By B. Assem, Prior.
A short time ago a female came to me requesting my aid for her mother, who was sick and who had herself eight years before frequently consulted me on account of the sickness of this her daughter who is now standing before me. At that time I had recorded the following data: “August 30, 1889, A. M., twenty-five years of age, the daughter of a farmer; about a year before this time a well-known married man had made her an immoral proposition and sought to overpower her, but could not affect his purpose. Nevertheless, she was so much excited and outraged thereby that from that time on she had not been normal. Her mother says that she is distracted in mind, gives no answer to questions, does not want to work, is unable to sleep, and walks up and down in the room for half the night; at times she sobs and falls into weeping spasms, and seems to be absent-minded; she will lie on the floor instead of going to bed; is unwilling to eat; people call her crazy. The worst symptoms is her constant anxiety and restlessness, which drives herself and those around her almost to distraction. This has gone on for a year. Also medicines have been tried, as also kindly and earnest admonitions, but all in vain. Owing to the great expense she has not yet been taken to an insane asylum, but this will eventually have to be done.”
For this case of restlessness the remedy recommended by Farington, Zincum valerianicum, seemed to me to be indicated. This remedy I gave to the mother for the patient, and I was not mistaken, for in quite a short time the mental equilibrium of the patient was restored and to this day, eight years afterward, she has not had any relapse. She has regained her cheerfulness and industry, but is not disposed to recall her experience. I received no further information as to her mother, on whose account she came to see me.