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Viewed through Proving: Rhus Tox – a prelude

When I was 11, I had the riveting experience of getting stitches for the first time, in my knee.  The anaesthetic was given ineptly, the stitching was poor (probably because the pain was such that I couldn’t stay still), and after being bandaged up carefully I was told sternly “now don’t move your knee till your next appointment in two weeks”.  After two weeks of immobility, the knee was painful and infected, I had fever, and at the next appointment I was given antibiotics and told to make sure I moved the knee constantly.  What’s the relevance?  Apart from yet another triumph for the British National Health Service in the 70’s?  Read on, gentle reader…

On reading the proving of Rhus Tox, it struck me that so often our assumptions about things can be close, but not quite accurate.  If a patient is worse when walking, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he will be better when sitting down or resting. Continue reading