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calomel, with rhubarb, aloes, or jalap will be necessary “according to the fancy of the patient. If an opposite state of bowels occur, then laudanum, in peppermint water, is very proper!! If fever be present, nitre may be taken in common drink. In case the morning sweats be troublesome, from ten to fifteen drops of vitriolic acid are to be taken; we suppose he means the diluted vitriolic acid, or the elixir of vitriol; as fifteen drops of vitriolic acid would to such patients be productive of the most serious consequences, and probably in a very short time supersede the necessity of a repetition of the Hectic Pills!!In case of flatulency, a glass of simple peppermint water, and a teaspoonful of the compound tincture of cardamum (we suppose he means cardamom seeds) may be taken. To abate the violence of the cough, Ipecacuana lozenges are recommended, or any of those that will “blunt the acrid humour that sting the ThroAT may be taken to stay the local violence.” Thus our learned author in some degree follows the practice of the celebrated Hunter, who gave his patients affected with gonorrhaea Bread Pills, merely to quiet the mind, and to induce them to pay attention to his instructions as to diet, &c. If all these medicines be necessary to accompany the use of the Pills, it is very evident they can possess but very little power themselves. This practice of some quacks, advertising vehi
cles for pharmaceutical medicines we have already exposed in our first number.
In one place the Hectic Pills are represented to be "so perfectly safe, that no danger can arise to a child, from accidentally takinga double dose;" five being recommended in some instances, a child may take ten with impunity. In another place, when making a comparison between the restorative powers of his Hectic Pills and Peruvian Bark, he asserts that " even as a preventative and tonic, three or four Hectic Pills possess more virtue than an ounce of Bark!! Again he states, that, such is the peculiar property of the Pills, that a patient may take them as he directs even when he is taking other medicines prescribed by a regular practitioner, with which they cannot possibly interfere!! So that neither acid or alcaline medicines can have any chemical effects on them"!! but whether the auxiliary medicines are to accompany their use in such case, he has omitted to state; these glaring inconsistencies render any comments superfluous. They do but too plainly evince, that his object is not the good of the public, but to en rich himself!!! This in quackery is synonymous with philanthropy: to tamper with the lives of that animal man, from mere motives of lucre, is not considered criminal by them, because not cognisable by our laws!! If we must give the crime a name, what is it to be termed, certainly not justifiable homicide!!! The true Philanthropist would not hesitate to pronounce it, at least a species of murder; and we hope and trust, for the sake of humanity, and our national character, that our legislature will soon make it a capital offence.
Of the several remarkable cases, which the title of his Essay, announces to be subjoined by way of illustrating the infallibility of the Hectic Pills, we can only discover Jive. How far that number may be deemed several, we shall leave to our readers to determine. He has thought proper to omit the names and residence of the patients, from motives best known to himself; had they been real cases, one would have supposed he would have given his readers an opportunity of satisfying their minds as to their authenticity, to which no patient so restored could possibly object. If it was not in his power to give such reference, he should, for the sake of decorum, have given a few more, for which he could not be at a loss, as the alphabet affords 24. It would have greater weight with the ignorant, and enabled him to add a shilling more to the price of the book, which is now only 2s.
The first case is that of J. B. a young woman of 25 years of age, who he states was " drenched every morning with perspiration", with no other symptombut what is generally attendant on catarrh, and would, no doubt, readily yield to low diet, conserve of roses, and ipecacuan lozenges, which he recommends with his Hectic Pills. Thi8 case being given as a case of Consumption, is an evident proof that Mr. Hope does not know one disease from the other.
"Case the 2d. E. E. was indisposed with nervous tremors; and the night heatsand morning sweats," it is said, " showed that she was in a rapid consumption." Now night heats and morning sweats are attendant on a great number of diseases, and without purulent expectoration, and the symptoms constituting hectic fever, could not be said to be a case of Consumption of the lungs : prior to her taking the Hectic Pills, it is stated that an abscess broke, and the patient suddenly brought up a large quantity of pus, after which she gradually mended. So that the patient's case was an abscess in the stomach, to which females are very subject; the quantity of matter, and the sudden manner in which it was brought up, are indisputable proofs, that its source was the stomach, and not the lungs. The broth and jellies she afterwards lived on, with a little wine, were sufficient to restore her without the Hectic Pills
Case the 3d, is that of a servant girl, J. H. who had been ill for many months, with a complication of disorders, which seemed to have concentrated their strength, and made an attack on the Lungs" the consequence of which was a violent touring cough. She had "hectic fever, but no perspiration"!! and being free from expectoration and other symptoms of Pulmonary Consumption, could not be said to be consumptive. It wajs evidently only a common nervous cough. "By taking the Hectic Pills, keeping from catching cold, keeping her body regular; a glass of wine after dinner, milk for breakfast and supper, she was soon restored."
"Case the 4th. H. L. wa6 seised with Hj/mopta? (we suppose he means Hsmoptoe) in consequence of playing on the clarinet.*-"* Notwithstanding the best medical advice, he continued to expectorate, from time to time, aeon* siderable quantity of blood, on the least exercisei By avoiding exercise, taking 3 pints of warm milk in the course of the day with two or three table spoonfuls of Conserve of Roses dissolved in each pint; by taking Cocoa or Chocolate for breakfast, refraining from All Sorts Of Liquors, and by taking the Hectic Pills, the symptoms imperceptibly vanished." That is, the ruptured vessel united, and the patient of course got well. His case was, therefore, Hasmoptoe, and not Consumption of the Lungs, in which nothing further was necessary than a restraint of diet, rest, and the conserve, or infusion, of roses, which succeed in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred,