The Symptoms of Chronic Dysentery

looseness of the bowels, with discharges of mucus; burning pain in the rectum; abdominal dropsy; emaciation.

Chronic dysentery is usually the result of an attack of dysentery from which the patient has partially recovered, though sometimes the disease comes on insidiously. The general principles of treatment are the same as those in the acute form of the disease. In addition, astringent injections may be used with much advantage, such as solution of tannin, sulphate of zinc, alum, or nitrate of silver. The latter is an excellent remedy, and should be used in the proportion of about four grains of nitrate of silver to a goblet of hot water. Chlorate of potash is also an excellent remedy. It may be used in the proportion of ten grains to an ounce of hot water. Soothing injections are likewise of great service, especially in the acute form of the disease, such as linseed tea, thin starch, or mucilage-water enemata. Everything should be done to maintain the patient's general health, as in many cases the diseased condition is maintained by malnutrition, and can be cured only by improvement of the general condition of the patient.