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36. Bitter Infusion: Take two drachms lignum quassiæ [extract of wood of Quassia amara or Simarouba amara], orange peel, one drachm, boiling water, a pint: infuse for two hours, then strain, and add two spoonfuls old rum. Give a large glassful three times a day. 25 26 An Essay on the More Common West-India Diseases, Part II Of Lax or Diarrhœa37 This is a common complaint in the West Indies; here figured stools† are seldomer seen than in Europe. It is never attended with fever, and scarce ever accompanied with gripes; it often arises from obstructed perspiration, and often from crude raw vegetables.

Four ounces to be taken for four mornings, then a dose of castor oil. ], are praised by some for removing this disorder. I have not sufficiently experienced their efficacy. The remote causes of the frequency of worms in the West Indies are: 1. The warmth of the climate; 2. The great use of vegetable food; and lastly, Humidity. † The reasons for this extraordinary exemption from inflammatory diseases are: 1. The warmth and moisture of the climate; 2. Copious perspiration; 3. Acidulated drinks; 4.

15. About the latter end of October, and all the month of November, the wind shifts to the north, and is accompanied by cold wet weather, and thick atmosphere. This occasions colds, coughs, and catarrhal fevers. 16. These disorders are no way different from common catarrh in Britain, and require the same management. 17. Wild Liquorice [Glycyrrhiza glabra]: the leaves are used in pectoral [medication “good” for afflictions of the chest] decoctions, with honey or sugar, and gently acidulated with limejuice.

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