Buffalo, N. Y., April 22, 1899.
To the Editor:
—Dr. Woldert's article in the Journal of April 15, on the use of naphthalin in typhoid, is so much in line with my own hobby, that I may be pardoned for a brief discussion of the subject. In August, 1895, I published (Boston Med. and Surg. Journal) a report of the use of charcoal and such direct antiseptics as iodoform and salol in the treatment of typhoid and, since then, I have used salacetol as the active antiseptic, in preference to the benzol and double benzol derivatives. It seems to me that the main object to be attained in the treatment of typhoid is the reduction of associated infectious processes. We all acknowledge now that the elevation of temperature is not the prime consideration, and, considering that leucocytosis is not normal to the course of the disease, even in favorable cases,