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By S.L. Kotar

In seven significant cholera pandemics starting in 1817, the "King of Terrors" has claimed thousands of lives. The lethal results of the so-called "disease of dust" spared not anyone, irrespective of their station in life--and at the present time cholera is extra primary than at any time all through historical past.

This ebook strains the background of the affliction and the adventure of these who suffered its ravages, utilizing their very own phrases from hundreds and hundreds of newspapers and letters at any time when attainable. In so doing, the speculations, missteps, sidetracks and winning fears are emphasised. The authors describe the agonizingly sluggish march of development towards researching the motives and the remedy of signs. alongside the best way, the heroes of earlier and current are brought: women and men who fought for his or her beliefs--at instances opposed to vitriolic and strong rivals, together with the clinical gurus in their day.

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Sold only by the proprietor, E. Newbery, located at the corner of St. Paul’s Church yard, it cost 2s, 9d. 6 E. , went one step further in his 1799 advertising, using the testimony of the clergyman R. Thompson to promote “Dr. ” Thompson wrote that as there was no medical gentleman near his parish, he was called upon to treat a female laboring under the violence of a Cholera Morbus. ” With little time to lose, he administered a tablespoon of Sibly’s Tincture, diluted with water, despite the fact the mixture had not been promoted in Sibly’s Medical Mirror as serviceable in complaints of this nature.

Thompson to promote “Dr. ” Thompson wrote that as there was no medical gentleman near his parish, he was called upon to treat a female laboring under the violence of a Cholera Morbus. ” With little time to lose, he administered a tablespoon of Sibly’s Tincture, diluted with water, despite the fact the mixture had not been promoted in Sibly’s Medical Mirror as serviceable in complaints of this nature. After repeated doses, the convulsions ceased and in time the complaint was entirely removed, leaving the woman in better health than she had experienced for years.

One generic approach consisted of administering 12–15 grains of rhubarb taken every morning for a few days to remove the complaint. A pill containing 1 grain of opium and 1 of ipecacuanha might also be taken at bedtime. It was recommended the diet should consist of nourishing emollient liquids, such as weak broth and rice gruel. In cases more purely dysenteric, a solution of neutral salts every morning proved more effective than rhubarb. 14 4. “The Cause of Pestilential Distempers” 25 Partial List of Diseases in London August 20–September 20, 1800 Acute Diseases Continued fever Diarrhea and Dysentery Asthenia Rheumatism Cholera Number of Cases 54 62 21 12 8 Cholera, which had been unusually prevalent during the latter end of July and the greater part of August, was in decline by October, while diarrhea and dysentery were spread in equal proportion.

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