Lobelia as a Partus Accelerator.
I don't remember that I have ever seen lobelia suggested as a remedy in slow and tedious labors. In those cases where the os is large, thick, full and doughy, with slow dilatation and but little pain, I prescribe two drams of specific lobelia in four ounces of water, a dram to be given after each pain, until the contractions become vigorous and strong, and until the dilatation is complete. This treatment has been a very satisfactory one to me in promoting a rapid, easy, and satisfactory termination of labor. I think I can safely say that I have witnessed as pronounced an increase of expulsive uterine contraction from this remedy, as I have ever observed from the administration of ergot, and with much less danger to the patient.
J. C. ANDREWS, M. D.