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Warburgs

warts, time and treatment

WARBURG'S TINCTURE.—A complex mixture which was devised by Dr. Warburg, the formula being kept a secret by him for many years. It was finally published, and the mixture has since then been largely used in tropical countries for severe malarial infection. It is a dark brown liquid, containing fourteen ingredients, the most active of which is quinine. Aside from malaria, it is recommended for acute nervous exhaustion and nervous prostration.

WARTS.—Small, spongy, cauliflower-like growths on the skin, having a peculiar fibrous root formation. They generally appear and disappear periodically, especially on children's hands, several dozens often occurring simultaneously. The fact that they disappear spontaneously after a certain length of time has thrown a sort of mystery about them, so that if any hocuspocus be used shortly before the time of their disappearance, the conjuration is believed to have worked wonders. Some warts undoubtedly result from contagion. Experiments have proved that they may be trans mitted directly from one person's arm to another's.

Experience has demonstrated that there exists some sort of relation between warts and paper. The periodic appearance of warts in children usually

begins at the time when they commence to go to school and use writing paper, etc. It is remarkable also, how frequently warts appear on the hands of persons who handle old deeds, or in tellers who count a great many banknotes. Insignificant injuries to the hands, caused by tending plants, by embroidering, or by handling silk, plush, velvet, etc., are often the im mediate cause of warts and blisters.

Local treatment alone is of service in removing warts. Internal remedies belong to the same category as charms : if the treatment is given at the time of the regular disappearance of the warts, the effect is magical ; at other times the " treatment " is fruitless. Warts may be removed by cauterising or by cutting. Fuming nitric acid is often used as a caustic, a few drops being applied to the wart with a match several times a day. By local anaesthesia of the surrounding area, warts may be removed painlessly by means of the surgeon's knife.

WATER-BLEBS.—See PEMPIIIGUS.