For five years I have been using lobelia hypodermically in the muscular spasms of hysteria where the motility involves a group of muscles, or the entire musculature. I give sp. lobelia in 10 to 30 drop doses. It produces a vasomotor relaxation, with flushing of the capillaries, and a glow of warmth to the extremities which are cold and clammy.
The response to the remedy begins in five to ten minutes. I repeat the dose as often as indicated; a few times I have had emesis to follow the hypodermic exhibition of lobelia, also some slight soreness and inflammation of the arm, which never proved troublesome and was due doubtless to faulty detail.
W. L. POWELL, M. D.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.