TREATMENT OF THE PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS.
Camphor belongs more to the treatment of the disease than to the prophylactic stage; but nevertheless it has a place in both. Though the symptoms of cholera come on with fearful suddenness, there are generally some scarcely noticed signs of the presence of its poison before the attack develops. The “germs” are there, but they are waiting for some favourable condition to give them their chance; chilly feelings, griping pains, malaise, loss of appetite, slight diarrhoea, are all indications that the enemy is present, and ready to burst out if the patient’s vitality is in any way lowered by exposure to cold or damp, prolonged fasting, or fatigue, or loss of sleep. If now, Camphor is taken, all this risk may be put a stop to. A couple of camphor pilules, taken every quarter or half an hour till all symptoms cease, will in the great majority of cases put an end to all risk.
Armed with a copper belt and a supply of camphor pilules, the chances of taking cholera are reduced to an infinitesimal quantity.