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ARTHRITIS DRUG GIVES
MELBOURNE, Tues. - Five days after he had begun
to receive a series of injections of the anti-arthritic drug, cortisone, Dr. R. Ellery, who has been bedridden for four months, has been able to leave his hospital bed and walk about freely and without pain.
Even before Dr. Ellery, who is a j Melbourne psychiatrist, abandoned his practice because of increasing ill-health, he was able ' only to shuffle around and his hands and joints were twisted with arthritis.
Since his admission to. hospita}, Dr. Ellery had been unable to leave his bed, and in recent weeks his
condition had deteriorated as the arthritis began to affect his eyes.
Then came the amazing change
in his health.
A few weeks ago a friend arranged for cortisone to be sent by air from
The drug arrived here, but de- livery was delayed because of im- port licence requirements.
However, Dr. Ellery's physician had some, cortisone which he him- self had brought back from Ame- rica and he began the treatment by hising this small supply.
The results were dramatic. . The first injection was given on Friday
Within six hours the intoler- able pain had disappeared. After eight injections the swelling in his joints had completely subsided.
He is able to leave his bed and
walk freely, and his sight has im- proved. His appetite has returned, and he feels a surge of new energy.
Dr. Ellery has reached the stage where he wants to "get about and do things!"
Mrs. Ellery said today that it was as though a miracle had occurred, and she and her husband could hardly control their excitement.
For the present the injections will have to continue at the rate of two daily, but it is hoped- that later in the treatment they will be reduced to twice weekly.