Pulsatilla is one of the most frequently indicated medicines in America. lf you were to manufacture the pulsatilla subject, a full-fledged pulsatilla patient—if I wanted to produce a proving in a hurry I would select persons naturally sensitive, of a mild disposition, and of the blond type; especially those who are mild and gentle, that have the principles of plethora and easily excitable. Now, stall feed these patients. High living, sedentary habits, not much exercise. Feed them on rich food. If it is a woman, put her through, let her raise a good sized family, and as a result we have a state of nervous exhaustion. Weakness, tremulousness, full veins, disordered stomach—and these patients have full veins—always worse if the room becomes heated or close. They must be out in the open air. The whole venous system is engorged, and is so sluggish that it cannot carry on or return the blood to the heart rapidly enough and the patient needs to be stimulated by cold air; that contracts the caliber of the veins so as to favor the circulation of the blood back to the heart, and then they are more comfortable. —J. T. Kent in Progress.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.