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The treatment of this disease has not usually been very satisfactory. The history of the various epidemics recorded shows a mortality of one in every two and one-half cases, or forty per cent in severe cases. In some epidemics, a rate of mortality as high as sixty and even seventy-five per cent has been reached. This makes the disease even more to be dreaded than small-pox or cholera. Even yellow fever scarcely exceeds it in fatality.
Notwithstanding the discouraging outlook for the treatment of this disease, there is reason to hope that the adoption of improved methods of treatment may greatly lessen its present fatality. Constant improvements are being made in the treatment of this as well as other diseases; and it is to be hoped that in the near future its terrible ravages will be stayed by a better application of remedies in its management The plan of treatment which we shall recommend is based on practical experience in a large number of cases. To our personal knowledge it has been employed in a very large number of cases with remarkable success, no death occurring when the treatment was applied soon after the onset of the disease, and perseveringly employed. We have ourselves observed its efficiency in the treatment of fully one hundred cases, and have never seen a patient lost which was thus treated. Yet it is not claimed that this or any other plan is a specific. We expect sometime to meet with a fatal case, since no method of treatment can be infallible; but we are thoroughly convinced that a great improvement can be made on the ordinary mode of treating this disease.