This section is from the book "Smith's Family Physician", by William Henry Smith. See also: Natural Physician's Healing Therapies: Proven Remedies that Medical Doctors Don't Know.
This, which so frequently occurs in summer time to those who are exposed to the extreme heat of the sun, is evidently an attack of apoplexy; and should be treated in the same manner as an attack caused in other manner. The fashion of medical practice, like other fashions, is apt to run into extremes. Fifty years ago, blood-letting was the standard remedy for half the complaints in the catalogue: in the present day this is reversed, and many people are allowed to die, who might doubtless be saved by a timely abstraction of blood. Dr. B. W. Richardson, in a late article, makes the following remarks on blood-letting in cases of lightning-stroke and sun-stroke:
"In England, at this time, the practice is lost, and case upon case, during the heat of summer, is registered in the returns of mortality as death by sun-stroke, in which virtually nothing has been done at all to promote recovery-nothing, I mean, that is likely to be successful. Mustard, perchance, is applied to the limbs, cold to the head, a blister to the nape of the neck; a purgative, if the patient can be made to swallow it, is put into the stomach, or an injection is administered by the rectum. Of what avail these slow, these almost meaningless measures? By the side of the grand old remedy they are trifles, having neither theory nor practice to sustain them."