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is a remedy that might be resorted to, where we found
extraordinary symptoms of congestion. Dr. Drake says,
if there is a determination to the brain, you should use
the lancet, or where you have a muscular agitation,
bleeding will soon re-establish re-action. With due
deference to this high authority, we must dissent from
the indiscriminate use of the lancet, and in doing so, we
will state briefly our reasons:
1st. We have been successful in curing intermittent
without resorting to the lancet.
2d. In this climate our systems are very much re-
laxed, and re-action is generally very slow in its cha-
racter, and the type of disease is very easily changed,
consequently, we contend, to bleed in the cold stage of
intermittent fever would be running considerable risk,
and in case re-action did not. take place, it would be the
means of changing a common intermittent into that of
congestive fever. We would not be understood to say
that we would never use the lancet, but we are of
opinion we would not unless our patient was robust and
plethoric. As a general rule it is inadmissible, and
therefore requires a sound judgment when you resort to
the lancet. I have no prejudice against the lancet, but
would be understood to say that I have never seen a
case of fever wherein I deemed it necessary. Use it
seldom, if ever.
Hot Stage.--When this stage comes on we frequently
give small portions of cream of tartar, but a treatment
that I adopt in a very large majority of cases is, to give
about ten grains of Dover's powders, to be followed with
warm sage tea, or an infusion of wild horehound, to bring
on the sweating stage as soon as possible; if this does
not produce the desired effect I repeat the dose every
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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/m1/87/: accessed November 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.