For ten years I have used tincture of guaiac for tonsillitis, and I call it as nearly specific as any drug I can find. I have many patients who have as much faith in it as I have.

I put one teaspoonful in a glass of water and direct them to use it as a gargle every one-half hour, and take one teaspoonful every half hour unless it nauseates. If that is given as soon as the chill and pain comes it will generally abort it. Sometimes it appears necessary to give other medicine and I give:

Specific aconite drops 5
Specific gelsemium .. drops 10
Specific phytolacca drops 20
Water ozs. 4

Sig.: A teaspoonful every hour.

Sometimes I find a patient who will do as well on ammoniated citrate of iron as on the last prescription, if they are anemic and in a run down condition before the attack. The bowels should always be corrected if wrong and the kidneys also.

In the November number N. M. Cook advises aconitine for sciatica. I used it for neuralgia in the arm on one patient, for two or three months, and he improved very much. I believe it is good for such pain.


Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.