Iodin; Cold to the Spine
Dr. Ayelsworth, one of THE THERAPEUTIST'S family, in an article in The Medical Era, says that he dissolves iodin in goose oil for external application and finds it in every way superior to the ordinary tincture.
When the oil boils it will take up about eight percent of the iodin. He urges the use of this preparation because it does not irritate, leaves no stain, and is promptly absorbed.
He further says that at one time he had a girl patient who had a temperature of 107.5 degrees, which continued at that point for twelve hours. Fearing for its influence upon the brain, he had prepared a bed of snow which he covered with a towel and laid her upon this, so that the snow was applied the entire length of the spine.
Inside of an hour the temperature was reduced to 100 degrees. The bowels were subsequently moved freely and there was no return of the high temperature. He has on other occasions used cold to the spine to reduce the temperature, and it has confirmed his faith in this method of treatment in extreme temperatures.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.