Excerpt from The London Medical Gazette, Vol. 20: Being a Weekly Journal of Medicine and the Collateral Sciences; (Vol II for the Session 1836-37)
Except at the commencement, I am not an advocate for the use of emetics in fever. They fail in checking the disease, and they are apt to be followed by considerable debility of the stomach and general sys tem, - states which it would be better to avoid where the patient has to run through the course of a long and exhausting dis ease. If called to acase of fever in which you cannot give an emetic, there are two or three other remedial agents you may employ to moderate the feverish excite ment, and render the disease milder and more manageable during its progress. One of these is James's powder, with which you may combine blue pill or hydrargyrum cum creta, if necessary, giving two 0r three grains Of each every third or fourth hour, according to circum stances. Another remedy, which many are in the habit of using, particularly where the fever is accompanied with symp toms of inﬂammatory excitement, is a weak solution of tartar emetic. Two grains of tartar emetic may be dissolved in' a' pint of barley-water; and of this mixture a table-spoonful may be taken every second hour.' These are good and useful remedies in the first stage of fever they moderate the feverish excitement, act gently on the bowels, and produce more or less diaphoresis.
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