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In the wide range of convulsive and spasmodic disorders, outside that which we distinguish as epilepsy, bromides are very efficacious. In the convulsions occurring during pregnancy, especially from reflex irritation at the time of parturition, they are more distinctly indicated than in the albuminuric form, but I have seen them also relieve the latter. Peaslee thought them valuable only during the threatening stage, when the urine is scanty, and certainly, the earlier the patients are brought under their influence, the more satisfactory the result. In uroemic convulsion some observers have objected to the use of bromides, but they have been found generally of some assistance in lessening the paroxysm; eliminant and other remedies should be conjoined. The dose in such cases should be large, 1/2 dr. every hour or two. When swallowing is impossible, they act well given in enemata (Gimbert and others: Medical Times, i., 1872, and i., 1874).
The reflex convulsions of infancy are often cut short by a warm bath, cold water being poured on the head at the same time (v. p. 146). Hysterical convulsion is sometimes arrested by a sudden shock of cold to the surface, and a daily shower-bath is of great service in improving the hysterical state.
In Chorea cold affusion, especially over the spine, is very beneficial.
In Uroemic Convulsion, this treatment is not so markedly effective, though cold to the head is advisable; but the use of packing, or of the vapor-bath, so soon as the general condition admits, is often of the greatest service.