Dr. C.J. Steele, of Milwaukee, Wis., contributed the following, concerning Helonias diocia, a confirmation of the merits of the fine Lilienthal’s Therapeutica: “In December, 1890, was called on by Mrs. S. For engagement at her labor, which she expected in March following. She complained that her limbs were swollen and the swelling seemed to increase. Also that she had much headache, with an appearance as if specks were floating before her eyes. Urine was scanty and high colored. Suspecting albuminuria, and fearful for the consequences, I made and analysis of the urine and found in it quite a quantity of albumen. I at once put her under a treatment, which I thought would relieve the trouble, giving first Apis and Apocynum 3x, alternately. These were continued for several days, when I felt there was no improvement and substituted Arsenicum 3x for the Apis. In succession I used Belladonna, Bensoic acid, Infusion of Digitalis and Cantharis, with no appreciable result. One day in reading Lilienthal, I found in the list of remedies mentioned for this trouble, Helonias, and resolved to try it. The lady had become quite discouraged by this time, and almost resolved to take no more medicines, but I persuaded her to try the Helonias, which I gave in the 3x. To my surprise in three weeks the swelling, which was so great that the skin seemed as if it would burst, had greatly subsided, and at the time of her labor, which occurred on April 6, 1891, there was no trouble beyond an unusually hard labor. The pains were very severe, although the time was only six hours, and she said that she never had so great pain. “Lilienthal gives as the characteristic symptoms indicating this drug, ‘Great languor; feeling of weight and weakness in the region of the kidneys; Albuminuria after or during pregnancy; dropsy, general debility,’ etc. Nearly all the above enumerated symptoms were experienced by the lady in question, and I think that the Helonias prevented an eclamptic attack which in all probability would have occurred at the time of labor but for its use.
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