This section is from the book "The Lady's Assistant: Family Physician", by P. Davey and B. Law.
This is a heavy perpetual sleep, with scarce any intervals of waking, and is attended with a quick pulse; it does not come on suddenly, and may continue some time. In the cure such things must be used as tend to rouse the patient, such as cold water thrown on the head, holding volatile salts to the nose, or burning feathers under it; or poultices made with leaves of rue, bay-leaves, mustard-feed, castor and camphire may be laid to the head and temples; that is, a dram of camphire may be added to an ounce of the other ingredients mixt with honey; likewise derivation must be made from the head by things that promote freezing such as ten grains of salt of white vitriol dissolved in half an ounce of marjoram water, and drawn up the nose; blisters must likewise be laid on the feet and neck : add to these, cupping the neck and shoulders, as also strong frictions of the lower parts, and clysters, with the addition of half an ounce of common salt. When the vessels are turgid with blood, bleeding will be necessary; inwardly the patient may take the following bolus every four or six hours. "Take of castor a scruple, of salt "of hartshorn five grains, of syrup of sugar enough to make "a bolus;" but care must be taken to keep the body open with manna, rhubarb or clysters. When the patient by these means is brought to himself, he must use medicines that strengthen the nerves.