Review on Leaders in respiratory organs by E B Nash

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The author of the book  “Leaders to Respiratory Organs” is E B Nash

Dr. Eugene Beuharis Nash M D was born on the 8th of March 1838. In 1874 he graduated from Cleveland Homoeopathic College. In 1903 he was the president of the International Hahnemannian Association. He also gave lectures at the Homoeopathic Hospital in London in 1905.

Other works

  • Nash Expanded Work
  • Leaders for the use of Sulphur with comparisons
  • Leaders in Typhoid Fever
  • Regional Leaders
  • Testimony of the Clinic

Dedication : The book is dedicated to British Homoeopathic association.

Table of contents    : It contains the contents with page number.

Preface is by EB Nash from Port Dickinson, New York. This work is intended to help busy practitioners & to avoid confusion in beginners. The condensed repertory at the end of the book is prepared with the help of some who prefer not to have their names mentioned.

The book have two parts. One consists of therapeutics relating to respiratory tract diseases & a condensed repertory dealing with the same at the end.

Therapeutic Part
It consists of therapeutics dealing with Catarrh, Laryngitis, Croup, Bronchitis, Asthma, Pertussis, Pneumonia, Pleuritis, Pulmonary Tuberculosis & Cough. The author gives importance to symptamatology rather than diagnosis & pathology.

It is mainly given in ordinary roman. But the name of the remedy, important symptoms or the part of the sentence which the author wants to emphasise is given in italics. Comparisons are given with each remedy which help us to differentiate between them.

Under the section catarrh acute nasal catarrh, influenza, Chronic nasal catarrh are explained in detail. It also contain a short repertory to nasal symptoms at the end of the chapter.

Causes, symptoms, diaghnosis, therapeutics of  acute nasal catarrh are explained.

Follow well remedies, dosage & potencies, posology in few remedies have been given.

Eg. Sanguinaria nitrate in third or sixth attenuation dry on the tongue once in two or three hours

Therapeutics are explained according to the stage of catarrh eg. First stage, second stage, third stage 


  •  Nash explains the remedies for influenza according to stages.
  • The first stage remedies are eupatorium & gelsemium, bryonia.
  • While explaining the therapeutics for influenza he leaves a footnote explaining the experiences of Clarke.

Chronic Nasal Catarrh
According to Nash it is due to syphilis & tuberculosis. It may appear in three forms.Simple chronic catarrh, Hypertrophic rhinitis, Atrophic rhinitis.Nash explains the pathology of these three stages.It also consists of a repertory to nasal symptoms at the end of the section.

Butler classifies laryngitis as  a acute catarrhal Laryngitis, acute laryngitis with spasm of the glottis, chronic laryngitis, oedema of the larynx, tuberculous laryngitis, syphilitic laryngitis, tumours of the larynx, laryngismus stridulus &paralysis of the larynx. Remedies are explained according to importance.

Acute & chronic bronchitis are explained. Remedies are explained according to the stage. In first or inflammatory stage aconite, belladonna & ferrum phos.

It contains therapeutics about Pertussis. It also contains a naive repertory given as paragraph. 

The remedies indicated in first stage are Aconite, Belladonna, Ferrum phos, Veratrum Viride. Under some remedies the dosage  & potency are given.

The second stage ( stage of hepatization ) remedies are bryonia, phosphorus, iodine, rhustox, hyosyamus, lachesis, sanguinaria, mercury, chelidonium, antimonium tartaricum, lycopodium, opium, kali carbonicum, carbo veg, arsenicum, sulphur, calcarea carb,

He also explains some auxiliary measures in pneumonia.

Pleuritis : He explains the therapeutics for pleuritis

Pulmonary tuberculosis
Nash explains the cause of tuberculosis. Main medicines are sulphur, psorinum, tuberculinum, hepar sulph, calcarea ost, phosphorus, ars alb, sanguinaria. General measures are also explained.Exercise to be taken ( abdominal & costal breathing ) & feeding are explained.

Cough is a symptom of many diseases. Therapeutics are explained under following headings.Character, excited by, amelioration, accompaniments, Characteristics of that particular remedy . 33 remedies are explained in alphabetical order.

Important keynotes of 40 remedies are given after it in alphabetical order except kali sulph.

Part II
Repertory part is given as a separate section after therapeutic part. Some therapeutic chapters also contain short repertories at the end of therapeutic part.

Altogether it contains three sections of repertory represented in various part of the book.

  1. As a part to therapeutics to chronic nasal catarrh —  Repertory to nasal symptoms
  2. As a part to therapeutics to pertussis — Repertory to Pertussis.
  3. Repertory Proper

Repertory to nasal symptoms.
It consists of 23 rubrics. It consists of an introduction followed by rubrics. Rubrics are represented in bold roman. Medicines are given in one gradation. (Italics). In some rubrics modifications are given in between the medicines

Eg. HAY FEVER – Sabadilla, WORSE IN MORNING Nux vomica.

Repertory to Pertussis.
It is given as a paragraph as specifications to Pertussis.The rubrics & gradations are same as the repertory to nasal symptoms.

Repertory Proper.
It consists of  preface,chapters  ( Larynx & trachea, cough, expectoration, respiration, Chest)

Rubrics are arranged in alphabetical order. The first word of the rubrics are represented by bold roman followed by italics. If  the rubric consists of location it is represented in ordinary capitals. Medicines are arranged according to gradations or importance. Subrubrics are represented in italics or as ordinary capital. Locations as subrubrics are represented in ordinary capitals. Conditions diseases as subrubrics are represented in Italics. Rubrics & subrubrics are given as a paragraph in which subrubrics are given in between.

Preface to Repertory
It gives details about the gradation of the remedies. Remedies preceded by figure (1)  are of first importance. Remedies preceded by figure (2) are not quite strong but are the same as the verified or italicized type in the repertories.

First chapter is Larynx & trachea. It consists of 31 rubrics. Rubrics are arranged in alphabetical order. It consists of  rubrics relating to larynx, trachea, glottis, voice.

It starts with the rubric cough in general followed by time represented from sun rise to sun set. After it rubrics are arranged in alphabetical order. It consists of 109 rubrics.

It starts with time followed by rubrics in alphabetical order. It consists of 35 rubrics.

Respiration :It consists of rubrics in alphabetical order. It consists of 35 rubrics.

Chest : It consists of rubrics in alphabetical order. It consists of  locations like lungs, mammae, heart, liver. It consists of  42 rubrics.

Index : It consists of medicines & conditions, symptoms in alphabetical order with page numbers.

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