A contagious epidemic disease, which consists of inflammation of the salivary "parotid " glands, situated on either side of the lower jaw. It commences with more or less fever; shortly, swelling at the angle of the jaw appears, and spreads gradually to the face and neck in the vicinity of the gland, causing much difficulty and pain when the jaws are attempted to be opened: on the fourth or fifth day the swelling begins to subside.


Belladonna and ProtoIodide of Mercury, with the patient kept warm, is generally all that is required.