One of my favorite examples of how we fought the #flu
comes from the 1936 nursing records of an #influenza
patient, which were saved as a family heirloom and published seventy years later.
Over a period of three weeks he was treated with a punishing battery of balms: mustard plaster (a “home remedy rubbed on the skin), #aspirin
(for fevers), #codeine
(for cough), #phenolphthalein
(a cancer-causing laxative), cough medicine, #camphorated
oil, seven enemas (seven!), #rectal #tubes
(don’t ask), milk of #magnesia
(another laxative, God help him), #urotropine
(a bladder antiseptic), and tincture of #benzoin
The patient received at least five prescribed doses of whiskey and fourteen doses of castor oil. Actually, his seven enemas may have been medically necessary, because he was given at least thirty-nine doses of codeine, which suppresses coughing, but also causes constipation.