October 7th, 1880. Miss Mary C, aged sixteen, consulted me, with the following history and symptoms: Has had weak eyes from infancy, which have been worse for one month. She menstruated at ten years, when she began to be sick, suffering from spasms of pain, leucorrhcea and numbness of limbs, so that she could not feel the floor on walking. The menses have been irregular—at intervals varying from two to ten weeks, copious and free from pain ; the interval is now about three weeks.
She sees only the left half of objects ; in place of the right half, bright zigzags ; sees bright spots—green, red and white ; also, a mist before the eyes, so that distant objects look dim. She suffers much from heat in the eyes and pressure in the back of the orbits ; worse from looking fixedly, from reading, from bright light, natural or artificial, from mental exertion, and in the evening. This heat is also worse from closing the lids and in wind, better from cold applications. There is itching of the lids and canthi. She has constant pain in the temples and over the eyes, worse in warm room and weather, from the exertion of the eyes and in wind. There is heat, smarting and a sense of sticks and distress in the spine. The backache is worse from standing and walking, and is relieved by pressure in the lumbar region ; but the pressure in the dorsal region excites laughter.
The local and constitutional symptoms were together regarded as most similar to those of Calcarea Carbonica, of which she received Dunham's 200th potency, night and morning for three days.
Improvement set in at once ; but delight at being able to use her eyes, led to over-use of them, and the report by letter a month later was, that nausea from use of the eyes, heat of the face, pain in the back from lifting, as if she had no feeling except in the back, coldness between the shoulders, extending to the sides, and cold feet had been added to the former symptoms. She received Lycopodium c.m. (Swan), morning and evening for four days. In three weeks, December 1st, her mother wrote that the back was almost well, but that the head and eyes were worse, paining severely and incessantly, with heat in the head and face, so that she could not stay in a room of ordinary warmth. Phosphorus, in high potency, was sent her, without benefit, and again Calcarea, with but little improvement.
She reported again as follows : The eyes worse, the pain constant, deep-seated and sharp shooting, worse in light and from reading, better in cold air and in the twilight. Heat in the eyes ; they burn on closing the lids and from exertion. The feet are very cold and swollen, with troublesome chilblains. The spine is sensitive to touch in various parts. The chilblains suggested Agaricus, which, on examination, was found to present the principal symptoms of the case. Heat in the eyes, worse from closing the lids, inability to use the eyes, with painful seusitiveness to light ; mist before the eyes, dryness, itching of the canthi, soreness of the spine to touch and troublesome chilblains, with cold feet, were all found under Agaricus. Accordingly, seven powders of Finch's 900th potency were sent her, with the request to take one every morning.
In a few weeks, she reported by letter that soon after beginning the last remedy, she got better ; that she could use her eyes at any kind of work, and that she seemed in every respect well. Recent inquiry elicited the information that she has remained well.
Dr. Edward Rushmore (1845-1925) was one of the "guiding lights" of the International Hahnemannian Association (IHA). When Dr. E. J. Lee was editing the second edition of Lippe's Repertory (which eventually served as the base for the Kent Repertory), he credited Rushmore with giving him "more than 300 pages of notes." Rushmore was the IHA President in 1883.