Delerium tremens

Last modified on January 11th, 2019

Del-tremen

 

One of the effects of alcohol poisoning is the inducing of a state of violent delirium, accompanied by visions of diverse animals, and sometimes by fever. This usually comes on after a long period of indulgence, insufficient food being taken during the time. It also comes on with the sudden leaving off of stimulants after excess.

Diagnosis.-Poisoning with Belladonna, an attack of acute mania (brain fever), and the delirium of typhus fever often resemble delirium tremens; but the history of the case will generally make it clear. There is almost always the history of drinking habits in delirium tremens, and very often a strong smell of spirits about the patient.

General Treatment.-This disease is always attended with danger, and the treatment should never be undertaken except by a medical man when possible. The principal thing is to keep up the patient’s strength. Strong soup or beef-tea should be administered at frequent intervals. When the patient is violent means must be taken to prevent him hurting himself or others.

Medicines.-(To be given frequently, every half-hour until their action is apparent, and then at longer intervals, as required.)

Belladonna 3.-

Flushed face, violent delirium, tries to escape.

Veratrum alb. 3.-

Cold sweat on face, anxious desire to run away, sees devils.

Ant. tart. 6.-

Foul tongue, tremulousness, vomiting, prostration.

Arsen. 3.-

At the beginning. In tobacco-chewers. Sees the room full of thieves and spectres; great anguish; fear to die; pangs of conscience.

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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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