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Cures for Tuberculosis? TUBI

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 discovered.

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,

Serious Objections to Creosote. Pharmacology and Therapeutics, page 314): There are two serious objections to creosote. "Creosote can be used internally for the same pur

First, it cannot be taken by some patients because poses as carbolic acid, having the advantage over the latter drug in being one of the most efficient remedies of nausea and disagreement with the stomach; in pulmonary tuberculosis. Probably no other remedy and, second, the small dosage (the official dose exerts so favorable action upon the night-sweats, is 3 minims). cough and expectoration as creosote. Creosote un doubtedly limits the amount of secondary infections

Objections Overcome. in phthisis and it is a stomachic.'

Through the fortunate discovery that when Potter (Materia Medica and Therapeutics,

chemically combined with calcium, creosote may pages 253 and 254):

be given in enormous doses without difficulty, its "In pulmonary tuberculosis, when well borne by

use is rapidly increasing. In fact, through this the stomach and continued over a long period of

combination, which is known time, it has probably proved more efficient than any


Calcreose, other remedy. Creosote was advocated by Reichen- enormous doses may be safely employed. As bachin in 1833 and its use was revived by Bouchard

high as 120 minims of creosote has been adminand Gimbert in 1877, since which time it has been tried and approved by a long list of authorities." istered daily with no unfavorable results what

soever. Fforcheimer (The Prophylaxis and Treatment

Furthermore, the combination with calof Internal Diseases, page 162):

cium seems to enhance the value of creosote, "The creosote preparations (in tuberculosis) are

due, no doubt, to the demand for calcium by Very serviceable; they improve the appetite and tuberculosis patients. digestion, reduce the expectoration, diminish the number of bacilli, act beneficially upon the lymph

Formula of Calcreose. nodes. How they act is not decided, possibly from

As previously stated, Calcreose is a chemical a combination of their local action with an effect upon the toxin."

combination of creosote and calcium. When Osler (The Principles and Practice of Medi

creosote is combined with calcium it is broken cine, page 229):

up and calcium guaiacol, calcium creosol and “Creosote in tuberculosis is an old remedy, strongly

calcium carbolate are formed. Calcreose is a recommended by Addison, and the reports of Jaccoud, reddish-brown granular powder. Fraentzel, and many others, show that it has a In the process of manufacture 50 pounds of positive value in the disease."

U. S. P. beechwood creosote is used in making Strümpell (A Text-Book of Medicine, Volume

100 pounds of Calcreose. I, page 310): "Continued for a considerable time in large doses

A Natural Conclusion. (15-30 grs. or more in the course of 24 hours), it The demonstrated facts that the authorities (creosote) is regarded by many physicians as an excellent remedy in incipient (tuberculosis) and even

place high value upon creosote and calcium in the advanced cases. This remedy is usually fairly well treatment of tuberculosis; that creosote itself can borne and the patients are pleased with the improve. only be administered in small doses, while Calments it causes in their appetite and general conditions."

creose—which is a combination of calcium and Anders (A Text-Book of the Practice of Medi

creosote—may be given in large doses, naturally

leads to the conclusion that in Calcreose we have cine, page 291): “According to the results reported from all parts

an important addition to materia medica. of the world, creosote thus employed (internally)

How to Prove Its Value. alone enjoys the confidence of the profession (in tuberculosis); and in common with numerous other ob- It remains only to prove the value of Calcreose servers I have found its continued use to be followed in actual practice and for this purpose we are by lessened cough and expectoration, lessened fever and by a lessening of cessation of the night-sweats,

always ready to supply Calcreose on approval. with à gain of strength and weight as the natural If it proves useful you will be glad to pay for it; consequence.

if it does not prove satisfactory you are not exStevens (Modern Materia Medica and Thera- pected to pay for it. You are to be sole judge peutics, pages 284-285):

and your verdict is final. "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

ORDER HERE. creosos sulphate of potassium, but a certain proportion escapes through the body through the lungs. Creosote and its derivatives are useful expectorants


M. W. 2 in chronic bronchitis and bronchiectasis with copious

Newark, New Jersey. purulent sputum. While it has been shown on

Please send me, all charges prepaid : clusively that the drug has no specific influence on

1 lb. Calcreose Powder. Price.

. $2.00 the tubercle bacilli in the lung, nevertheless the testi

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500 Calcreose Tablets, No. 2..

1.40 has positive value in allaying cough, lessening ex

I will remit in 60 days if results are satisfactory. pectoration and lowering the temperature. The best

Nothing to be returned, nothing to be paid, if reresults are seen in phthisis attended with abundant

sults are not satisfactory. sputum. Creosote is a valuable intestinal antiseptic 10 chronic gastric catarrh with flatulence and in

Dr. simple dyspeptic diarrhæa."


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.


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 wonder fully. 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.

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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