SNAKE POISON AND PLAGUE. lo trie mLitor
Indian Medical Gazette."
Sir,?Lancet's special correspondent from India mentions on July 8th, that experiments are now being conducted to ascertain the remedial value of snake poison in plague and adds that they
of a promising character. It looks as if modern research results about combating worst forms of acute specific diseases were anticipated faintly by tlie clinical experience of the Hindus. They, of course, did not know how to throw venom direct into the circulation by the hypodermic method and trusted in the crude and primitive method of introducing it through the mouth, of course always guarding it with its antidote, the animal bile. It is contended that the ancients of India knew the anti-venomous property of animal bile and the anti-toxic property of snake poison, and what is more important, they used this knowledge in combating dangerous symptoms in anxious cases.
Yours, &c., D. G.