Excerpt from Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 13: January, 1857
If the first dose of calomel which we administer does not Operate of itself in twelve hours, we then, not sooner, follow it with half ounce of cold pressed ol. Ricini, or a Seidlitz powder, and relying upon the Simplest laxatives or upon enemas durin the remainder of the attack. Sometimes, in a case Sick for a week or ten days, we have not used more than one gentle purgative. Occasionally we have regretted the use of this - never its omission. The farinaceous arti cles of diet, which are allowed, together with the cold acidulous drinks, so grateful to the patient, are generally sufficiently laxative; and in protracted cases, these latter have often to be forbidden, owing to the great tendency to diarrhoea.
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