This form of disease very commonly attacks females after childbirth, and frequently results in a broken breast.


Fomentation of bitter herbs and the elm poultice, with the internal use of composition, will usually afford immediate relief. Dr. Barrett, of Norfolk, Va., recommends the following application:

"Take the kernels of white oak acorns, either green or dry, (they will keep for years,) pound them fine, and stew them in hog's lard over a slow fire, until you get the virtues of the acorn well incorporated with the lard. Add about lard enough to cover them, and make it as strong of the acorns as you well can, then strain and preserve them for use. This is to be applied with considerable friction two or three times a day, according to symptoms, and a piece of soft flannel worn over the breast. You may cut a hole in the flannel, so as to nurse a child without removing it.

"If this is well applied before matter is formed, it will not fail one time in a hundred to prevent the breast from rising, whether the child is or is not nursed. It will soften every hard place, ease pain, and cause the milk to flow out naturally, so that the breast in no case will need drawing."

He says, "I have seen and known so many cases, I speak with confidence."