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Fever in the Zambesi (1861)

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2245 (Published 15 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2245

In the typical cases given in Dr. McWilliam’s Medical History of the Niger Expedition, the gallbladder was found distended with black bile; and, if my memory do not deceive me, most of the cases treated with quinine at an early period of the disease either recovered, or were subjected to the milder or intermittent form of fever.

In 1850, I adopted the plan of giving quinine mixed with a purgative as …

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