This section is from the book "The Lady's Assistant: Family Physician", by P. Davey and B. Law.
This begins with shivering, suc-ceeded with heat and loss of strength; there is a straitness about the breast, attended with anxiety and deep sighs, restless ness and watching; at least the sleep is very unquiet and dis-turbed: there is a pricking kind of heat perceived in the back, with an alternate succession of cold, shivering, and heat under the skin, but is most sensible in the palms of the hands. Childbed women have the lochia stopt, and the milk leaves their breads. Then comes on a roughness of the skin, like that of a goose, and a great number of pustules or pimples appear, sometimes white, sometimes red, or both together, of the size of millet or mustard feed. They first appear on the neck, then the breast and back, afterwards the arms and hands. When these pimples begin to rife, the more grievous symptoms cease. When they are ripe, they are full of stinking matter. In seven or eight days, the pustules dry and fall off in scales. Sometimes they appear on the fourth day, sometimes on the seventh, and sometimes not till the fourteenth.
The cure must be begun with moderate bleeding, unless the patient be in a sweat, in which cafe it must be omitted or put off to a more convenient time. Likewise, when this fever makes its attack with sudden loss of strength, the patient must lose no blood. blisters are generally necessary, especially when the pimples strike in, and then they may be applied to the neck and calves of the legs. When there is internal heat, thirst, and a large pulse, give the following bolus every sixth hour: "Take sperma ceti and compound powder of crabs claws, of "each twenty grains; of purified nitre, six grains; of saf-"fron, five grains; make them into a bolus with the syrup of "red poppies." But when there are signs of malignity, with coldness of the external parts, and heat by fits, nitre must be omitted. When there is a great number of transparent bladders, or pimples hardly visible, give powerful alexipharmacs; such as, twelve grains of musk made into a bolus, with the same quantity of the cordial confection; or endeavour to carry off the disease with laxatives, such as manna, rhubarb, or Epsom salt. If, after the disease is cured, the patient should be troubled with a thrush or hiccuping, they will readily give way to a few doses of the bark.