A Surgeon's Advice to Mothers: On the Rearing, Management, and Diseases of Children [7/9]
Medical Treatment, Human Development, Disease, Pathology, Vaccination, Gender, Pharmaceuticals
Continues its discussion of children's diseases. Details the pathology and symptoms of cow-pox and discusses the mode of vaccination against the disease. Notes the state legislation on vaccinating children and observes that while 'vaccination has been proved not to be always an infallible guard against small-pox, the attack is always much lighter' after the vaccination. Goes on to discuss the 'loathsome and repulsive eruptive fever' of small-pox. Urges the importance of 'cleanliness', quiet, dark, and 'judicious nursing' in the management of the disease. (313) Outlines the symptoms of small-pox to enable mothers 'at once [...]to define the actual nature of the disease'. Further distinguishes the external symptoms of the 'distinct', mild form of small-pox from the 'confluent', severer form of the disease. (314) Details the treatment common to both forms of the disease—notably the preparation of strong emetics, purgative powders, and potions to prevent pitting.
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