("Herb Doctor," July, 1915.)
In the treatment of ivy poisoning, Dr. Davidson, in the "Medical World," suggests that one part of Sassafras Oil in eight parts cf alcohol makes a most reliable application and accomplishes the results for him more quickly than any other method he has used. We should try it.
Don't forget that vinegar or acetic acid is a very immediate and accessible antidote to carbolic acid poisoning. This fact should be taught to mothers, as well as being remembered by the doctors. Vinegar is something she can use long before the doctor can get there. It should be diluted so that it can be readily swallowed.
(To the Editor of the "Herb Doctor."
Sir, I notice the antidote for carbolic in the "Herb Doctor" is vinegar or acetic acid. I have not heard of this treatment before, but if it is better than that usually taught it ought to be known. Carbolic is so often taken, accidentally or otherwise, that a prompt treatment for it ought to be known, and the why and wherefore of its use. Of course, I may be wrong, hut the old method seems to me to be better. The mouth, gullet, and stomach, too, are apt to be corroded, and if one should in their excitement give vinegar or acetic acid, and forget to dilute them, I should think more harm would be done to the already corroded parts. Perhaps you can enquire among your herbal experts and find the reason for the treatment suggested. Yours, &c.,
F. J. S.
Reply.—This is fully explained in the article in the "Herb Doctor," but I might add that it is a counter-irritant to carbolic acid, and destroys the corrosive effects of carbolic. Afterwards Marshmallows, Comfrey, Slippery Elm Bark, or Chickweed, in fine powder, should be given in solution.