I have recently treated a case of syphilitic ulceration of the throat which, although persistent, yielded kindly to the direct application, three or four times a day, of specific thuja. As the treatment advanced one or two stubborn ulcers were treated with persulphate of iron, and afterward with thuja.
Inasmuch as this condition was for some time very stubborn, I make this report for the benefit of those who have not previously used this remedy. No doubt there are cases in which it might not be serviceable. This local treatment is used in conjunction with the internal use of echinacea and other active alteratives adapted to the conditions present in the individual case.
Dr. Hill of Pennsylvania writes me that he notices the statements we have made, that these remedies will cure syphilis in from six to nine months. He desires to know how that the cases are cured, when, under the mercurial treatment, it is necessary to keep the case under treatment from two to five years.
I reply to him, the only way we can know is from the entire disappearance of even the slightest evidence of the disease, and as the months go by, from the fact that none of the symptoms reappear, the patient remaining in excellent health.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.