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M. Tiry, of Paris, prepares capsules containing the Sulphuretted potash. In these the salt is perfectly protected from the air, and in this form the drug is readily given to the most fastidious of patients. The capsules that I have seen and used were obtained from Messrs. Corbyn, and imported by that house from Paris.

I am, Sir, obediently yours,

John C. Thokowgood, M.D. Lond., Lecturer on Materia Medica at Middlesex Hospital.

To the Editor of The Lancet:

Sib,—Tour issue of February 21st contains an article by Dr. Sydney Ringer on the Sulphides of Potassium, Sodium, and Calcium, in which he refers to the power of these agents to control suppuration, and states that he has found them to be valuable agents in the treatment of boils, carbuncles, scrofulous glands, and many skin diseases. With his statement I fully concur, having frequently used the sulphides in the treatment of similar cases with great success. But however interesting and curious these facts may be of themselves, I think more valuable instruction may be derived from them if we seek to ascertain how and why they are such valuable therapeutic agents in the treatment of the special affections alluded to, and, having gained this knowledge, we will then have a scientific basis on which to found our treatment. Therefore, having this object in view, I trust you will allow me to quote the following remarks from my work on the Specific Action of Drugs, where I premise that the full therapeutic value of any drug is only to be obtained by first ascertaining its physiological action. Now, as regards the sulphides, when swallowed in a full dose they are, to a certain extent, decomposed by the free acid in the stomach, sulphuretted hydrogen is evolved, and some of the effects produced are due to this gas—viz., an acid taste in the mouth, burning pain in the throat and stomach, dry cough (sometimes vomiting and purging), feeble pulse, faintness, convulsions, or a state of sopor. But in smaller doses, frequently repeated, they produce an anaemic condition, with general nervous depression. Applied externally they cause a papular or vesicular eruption, and it is well known that the sulphides, like Sulphur, are eliminated by the skin in the form of sulphuretted hydrogen.

Now these facts indicate that the specific action of these agents is upon the skin and mucous membrane in the process of elimination, and also to a certain extent upon the blood-corpuscles (the secondary effects being due to the changes produced in the nature and quality of the vital action of these parts). We naturally infer that the therapeutic actions of these agents will be on the same tracts, and hence we are led to use them in such affections as chronic catarrh, follicular sore throat, chronic bronchitis, abscesses, scrofulous glands, and many skin diseases; also to improve the condition of scrofulous children suffering from indolent abscesses, but in these cases we give a less dose than a physiological one—viz. a restorative dose.

We can thus remove the sulphides from the list of empiric remedies, having facts at our disposal to account for their remedial action, for I have indicated that giyen in a physiological dose they influence certain specific parts; and daily experience {e.g., the cases communicated by Dr. Sydney Einger) confirms the truth of the inference that in a restorative dose they will beneficially influence the same parts when deranged, and this they do either by in some manner altering the nature and quality of the vital action of the parts or by removing the state of combination of the elements which excite diseased action, and thus enabling the normal powers of nutrition to restore the healthy constitution; and this I consider applies not only to the sulphides but also to every other drug. Now in reference to the dose mentioned by Dr. Sydney Ringer—viz., one tenth of a grain every two or three hours—I consider the quantity quite sufficient, and this for two reasons. 1st. Because the sulphides are comparatively insoluble and slowly diffusible salts, hence require to be given in small and repeated doses to ensure their being absorbed into the system, for if a large dose be given at once it may pass through the intestinal canal before it can be changed into a condition necessary for absorption; moreover, by giving small and repeated doses we can keep the system longer under the influence of the drug. 2nd. A small dose is indicated because we wish the restorative action of a drug on a part whose functions are deranged, and not its physiological action, at least in the cases mentioned above.

I remain, Sir, your obedient servant,

Alex. G. Busness, M.B., <&c.

Green Street, Grosvenor Square; 23rd Feb., 1874.

How then does the case stand? A paper on the homoeopathic treatment of a disease—and we have seen many such in all the allopathic periodicals of late—is published in a journal that affects to despise and condemn homoeopathy, and because the word " homoeopathy" does not occur in it the editor puts it forth as sound allopathic practice. This procedure reminds us of the dodge of the priest of old, who ate his fat capon on an abstinence day with an easy conscience after pronouncing over it the miracleeffecting words fiatpiscis. But simple onlookers did not see that the fowl was changed into a fish in consequence of the Latin adjuration, nor do we see that homoeopathy becomes allopathy because it appears in the pages of the Lancet. The fact is that the medical trades-union and its periodical organs have conspired to ignore homoeopathy as it really is, and to continue to misrepresent it as the ridiculous caricature that was drawn of it twenty or thirty years ago, by persons of no reputation, such as the author of Homoeopathy Unmasked. This conspiracy effectually deters the great body of the medical profession from reading our works or periodicals, and so they have no idea that the articles cooked up for tbem by the Lancet and its allopathic contemporaries are often merely very good homoeopathy with this word omitted. We are defenceless against this trades-union plot, but its existence is clear and should incite all among us who are capable to lend a helping hand to the completion of the therapeutic portion of the Repertory, which will show what homoeopathy really is, and will, we hope, deter these allopathic daws from decking themselves with our feathers.

But what are we to say of Professor Sydney Ringer and his frequent appearances in the character of a rechaujfeur of trite bits of homoeopathic practice on an allopathic dish P "Flat burglary as ever was committed," no doubt it is; but we cannot help being amused at the unconsciousness of the professor that he is doing anything wrong in thus appropriating the labours of others without a word of acknowledgment, and at the simplicity of his medical brethren who look upon him as a wonderfully original therapeutic genius.

Liquor Sodce Chlorates in Metrorrhagia.

The following letter has been received by Dr. Cooper, and we have pleasure in publishing it, as it is an allopathic testimony to the efficacy of the treatment recommended by him in this Journal, vol. six, p. 683.

"Esteemed Colleague,

"I am happy to be able to send you the details of two cases in which I have successfully employed the Liquor Sodm Chlorate which you had the kindness to send me. A third case in which I prescribed it I unfortunately lost sight of. I admit that two cases prove little, though they were successes, but I have no doubt that the employment of this remedy in future cases which may offer, and respecting which I shall keep you informed, will confirm the hopes you entertain of this medicine, and encourage you in the unwearied and laborious researches which you are making in order to be able to construct a complete history of this medicine.

"Obs. I. Mile. N. V—, aet. 39, weak constitution, lymphatic temperament. For several years past she has suffered from chloro-anffimia and leucorrhoea. Catamenia abundant, lasting from eight to nine days; clots appear in the discharge. Every catamenial period is preceded and followed for several days by the sensation of a weight low down in the pelvis, as if all would be forced out at the vulva, with pains extending to the kidneys, back, and mamm«, especially the left. The general treatment (consisting chiefly of chalybeates, nourishing diet, good hygienic conditions, &c, together with astringent vaginal injections), though it produced a good effect on the general state, had but little influence on the catamenia, which remained as profuse as before. I now had recourse to the Liquor Sodw ChloratcB. The first time I prescribed seven drops in fifty grammes of water three times a day, on the fifth day of the menstrual flux, and the following day the discharge had completely stopped. On the two following catamenial periods the same remedy was given on the fifth day, but in the dose of five drops only, and the same successful result was obtained. At the following period I did not give your remedy at all; the menses followed almost normally, without clots, and lasted only seven days, quite insignificant the last two days. I may add that the weight she complained of in the pelvis did not occur after the second administration of this remedy. It is true that in the interval between the catamenial periods Miss V— continued to take the steel medicine, but I think it is without doubt that it was the Liquor Sode s Chlorates alone that arrested these discharges, which may be termed heemorrhagic.

"Obs. II.—Mme. E—, aet. 40, six years married, mother of five children, the youngest of whom is two years old. Robust constitution, nervous temperament. This lady came to ask my advice for her menses, which she said lasted eight days and are always very copious. This has been the case for two months. A month ago they were just the same. Since then she constantly complains of discomfort in the lower part of the abdomen, feeling of a weight, with shooting pain in back. The only treatment I recommended was six drops of the Liq. Sod. Cklor., to be taken in three times as above, and the following morning all the discharge had ceased. This uncomfortable feelingwent off gradually, and a week later she was quite well. Since then her catamenia have been normal.

"I allow you sir, to make what use you like of these observations, if you think them worth anything, and beg to remain

"Yours truly,

"Alph. Roelandts, M.D.

"Meulebeke, West Flanders, Belgium; 15th Oct., 1873."

Chips from the Workshops of the " Secret-case" Practitioners*

By Dr. Hiesch, Prague.

A mighty fruitful field for the worshipful company of diseasemakers is furnished without restriction by the so-called "secret cases." From year to year, and day by day, we find the announcement of these gentry in the journals—" Complete cure, speedy and certain." This is promised with a bold front, yet practically complete illness, speedy and certain, is the result of this treatment. As Leichtenberg says he never saw a genial fellow who smoked tobacco; any one might, if this were true, receive as a settled point that the great Ricord was never a smoker, for to that grand idea which he has especially cultivated, of charming away a * Neue Zeit.fur Bom. Klinik., Bd. 18, No. 19, Oct., 1873.

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