Excerpt from The Humboldt Medical Archives, 1868, Vol. 2
The formula, (he says, ) which I employ for inhalation purposes is the same as that formerly used by Sir Charles Scudamore in pulmo nary phthisis, viz. Iodine, iodide of potassium, of each four grains; alcohol, four drachms; water, four ounces. Of this, for each inhalation, commencing, I take a drachm; add to it a pint of Vinegar infused with a handful of dried garden sage, placed in a common inhaling jar, steadily increasing the quantity of iodine solution until I arrive at half an ounce each inhalation. The circumstances of the case, the age and strength of the patient, and the severity or mildness of the attack, guide me with re gard to the number of inhalations, and the time occupied by each. For an average case, occurring in a healthy patient, I would say twelve inhalations at least per diem, with eight or twelve minutes (an interval allowed to rest) for each. The loss of valuable time in country practice, occasionally, will not permit the delay Of sending and waiting for an apparatus; accordingly not unfrequently I have been compelled to make my inhalation in the following manner z - Having boiled the Vinegar and sage, place it in a teapot with a long spout, and when the patient is prepared to inhale, add the iodine, cover the lid of the vessel with a cloth, keep up the temperature by a spirit-lamp placed under neath, and holding the vessel by the handle, allow the patient to inhale through the spout. Laryngeal irritation is in a great meas ure prevented by the small quantity at first used, through the patient becoming gradually accustomed to it.
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