Lobelia as a Partus Accelerator.
I don't remember that I have ever seen lobelia suggested as a remedy in slow and tedious labors. In those cases where the os is large, thick, full and doughy, with slow dilatation and but little pain, I prescribe two drams of specific lobelia in four ounces of water, a dram to be given after each pain, until the contractions become vigorous and strong, and until the dilatation is complete. This treatment has been a very satisfactory one to me in promoting a rapid, easy, and satisfactory termination of labor. I think I can safely say that I have witnessed as pronounced an increase of expulsive uterine contraction from this remedy, as I have ever observed from the administration of ergot, and with much less danger to the patient.
J. C. ANDREWS, M. D.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.