Turpentine in Hepatic Disorders.
Editor Ellingwood's Therapeutist:
Will you kindly advise me whether or not you regard the oil of turpentine as of essential import in the treatment of organic disease of the liver? I have not found it so classed in any of our text books, but the scattering personal reports which I find in various medical journals, as well as the observations I have been able to make myself, have led me to believe that this is really a valuable remedy in this field. Am I right or wrong?
ARTHUR DEVOE, M. D.
COMMENT: I am very much interested in this old remedy, and accept with avidity any suggestions that are made that will broaden its field of action . I have not made any direct observations concerning the action of turpentine in liver disease, but my observation of its action in diseases of the intestinal tract lead me to believe that it could be used with advantage in these disorders.
The Doctor will furnish us with his experiences in an early issue of this journal. If any other of our readers have made observations in this line, I would like to have them reported at once.