Pambotano and Echinacea.

A germicide that will kill the cerula cervisciae, the acetous acid or vinegar ferment, is an important thing in its place. The distillers in Mexico are using powdered pambotano root (Calliandra spp.—MM) in the mash vats to arrest or prevent the acetous ferment from degenerating the batch into whisky vinegar.

I have used pambotano as a stimulating antiseptic extensively in gangrenous condition and once in connection with echinacea.n a case of traumatic eclampsia (?) or tetanus. In a case of senile gangrene I used heavy doses of the two remedies combined. In this case the plantar area of the foot was entirely involved to the bone. Red streaks extended up the leg nearly to the knee. The condition was cured with this treatment. The remedies seem to reinforce the blood and to destroy all vestige of toxicity. The patient was sixty-five years of age.

W. C. ROBY, M. D.

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