Typhus

Last modified on January 3rd, 2019

Typhus

 

-Typhus fever was for a long time confounded with typhoid, the two diseases being considered one and the same. Even now it is not always easy to distinguish them. There is the same dusky, heavy appearance in both, the same delirium, the same fever and prostration, and the same tendency to lung complications.

The distinguishing feature is the presence in typhoid of ulcers in the bowels. Consequently we have in typhoid tenderness and bloating of the abdomen with diarrhoea. But there are cases of typhoid in which diarrhoea is absent, and cases of typhus in which it is present. Typhoid, again, runs twenty-one days, and frequently relapses; it does not decline suddenly, but by degrees. Typhus only lasts fourteen days, and the improvement takes place suddenly, by “crisis,” as it is called. Then typhoid has the characteristic sparse rash, whilst typhus has a general rash, like measles, only darker. In typhus the head symptoms are generally more prominent than in typhoid, and this has obtained for it the name of “Brain-fever.” It is also different from typhoid in another important respect, though this does not help the diagnosis at first-it is highly infections from person to person. It is essentially a filth-generated disease, and never occurs except in over-crowded and unsanitary neighbourhoods. It will, however, spread form thence by infection to the healthier quarters of a town. Plague appears to be an intense form of typhus, in which enlargement and abscesses of the lymphatic glands occur.

General Treatment.-This is essentially the same as that recommended above for typhoid. Its duration of fourteen days necessitates most careful nursing and feeding to keep up the strength, as the wasting is extreme.

Medicines.-(Every hour).

Rhus. 3.

-Fever, delirium, restlessness.

Arsenicum 3.

-Creates vital depression.

Agaricus 3.

-Restlessness, twitching, tremor.

About the author

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica

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