Dropsy is an accumulation of watery fluid in the cellular membrane, or any of the cavities of the body. It is caused by a weakness of the absorbent vessels, which are unable to take up the fluid and discharge it from the system through the natural channels.


In the early stages, this form of disease may be cured by a free use of the diuretic syrup, stimulating conserve and pills No. 2, with a vapor bath occasionally. But in the more advanced stages, full courses of medicine are required, repeated once or twice a week. The patient should avoid drinking much, and live principally on dry food.