Having recently seen very decidedly beneficial effects from the use of chlorine in spasmodic affections of the air passages, as recommended by Dr. Carroll Dunham in the present volume of the Review, page 18, I have thought it desirable to report the same.
The patient was a boy, aged fourteen months, whose health had previously been exceedingly good. I was called in haste to visit him, on the 8th of February, 1860. For two weeks previously he had had paroxysms of a suffocative character, accompanied by a crowing sound of respiration; he would appear to be unable to breathe or cry, and his face would become purple. Had neither cough nor wheezing respiration. Any excitement or drinking would bring on paroxysms.
The paroxysms had steadily become more frequent and severe. On the morning of my visit during one of these suffocative attacks, a severe convulsion ensued which lasted ten minutes – the first convulsion he ever had.
In the evening of the same day I found him crying as from pain; – his mother said that as much crying on the previous night would have brought on his paroxysms of choking: he had had only two of these since morning and two greenish evacuations. Gave him Samb.200 a dose every 3 hours.
9th. Has had a number of suffocative attacks. Prescribed solution of Chlorine, As we have no standard by which to indicate the precise strength of the Chlorine solution, I can only state that the diluted solution given had a very faint smell. Directed about 20 drops to be given at a dose, three or four times a day, or more frequently if he had severe suffocative attacks.
The paroxysms ceased a few days after, and have not returned. Although the Chlorine seemed in some measure to loose its effect at the very last of the case, still it was very decided when first given and for nearly a month afterwards. The occurrence of a second convulsion and the alarming severity and frequency of the choking paroxysms almost discouraged me.
These symptoms were promptly relieved. The paroxysms which we recorded as occurring daily, were quite slight, and would scarcely have been noticed were it not for the previous occurrence of the severe ones.
The only other case in which I have used Chlorine, was one of true membranous croup, accompanied by some degree of stridulous respiration. Other remedies had been used before with only slight effect, the Chlorine when given stopped the stridulous respiration in a few hours, nor did it return during the progress of the case, which though finally successful was tedious. The Chlorine served only to relieve the portion of the disease which was of a spasmodic nature, no effect was produced by it on the dry wheezing respiration.
|The American Homoeopathic Review Vol. 02 No. 10, 1860, pages 448-451
|Chlorine in Spasmus Glottidis
|Joslin, B.F. Jr.
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