This section of the book is from "The Complete Herbalist" by Dr. O. Phelps Brown. Also available from Amazon: The Complete Herbalist: The People Their Own Physicians By The Use Of Nature's Remedies.
This may be contracted from the horse, and is a very malignant disease. It is characterized by a purulent and sometimes bloody discharge from the nose, a peculiar pustular eruption, and by tumors in different parts of the body. Its initial stage is the same as in all eruptive fevers, attended with neuralgic pains in the limbs. In the course of four or five days the eruption makes its appearance in different parts of the body, usually most abundant upon the face and limbs. The discharge from the nose ensues in the course of a week or ten days, being at first yellowish, afterwards bloody, and very offensive. The body finally exhales a fetid odor, the mind wanders, delirium and coma follow, and by the end of the second week, or during the third, it generally proves fatal, if not arrested sooner in its course. It is fortunately very rare; and attendants upon a horse affected with glanders should be very careful that they do not come in contact with the virus. The affected horse should be shot, as the disease is very seldom cured.
TREATMENT. -- Support the strength of the patient, and stimulate the emunctories. This can be best achieved by a thorough alcoholic vapor bath, followed by an active lobelia emetic and a brisk cathartic. After this give quinine, three grains, and baptisia, two grains, every two or three hours, for a day or two. The nostrils should be syringed with warm water, to which a few drops of creosote has been added, three or four times a day. The throat may be gargled with the same preparation. Support the strength with chicken-broth, rice-gruel, cream, punch, porter, ale, etc. If this course is not effectual, repeat every three or four days.