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1846 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
a view effectually lo clear the alimentary canal. Perhaps this should be the first object, in most cases of encephalitis, as well as of convulsive and spasmodic diseases, rather than any direct attempt to allay irritation or assuage pain, by the exhibition of anodynes, narcotics, nervines, or even by venesection. At any rate, the writer's experience would lead him to say to physicians, especially to the younger portion of them, look to it, first of all, that the natural excretions be duly
more » ... ted. Bernardstown, Mass., May 4, 1846. John Brooks. P. S.-I forgot to state that, on the operation of the physic, there was some appearance of the locbial discharge, and that calomel and aloes were left to keep up the evacuations to a sufficient extent.
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