The Cold-Bath Treatment of Typhoid Fever. [Offprint].
by OSLER, Sir William (1849-1919).
Philadelphia:: Medical News, 1892., 1892. Offprint. 23.5 cm. 8 pp. Self-printed wrappers. Very good. Rare. "In Medical News surveys of Philadelphia clinicians' treatments of pneumonia and typhoid fever, Dr. Osler was generally in line with his colleagues in stressing diet, rest, and caution in most cases and strong interventions when necessary. But no one else still recommended the use of leeches to treat headache in the early stages of typhoid fever." – Bliss, p. 156-7. "Seventy-five per cent of typhoid fever cases would recover under any form of treatment, Osler estimated. Good nursing, diet, and the abandonment of drugging would save the lives of another 15 per cent, he thought, calculating from the Hopkins experience. And then there was hydrotherapy, the cold-bath treatment about which he felt so much ambivalence. by 1894 the reduction in mortality achieved at Hopkins had convinced him that hydrotherapy had saved an extra 3 or 4 per cent of typhoid patients; the next year he estimated 6 to 7 per cent of typhoid patients; the next year he estimated 6 to 8 per cent and dropped from his textbook his cri de coeur against the barbarism of the cold bath. Such a convert had Dr. Osler become to his residents' enthusiasm for the treatment that he once demonstrated the technique at a clinical lecture." – Michael Bliss, William Osler, A Life in Medicine, p. 245. Golden & Roland 613. [HM] (Inventory #: M13521)
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