Remedy against the Biting of Rabid Dogs (Spell)

From Egyptian Secrets of Albertus Magnus, Joseph H. Peterson edition:

Remedy. against the Biting of Rabid Dogs.

The St. Petersburgh Miscellaneous Essays for the Science of Pathology, volume of 1511, relates the following: Morachetti, operator in a hospital in Moscow, who, while sojourn­ing in the province of Ukrain, was requested one day to ren­der medical aid to fifteen persons, all of whom had been bit­ten by a mad dog. While he was preparing for the necessary arrangements, there appeared a committee composed of sev­eral old persons, who came to beseech the doctor to permit a certain peasant to attend to the unfortunate patients, since this peasant had obtained a great celebrity for many years, by his successful healing of hydrophobia.

The prayer having been granted, the peasant gave to four­teen of the sick a strong decoction of sumit and fl. genista luteæ tinctoriæ, (one and one-half of a pound daily), and ex­amined them twice daily, under their tongues, where, as this farmer said, little knots would form containing the poisonous matter. As soon as these knots in reality appeared (of which Dr. Marochetti convinced himself satisfactorily), they were opened and cauterized with a red hot needle, whereupon the patient had to gargle his throat with the decoction of the geniate. The result of this was, that the fourteen, (of which only two, which had been bitten last, did not show these knots), were discharged after six weeks' cure in an entirely healthy condition.

A little girl, however, the fifteenth of the bitten party, who had been treated in the usual way, was attacked on the sev­enth day by hydrophobia, and died eight hours after its ap­pearance. Those who had been thoroughly cured, Dr. Maro­chetti saw three years afterward and all of the fourteen were hale and hearty.

Five years after this occurrence, Dr. Marochetti had occa­sion to verify this important discovery in Podolia. He was en­trusted with the treatment of twenty-six persons who had been bitten by a rabid dog. The sick were composed of nine men, eleven women and six children. A decoction of genista was forthwith prepared and the attentive examination of the tongues resulted as follows: Five men, all the women and three children showed the mentioned little knots, those who had been severely wounded, already on the third day, the oth­ers on the fifth, seventh and ninth day respectively. One pa­tient, a woman, who had received but a slight bite on the leg, showed only on the twenty-first day, the appearance of the knots. Even those seven on whose tongues these knots never appeared continued to drink the decoction for six weeks and all of them were cured. These knots must, however, be opened within twenty-four hours of their appearance, or the poison may return to the other parts of the body, and the patient would thus be helplessly lost.

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