Southern Practitioner Volume 16

Southern Practitioner Volume 16

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...on early iu cholera infantum that might lead to a suspicion of meningitis, but in meningitis the cerebral trouble is prominent at the beginning, while in cholera infantum the brain symptoms such as stupor and insensibility do not often appear before exhaustion. In meningitis the bowels are usually constinated. If they should be loose and accompanied with vomiting these symptoms are not so violent as cholera infantum. Prognosis.--True cholera infantum is a grave disease and of short duration. The patient will either die in a few days or get better. The percentage of mortality is large. Physicians, I 4 ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS.--HARWELL. 269 therefore, cannot be too careful in forming and expressing opinions as to the result. If we should arrest the vomiting, and the evacuations should become more consistent and less frequent, and no brain symptoms supervene, while the pulse is good and the extremities warm, we should be hopeful. But even cases that improve are liable to become chronic and last for weeks and months and finally exhaust the patient. These chronic cases, however, do not differ in their general aspects from the ordinary summer diarrhoea of children. Treatment.--It is always better to prevent a disease than to cure it. Preventive measures should, therefore, be adopted in all cases where it is practicable, and those causes which operate to produce cholera infantum should be kept as far from infants as possible. Infants as a rule should not be weaned in hot weather Jand subjected to the dangers incident to an abrupt change of diet. As the disease is rare in the country their removal to healthy country localities is advisable. Great care should be observed as to the quality and quantity of the food. Ordinarily no food is as more

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