was in hysterics when found. “Has never been right since.”

Chill ten days ago, and what he thinks was a fainting spell. He was in the house alone ; sat for an hour, numb ; couldn’t move nor speak. Finally he did move ; lighted the gas, but had no memory of it after­ward ; was dazed, crawled to a neighbor’s and they took care of him until the family returned ; has had a cold ever since.

Cough, dry, hacking, since the chill. Expectoration; yellow, thick. Aggravation 6 P.M.

STRAMONIUM has changed it all. His restlessness, imaginations and fears are all gone.

He can stand quietly and with per­fect composure while carrying on a conversation with a stranger, seldom hesitating for a word. He is ambitious to make his future a success.

He will not be imposed upon. He recently reproved his father for not treating him right.

He drives an automobile clown through the heaviest traffic, and is not in the least timid about it.

He knows now that he is just as good as anybody, and takes it for granted that every one else also knows it.

He is happy, because now he has a chance to “make good.”

The thing that has most interested me in the case, the thing that I have watched for with curiosity but without expectation, is the filling out of those depressed. cheek bones; and it is actually being accomplished.

How different would have been the whole life of this boy if some one could have given him STRAMONIUM soon after the fright.



Dr. Holloway recalled the condi­tion of a patient, a young man of sixteen years, the only son of wealthy parents, who picks his fingers and the nalls until they bleed. He had appeared to be cured of intense chorea, but remains intensely nervous. On the strength of this report of the STRAMONIUM case, he decided to con­sult that remedy, reading the symp­toms to discover how nearly it will cover his entire patient.

Dr. Thacher, four or five years ago, was called to attend a child of wealthy parents who had marked convergent strabismus. Plans were in progress to take her to a hospital, where the skull was to be opened, to ascertain the occasion of the trouble.

The child, naturally fond of ani­mals, had one day gone to a spring­house where a large collie dog was shut in. The dog unexpectedly jumped upon her and she, screaming, fell in convulsions. The treatment she re­ceived from the doctor of the locality consisted chiefly of bromides. One day she came screaming home from school, saying that her schoolmates threat­ened to put a cat on her if she would not do as they wished of her. Al­though she never had been afraid of animals, when they did put a cat on her, she had the second spasm, and thereafter the squint in the eyes was present. Loss of mental control followed, with fear of going in the dark. The oculists gave no hope of improving the eyes. Otherwise she appeared ordinarily healthy.

Having just recently read the symptoms of STRAMONIUM, the doctor recognized this as a STRAMONIUM case, and told the parents that as her mental condition improved, the squint would  disappear. She was given one dose of STRAMONIUM, with directions to report in six weeks.

In one month a remarkable change occurred. She had one spasm after taking the remedy, then improved. That one dose held her for one year. Then the fidgetiness, fear and strabis­mus returned in a measure, and one dose was repeated. The oculist wanted to know of the parents what that doctor had given to produce such an improvement.

Dr. Dienst had once had some difficulty in comprehending a young lady who was suffering from malarial fever. When he called to see her, she attempted to make love and, in the midst of her thattering, an­nounced that she had a date with a doctor in Pennsylvania to attend the theater, and she then realized that he was that doctor. He soon recog­nized STRAMONIUM in her symptoms and, in one half hour after receiving a dose of STRAMONIUM she presented a rational aspect, and her malarial fever ceased. Although STRAMONIUM probably has no intermittent fever in its proving, yet the patient had intermittent fever, and by prescrib­ing for her he relieved the fever.

Thus, the speaker directs attention to the fact that the paper just read calls to mind things we have seen and things we have not seen. The exchange of ideas is good for impress­ing and confirming the remedies. He once lost a child, suffering from cholera infantum, because he was unable to interpret a symptom pres­ent – flexing and extending the limb, performed repeatedly, almost contin­uously. Eight or nine years later he found the symptom under CHAMOMILLA, when reading of that. The more we learn to verify what has been given, the better for us, and the longer our patients live.

Dr. Gladwin reports, Dec., 1911, the STRAMONIUM patient was in today. It certainly is wonderful how that timid, sensitive, flinching boy has developed into an aggressive man who will not allow any one to impose upon him yet is always watchful for the comfort and pleasure of his mother and sisters. One could hardly believe, to see him now, that he is the same person as the cowed boy (though then twenty-­two years old) of less than two years ago.


Repertory additions

Dr Jean Pierre OHNET proposes we add stramonium under the following clinical symptoms in the Repertory:

Picking; nails; toenails

Picking; nails; toenails; until they bleed

Ears;Digs his fingers into his ears until he makes  scabby sores in them

However we already have in the French version of the PCKENT repertory additions by Pierre Schmidt which he most certainly took from the Homoeopathician.

Stram is in the rubric Biting, nails.

We need to add it to the rubric EAR/ boring finger into.


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