VERY satisfactory progress has been made during the past few months in the cure of tuberculosis by the remarkable Crotte-Radde method at the Institute, 612 North Tejon street, Colorado Springs.
So satisfied are all of the patients under treatment with the permanent improvement in their condition that they have no hesitancy in recommending it to their most intimate friends who are so unfortunate as to be similarly affected. Mme. Marie Radde, who is entitled to the entire credit for introducing this remarkable cure in the United States, is herself most enthusiastic over the satisfactory progress made at the several institutes she has already established in this country. It seems as though she has been unusually favored by getting at all times an efficient corps of assistants and skilled attendants, so that no matter whether she gives her personal attention to directing the progress at each institute, success always follows the efforts put forth in the use of the Crotte-Radde treatment for tuberculosis. The most convincing evidence of the success of this cure is the abundance of proof available at each institute of the actual cures made. The method is most interesting, to say the least, and the number of patients cured by it is still more to be wondered at when one considers the wonderful combative power of tuberculosis germs.
Once they obtain a lodging place in the tender lung and throat tissues, they multiply with such alarming rapidity that to check their devastating course is a medical achievement attained by very few of the latter day methods, while to effect a permanent cure is considered the highest achievement of the medical profession.
The Crotte-Radde method is effective because it is simple and direct in destroying the bacilli. No germs can exist long and multiply when they come into contact with this method.
Therefore the treatment by the transfusion or transmission of medicinal substances and antiseptics directly to the seat of the disease by means of static electricity as it is used at the Crotte-Radde Medical Institute particularly appeals to all interested in a cure that is really a cure for not only tuberculosis but all diseases of microbic origin.
The study of the men of science today, and for years past, has been to discover some effectual means for the extermination of the tubercular bacilli, whose ravages have depopulated cities and entered, with woe and undying sorrow, almost every family circle in the land.
It has always been the belief of the physicians of the whole world that sooner or later there would be found a cure even for consumption.
The Crotte treatment for consumption is one of the most wonderful discoveries of the past century. It is the discovery of a chemist of the city of Lyons, France, who was without resources and unable to give the consumption-suffering world the benefit of his discovery, until Mme. Radde interested herself in it. Since that time she has been untiring in her effort and unsparing in the expenditure of her wealth for taking this relief to the greatest possible number of sufferers.
It can be readily understood that such a method, entirely new and almost revolutionary in therapeutics, must meet with almost insurmountable difficulties, on account of prejudice, ignorance and often most culpable indifference.
Mme. Radde is a native of America, but has resided in France during most of her life, and would readily be pronounced a Parisienne. She is not a young lady, but if she lives the time that is allotted to most people in this world, and continues with the good work that she has begun through the remainder of her life, she should have a record of three score years of philanthropy of a character that is more practical and more far-reaching than is to be observed more than a few times in a lifetime.
With nine Crotte institutes in operation in France and Belgium, Mme. Radde turned her attention to this country—her native land. When she started for America, it was necessary for her to choose between this country and Germany as her next field of operation, there being a great clamor for her to come to Berlin and Hamburg and establish institutes there before going farther away. She felt that there was great need in her native land, however, and came to New York.
The local institute is fitted up with everything that is provided in the more elaborately appointed institutes of Paris and Nice, and scarcely less elegant institute that is now open and treating the sick in San Francisco.
Having no cares of her own, Mme. Radde became interested in this method of cure six years ago, four years after it had been discovered by a chemist in Lyons, and brought to the attention of the French Academy. At that time its feasibility was doubted, owing to the lack of knowledge of electricity, antiseptics and X-rays. Dressed as an indigent, she went out among the poor of Paris and sought cases of tuberculosis. These she had taken to her institute for treatment. It proved a most successful method. In the first stages it cured all cases; in the second, 70 per cent, and in the third 30.
"is a veritable revolution in therapeutics."
"It overturns all systems known and employed up to the present time. It is absolutely scientific. It is based upon the transfusion and transport of medicaments and antiseptics through the skin and the bones to the actual site of the disease by means of static electricity of high and medium tension. This transport is effected by a powerful static machine. It produces several millions of volts which pass through the body of the patient without the least danger of pain, carrying with them such antiseptics as the vapor of formol, nacent iodine, formic acid, etc.
"And then comes the work of electricity to complete the work of extermination. The force of the static current with special excitals produces thou-snnds of sparks over the surface of the lungs, thus giving at the same time the effect of the current on the bacteria.
"Analysis of the sputum or cultures made from them finds the bacilli annihilated. It has been proved that the bacilli themselves are not the most dangerous element. Far more deadly are the toxins that they secrete, which poison the blood of the patient and produce hectic fever and night sweats.
"The fact that the antiseptics are carried directly into the body is one of the most important things in the system, for it is no longer necessary to make the stomach serve for the digestion and assimilation of remedies. The stomach, which is so precious to the nutrition of the body, can only be destroyed by the tremendous quantities of remedies which it is obliged to absorb in the application of other methods of treatment."
One can hardly understand how this can be done until they see it applied. Instead of sending the current of electricity through the body as one would naturally suppose, the patient is saturated with the transfusion by the electricity to such an extent that the patient tastes the medicine and feels it alt through the system, giving a very pleasant sensation.
This is not a new treatment. It has been in use in France for several years, and is a remarkable success. Four thousand six hundred patients were treated by it in Paris alone during the year of 1902, and 3,000 of the number were discharged cured. This is certainly an unparalleled record. Patients that were cured seven or eight years ago remain well and entirely free from the disease.
Statistics compiled from 20,000 cases treated all over the world show the remarkable result of 100 per cent of cures in those of the first stage, 75 per cent in the second, and 35 per cent in the third.
which is located at 612 North Tejon street, is in the very heart of the city, on the car line, and easily accessible from all directions.
No pains nor expense have been spared in making it perfect in detail and attractive in appearance. The house is small, but is only designed as a nucleus for a much larger establishment, which is already under way.
The Institute is entirely on one floor, thus obviating the climbing of stairways, and the interior is not only conveniently arranged, but made most attractive by white paint, stained glass and handsome furniture. The approach is through a pretty plot of well kept grass studded with shrubs and flowers.
Applicants for treatment are first ushered into a reception room, then into the diagnosis room, where their case is thoroughly considered by the physicians and the patient is told just what can be done in his or her particular case. The patient is then taken into the transfusing or operating room and prepared for treatment. The electrical instruments are in the hands of an experienced transfuseur, which insures the proper application of the treatment so as to get the best results for the patient.