This is a variety of influenza with which the world has become well acquainted within the last few years. Its history is interesting and its symptoms and results are severe and annoying. It is one of the most severe forms of catarrhal disease of the nose or throat with which we are acquainted. It owes its origin to a germ which found its birth in the filth and pollution of eastern Europe, and has visited the globe with terrible ravages on several occasions since the Middle Ages. It spreads by traveling the most frequented paths of commerce, and attacks those in a depressed state of health. The varieties of la grippe are as numerous as that of any other disease. The catarrhal form is much like that of ordinary head influenza, only it is more severe and prostrating; the bronchial assumes the influenza type, at first, but soon attacks the lump and sets up a severe, prolonged and harassing bronchitis ; the internal variety, besides producing the general symptoms of malaise, fever, cough, severe aches and pains, gives rise to a diarrhea which lasts many days and is very debilitating; the most common variety, however, is the rheumatic, which is ushered in by chills, fever, muscular pains, coryza, cough and general rheumatic pains. The characteristic feature of all of these forms is the great prostration which accompanies these symptoms and the obstinacy with which it clings to the patient.
The sequelae of the disease, though much exaggerated, are numerous. The aged are often left infirm with heart weakness, the young with lessened resistance to disease, and the middle aged with chronic coughs.
Many an undiscovered disease has passed unnoticed under the disguise of , la grippe." It has no doubt served as a broad mantle to cover our ignorance of real disease and been made an easy refuge for the complaining; still its affects at times cannot be over estimated, and death has not infrequently resulted.
Treatment. The onset is to be met with large doses of quinine, say 10 grains on retiring, by phenacetine and salol, 10 grains each, taken with some hot lemonade on retiring. This latter may be repeated every three hours. The coryza is checked by small repeated doses of belladonna, camphor and quinine, as found in the coryza tablets bought at the druggist's one taken every two hours till the throat is dry, then once in four to eight hours. The debility is to be met by tonics.
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