ANTHRAX



Prognosis and Treatment. The disease is fatal in about one-third of all patients. Cases of internal anthrax are nearly always fatal and the death rate is also very high in the edematous variety.

Prompt complete excision of the lesion and strict antiseptic precautions, followed by frequently renewed antiseptic dressing is to be preferred to the deep and thorough saturation of the affected tissues with antiseptics. However, the latter method which includes hypodermic injections of pure tincture of iodin, 5 per cent. or stronger solutions of carbolic acid, and 1 per cent. of potassium permanganate, has been satisfactory in reported cases. Good results have been observed from the use of an anthrax serum originally prepared by Scalvo of Siena, Italy. The serum is best introduced intravenously although it may be used subcutaneously and is well borne in large doses, with only slight destruction of tissue and rapid convalescence. A case of my own which promptly received a massive X-ray dose recovered rapidly. Supportive nutritious feeding, together with careful selection of the indicated drug would seem necessary in all cases. The snake poisons seem especially applicable. See Anthrac., Apis, Crotal., Kali phos., Secale, Tarent., Vipera.

Frederick Dearborn
Dr Frederick Myers DEARBORN (1876-1960)
American homeopath, he directed several hospitals in New York.
Professor of dermatology.
Served as Lieut. Colonel during the 1st World War.
See his book online: American homeopathy in the world war