We proceed now to the investigation of one of the most fearful diseases which has ever ravaged the earth. Confined to no nation and no clime, the breath of this pestilence has sped on its mission of death from land to land and from nation to nation, numbering its victims by thousands. In the East Indies, and the southern portions of Asia, along the banks of their mighty rivers, in their crowded cities, and valleys teeming with the rich luxuriance of tropical vegetation, it has reaped a rich harvest for many years.
In Madras from 1818 to 1822 23 1/8 per-cent. of the army were attacked, and of these 22 3/4 per-cent. died. In 1821, one-sixth part of the inhabitants of a province on the Persian Gulf perished, and in the same year in another province, in a few weeks' time 18,000 fell victims. In September, 1830, in Moscow, 54 per-cent of all attacked died. In Paris, in 1832, 18,000 perished, and in Palermo in a population of 120,000, 25,000 perished.
In the United States, in 1832, it filled the land with terror and carried consternation and mourning to thousands of family circles. In New-York city alone there were 5,547 cases, and of these 2,782 died, being one-half of all that were attacked. In 1821-2, twenty-five of the the Allopathic hospitals in Italy and France give a ratio of 63 deaths out of every one hundred patients, and in tltis country, in 1832-4, their success was but a little better.
The success of Homoeopathy in the treatment of Cholera and other violent diseases, has contributed more than aught else to its rapid advancement all over the world. In 1832, there were treated allopathically in Vienna, 4,500 Cholera patients, and of these 1,360 or 31 per-cent died. There were treated homceopathically 581 patients, of whom 49 died; being only 8 per-cent.
Dr. Quin, of London, gives the result of the treatment of ten Homoeopathic physicians. The patients treated were 1,093, and of these only 95 died, thus twenty-one out of every twenty-three were saved.
Dr. Rath, sent by the King of Bavaria to ascertain the results of the Homoeopathic treatment of Cholera, re-ports the treatment of 14 physicians in Prague, in Hun-gary and Vienna. The number of cases treated was 1,269, the number of deaths only 85.
In Austria, Berlin, Russia and Paris there were treated homceopathically 3,017, of which ten out of every eleven were cured. Hon. Alex. Eustaphieve, the Russian Con-sul-General, makes a similar statement, as it regards the success of the Homoeopathic treatment in various parts of the Russian Empire, and the venerable Admiral Mord-venow, President of the Imperial Council, says, "not a single death has occurred, when Homoeopathic treatment was resorted to in the incipient stages of Cholera."
But we need not go beyond our own country, for here we have ample proofs of the splendid triumphs won by Homoeopathy, particularly in the Cholera of 1849. Un-der Homoeopathic treatment the loss did not exceed from two and a half to three and a half per-cent. And the cases reported by Homoeopathic physicians as Cholera, were in reality such, decided and well marked cases. The mortality under the Allopathic system was similar to that already mentioned in Europe.
There may be precursory symptoms, such as inclination to diarrhoea, rumbling in the bowels, de-bility, general feeling of uneasiness, but as a general thing, the attack comes on suddenly, and runs its course with great rapidity, not unfrequently terminating in death in ten or twelve hours.
There is sudden prostration of strength, diarrhoea and vomiting, gushing forth in large quantities. The discharges follow each other in rapid succession becoming more and more watery and fluid, until after three or four discharges, they present the appearance of rice-water, and are without smell. These are the rice-water discharges of Cholera. There is also a painful burning in the stomach, sometimes extending behind the sternum, frequently connected with a sighing, and with it an insatiable thirst, anxious breathing, accompanied with a constant desire for cold water, which however produces but slight relief, and it is almost immediately, particularly when taken in large quantities, thrown up in vomiting. The prostration rapidly increases, the patient becomes restless and anxious, and in a short time the fearful and agonizing cramps are developed in the limbs and frequently the bowels and breasts. They generally commence in the calves, toes, and fingers.
There is also an increasing oppression of the chest, and an excessive smallness of the pulse. The movements become painless aud may be either very frequent or few in number. If the stools diminish in number while there is also a decrease in the strength and pulse, a speedy dissolution is indicated. No trace of bile can be found in the evacuations, but they are accompanied by a great sense of exhaustion, which soon amounts to utter prostration. As the disease progresses, the last stage or that of collapse sets in. Besides the above symptoms which may be present, particularly the cramps, a coldness commencing at the lower limbs gradually spreads over the body, resisting all external means of warmth; the face and lips become pale, blue, and cold, the body and tongue present a shriveled appearance, the breath becomes cold, a clammy perspiration bedews the skin, the circulation apparently ceases, as often no pulse can be felt for hours before death. The voice is peculiar, being feeble, fine, somewhat hoarse, hollow or without resonance. The patient at length sinks into a stupor, the face presents a frightful ghostlike appearance, the eyes may be blood-shot, and turned up in the head, and death speedily closes the scene.