In Robert Coleman Kemp's valuable manual upon enteroclysis, hypo-dermoclysis and infusion, there is a brief introductory chapter by Dr. William H. Thomson, from which the following is a quotation: "Lavage of the invisible cavities of the body in inflammatory states of their lining mucous membranes has justly taken rank among the most effective of modem remedial measures. In the case of the rectum and lower bowel, however, the greater number of advantageous results follow from this procedure, not only by improvement in local conditions, but still more by effects obtainable through certain physiological relations upon the general circulation, as well as others secured through important nervous associations with contiguous organs."
Bearing upon this subject the following clinical report will be of interest: Dr. Newmayer states that among the varied causes of convulsions none play a more frequent and important part than autointoxication. They are more frequent in children, due generally to a possible overfeeding, improper food or constipation.
Not to employ internal antiseptics would be unwise. But I would urge a more liberal use of antiseptic solutions by means of the rectal tube. Thus enteroclysis has not only its antiseptic value, diminishing the toxicity of the intestinal tract, but ofttimes an antipyretic action.
In all cases of convulsions, immaterial of the cause, and in any other condition pointing to autointoxication, I flush the lower bowel with a solution of glyco-thymoline, one to two ounces to the quart of water. The results are many and always satisfactory.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.