Dr Ure’s Cure for Cholera

On page 112 of the 1927 edition of Vitalogy we find Dr Ure’s celebrated remedy for Cholera –

“Tincture of kino……..1 ounce
Tincture of opium……..4 drachms
Common Starch…….1 ounce
Tepid water…….3 wineglassfuls
Mix.  Inject slowly into the bowels.


This injection mixture should be of about the thickness of thin gruel.   If it should come away, it should be repeated immediately.   If the injection be properly administered, and in sufficient quantity, it will stop the discharge from the bowels in fifteen minutes, and nothing will pass them for several days.  If the above injection cannot be quickly obtained, a preparation of starch-water, containing a solution of alum or aludanum, forms a convenient and effective injection.  I have seldon failed to cure this diseases with this remedy.


To cure nausea at beginning of an attack, wring a cloth out of hot turpentine, place on the bowels, and givecarbonic acid water to drink, or champagne if you can get it.”

I should warn people not to do this at home, although I guess that for around 40 years the readers of this book were probably doing this very thing.

When I found this I thought I’d try and find out who Dr Ure might be and came across this article in the
The General Malaria of London and the Peculiar Malaria of Pimlico Investigated and the weans of their Economical Removal ascertained By ANDREW URE MD FRS Pamphlet Pp 39 London 1850 We believe Dr Ure to have been unfairly treated in the Kenilworth street affair and that Prussian blue did actually exist in the mud of that fatal sewer There can be no doubt that gas lime refuse is a source of malaria and the sulphuret and cyanide of lime which it contains a potent cause of disease and death We shall have occasion to allude to the Kenilworth street tragedy in a future article on Hygiene meanwhile Dr Ure may reconcile himself to the opposition with which his views have been received by the conviction that through his agency one of the hitherto unknown and secret sources of destruction and death has been brought to light To be forewarned is to be forearmed Medical Times of 1850: “The General Malaria of London and the Peculiar Malaria of Pimlico Investigated and the weans of their Economical Removal ascertained By ANDREW URE MD FRS Pamphlet Pp 39 London 1850 We believe Dr Ure to have been unfairly treated in the Kenilworth street affair and that Prussian blue did actually exist in the mud of that fatal sewer There can be no doubt that gas lime refuse is a source of malaria and the sulphuret and cyanide of lime which it contains a potent cause of disease and death We shall have occasion to allude to the Kenilworth street tragedy in a future article on Hygiene meanwhile Dr Ure may reconcile himself to the opposition with which his views have been received by the conviction that through his agency one of the hitherto unknown and secret sources of destruction and death has been brought to light To be forewarned is to be forearmed”.

Could this be the same celebrated Dr Ure who could cure cholera with this mixture?

Dr Ure’s Cure for Cholera

On page 112 of the 1927 edition of Vitalogy we find Dr Ure’s celebrated remedy for Cholera –

“Tincture of kino……..1 ounce
Tincture of opium……..4 drachms
Common Starch…….1 ounce
Tepid water…….3 wineglassfuls
Mix.  Inject slowly into the bowels.


This injection mixture should be of about the thickness of thin gruel.   If it should come away, it should be repeated immediately.   If the injection be properly administered, and in sufficient quantity, it will stop the discharge from the bowels in fifteen minutes, and nothing will pass them for several days.  If the above injection cannot be quickly obtained, a preparation of starch-water, containing a solution of alum or aludanum, forms a convenient and effective injection.  I have seldon failed to cure this diseases with this remedy.


To cure nausea at beginning of an attack, wring a cloth out of hot turpentine, place on the bowels, and givecarbonic acid water to drink, or champagne if you can get it.”

I should warn people not to do this at home, although I guess that for around 40 years the readers of this book were probably doing this very thing.

When I found this I thought I’d try and find out who Dr Ure might be and came across this article in the
The General Malaria of London and the Peculiar Malaria of Pimlico Investigated and the weans of their Economical Removal ascertained By ANDREW URE MD FRS Pamphlet Pp 39 London 1850 We believe Dr Ure to have been unfairly treated in the Kenilworth street affair and that Prussian blue did actually exist in the mud of that fatal sewer There can be no doubt that gas lime refuse is a source of malaria and the sulphuret and cyanide of lime which it contains a potent cause of disease and death We shall have occasion to allude to the Kenilworth street tragedy in a future article on Hygiene meanwhile Dr Ure may reconcile himself to the opposition with which his views have been received by the conviction that through his agency one of the hitherto unknown and secret sources of destruction and death has been brought to light To be forewarned is to be forearmed Medical Times of 1850: “The General Malaria of London and the Peculiar Malaria of Pimlico Investigated and the weans of their Economical Removal ascertained By ANDREW URE MD FRS Pamphlet Pp 39 London 1850 We believe Dr Ure to have been unfairly treated in the Kenilworth street affair and that Prussian blue did actually exist in the mud of that fatal sewer There can be no doubt that gas lime refuse is a source of malaria and the sulphuret and cyanide of lime which it contains a potent cause of disease and death We shall have occasion to allude to the Kenilworth street tragedy in a future article on Hygiene meanwhile Dr Ure may reconcile himself to the opposition with which his views have been received by the conviction that through his agency one of the hitherto unknown and secret sources of destruction and death has been brought to light To be forewarned is to be forearmed”.

Could this be the same celebrated Dr Ure who could cure cholera with this mixture?

Vitalogy – Foreword

As promised here is the first venture into the wonderful world of Vitalogy and what better place to start than the foreword –

The knowledge her imparted and explicit and effectual instructions given for its application to the preservation and restoration of health, in all stages and conditions of life, are worht more to a family or individual than all the strong drugs in existence, leaving out of consideration the fact that it will enable its readers to dispense in a great measure with the costly services and the nauseous drugs of the apothecary.


Particular attention is directed to the “Food and Home Remedies”” in the departments on diseases, which have of late years been so extensively employed in Europe and Japan, and which have never before been given in any American publication.  There are also given the various remedies of like character of our own country, which have recently come into use, and which have demonstrated their success in the cure of physical ailments.  These remedies will be found as easy of access as they are nexpensive and safe, reliable and effectual; and they free from the dangers attending the use of poisonous or deleterious drugs, which while removing one disease too frquently pave the way for some more dangerous malady, or undermine the constitution.


The merits of this book are not obscured by any effort to mystify its contents with high souding phrases.  Everything will be found in plain, pointed and easily apprehended language, and condensed so as to convey its lessons in the most direct and leat ambiguous terms.  It makes no demand for professional learning or hard study.  The rationale of treatment in all cases is given in such a simple and thorough manner that the commonest apprehension will be able to utilise the remedies intelligently and successfully, and the average reader can avail himself to its aid readily and as effectually as the most accomplished scholar.

And so my dear average readers whose wit, wisdom and advice I have greatly appreciated during my blogging life, I am going to give you the opportunity to tell me what particular afflictions you may wish to hear about.  There are all sorts of things described herein including such things as vomiting, boils and carbuncles, tuberculosis, apparent death from starvation, freezing, syphilis, worms, scurvy, hysterics, nettle rash, dandruff and many, many more.      We can answer questions concerning the wonders of liquid air and the dangers in tonics and appetisers.   I can only wonder at the article titled “Vigorous Manhood”and “How to make domestic happiness complete”.

Comment and let me know which of these or anything else you would like me to consult with the book about and I will publish it.

Vitalogy – Foreword

As promised here is the first venture into the wonderful world of Vitalogy and what better place to start than the foreword –

The knowledge her imparted and explicit and effectual instructions given for its application to the preservation and restoration of health, in all stages and conditions of life, are worht more to a family or individual than all the strong drugs in existence, leaving out of consideration the fact that it will enable its readers to dispense in a great measure with the costly services and the nauseous drugs of the apothecary.


Particular attention is directed to the “Food and Home Remedies”” in the departments on diseases, which have of late years been so extensively employed in Europe and Japan, and which have never before been given in any American publication.  There are also given the various remedies of like character of our own country, which have recently come into use, and which have demonstrated their success in the cure of physical ailments.  These remedies will be found as easy of access as they are nexpensive and safe, reliable and effectual; and they free from the dangers attending the use of poisonous or deleterious drugs, which while removing one disease too frquently pave the way for some more dangerous malady, or undermine the constitution.


The merits of this book are not obscured by any effort to mystify its contents with high souding phrases.  Everything will be found in plain, pointed and easily apprehended language, and condensed so as to convey its lessons in the most direct and leat ambiguous terms.  It makes no demand for professional learning or hard study.  The rationale of treatment in all cases is given in such a simple and thorough manner that the commonest apprehension will be able to utilise the remedies intelligently and successfully, and the average reader can avail himself to its aid readily and as effectually as the most accomplished scholar.

And so my dear average readers whose wit, wisdom and advice I have greatly appreciated during my blogging life, I am going to give you the opportunity to tell me what particular afflictions you may wish to hear about.  There are all sorts of things described herein including such things as vomiting, boils and carbuncles, tuberculosis, apparent death from starvation, freezing, syphilis, worms, scurvy, hysterics, nettle rash, dandruff and many, many more.      We can answer questions concerning the wonders of liquid air and the dangers in tonics and appetisers.   I can only wonder at the article titled “Vigorous Manhood”and “How to make domestic happiness complete”.

Comment and let me know which of these or anything else you would like me to consult with the book about and I will publish it.

Vitalogy

Mum has been going through some old things lately and passing them onto myself, my sisters and our kids. Little treasures accumulated over her near 79 years of life.  I’d prefer not to think about why she may be doing that at the moment but it has meant that I’ve been given a book that belonged to my Grandmother.

Called Vitalogy it was written byProfessors Wood and Ruddock and published in chicago in 1927 and was only available by subscription.  Published by the Vitalogy Association, 431 South Dearborn St., Chicago, Illinois it claimed to be 20 books in one and included –

  • Diseases of Women and children
  • Hydropathy (Water Cure)
  • Materia Medica
  • Home, Training, Exercise, Hygiene, Secret of Longevity
  • Science of Nursing, Diet for all, Diseases, Homeopathy, Osteopathy, Obstetrics
  • Mental Therapeutics, Magnetism, Palmistry, Mind Cure
  • Psychology, Moral and Sex Hygiene, Marriage, Child Culture

From what I can find on the internet this was published between at least 1899 and 1930.  There are a few volumes for sale on ebay for around $200AU, but given the links to my family I will never sell it.

One website describes it thus –

In 1899, VITALOGY, a home health encyclopedia was first published. In 1930, after a half-million copies were sold, a new expanded edition was published.

The original 1,010-page comprehensive guide to health and home was cherished by millions. Filled with chapters on anatomy, diseases, herbal remedies, and moral advice for the home, it served as a complete reference book for the household.

By WWII its use diminished, more “modern” medical drug guides were issued and the VITALOGY home health encyclopedia faded into obscurity.

Seventy-seven years later, its advice is both strangely prescient and very dated, and the health manual is once more at the cutting edge!

It is a fascinating insight into a truly lost world and over the coming weeks I’ll dip into it and share some of the folklore that it dispensed.   I’m sure you’ll find it amusing and entertaining and maybe learn a little as well.  It would appear that E. H. Ruddock may well have been one of the founder of homeopathy.

Vitalogy

Mum has been going through some old things lately and passing them onto myself, my sisters and our kids. Little treasures accumulated over her near 79 years of life.  I’d prefer not to think about why she may be doing that at the moment but it has meant that I’ve been given a book that belonged to my Grandmother.

Called Vitalogy it was written byProfessors Wood and Ruddock and published in chicago in 1927 and was only available by subscription.  Published by the Vitalogy Association, 431 South Dearborn St., Chicago, Illinois it claimed to be 20 books in one and included –

  • Diseases of Women and children
  • Hydropathy (Water Cure)
  • Materia Medica
  • Home, Training, Exercise, Hygiene, Secret of Longevity
  • Science of Nursing, Diet for all, Diseases, Homeopathy, Osteopathy, Obstetrics
  • Mental Therapeutics, Magnetism, Palmistry, Mind Cure
  • Psychology, Moral and Sex Hygiene, Marriage, Child Culture

From what I can find on the internet this was published between at least 1899 and 1930.  There are a few volumes for sale on ebay for around $200AU, but given the links to my family I will never sell it.

One website describes it thus –

In 1899, VITALOGY, a home health encyclopedia was first published. In 1930, after a half-million copies were sold, a new expanded edition was published.

The original 1,010-page comprehensive guide to health and home was cherished by millions. Filled with chapters on anatomy, diseases, herbal remedies, and moral advice for the home, it served as a complete reference book for the household.

By WWII its use diminished, more “modern” medical drug guides were issued and the VITALOGY home health encyclopedia faded into obscurity.

Seventy-seven years later, its advice is both strangely prescient and very dated, and the health manual is once more at the cutting edge!

It is a fascinating insight into a truly lost world and over the coming weeks I’ll dip into it and share some of the folklore that it dispensed.   I’m sure you’ll find it amusing and entertaining and maybe learn a little as well.  It would appear that E. H. Ruddock may well have been one of the founder of homeopathy.