My First Use of Lobelia Hypodermically.

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The case was that of catarrhal pneumonia in a weakly infant, four months old. So severe was the case that on the fourth day the pulse could not be numerated; the respirations were 50, temperature 104° F.; sleep impossible, because of the constant cough; the head was rolled from side to side continually; the face was blanched and expressionless, the end certainly seemed to be near.

At three o'clock a. m. I injected ten drops of Lobelia, over the short ribs; at six a. m. I injected fifteen drops; at noon, 25 drops. At six p. m. the respiration was 35, pulse 100. Temperature 100.5° F., the cough was very much less. The child was sleeping quietly, no emesis, nor even an indication of nausea. This to me was very surprising, as was the total satisfactory result, as I certainly expected the babe to die.

J. M. WELLS, M. D.

Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 3, 1909, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.