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In the treatment of a peculiar case of phlebitis which I recently had, extending from below the knee to above the middle of the thigh, I applied the following ointment:

Ichthyol dr. 1
Unguent hydrarg. ammoniated dr. 2
Lanolin, q. s., ad oz. 1

Mix. Sig: Apply this ointment freely over the inflamed part and enclose in cotton retained by a loose roller bandage.

The veins were knotted, tense, tortuous, painful and hot. The temperature was 100° F. I insisted upon rest in a recumbent position in bed, and gave a nutritious diet carefully selected, and a mild cathartic and echinacea internally in full doses.

Two days later, the fever had fallen to 99° F. There was no pain: there was a general relaxation of the tissues of the part, and the patient was "feeling fine." This treatment was continued for two weeks, at the end of which period the patient was practically well.


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