Observations on the Nature and the Treatment of the Asiatic Cholera
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1853 Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTION. The present work owes its existence to two official returns from the Board of Health in the City of London to the Central Board at Whitehall, at the cessation of the first visitation of the Cholera to the metropolis of England in 1832. In one of the above returns it was stated that during the prevalence of the first irruption of the Cholera, many plans of treatment had been put to the test of experience within the jurisdiction of the City of London Board of Health, with various results. From the said return, it appeared that in the City Hospital, under the usual mode of treatment, or that recommended by the Central Board, the mortality had ranged from about forty-six to fifty-eight per cent. It was also stated that the saline practice that had been discovered by Mr. Marsden, of the Free Hospital in Greville Street, had been found in the City of London by far the best plan of treatment in the Cholera, for in all the cases in which it had been tried, Mr. Marsden's practice had reduced the mortality to thirty per cent. On the other hand, it was asserted in the same document that the opposite saline treatment, or the practice that had been recommended by myself, had caused in the City a mortality of eighty-eight per cent. in all the cases in which it had been used by the medical parties that had been acting under the direction of the medical members of the City Board in 1832. The above official return from the City to the Central Board was signed by J. F. De Grave, the Honorary Secretary to the City Board, who forwarded at the same time to the Central Board another official return from Mr. Marsden, to prove that his own saline treatment had been far more successful under his own management, than the same practice had been under the jurisdiction of...
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