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date: 16 April 2021

In addition to the use of bleeding and mercurials, in this chapter Barker illustrates the beneficial effects of emetics, cathartics, alkalines, and digitalis as well as epispastics, issues, setons and cauteries, opiates, tonics, suitable diet, and salubrious air with exercise, using his own cases and those of authors in both Europe and America. He previously noted the beneficial effects of alkalines in slow fevers and epidemics and, after trials, found them useful in hectic fevers as recorded in some of his case reports since 1800 as well as those of other medical authors. He includes an excerpt of an 1802 article by Benjamin Rush on the benefits of salivation in pulmonary consumption and an 1813 article by Harvard’s John Warren in which he wrote, “The introduction of mercury, in the treatment of pulmonary diseases, after allaying inflammatory action, by venesection, and other evacuants, may be deemed one of the most important innovations, in modern practice.”

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