Formalin in Cancer
I noticed last year the article in THE THERAPEUTIST, suggesting the use of formalin in the treatment of cancer. A little later a man came to me with a very suspicious growth on his hand. It had resisted all treatment, was sensitive and painful, and had been increasing in size for several months. I painted the area surrounding the growth with collodion. I then saturated a small piece of gauze with the formaldyde solution and bound it on over the growth, protecting it to prevent evaporation. I kept this wet for a couple of days, when the part had separated completely from the healthy tissues and I was enabled to pick it out. The structures healed naturally, and there has been no return whatever during a period of about six months.
I have been using specific macrotys with such results, that the druggists in our town are anticipating an order for macrotys every time they see me. I came to this town two or three years ago entirely inexperienced in horse back riding. One of my first calls necessitated a ride of twenty miles on horseback. I might say that this was the first long ride of my life. Anticipating an almost unbearable amount of soreness and stiffness on the day following the ride, I took ten drops of macrotys every two or three hours, and got off without any discomfort whatever. This is one of many experiences. I have recommended the remedy to incredulous regulars and have quickly made converts of them. By the way, I am a regular myself, and I am picking up the Eclectic Methods as I go along and find that I need them.
G. H. HENSHEN, M. D.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.