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Cures for Tuberculosis?

UBERCULOSIS "cures" rise regularly in the east and as regularly set in the west.


There is no known cure for tuberculosis. No specific for this disease has ever been


The one medicinal agent that has stood the test of time (and its use is now being revived) is creosote. Many authorities attest its value, for instance:

Butler (A Text-Book of Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, page 314):

"Creosote can be used internally for the same purposes as carbolic acid, having the advantage over the latter drug in being one of the most efficient remedies in pulmonary tuberculosis. Probably no other remedy exerts so favorable action upon the night-sweats, cough and expectoration as creosote. Creosote undoubtedly limits the amount of secondary infections in phthisis and it is a stomachic."

Potter (Materia Medica and Therapeutics, pages 253 and 254):

"In pulmonary tuberculosis, when well borne by the stomach and continued over a long period of time, it has probably proved more efficient than any other remedy. Creosote was advocated by Reichenbachin in 1833 and its use was revived by Bouchard and Gimbert in 1877, since which time it has been tried and approved by a long list of authorities."

Fforcheimer (The Prophylaxis and Treatment of Internal Diseases, page 162):

"The creosote preparations (in tuberculosis) are very serviceable; they improve the appetite and digestion, reduce the expectoration, diminish the number of bacilli, act beneficially upon the lymph nodes. How they act is not decided, possibly from a combination of their local action with an effect upon the toxin."

Osler (The Principles and Practice of Medicine, page 229):

"Creosote in tuberculosis is an old remedy, strongly recommended by Addison, and the reports of Jaccoud, Fraentzel, and many others, show that it has a positive value in the disease."

Strümpell (A Text-Book of Medicine, Volume I, page 310):

"Continued for a considerable time in large doses (15-30 grs. or more in the course of 24 hours), it (creosote) is regarded by many physicians as an excellent remedy in incipient (tuberculosis) and even advanced cases. This remedy is usually fairly well borne and the patients are pleased with the improvements it causes in their appetite and general conditions."

Anders (A Text-Book of the Practice of Medicine, page 291):

"According to the results reported from all parts of the world, creosote thus employed (internally) alone enjoys the confidence of the profession (in tuberculosis); and in common with numerous other observers I have found its continued use to be followed by lessened cough and expectoration, lessened fever and by a lessening of cessation of the night-sweats, with a gain of strength and weight as the natural consequence.'

Stevens (Modern Materia Medica and Therapeutics, pages 284-285):

"Like all members of the phenol group, creosote is a powerful antiseptic. The drug is eliminated in large part by the kidneys as guaiacol sulphate and creosol sulphate of potassium, but a certain proportion escapes through the body through the lungs. Creosote and its derivatives are useful expectorants in chronic bronchitis and bronchiectasis with copious purulent sputum. While it has been shown conclusively that the drug has no specific influence on the tubercle bacilli in the lung, nevertheless the testimony of numerous observers is convincing that it has positive value in allaying cough, lessening expectoration and lowering the temperature. The best results are seen in phthisis attended with abundant sputum. Creosote is a valuable intestinal antiseptic in chronic gastric catarrh with flatulence and in simple dyspeptic diarrhoea."

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The demonstrated facts that the authorities place high value upon creosote and calcium in the treatment of tuberculosis; that creosote itself can only be administered in small doses, while Calcreose which is a combination of calcium and creosote-may be given in large doses, naturally leads to the conclusion that in Calcreose we have an important addition to materia medica.

How to Prove Its Value.

It remains only to prove the value of Calcreose in actual practice and for this purpose we are always ready to supply Calcreose on approval. If it proves useful you will be glad to pay for it; if it does not prove satisfactory you are not expected to pay for it. You are to be sole judge and your verdict is final.

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we will see the absurdity of permitting a defeated Congress to make laws.

Not much is likely to be done this session except to pass appropriation bills. We are all hoping that an extra session will not be necessary, and that Congress will not be in session this summer, as it has for several summers past. We want continued peace, quiet and prosperity. We want steady employment and good crops. We want to carry cool and level heads, and while rendering every aid we can to stricken Europe, we want to receive and use judiciously every advantage that comes to us on account of the war. We want to liquidate all that we possibly can of our debts to Europe, and if possible bring the financial center over to this side of the Atlantic.

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Two significant national events have recently occurred. Both prohibition and woman suffrage have come squarely before Congress. Both were defeated, but the affirmativ of both was ably debated, and both received a surprisingly high vote. They are now squarely "in the ring," whatever anybody may say. I think that women are much like men in politics. They do not do such wonderful things with the ballot after they get it-and neither do men, unfortunately. But the power of alcohol and the saloon in public affairs is waning. Like war, the saloon is an enemy to mankind. And when humanity becomes sufficiently sensible, it will abolish both these enemies. As yet, humanity is far from being rational in the mass. It is progressing, and it will continue to progress.

Mechanics, the arts, the sciences have developt wonderfully. What we need now more than anything else is to devote more time and attention to the problems of association. An individual cannot live alone. Families cannot live alone. Association in communities, states, nations makes civilization, with all its blessings and numerous problems. But nations are savages in their relations to one another. Witness Europe at the present time. We must learn the art of international association before we can consider ourselves really civilized.

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Now, for the next few months, the problems of state government will be prominent all over the country-in about forty states. The legislatures are made up of men of no legislativ experience, as a rule, and with little if any preparation for their task. This makes them easy victims of the schemes of wise and experienced politicians. I hope the time will come when we will have a better way of making laws for our states. However, we must do the best we can until we can make better machinery for state government.

New York will try this task this year. A state constitutional convention will meet in Albany early in April, and it will perhaps make an entirely new constitution for New York.

I hope

that it will make at least a step toward the entire reorganization of the plan of state government. I have considered this subject at length in January Equity, but it is impossible to induce many doctors to subscribe for and read that magazine. It is devoted to the important task of improving the machinery of government-a dry subject to the ordinary reader, but an exceedingly important one.

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MARCH, 1915 Registration Under the National Narcotic Act. In order that our readers might know what they are required to do to register under the national narcotic act passed by Congress and approved by the President on December 17, 1914, and also to learn how they are to do it, we called on the collector of internal revenue in Philadelphia for information on the subject. As we have said before, physicians and druggists are required to pay a tax of $1 per year. This being a special tax, it will be handled by the collectors in the way special taxes are collected. To every physician, druggist and veterinarian and to all dealers, has been sent a copy of the official application blank. This form must be filled in, as indicated thereon, and sworn to, either before a notary public

or a deputy tax collector. If done before a deputy collector no charge is made for the affidavit. It is then to be mailed to the collector of internal revenue of the district in which the physician has his office or offices. One registration blank and one fee are sufficient for a physician, dentist or veterinarian who may have two offices if they are both in the same internal revenue district. If they should not be in the same district, registration must be made for each office in its respectiv district.

The fiscal year for this tax begins July 1st, and for the part of the year from March 1st until June 30th of the present year the tax will be 34 cents. This amount must be sent with the application form for registration. A check for the amount or a money order will be accepted, but postage stamps will not be accepted by the collector of internal revenue.

If by any means a physician, druggist or other person required to register under the act does not receive an application form, he is not excused from the provisions of the act on that account, as the internal revenue collectors may not be able to secure accurate information on the subject. Newlylocated physicians are especially likely to be missed. We suggest that each of our readers, upon receiving his blank, call up and acquaint his neighboring physicians with the fact of its receipt so that those who do not receive one can learn where to write for a blank. The law requires that this registration be done on or before March 1st of this year. Receipts, called "stamps," will be issued similar to those of internal revenue licenses.

The registration blanks will be numbered consecutivly in each district, and this number will be printed on the order blanks issued to each physician. This number will be retained by the person registered so long as he remains registered in the district. On or before the first of each succeeding July the special tax of $1 must be paid to continue the registration in force.

Special application blanks will be printed. on which to apply to the collector for the order blanks for drugs. These will not be

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