Hydrophobia Cured after the disease was fully Developed.
--The Brooklyn (New York)
papers mention the following remarkable cure of a shipwright, named Oscar Barch
, who was bitten recently by a mad dog, hydrophobia manifesting itself on the Sunday following.
He was most violent and rabid during each successive attack of the disease.
What followed is thus narrated:
On Monday morning, the 16th instant, Dr. Louis Bauer
, the health officer of the city, took entire charge of the case, and actuated by the theory that the poison had expanded its virulence upon the spinal cord, as it always does, having caused inflammation of that organ, directed his attention upon it. Without administering a grain of medicine, he ordered a thorough (wet) cupping to the pestering part of the head and along the spine, following it up with ice applications to the same extent.
The patient, of course, had to lay on his stomach, and was, well secured by mechanical constraint during this treatment, which was continued unabated without interruption for three successive days and nights.
The patient was protected against any return of paroxysm — His pulse and breathing became quiet, the price gradually left him, and isolated muscular twitching became likewise extinct.
Since Saturday last no outward symptom has disturbed the steady progress of recovery, and on Wednesday last the patient was discharged from medical treatment, apparently in the best state of health.
The case has naturally created much interest throughout the city, and the results of the treatment have been looked for with more than ordinary anxiety.
It must be added that in some points the case differs from the ordinary experience, as we understand the shortest period heretofore observed between the inoculation of the hydrophobic prisons and the manifestation of the disease has been several days, whereas the present commenced forty-eight hours after the bite.
Inasmuch, however, as the Burch case has been seen by quite a number of reliable persons, and by highly competent physicians, objections to its reality on the ground of time can scarcely be permitted.
It is yet questionable whether the treatment resorted to in this case by Dr. Bauer
will be as efficacious in its results in similar cases.
At any rate, this method will commend itself to the attention of the profession and the public at large, and future trials must decide its unfailing reliability.