This section is from the book "The Lady's Assistant: Family Physician", by P. Davey and B. Law.
A continual heat attends this fever, with a hard, quick, weak pulse, which symptoms increase after eating, and towards evening. The skin and tongue are hard and dry, the cheeks red, the whole body is weak and flabby, the sleep without refreshment, the urine red with a sediment, and a blue fatty skin on the top. The whole body falls away, so that the bones stick out every where.
There is a fever not unlike this called a Slow Fever, Which has milder symptoms, a gentler heat, with profuse sweats after sleeping; after which, and before noon, the pulse is natural. The skin is not so dry, and urine not so dark co loured. The cause of this is in the fluids, but the hectic in the solids, proceeding from a corruption of some one of the bowels; whence it seldom or never admits of a cure.
When a slow fever proceeds from crudities, a vomit will be proper, and then give vitriolated tartar to incide and carry the humours downward; afterwards a little rhubarb, and these must be given when the fever is off. And indeed, this last is an effectual remedy against all slow fevers, unless they depend on other diseases, and then regard must be principally had to them. When it proceeds from a great loss of blood, or any of the necessary fluids of the body, it requires rest both of body and mind; a light temperate diet, and such medicines as allay heat, and at the same time revive the spirits; such as asses milk, chicken broth, craw-fish-soop, oisters, and other shell-fish; together with wine mixt with water. In a Hectic Fever, the only refuge is a milk diet, with frequent riding. If asses milk cannot be had, let the patient drink the milk of a cow at grass in a morning; that is, a pint mixt with an ounce of manna, or sugar of roses, or conserve of roses. After this let him drink a quart a day, dissolving in it half an ounce of sugar, and half a dram of nitre. No wine must be allowed, but a little mead for the stomach's sake. Likewise, he may take small doses of the bark made into an electary, with sy-rup of lemon juice.