Cramp, a kind of numbness, or involuntary contraction of the muscles, attended with a convul sive effort of the neck, arms, legs, etc. as likewise with a violent but transitory pain. Aged, sedentary, and infirm persons, are peculiarly liable to this complaint, for which a variety of remedies has been tried, with occasional success. Sometimes a garter applied tightly round the limb affected, will speedily remove the complaint. When it is more obstinate, a brick should be heated, wrapped in a flannel bag, and placed at the foot of the bed, against which the person troubled with the cramp may place his feet. The brick will remain warm the who'e night, and thus prevent any return. No remedy, however, is equal to that of diligent and longcontinued friction; which will re-store the free circulation of the blood in the contracted parr, while it is more simple, expeditious, and more safe in its effects.
If the cramp attack the interior organs, such as the stomach and bowels, it is always attended with danger ; as frequent returns of it may terminate in death. Medicines may relieve, but cannot cure, organic affections of this nature; hence we seriously advise such patients to adopt, betimes, a more temperate and regular mode of life; to abstain from spirituous mixtures and all fermented liquors ; to abandon the practice of inundating their stomach two or three times a-day with hot tea; to shun smoked, salted, and pickled provision of every kind, as well as tat, rancid, flatulent, and such dishes as require a vigorous digestion; in short, to avoid both the predisposing and exciting causes ; the latter of which will be generally found in their own irritable temper, by indulging in fits of anger, or other depressing passion : thus, the animal fibre becomes suddenly relaxed, and again contracted, so that a paroxysm of the cramp is the inevitable consequence. On such distressing occasions, if they value a precarious life, we conjure them never to fly to the brandy-bottle, nor to lake any stimulant medicines, such as laudanum, vitriolic aether, etc.which only prepare the stomach for sus-staining a new attack, and accelerate the destruction of the patient. On the contrary, the mildest emollient drink, for instance, gruel, barley-water, chamomile tea, ought to be instantly procured, and small draughts of half a tea-cupful at a time be given, luke-ivarm, with