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Spurious Hydrophobia in Man

  • W. Lauder Lindsay (a1)
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Metropolitan (English) cases of spurious hydrophobia are both less numerous and less instructive than those that occur so frequently in the Midland counties and their great cities, especially in Lancashire, Yorkshire, Warwickshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. But some of the London cases are, nevertheless, full of interest. Thus, death from a cat-bite formed the subject of an inquest at the St. Pancras Coroner's Court, in April, 1877. The deceased was a woman of 64, who was described as naturally irritable and nervous, and who was sent to the insane ward of the St. Pancras Workhouse in a “state of mania…… on account of her madness.” And there she “died from congestion of the lungs, brought on by hydrophobia”—said the verdict.

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“Daily Telegraph,” April 13, 1877.

“British Medical Journal,” Feb. 8, 1873, p. 142.

“Daily Telegraph,” Oct. 13, 1876.

§ “North British Daily Mail,” Feb. 26, 1875.

This case was described by Dr. Bramwell, of Moesley, in the “British Medical Journal,” Oct. 14, 1871, p. 434.

Of Aug. 26, 1871.

“Old cases” are not, however, so valueless as is here represented. For we have already seen how the hydrophobia panic of 1876–7 resembles that of 1760; while a typical case of what may be called “imaginative” hydrophobia, that occurred in 1732, is recorded in the “British Medical Journal,” of June 30, 1877, p. 817.

§ Of June 3, 1871.

Something like “exact knowledge” of such a kind may at length reasonably be expected from the British Medical Association Hydrophobia Commission, recently appointed. (Vide “Brit. Med. Journal, Nov. 10, 1877, p. 672).

As reported in the “Glasgow Daily Herald,” of June 17, 1871.

As reported in the “Northern Ensign,” of November 21, 1872.

“North British Daily Mail,” Jan. 15, 1875.

§ “Manchester News,” quoted in the “North British Daily Mail,” July 28, 1873.

“North British Daily Mail,” November 9, 1877.

“Daily Telegraph,” Feb. 19, 1874.

“Glasgow Weekly Herald,” Jany. 31, 1874.

“The Animal World” (Vol. iv., 1873, p. 381), cites a case of hydrophobia from cat-bite in a man, who imitated the actione of a cat—not of a dog.

“Glasgow Weekly Herald,” June 17, 1876.

“North British Daily Mail,” November 21, 1876.

“North British Advertiser,” August 26, 1876.

Of November 5, 1877, p. 10.

Of November, 17,1877, p. 720.

§ “British Medical Journal,” December 2, 1871.

Ibid. May 6, 1871, p. 474.

There is an excellent common-sense article on the question—“Is there evidence sufficient to warrant us in connecting the group of symptoms which we term hydrophobia with the bite of a rabid animal?” by Dr. Burder, of Bristol, in the “British Medical Journal,” October 26, 1872, p. 462.

“British Medical Journal,” June 2, 1877, p. 697.

Ibid. December 23, 1876, p. 827.

Idid. May 4, 1872, p. 471.

§ Ibid. August 12, 1871, p. 183.

Ibid., October 14, 1876, p. 509.

The “Augusta Journal,” an American newepaper—quoted by the “North British Daily Mail,” of August 23rd, 1876.

“Detroit Tribune,” quoted in the “North British Daily Mail,” of October 22, 1872.

In his “How to Live Long,” 1875, p. 33.

“Journal of Mental Science,” April 1873, p. 167.

“British and Foreign Medico-Chirurgical Review,” January 1876, p. 240.

“Edinburgh Courant,” April 28, 1874.

§ “London Medical Record,” as quoted in the “North British Daily Mail,” July 25, 1874; and “Edinburgh Courant,” July 18, 1874.

The “Field” (newspaper) of October 19, 1872.

“British Medical Journal,” March 17, 1877, p. 325.

Notice in “British and Foreign Medico-Chirurgical Review,” (for October, 1874, p. 350), of the chapter on hydrophobia, contained in “Contributions to Pathology and Surgery,” by Cæsar H. Hawkins, F.B.S. (1874). The same remarkable circumstance is alluded to in an article on “Mad Dogs,” by Wm. Chambers, L.L.D., in “Chambers' Journal” for June, 1874, p. 403.

James Cowie, M.B.C.V.S., of Sundridge Hall, Bromley, Kent, now retired from practice, who writes the article, Rabies, in “Chambers' Encyclopædia,” and has also published a pamphlet on “Rabies, or Madness in the Dog,” a lecture delivered at the Boyal Veterinary College, London, on 29th February, 1876.

In his pamphlet above mentioned, p. 18.

“Pall Mall Gazette,” November 5, 1877, p. 10.

“Times,” commenting on the curative Experiments of Dr. Offenbarg, of Maneter, Westphalia, as quoted by the “Dundee Courier,' of November 15, 1877.

“The Will as a Therapeutic Means,” by Professor Joly, a paper read before the Académie dee Sciences of Paris, in 1875, and quoted in the “British Medical Journal,” for November, 20, 1875, p. 650.

§ What he called “mental hydrophobia,” an imaginary malady of a hysterical nature, was described by Trousseau, according to Fleming [“Babies,” pp. 262–3]; who himself cites various cases of pseudo or imaginary hydrophobia in man, (p. 263), and points ou† the resemblance of hydrophobia to mania, (p. 264).

“The Surgeon's Vade Mecum,” 5th ed., 1851, p. 160. Compare what he says of “Hysterical Tetanus,” p. 21.

Ibid., p. 161. Illustrations are quoted from the “London Medical Gazette,” (of November 4, 1837), and the “Lancet” (vol. for 1838–9, p. 582).

“North British Daily Mail,” January 2nd, 1877.

“Daily Review,” January 3, 1877.

Of November 5, 1877, p. 10.

§ “Pall Mall Gazette,” November 5, 1877, p. 10.

“British Medical Journal,” November 17, 1877, p. 693. Compare what Druitt says of the “Causes ” of ordinary tetanus (p. 16), and of its “Diagnosis” from hydrophobia (p. 15).

“Field,” October 19th, 1872, p. 369.

Probably now of Tunbridge Wells, Kent; the author of a paper, on “The use of Lichen cinereo-terrestris as a Preventive to Hydrophobia.” [“British Medical Journal,” 1872.]

“North British Dally Mail,” January 15, 1874, quoting from American newspapers.

“British Medical Journal,” November 17, 1877, p. 708.

Article on “Dogs,” in the “Graphic” September 9, 1871.

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