Petter Jonas BergiusBergius, Petter Jonas
(1730-1790). Swedish. Physician and
botanist. Professor of natural history
and pharmacy at Collegium Medicum,
Stockholm. Linnaeusís student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. thanks Linnaeus for Collinsonia, that he knows is on its way. Spigeliae historia experimentalis is as follows: Erik PsilanderhielmPsilanderhielm, Erik (1741-).
Swedish. Son of Peter Psilanderhielm. , a 12-year-old boy with a history of convulsions during the past two years. He had daily paroxysms, mostly in the evenings. They started with yawning, stretching, shivering and a strong burning sensation in the region of the spleen and a feeling of great anxiety. The attack becomes aggravated and progresses with convulsions and severe symptoms affecting the entire body, with focus on the spleen and liver regions. The patient had a good appetite and was chronically constipated. The scrotum seemed to increase the convulsions. The pain in the splenic region moved to other parts, and finally to the hepatic area. Salpetre reduced the convulsions and strong anthelmintics increased them. A large number of different pharmaceutical concoctions were tried with varying results. Finally, he was given a cure of Spigelia. After that he has not had any symptoms. During the entire treatment worms were never seen. Around Christmas he got nettle rash.
Bergius has another patient with a moist eczema on the dorsal aspect of his hands. Various treatments have been tried. Bergius wants to know how to proceed. What shall he do now?