In the treatment of acute arthritis, Dr. Russell in the Eclectic Medical Journal, suggests the local use of dry epsom salts. He spreads a free quantity of the salts on aseptic absorbent cotton, enough to extend below and above the joint. This is covered with a flannel roller bandage, and in some cases a plaster of paris splint is applied to immobilize the joint. This treatment results in an active perspiration, with an absorption of a certain amount of the salts, which causes the pain to subside, and reduces the inflammation.
In the treatment of paralysis of the bowels following appendicitis or other abdominal operation or an injury to the abdominal contents, Dr. Russel uses hypodermic injections of the one-fiftieth of a grain of the salicylate of eserine, repeated every three or four hours, according to the indication. Where the intestines have been exposed, and in fact in any case, this remedy is sometimes assisted in its influence by the use of a high rectal enema of glycerin, turpentine, warm linseed oil, or a solution of soap. The doctor requests anyone who has used this agent for this purpose to report the result. Let the report come through this journal.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.