652. In Asthma, Camphor, Observes Dr

Copland,+ is one of the most generally beneficial of any of the class of narcotics or anti-spasmodics; and, when judiciously exhibited, is applicable to nearly all the forms and complications of the disease. In the nervous and spasmodic varieties it is most serviceable when given in large doses (gr. iij. - x.), and combined with Musk, Castor, Assaftida, &c, or with sedatives. In Angina Pectoris, he also speaks favourably of its operation, particularly when given in combination with Opium or Hydrocyanic Acid. In Hooping-Cough, he§; likewise found it of great service. It should be given in very small doses with diaphoretics at an early period; and in larger quantities with tonics, anti-spasmodics, &c, in the advanced stages. Moderate depletion and purgatives should precede its administration. In Asthenic Pneumonia, Camphor, he observes, is one of the most valuable remedies that can be employed. It may be given in doses of gr. ij. - vj., or viij., every four, five, or six hours, combined with Calomel and Opium, or with Antimony and Henbane, according to the character of the attack. The latter combination may be preferred, when the inflammation approaches the sthenic form, and then the Camphor may be given in smaller doses. (Copland. ||) When the disease progresses to Gangrene of the Lungs, it may also be given with advantage.

653. In Epilepsy, Camphor was advised by Locher¶ and others. It appears to be chiefly indicated when the disease is associated with hysteria, or with uterine derangement, and should be given in combination with tonics and anti-spasmodics.

654. In Puerperal Convulsions, Dr

Copland** advises a combination of Camphor (gr. v. - x.), Calomel (gr. x.), and Musk (gr. x.), followed by a purgative of Croton Oil. These means, aided by a cathartic or anti-spasmodic enema, will, he observes, seldom fail of producing a solution of the paroxysm. He adds that his experience of the excellent effects of Camphor are confirmed by Dr. Hamilton, although Chaussier expresses an unfavourable opinion of it.

655. In Rheumatic and Nervous Headaches, the local application of Raspail's "Sedative Water" (ut supra) has, in many instances, been found to afford speedy and permanent relief.

* Edin. Med. Journ., Nov. 1862. Dict. Pract. Med., vol. i. p. 147. Ibid. vol. i. p. 67. § Ibid. vol. ii. p. 248.

|| Dict. Pract. Med., vol. ii p. 777. ¶ Observ. Pract., No. xl. ** Dict. Pract. Med, vol. i. p. 433.

656. In Diseases Of The Heart, Camphor Is Occasionally Very Beneficial

Dr. Lombard,* of Geneva, states that, when given internally in doses of from gr. iij. to xij. daily, it renders regular the most tumultuous palpitations, and removes the dyspna which so often attends Hypertrophy of the Heart with dilatation. Quinine and Iron may be given as tonics, at the same time.

657. Diseases of the Genito-urinary organs. In Dysmenorrha, Camphor has often a most beneficial influence. Dr. Dewees regards it as the most certain and uniform palliative. He advises it in doses of gr. x. every one or two hours, until relief be obtained; or gr. xxx. - lx. in mucilage, with T. Opii f3j., may be given as an injection. Its external application to the loins, in the form of ointment or liniment, affords great relief.