Small Pox and Measles.
VOMIT, if there is too much bile, and purge as may be necessary: But to abate inflammation, to ease pain, to bring forward the eruption with freedom and ease
(if there can be an eruption where the shocks are given) let the shocks be passed through every part of the system, and repeated at intervals, if necessary.
If there is danger of the eyes receiving any injury, let the head be covered, and shocks passed from head to foot, from the forehead in particular.
Electricity is of infinite value, when people take it the natural way, and unprepared; it often proves fatal: but here, kind reader, is an
infallible remedy in small pox or measles; take them how you may, the electric shock will immediately open a sufficient evacuation, whereby to throw off the
infection, to keep down inflammation; and if you apply it in due season, you may pass the operation of either without the least pain or danger of life.
But you must understand that the temperature of air must be exctly contrary to what is proper when you do not electrify; that is, your whole safety
depends on your avoiding every the least coolness, till you are completely well.
Pregnant women have trembled, and not without reason, at the idea of the small pox in that peculiar circumstance; but here, good women, is your safety - keep warm;
and about the time you begin to feel the symptoms, electrify just enough to keep down inflammation; rather let the shocks be light, and increasing in number; take them in every
part, but least through the uterus; the fermentation will be thrown by by perspiration; light shocks must be repeated at intervals for two or three days,
till the whole infection is voided.
A skilful physician should conduct through the whole treatment in this case.
The improvements in the art of innoculating, render it very safe and easy to undergo.
But when difficulty arises in that treatment, I advise any person to change their temperature of air peculiar to that treatment,
and assume that steady degree of warmth peculiar to treating by electricity, and commence the operations without loss of time.
The first I tried the experiment upon, was a son of mine, about nine years old; he was innoculated at Whitestown;
I never changed his common diet, nor gave him the least aid by any other means; I kept him within the house, and warmly covered; I electrified him once a day, about twenty light
shocks at a time; the consequence was as I expected; he had not the least symptoms of fermentation, of inflammation, of pain, nor of eruption in any degree.
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