Belladonna in Whooping Cough.
In the use of belladonna in the treatment of whooping cough, I have been able to modify the larger number of cases treated in an extensive practice of at least fifty years, and many indeed have been cured. My commonest method consists in combining one dram of the fluid extract of belladonna, three drams of the fluid extract of wild cherry, and sufficient syrup of tolu to make three ounces. Of this I give according to the age of the patient from five to thirty drops every three hours. If the case be a stubborn one, I make it a point to increase the dose one drop at a time until I have produced the physiological action of the remedy—until the throat becomes dry, or there is some dilatation of the pupils, or until there is the characteristic redness of the neck and face which resembles the scarlet fever rash.—This effect, however, should not be sustained, but the remedy be reduced as indicated.
H. K. WHITFORD, M. D.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.