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Charleston Medical Journal and Review


Charleston Medical Journal and Review

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Excerpt from book: I have not only conducted cases, with comparative comfort to the patient, to a successful termination, but have even imagined that the period of the pyrexia has been shortened. The only patient lost has been one violating rules and partaking of solid food. The course of treatment I have adopted and found satisfactory is as follows : Should the diagnosis be typhoid fever, the treatment is begun by a warm bath or sponging of the surface. Should costiveness be present, some mild laxative is administered, and the patient is put upon the use of the glycerine and chlorine mixture, and a strictly fluid diet?generally milk. Should pain in the bowels supervene, turpentine, ten drops, on a little sugar, is given at short intervals, and poultices are applied to the abdomen?a little turpentine mixed in the poultices, until relief is afforded. Turpentine is also given in the same doses as an eliminatory diuretic, especially when the urine is scanty, and micturition difficult or painful. When stimulation becomes necessary, it is carried out by means of milk punch, combining the alcoholic stimulant with the nutriment. Stimulation is deemed necessary as soon as the fur upon the tongue assumes a brownish cast, or the pulse loses its volume, or low delirium appears. The bath or sponging, to reduce the febrile heat, is continued throughout the treatment, and used whenever the febrile heat is excessive. Under this treatment strictly followed out the cases seldom assume a severe type. The Pyrexia is commonly restrained within moderate limit. The tongue and mouth remain moist, the teeth and lips free from sordes. The diarrhoea is seldom excessive. Hemorrhage from the bowels is rare. Convalescence often commences in 11 or 12 days from the onset of the disease, and seldom later...  
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