Elmer D. Barber, D. O.
DISEASES OF THE HEART AND BLOOD VESSELS
The heart is a hollow, muscular organ, of a conical
form, placed between the lungs and enclosed in the cavity of the pericardium.
It is placed obliquely in the chest, the broad attached end, or base, upward,
backward, and to the right, and corresponds to the interval between the
fifth and eighth dorsal vertebra; the apex is directed downward, forward,
and to the left, and corresponds to the space between the cartilages of
the fifth and sixth ribs, three-quarters of an inch to the inner side,
and an inch and a half below the left nipple. The heart is placed
behind the lower two-thirds of the sternum, and projects farther into the
left than into the right cavity of the chest, extending from the median
line about three inches in the former direction and only one and one-half
inches in the latter. In the adult it measures five inches in length,
three inches and a half in the broadest part, and two inches and a half
in thickness. The average weight in the male varies from ten to twelve
ounces, and in the female from eight to ten. It continues to increase
in weight, also in length, breadth, and thickness, up to an advanced period
of life. The heart of man and warm-blooded animals may be said to
be made up of two muscular sacs, the Pulmonary and Systemic pumps, or,
as they are commonly called, the right and left sides of the heart.
Between these no communication exists after birth. Each of these
sacs may be divided into two chambers. One, acting as an ante-chamber,
receives the blood from the veins; it has very thin walls, and is called
the Auricle; the other, the Ventricle, is the powerful muscular chamber
which pumps the blood into and distends the arteries.
Innervation of the Heart. - When the heart
is removed from the body, or when all the nerves which pass to it are divided,
it still beats for some time, so that its movement must depend upon some
mechanism situated within itself. The movement lasts longer in cold-blooded
animals (frog and turtle), extending even to days, than in mammals.
A rabbit's heart beats from three to thirty-six minutes after it is out
of the body. The average of many experiments is eleven minutes.
If the heart has ceased to beat, it may be excited to action for a short
time by direct stimulation, more especially by heat. The ordinary
rhythmical movements of the heart are undoubtedly associated with the presence
of nerve ganglia which exist in the surface of the heart, but the movements
of the heart are influenced by nervous, impulses which reach it from without.
The cardiac plexus is composed of the following
nerves: The cardiac branches of the vagus, a branch of the same name from
the external branch of the superior laryngeal, a branch from the inferior
laryngeal, and sometimes branches from the pulmonary plexus of the vagus;
the superior, middle, inferior, and lowest cardiac branches of the three
cervical and the first thoracic ganglia; the inconstant twig of the descending
branch of the hypoglossal nerve, which arises from the upper cervical ganglion.
From the plexus there proceeds the deep and superficial nerves.
It will be observed that the nerves which form the
cardiac plexus are composed of branches of nerves which can be reached
by direct pressure, either in the cervical or upper dorsal region; hence
the osteopath, by thorough knowledge of anatomy, is enabled to so manipulate
these nerves as to slow or quicken the action of the heart.
It has been found that stimulation of the cervical
portion of the spinal cord causes quickening of the heart-beat, while a
steady pressure on the same nerve-centers slows the action of the heart.
It is thus that in fever, working from this center, we slow the heart's
action, and are thereby enabled to reduce any fever in an incredibly short
THE BLOOD VESSELS
We will now briefly refer to the blood-carrying mechanism,
our object being to prove to our readers that the heart, arteries, and
veins are simply different parts of the same machine, and that the contraction
of a muscle, throwing a pressure on an artery or vein, will affect the
heart, on the same principle that a force-pump attached to a rubber hose
would be affected should you stand on the hose.
The channels which carry the blood through the body
form a closed system of elastic tubes, which may be divided into three
varieties: Arteries, Capillaries, and Veins.
Arteries. - The arteries are those vessels
that carry the blood from the heart to the capillaries. The great
trunk of the aorta springs from the left ventricle and gives off a series
of branches, which in turn subdivide more and more freely in proportion
to their distance from the heart. The aorta is divided into the arch,
ascending and descending portions. The descending aorta is divided
into two portions, the thoracic and abdominal, in correspondence with the
two great cavities of the trunk, in which it is situated. The thoracic
aorta commences at the lower border of the fourth dorsal vertebra on the
left side, and terminates at the aortic opening in the diaphragm, in front
of the last dorsal vertebra. The abdominal aorta commences at the
aortic opening in the diaphragm, in front of the body of the last dorsal
vertebra, and descending a little to the left of the vertebral column,
terminates opposite the body of the fourth lumbar vertebra, where it divides
into the right and left common iliac arteries. The common iliac arteries
are about two inches in length, and divide opposite the intervertebral
substance of the last lumbar vertebra and sacrum, into the internal and
external iliac arteries, the latter supplying the lower extremities.
The external iliac artery passes obliquely downward and outward along the
inner border of the psoas muscle from the bifurcation of the common iliac
arteries to Poupart's ligament, where it enters the thigh and becomes the
femoral artery. The femoral artery commences immediately behind Poupart's
ligament, midway between the anterior and superior spine of the ileum and
the symphysis pubis, and, passing down the front and inner part of the
thigh, terminates at the opening of the adductor magnus muscle at the junction
of the middle with the lower third of the thigh, where it becomes the popliteal
artery. The popliteal artery commences at the termination of the femoral
at the opening in the adductor magnus, and, passing obliquely downward
and outward behind the knee-joint to the lower border of the popliteus
muscle, divides into the anterior and posterior tibial arteries.
The anterior tibial artery passes forward between the two heads of the
tibialis posticus to the deep part of the front of the leg; then descends
on the anterior surface of the interosseous membrane, Gradually approaching
the tibia, and at the lower part of the leg lies on the bone, and then
on the interior ligament of the ankle to the bend of the ankle-joint, where
it lies more superficially and becomes the dorsalis pedis. This artery
passes forward from the bend of the ankle along the tibial side of the
foot, and terminates in two small branches, the dorsalis hallucis and communicating.
The posterior tibial artery is of large size, and passes obliquely downward
from the lower border of the popliteus muscle along the tibial side of
the leg to the fossa between the ankle and the heel, where it divides into
the internal and external planter arteries.
Now, having traced this river of blood, which throws
branches to each organ and muscle in its course from the heart to its termination
in the lower extremities, passing as it does through, over, under, and
between the numerous muscles on its journey, it will not be hard for the
intelligent reader to believe that an obstruction to its free flow, caused
by contracted muscles, would affect the heart. Cramping of the muscles
is so very common, often leaving the muscles in ridges, that the most skeptical
will not dispute the fact that muscles will contract and remain in that
condition. The heavy muscles of the thigh and those below and about
the knee, from their peculiar relation to the artery and their great strength,
are usually at fault, and by a simple twist of the leg, throwing these
muscles on a strain, and thereby freeing the femoral artery, we have cured
cases of heart disease that had baffled the best physicians of modern times.
Having followed this river of blood from the heart
to its termination, we must now trace it back to the heart and endeavor
to locate along its channel the cause of dropsy and consequent heart trouble.
The frequently branching arteries finally terminate in the capillaries,
in which distinct branches can no longer be recognized, but their channels
are interwoven into a network, the meshes of which are made up of vessels
all having the same caliber. They communicate with the capillary
network of the neighboring arteries, so that any given capillary area appears
to be one continuous net of tubules connected here and there with a similar
network from distant arterioles, and thus any given capillary area may
be filled with blood from several different sources.
Veins. - The veins arise from the capillary
network, commencing as radicles, which correspond to the ultimate distribution
of the arterioles, but they soon form wider and more numerous channels.
They rapidly congregate together, making comparatively large vessels, which
frequently intercommunicate and form coarse and irregular flexures.
Thus it will be seen that we have two rivers, one distributing, the other
gathering up and returning the blood to the heart. While a pressure
on an artery, cutting off the supply to the extremities, causes them to
be cold, at the same time affecting the heart, a pressure on a vein, stopping
the return current, will necessitate an engorgement of the blood in the
capillaries; the heart, working against heavy odds in trying to force the
blood past the contracted muscles, will certainly be affected, while the
stagnant blood, unable to escape, will cause either inflammatory rheumatism,
dropsy, or erysipelas.
In treating diseases of the heart, three great principles
must be constantly kept in mind:
(1) An obstruction, from any cause, to the free circulation
of the blood overworks the heart, and in time must certainly affect
that organ. This condition can be relieved by very careful and
thorough manipulation of the muscles and by rising the limbs, arms, and
neck as levers to stretch any and all muscles to which they give attachment
In very many cases of organic heart trouble, in
which we cannot hope to effect a cure, to free the circulation by manipulation
relieves the pressure upon the heart to such an extent that the patient
improves rapidly, and his life may be prolonged for years.
(2) A contraction of the thorax or enlargement
or misplacement of any organ is very liable to affect the heart, in
which case we must remove the cause, and the heart will be immediately
relieved. We have very often cured a case of heart disease by a few
applications of our Asthma treatment. We have cured others by relieving
a severe case of dyspepsia; one, where the patient lay dying, with two
MD’s at his bedside, by placing the thumb of the right hand upon the angle
of the fifth rib, and with the left drawing, the left arm high and very
strong above the head, pressing hard upon the angle of the rib as the arm
was lowered with a backward motion.
It is impossible to lay down a line of treatment
that can be used successfully in all cases; so many complications are liable
to exist that a great deal will depend upon the skill and good judgment
of the operator, who should apply such treatment as, in his judgment, the
There is a prevailing idea among the medical fraternity
that in many cases of heart disease it is very dangerous to draw the arms
high above the head. We consider this idea erroneous, if due caution
is exercised in giving a very light treatment at first, gradually increasing
the strength employed, as the patient becomes accustomed to the manipulations.
In treating osteopathically, for any disease, the
treatment should be slow, gentle, and no stronger than the patient can
stand without fatigue.
(3) The vaso-motor nerve-center, controlling
as it does the caliber of the arteries, must be carefully studied and
never forgotten, in all cases that would indicate any complication
of a nervous origin.
"ENLARGEMENT OF THE HEART"
Heart disease is often caused by constipation and
a diseased condition of the alimentary canal. Those cases can be
readily distinguished, as the patient will find great difficulty in breathing
when in a recumbent position, and upon resuming an upright position will
feel immediate relief thus proving that the organs are distended to such
an extent that there is at all times a pressure on the diaphragm, left
lung, and heart, and that their own weight, when in an upright position,
will partially free the last named organs. It will be readily understood
that our Constipation or Indigestion treatment, or both, as the case may
seem to require, will cure this form of heart disease as it has done in
hundreds of cases. Other cases - and they are very numerous - are
caused by a contraction of the muscles, depressing the ribs immediately
over the heart, thus interfering with its action. We are led to believe
that there are very few cases of actual "enlargement of the heart," but
that the so-called "enlargement of the heart" is really a compression of
the cavity in which the heart is contained.
1. Free all the muscles attached to the
ribs immediately over the heart, from the spine to the median line,
on each side, always moving the flesh upward, using the arm as a
lever in treating the muscles of the spine (cut
2. Place the patient on the back; two operators,
one grasping each wrist, placing the disengaged hands between the patient's
shoulders, the fingers pressing hard upon the angle of the rib between
the spine and scapula, draw the arms slowly, but with some strength, high
above the head; move the hands down one inch, and repeat until you have
reached the lower angle of the scapula.
This will usually give instant relief, and seldom
fails to effect a cure in from two to four weeks' treatment. A treatment
should be given every other day.
Of the many cases cured by us in this manner, it
might be well to mention an old gentleman of Galena, Kansas. As a
drowning man will grasp at a straw, when he was dying and nearly all hope
had fled, we were called in, and, in the presence of two medical doctors
and the members of his family, we raised his ribs, thus permitting the
heart to act. In a few minutes we had our patient out of danger.
We will also add that he never afterward experienced any difficulty with
FEEBLE ACTION OF THE HEART
This trouble is caused by an almost imperceptible
contraction of all the muscles, thus interfering with the entire circulation.
An aching, tired sensation, so often felt, is caused by the contracting
muscles, as is readily proven beyond the shadow of a doubt by the fact
that after a general treatment, stretching and moving all the muscles,
permitting the sluggish blood to move more rapidly through the arteries
and veins, the heart's action is increased and the tired, aching, worn
sensation has entirely disappeared.
TREATMENT TO EQUALIZE THE CIRCULATION
1. Place the patient on the side; using
the arm as a lever (cut
7), with the fingers pressing rather hard close to the spine,
beginning at the first cervical vertebra, move the muscles upward
and outward gently but deep, the entire length of the spinal column.
Treat the opposite side in a similar manner.
In giving this treatment the operator should endeavor
to avoid as much as possible using the ends of the fingers, but should
place the hands flat, using the fingers as far back as the second phalanges,
which will give the patient no pain, while the ends of the fingers are
apt to go too deep, thus causing the patient unnecessary discomfort.
Tender spots upon the spine are very apt to be discovered;
in which case a little additional treatment should be given in this immediate
region, which will assist in relieving the congested condition, possibly
immediately over some nerve-center, which may control some distant part
of the anatomy, and hence could not be expected to do its work correctly
with such a condition existing at its origin.
2. Flex the limbs against the chest, the
patient lying on the back; rotate the leg from side to side quite
strongly two or three times, extending the limb with a light jerk
(cuts 32 and
Flex the limbs strongly against the chest, abducting the knee and
adducting the foot as the limb is extended. This treatment
stretches the adductor muscles of the thigh, thereby freeing the
femoral artery and vein and the long saphenous vein, and should
never be omitted in any case where the patient is troubled with
3. Grasp the thigh firmly, with one hand
on each side, the fingers meeting; beginning close to the body,
move the flesh to the bone, if possible, from side to side (cut
This treatment is beneficial in all cases of impaired circulation of
4. Place the left hand under patient's right
shoulder, the fingers on the angle of the second rib; with the right hand
grasp the patient's right wrist', drawing the arm slowly, with some strength,
above the head as the patient inhales; press hard with the fingers upon
the angle of the rib as the arm is lowered with a backward motion.
Treat the third, fourth, and fifth ribs in a similar manner. This
operation should be repeated on the opposite side.
It is remarkable what a relief the patient will
experience in almost all cases of heart disease if this treatment, which
expands the chest and equalizes the circulation, is given in a correct
and scientific manner.
5. Place one hand under the chin, the other
under the back of the head, and give gentle extension (cut
8), rotating the head from side to side. In all cases
where the action of the heart is too rapid, place one hand on each
side of the of the four neck, the fingers almost meeting over the
spines or five upper cervicals; press gently with the fingers for
three or four minutes upon the vaso-motor center (see
cut 13). A pressure at this point causes the arteries
to relax, thus increasing their caliber and slowing the action of
In all cases of heart disease or diseases of the
blood, in addition to this treatment, such other treatment should be given
as the condition for accompanying complications would indicate.
In applying osteopathic treatment, the operator
must determine with the utmost nicety just how strong or light a treatment
will produce the best results. Always begin with a very light treatment,
which should increase in strength with each succeeding treatment until
a point is reached beyond which we can go no further without unduly fatiguing
the patient. If the treatment is correctly given, the patient should
feel refreshed and relieved after each treatment
This treatment will require from fifteen to twenty
minutes, and in acute cases should be given each day; in chronic diseases
every other day is sufficient.
Of the numerous cases cured by this treatment, we
will mention that of an old gentleman of Galena, Kansas. He could
not climb the steps to our office. We treated him on the counter
in a grocery store near by. His pulse, which was hardly perceptible,
was down to 38. When he came for his second treatment, two days later,
his pulse was strong and had increased to 58. He could hear better,
and recognized people on the street for the first time in months.
VALVULAR DISEASE OF THE HEART
(Structural changes in the valves, causing either obstruction or regurgitation
at the orifices affected. Includes Valvulitis and
As long as the heart muscle is sufficiently enlarged
to compensate for the impaired circulation there are no symptoms;
otherwise it may be distinguished by the appearance of Dilatation or Hypertrophy.
In this disease we do not hope to effect a cure.
The patient can be often relieved and greatly benefited by a very
careful application of Treatment to Equalize the Circulation.
(Expansion, usually more prominent in the right heart.)
Irregular and rapid action of the heart; pulse weak;
poor circulation; venous congestion; edema; syncope, sudden faintness with
loss of consciousness; dyspnea.
This disease can be greatly relieved, and the
patient's life prolonged. See Treatment to Equalize the Circulation.
Treatment must be given in a gentle and very careful
(Abnormal enlargement of the heart.)
Action of the heart rapid and regular; pulse full
and strong; rush of blood to the head; shortness of breath; vertigo; ringing
in the ears; insomnia; palpitation; and paroxysmal cough.
Sometimes benefited by a Treatment to Equalize
(Dizziness, usually associated with cerebral anemia, and closely allied
to fainting - also may be associated with fatty heart and dilatation of
its right cavities.)
Swimming sensation in the head; darkness falls on
the eyes; patient becomes weak and chilly.
See Treatment to Equalize the Circulation.
(Abnormal structure or shape of the heart. Imperforated interventricular
septum and a failure of the foramen ovale to close are the most common.)
Cyanosis is the most common; patient seldom reaches
No cure in Osteopathy.
(Congenital displacement of the heart on the right side.)
Sound and impulse of the heart are on the right
side instead of the left
No cure in Osteopathy.
(Abnormal rapidity of the heart's action.)
Heart-beats rapid, accompanied with palpitation.
This disease is often benefited by thorough and
very careful Treatment to Equalize the Circulation.
(Neuralgia of the heart. Breast-pang.)
Intense tearing and squeezing pain in the precordial
region, extending to the shoulder and arm; irregular pulse; paroxysm; features
drawn; apt to follow atrophy or fibroid degeneration suffocation in the
Very thorough and careful Treatment to Equalize
the Circulation, being careful to give No. 4 slowly, gently,
but very thoroughly.
(Inflammation of the endocardium.)
Heart action rapid; dyspnea; face flushed and countenance
anxious; elevation of temperature; irritable stomach; slight cough; delirium;
diarrhea. May accompany acute rheumatism.
1. Very thorough Treatment to Equalize
2. Place the hand lightly over the heart
and vibrate gently two minutes. See Vibration.
(Inflammation of the pericardium.)
Irregular and rapid action of the heart; pain in
the precordial region; elevation of temperature; dyspnea; nausea; and vomiting.
1. See Treatment to Equalize the
2. Place the hand lightly over the heart
and vibrate gently two minutes. See Vibration.
(Inflammation of the cardiac muscular tissue.)
Somewhat similar to those of Endocarditis and Pericarditis.
Often occurs with rheumatism.
1. See Treatment to Equalize the Circulation.
2. Place the hand lightly over the heart
and vibrate gently for two minutes. See Vibration.
(Dropsy of the pericardium.)
Similar to those of Pericarditis, without elevation
of temperature; evidence of edema and pleural effusion; also signs of nephritis.
No cure in Osteopathy.
(Coagulation of the blood in the cavities of the heart.)
Rapid action of the heart, feeble and irregular;
surface of the body cold and livid; vomiting; syncope; delirium; venous
turgidity; nervous excitement.
No cure in Osteopathy.
(Rupture or dilatation of one or more of the coats of the thoracic
Irregular heart action; venous stagnation and edema;
inability to swallow; localized perspiration; pulsating tumor; contraction
or dilatation of one of the pupils.
This disease is sometimes benefited by a Treatment
to Equalize the Circulation.
(Degeneration of the walls of the smaller blood-vessels.)
Impairment of the nutrition and mental faculties;
numbness and coldness of the extremities; shortness of breath; impeded
circulation; vertigo; and irregularity of heart action.
This disease is sometimes benefited, but never
cured, by Osteopathy. See Treatment to Equalize the Circulation.
CARDIAC FUNCTIONAL DISTURBANCE
(Deranged action of the heart without structural lesion. Due
to impaired digestion and nutrition, resulting from dissipation, overwork,
or excessive use of stimulants.)
Irregular action of the heart; palpitation; dyspnea;
vertigo; and pain. Often develops into structural change.
While in all organic diseases of the heart we cannot
expect to give more than temporary relief, often succeeding, however, in
prolonging the life of the patient for years; in all functional diseases
we are very successful.
It is always advisable to give the Treatment
to Equalize the Circulation. This treatment not only frees
the circulation, but expands the chest, thereby relieving the short,
difficult breathing which often accompanies this disease.
A great deal will depend upon the good judgment
of the operator in treating these cases. So many different complications
are liable to arise, for which such treatment should be given, is the judgment
of the operator would indicate.
VARICOSE VEINS, OR VARIX
(Morbid dilatation of the veins.)
The affected veins are dilated, tortuous, knotted,
of a dull leaden or purplish blue color, with much discoloration of the
parts and some swelling of the limb; if a great many small cutaneous veins
are alone affected, they present the appearance of a close network; the
enlarged veins and local swelling diminish after taking the horizontal
Varicose veins are caused by a stoppage of the veins,
usually by a pressure on the long saphenous or femoral vein.
Can be readily cured by stretching the muscles of
the thigh and otherwise treating the limbs as in Inflammatory Rheumatism,
being very careful in handling the flesh below the knee.
We will mention our first case of varicose veins
to prove to our readers how easily this disease may be cured by viewing
the human system as a machine and the arteries and veins as rivers of blood,
easily obstructed. The veins of the right limb below the knee were
almost bursting, while the dead, stagnant blood in the capillaries formed
sores, on which scales formed occasionally dropping off, exposing the raw,
bleeding surface beneath. Every known method had been tried and failed
during the ten years he had suffered with this apparently incurable disease.
The long saphenous vein, which empties into the femoral vein in the thigh,
and whose branches gather and return the venous blood from the lower part
of the leg, gorged, knotted, and distended as large as the little finger,
could be traced to the obstruction, a contracted muscle in the thigh.
It almost seems incredible that, where its cause was so apparent, for years
the medical fraternity would work on the effect, encasing the limb in a
rubber stocking to strengthen the bursting veins, while throwing medicine
into the river above, with some object in view, unknown to the writer and
possibly equally unknown to themselves. We gave the gentleman four
treatments, stretching and freeing all the muscles of the thigh and starting
the blood up the long saphenous vein. His limb immediately became
easier. At this time we were called to southern Kansas, and after
a year, when we had. almost forgotten the incident, we met our old friend
in a small Missouri town, entirely recovered.
(Inflammation of a vein, which may be caused by traumatism, thrombosis,
Similar to those of Thrombosis, with a dusky red
line in the course of the vein.
Such treatment should be given as will free the
circulation through and from the affected area.
ANASARCA, OR GENERAL DROPSY
(An abnormal accumulation of serum in some serous cavity of the body,
or a diffusion of such fluid through the cellular tissue.)
It is of two distinct varieties, for, besides its
occurrence in the meshes of the loose tissue beneath the skin, it may take
place as a local dropsy in any of the natural cavities or sacs of the body,
and is named according to the parts involved.
Partial dropsy is always due to excessive venous
repletion and this overdistension of the small veins is the result of some
mechanical impediment to the venous circulation. Dropsy due to obstructed
portal circulation may be recognized by the following clinical characters:
It begins in the abdomen; difficult breathing follows, but does not precede
the ascites. There is a tendency to vomiting, diarrhea, and piles;
further, the spleen becomes enlarged and there are varicose veins on the
right side of the abdomen.
Dropsy at first partial, but afterwards becoming
general, commences in the feet and extends upward, and this is also due
to excessive venous repletion from obstructed venous circulation.
Dropsical swellings are soft, inelastic, diffused,
and leave, for some time, the indentation made by the pressure of a finger.
In chronic cases and when the swelling is very great the skin becomes smooth,
glassy and of a dull red or purple color; and where the skin is less
elastic it becomes livid or blackish and troublesome, even grangrenous,
or sloughs may form.
In treating dropsy, of whatever organ, it is necessary to
use such remedies as will act on the kidneys and skin and excite them to increased
activity; the result of this activity is to diminish the fluids which have collected
in one or another part of the body and remain there unabsorbed, and cause them
to be taken up by the kidneys or thrown off by the skin, and thus carried out
of the system through the natural outlets. Any remedy that accomplishes
this object effectively cures dropsy occurring in any part of the body.
1. Place the patient on the side; and move all the muscles
of the spine very deep from the tenth dorsal to the last sacral vertebra.
This will excite the nerves which control the kidneys to renewed action, thereby
enabling them to separate the immense amount of water about to be poured into
them from the blood.
2. Give Treatment to Equalize the Circulation,
being very careful to stretch all the muscles near the affected
In a very short time, usually from two to six days, the kidneys
will begin to act very freely, throwing off the decomposed and watery particles
of blood, while in from six to twelve weeks the patient will be entirely well.
Of numerous cases of dropsy cured by us we will mention that
of a lady of Joplin, Missouri, whose case had not only been treated by the best
physicians of her own city, but those of Kansas City and St. Louis. She
came to us in a hopeless condition; her abdomen, limbs, and feet were swollen
to more than twice their normal size. After the second treatment, she
began to improve rapidly, and in ten days her ankles could be spanned by the
thumb and fingers; in one month the dropsy had entirely disappeared. She
gained strength rapidly, and in a short time had entirely regained her health.
Another remarkable case was that of an old gentleman of Baxter
Springs, Kansas, who had been for five years gradually losing the use of his
lower limbs, and during the last year dropsy had made its appearance.
After the second treatment, the dropsy had almost entirely disappeared; his
limbs regained their long-lost strength, and he would leap about the office
like a boy in an ecstasy of delight, kicking higher than the doctor's head and
springing from the floor to our operating table with apparent ease.