N. M. COOK, M. D.
I desire to present the following suggestions to the readers of THE THERAPEUTIST, hoping that they will obtain the benefit, from some of them at least, that I have obtained.
For several years I relieved a great many severe cases of cystitis or of painful and frequent micturation with the use of collinsonia, eupatorium purpureum and santonin. These I gave either alone as indicated or in proper combination.
I have cured many cases of hemorrhoids or intestinal hemorrhage with the use of hamamelis or geranium.
I have employed cactus with the utmost satisfaction in the treatment of a few cases of angina pectoris.
Lycopus has given relief for me in the treatment of cases where there was irritability of the action of the heart. I depend with confidence upon chionanthus to cure for me the worst case of jaundice, especially those in which there is no great degree of structural change.
For many years I have found cypripedium to be a reliable remedy in the cure of those cases of female disorders which are accompanied with nervousness.
I have come to depend upon virburnum opulus to give relief in a large number of my cases of painful menstruation.
I have been able to control and prevent the recurrence of some of the worst cases of convulsions I have ever seen both in adults and children by the use of gelsemium in sufficiently large doses.
I consider that I have made an important discovery in the use of turpentine. For a year or two I suffered a great deal from a peculiar back ache, that came on shortly after lying down at night and continued all night, quitting, when I got up in the morning. It happened that I was doing some staining inside of my house, with a stain which I thinned with turpentine. I thus inhaled the odor of turpentine for two or three days during which time I could readily detect this odor in the urine, at which time, I discovered there was no backache. At the first relief, it did not occur to me that it was the turpentine that had produced it, but after a few repetitions of the benefit, I attributed the results to this agent and have since used it for that purpose from an inhaler. I find no trouble in giving relief for quite a long period of time, unless I bring this difficulty back by over exertion. As long as the system is sufficiently saturated with the turpentine vapor, there is a copious flow of the urine, charged with the characteristic odor, and entire freedom from pain.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.