By S.L. Kotar
In seven significant cholera pandemics starting in 1817, the "King of Terrors" has claimed thousands of lives. The lethal results of the so-called "disease of dirt" spared nobody, regardless of their station in life--and this day cholera is extra well-known than at any time all through heritage.
This e-book lines the heritage of the ailment and the adventure of these who suffered its ravages, utilizing their very own phrases from 1000s of newspapers and letters each time attainable. In so doing, the speculations, missteps, sidetracks and winning fears are emphasised. The authors describe the agonizingly sluggish march of development towards researching the factors and the remedy of indicators. alongside the way in which, the heroes of earlier and current are brought: women and men who fought for his or her beliefs--at instances opposed to vitriolic and strong rivals, together with the clinical gurus in their day.
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10 Gleaning from a New York paper, the London-published Monthly Magazine (November 1, 1819) offered this cure of cholera morbus: Take a soft cork, and burn it thoroughly in the ﬁre; when it ceases to blaze, mix it up in a plate, with a little milk and water, or anything more agreeable to the palate, and repeat the dose till the disorder ceases, which it commonly does in the second or third administration of the remedy; the acidity of the stomach is immediately corrected, and the effect is instantaneous.
The disease appeared in Bengal and then crossed the peninsula “with rapid strides,” quickly approaching Jualuah. Reports of “alarming sickness” in Hastings’ camp were conﬁrmed, but as it dissipated among them, camp followers suffered terribly. The report of one officer stated the following: This epidemic had all the characters of a decided pestilence. It had been gradually making its way along the banks of the Ganges and the Jumna, and suddenly broke out in the British camp. In the ﬁrst day upon which it was distinctly recognised, 97 deaths were reported; on the next, above 500 died in the camp.
10 In a letter dated May 15, 1819, from Bombay, Mr. Horner, a Wesleyan missionary, described his own observations, beginning his missive by writing, “It appears as though God had a controversy with the people of India. ” He added that cholera, which had raged so dreadfully in 1818, had made a reappearance, sweeping away a great number of natives, as well as some Europeans. ” Entire families were often seized with the disease, being carried away within a few hours of one another. ” In one remote village on the southern extremity, where the disorder had been very prevalent for several days, inhabitants forsook their homes and ﬂed, leaving behind only a few priests to take care of their gods.
Cholera: A Worldwide History by S.L. Kotar