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December 26, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(26):993. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02411040011006

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This serious affection, that is at this time numbering its victims by the thousand, and proving fatal in many instances, has had a most singular career. Its first appearance in this country, two years ago, was heralded through the secular press with cheap wit and ridicule. All the same, its presence was made manifest in the aching bones, nervous prostration, painful muscles and distressed breathing of multitudes of people. A few succumbed to the first onset of the disease; others suffered from sequelæ which had a fatal termination, while a still greater number recovered very slowly, and others experienced a nervous prostration that will cling to them through life.

In the treatment of la grippe, the first most necessary thing is to require the patient to go to bed, and to there remain until convalescence is assuredly established. A nutritious diet of easy digestion, eggnog and red wines, strychnine, quinine

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