Echinacea—Ergot Hypodermically.

Everybody, nearly, in the profession is talking about echinacea, and it is a good thing to talk about, too. At one time I placed aconite at the head of the list, as a remedial agent, and could do more good, and find more places to use it than any other remedy. Now echinacea fits more cases of sickness than aconite ever did. As a "disease" remedy this drug will do any case of rubeola good, and should be given.

We are overlooking ergot hypodermatically. S. Rinehardt, M. D., calls attention to this remedy in your Vol. 1, page 321, and his experience is in accord with mine, but space is limited and we cannot enter into detail regarding this medicine. Ergot will support a patient's heart better than anything when indicated, and it is indicated where we have muscular fatigue from too much work or from blood dyscrasia. "Black-jaundice," "swamp-fever," with which all southern practitioners are thoroughly acquainted and dread to meet, which is malignant malarial hematuria, consists of a disorganization of the structure of the blood and the presence of hemoglobin in the urine. This can be arrested in thirty minutes by giving twenty drops of ergotol hypodermatically. Then get your work in with the remedies that are specifically indicated.


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