Probably no other disease has been as unskillfully and unsuccessfully treated as typhoid fever. A number of years ago a professor in Harvard Medical School said, " Gentlemen, I do not believe in homeopathy, for there is nothing to it; but the homeopathists beat us in fevers, and how do they do it ? They let theirs alone, and they get well; we physic ours and they die." At this time many physicians give no medicine, but watch and feed the patients. None but an educated physician should treat this disease, yet any intelligent person could watch and feed them. It is eminently a disease of the intestinal tract, and this should be kindly treated, and allowed to rest. Food cannot be digested, and any

food is a foreign body if undigested, causing irritation and fever. When milk is given, the water invigorates, the solid parts excite the fever, and for a little the patient seems stronger and better, but reaction soon comes and the milk stimulus must be repeated. The milk is not digested but passes through the intestines an irritant or excitant. If water is given, the patient revives as well as with the milk, and there is no corresponding depression; the bowels are kept quiet, are able to digest and assimilate the food as soon as the fever turns.

If plenty of good cold (not icy cold) water is given the fever rarely runs over three weeks and not often over two. The water should be used externally and internally, and unless there is some complication or serious outside influences the patient will very rarely die.


Arsenicum, for weak debili tated persons, tongue dark, great thirst, drink little and often, brownish, watery, involuntary discharges from bowels, suppressed or involuntary urination. Baptisia given early may abort it; later the patient thinks there are two parts of them that they can't get together. Belladonna, great congestion of the brain, drowsy but unable to sleep, delirium, tries to run away. Bryonia, delirious at night, dull piercing headache, eyes dull, watery; worse from opening eyes or from motion, tongue coated thick, white or yellow; later, brown and dry; difficult breathing, thirsty for large quantities of cold water. Cantharis, painful or suppressed urination. Carbo. veg., cold breath, collapse, threatened paralysis of lungs. Hyoscyamus, wild delirium; Muriatic acid, for great prostration with tendency to slide down in bed. Phosphorus, if the lungs become complicated. Rhus tox., talks to himself, constant muttering, bleeding from nose; tip of tongue red, bowels loose, worse at night, patient better by moving.