A Lecture on the Tubercle-Bacillus and Phthisis

T. H. Green
1883 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
Feb. 3,1883.] THI BIZSH MADCAL JOURNAL. 198 doctors, except the last who had been consulted about him, that the patient was a man of naturally delicate constitution, that he needed constant keeping up, and that his chances of life were in direct proportion to the amount of support that he could take. Accordingly, he was taking food and wine every second hour, hadl iron, quinine and strychnia three times daily, and, being increasingly thirsty, he drank milk and soda-water without much regard to
more » ... out much regard to frequency and amount. Questioned as to my opinion of the patient's malady, and urged by my colleagues to say exactly what I thought, I replied that he was a man with deteriorated, but not seriously diseased tissues and organs, and that he was in peril of death, not so much from his malady, as from the means used for its cure; that he was being poisoned by food and wine, that he was in the condition of a fire having more coals put upon it than it could burn, and that his chimneys being choked, he was in near danger of being suffocated with his own smoke. My colleagues agreeing with this view of the case, and the patient, after much discussion and explanation, assenting, he was placed upon a precise and severe regimen. He was ordered to have four
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