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MEDICINES AND THEIR USES.
truth is, no certain diagnosis of worms other than their
appearance in the discharges is worthy of confidence,
and hence, without this positive proof, remedies for their
expulsion are of equivocal propriety. It need scarcely be
said that medicines which are styled anthehnentics are
best adapted to remove them. It is only when the pre-
sence of worms is positively ascertained that any of the
specific anthelmentics are at all adapted to the case.
Kousso at the present time occupies the highest position
for expelling tape worm. I have never administered
the article, and cannot speak of my own knowledge, but
I have no doubt of its great value; from the experience
of some gentlemen in whom I can rely, I would have
no hesitation in giving it. My friend Dr. Holland, of
Galveston, speaks of it in the highest terms. A very
interesting case is reported in the " Eclectic Medical
Journal," March No., 1852, published at Cincinnati.
Turpentine was well thought of in tape worm, but with
my experience, unjustly so. There is a variety used;
worm seed, garlic, Carolina pink root, tansy, &c.
Anti-spasmodics, are medicines which counteract irre-
gular or inordinate muscular action-spasm. This de-
ranged state of the system depends on so many causes,
that its successful treatment will very frequently depend
on the employment of remedies calculated to remove the
more immediate cause by which the spasmodic affection
is produced. There are certain medicines which appear
to exert a direct control over spasmodic action. Emotics
are among our most useful and efficient anti-spasmodics.
The lancet, although I am free to deprecate its use gene-
rally, nevertheless, in violent cases it is a speedy and
effectual anti-spasmodic. The patient should be placed
in the erect position so as to favor syncope. It should
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Massie, J. Cam. A Treatise on the Eclectic Southern Practice of Medicine, book, 1854; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143817/m1/44/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.