Choleraphobia

Tellier
1833 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
Case I. A woman having died in a few hours with a violent attack of cholera, in a district where the disease had been previously unknown, her neighbor, a nervous female, was greatly alarmed, and suddenly seized with shiverings, universal tremblings, and inexpressible uneasiness. She was put to bed, made warm, and had warm drinks administered ; and all untoward symptoms disappeared in a few hours. Some days afterwards she was taken with a serious looseness in the bowels, about which, however,
more » ... which, however, she did not feel alarmed ; and in the night she was suddenly seized with violent cholera, and died. Case II. A man of a tolerably strong constitution, who had been bled a few days before for palpitations of the heart, fancied, all of a sudden, that he was seized with cholera, because he had some shiverings and cramps, and especially because cholera was in the country. He went to bed between the blankets, had bottles of hot water, and drank abundantly of very warm tea. His countenance was excited, skin hot and moist, pulse frequent and hard ; he had neither vomiting nor purging, urine secreted as usual, tongue natural, and intellects more active than usual. Some hours afterwards he became more and more light-headed ; he jumped out of bed stark naked, exclaiming that he had not an hour to live. His physician arriving at the moment, spoke to him in an authoritative tone, which dissipated his alarm. He went to bed again, slept quietly, and on the following day was perfectly well. Case III. A chambermaid, twenty-four years old, who had been ailing for several days, was seized, a few minutes after she had taken some coffee at breakfast, with much uneasiness and shivering. She fancied that she was attacked with cholera. She went to bed, made herself as warm as possible, and drank hot chamomile tea. Pulse small, and 108 per minute ; heart beating tumultuously ; skin hot, tongue natural, respiration somewhat embarrassed. There was neither vomiting nor purging, but her spirits were greatly depressed. Some ordinary medicines, with an opiate, were administered. She slept soundly, and on the following day was so well that she remained up a long while, and subsequently merely suffered with common diarrhoea. Case IV. A woman, thirty-five years old, lately cured of an ordinary bowel complaint, afler being exposed to cold in the evening, washing her hands in cold water, and eating a hard egg, felt cold and went to bed, but was shortly obliged to get up to relieve her bowels. She was then seized with shivering, and felt convinced that she was attacked with cholera. Her pulse was very quick, beating more than one hundred per minute ; respiration short and difficult ; she felt stifled, her heart beat violently, face red and hot, and tongue natural. She had neither vomiting nor purging. She was bled freely, and put on low diet ; and demulcent medicines, with a slight opiate, prescribed. But the dyspnoea increased, and the pulse became still more accelerated. While the patient was loaded, or rather overloaded, according to her own desire, not The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal as published by The New England Journal of Medicine.
doi:10.1056/nejm183301090072202 fatcat:go64ygaw6veprpv3gt6tqyixvy