Easy Cure of Ingrowing Nails.

I disapprove of Dr. Howe's and other surgeons' savage way of treating ingrowing toe-nails, and I would submit the following as a much easier and better way. If the toe is greatly swollen and very tender take down the inflammation by applying a ten or twenty grain solution of the nitrate of silver for one or more daily applications; then insert under the offending corner of the nail as much powdered nitrate of lead as you can without giving much pain and so continue every day till the case is well.

I like your journal very much indeed, and I think if Dr. Osler would read it carefully and carry out many of the valuable suggestions, he would be a different doctor. But from my experience with many such doctors the devil of it would be to get him to do it.


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