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.
The management of the patient during convalescence is scarcely of less importance than during the progress of the fever. The chief danger is, that his desire to be allowed to get up, and his wish to eat animal food, should be too soon indulged. The latter of these errors is more frequently the cause of a relapse than any other circumstance; and relapses are often more perilous and difficult to remedy than the original malady. It is necessary therefore to withstand the solicitations of the patient and of such of his friends as think that if strength be wanting, strong drinks and plenty of meat are the things to impart it. Until the tongue is quite clean and moist, and of its natural colour, and the pulse has lost all its undue frequency, and the skin its excess of heat, the patient must be kept to broths, jellies, pudings, rice, sago, etc. Then he may begin with boiled fresh fish, and so gradually eat his way, through chicken, and mutton chop, to his ordinary diet again.