This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Family Doctor" book
Lack of Blood.—This term is applied to a condition in which there is deficiency of the red-blood globules, and consequently a thin and pale state of the blood. It results from any prolonged drain upon the system, such as diarrhea, profuse discharges of fluids, either from hemorrhages or discharges from abscesses; from acute disease in which the vital powers have been violently assailed, or from chronic wasting diseases, such as consumption, Bright's disease, etc.
As this disease is the result of some local disease, it is necessary to remove that disease. Many times it is something that can be removed by Calcarea carb. or Pulsatilla. As iron is so liable to produce such unpleasant results following its use, as disease of the bones or stomach, but more especially a strong tendency to diseases of the lungs, a cough very hard to cure but more liable to end in consumption, its use should be substituted by a vegetable iron, Sanguis draconis. This is best given dissolved (the gum) in Port or California wine, shaken till dissolved, and a table-spoonful, three or four times a day.
Dissolve one ounce of gum in one pint of wine. The wine can be renewed once or twice.