Twenty-four years ago I learned the following method for the treatment of typhoid fever. Since that time I have adopted this course as routine treatment with all cases where it was indicated and have not had many cases run over 21 days. Usually the disease is cut short in fourteen days, I took of the whole plant of gelsemium, root, leaves and vine freshly gathered, six ounces. I added water enough to cover it and steeped it slowly without boiling, for six hours. Then I took a four-ounce bottle and put into it one ounce of this infusion, and twenty drops each of the tinctures of the oils of wintergreen and cinnamon, fifteen grains of powdered golden seal and enough water to make the four ounces. Of this I gave a teaspoonful every hour.
Since I have learned of Lloyd Brothers specific gelsemium, which is made from the whole fresh plant, I have been using that, in the proportion of from fifteen to twenty-five drops, in a four-ounce mixture; the other ingredients the same as above. I think Lloyd's preparation of this remedy is the best that has ever been produced.
J. J. DEAN, M. D.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.