Found Poetry: Ascites and Anasarca

He is able to lie low in bed,
has some occasional attacks of palpitationl,
the urine flows freely.
He was ordered to:

be bled to eight ounces,
arid to take Nitre draught,

compound decoction of sarsaparilla,
camplior mixture, of each half an ounce.

To be taken three times daily:
Bitartrate of potassa, two drachms.

Six minims of the tincture of digitalis in each draught.

Fish diet.

Elaterium, half a grain;
Extract of poppies, five grains.

Two scruples of confection
of senna every night at bed-time.

A vapour bath at bed-time,
and to have half a pint of porter.

Two ounces of gin.
Roast slice and porter for diet.

He sank very rapidly, and died this morning.

*

from

St. George’s Hospital

Prov Med Surg J. 1841 December 25; 3(13): 258–259. [link]

St. George’s Hospital

Prov Med Surg J. 1841 December 25; 3(13): 258–259.

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