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Dr. Salisbury (Allopath), of Newark, Ohio, has, within the past year, made some very interesting investigations on the connection of measles and the fungi which constitute the mould, mildew, or mustiness of wheat and rye straw.

He observed, among other instances, in which the inhalation of the dust arising from mouldy straw had appeared to produce “fever, catarrh, and an eruption like measles, to the natural infection of which no exposure could be traced,” that, at the military camp at Newark, measles appeared in December, “succeeding a week of cool and damp weather, with sleety rain and snow. During this time (600 or 700 men in camp), many of the tents were furnished with ticks, which were filled with straw for the men to sleep on. In the centre of each tent was a fire. The ticks were arranged around the fire. During the wet weather the ticks became damp. December 4th, the measles first appeared. No infection could be traced. * • In every case in

which our soldiers have gone into camp,' camp measles' have appeared in the same way. * • Similar symptoms are common among farmers after thrashing wheat.”

In consequence of these observations, Dr. Salisbury made careful experiments which are detailed in the American Journal of Medical Sciences, July, 1862. He says, “I inoculated my arm with the spores and cells of the fungi of wheat straw, obtained by placing a straw covered with fungi on a plate of glass and hitting it a few taps. Next day, perfectly well, no inflammation or itching around the point of inoculation. Next day, slight nausea, redness and itching at point of inoculation. Next day, got up with feeling of lassitude and nausea, which continued all day; the redness and itching of the wound increased — difficulty in keeping warm — chilly all day; occasional sneezing; eyes sensitive; had peculiar feeling about the scalp as if red pepper or mustard had been rubbed into the pores.

“Fourth day. Nausea and lassitude continue; flashes of heat; the peculiar feeling of the scalp, increased and extended. A few blotches appeared on the face and neck. Eyes weak and inflamed. Heavy oppressed feeling about the chest; I felt as if I had a severe cold.”

In short a smart attack of measles ran its course. Subsequent inoculations produced no effect. D.


Source: The American Homoeopathic Review Vol. 04 No. 02, 1863, pages 86-87
Description: Fungi and Measles.
Author: Dunham, C.
Year: 1863
Editing: errors only; interlinks; formatting
Attribution: Legatum Homeopathicum
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