One more question (and thanks for the info about Aubrey series)
Posted by SuzanneR on August 31, 1998 at 18:23:30:
In response to The head, written by P. Bingham on August 30, 1998 at 15:42:13
] The camphor was very common and for more than its smelling properties, as it helped the patient to breath better. The typhus fever inhibited breathing as well as sporting a high fever, and so would have been common in a typhoid fever room. Vinegar too, was often used and also rubbed against the skin just as water. The smell had something to do with rousing the patient from delirium, though I'm sure it also had something to do with keeping the illness from spreading.
But why "burnt" vinegar if they used it for rub-downs? Might they have burned the vinegar to de-odorize the room? (Can one burn vinegar?) Sorry, these little details really exercise my brain :-).
- Vinegar Caroline 16:59:05 9/01/98 (10)
- Vinegar & Jack & Jill Patricia Bingham 23:58:21 9/04/98 (2)
- Proof Ken 15:11:42 9/02/98 (0)
- Thank you, Caroline. Those archived posts were fun to read NFM SuzanneR 01:28:43 9/02/98 (0)
- burning vinegar P. Bingham 18:34:16 9/01/98 (4)
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