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It is difficult to determine the presence of _worms_ in children, much

more in adults, yet both are affected by them occasionally. In children,

there is more or less fever and restlessness, screaming out in sleep,

starting, pain in the bowels, vomiting, choking, diarrhoea, picking at

the nose, fetid breath, voracious and variable appetite.


_Santonine_ is a remedy which I have used for years, and I have treated

many hundreds of cases, with such unvariable success, that I feel

disinclined to use or to recommend any other. It brings away the worms

entire, and relieves the patient of all morbid symptoms immediately, or

in much less time than any other remedy of which I have any knowledge.

It seems to act specifically upon the worms, causing them to leave the

bowels by being evacuated with the feces, without producing any sensible

impression upon the bowels, the evacuations remaining natural, if they

were so, or becoming so, if deranged, and the worms coming away not

quite lifeless.

I have often prescribed this remedy for children suffering under

intermittent or remitting, and even typhoid fever, in the summer season,

when there were not present any well defined symptoms of worms, and yet

the fever would soon abate, and in due time worms appear in the fecal

evacuations. It often arrests entirely intermittent fever, when worms

are present, and are the probable cause of the fever.

I give either the crude salt in from one-fourth to one-half grain doses,

or a trituration of one grain to four of sugar, giving in the latter

case, from one to two grains of the trituration. Give one dose at

bed-time, or in an urgent case at any other time, but never repeat the

dose under thirty-six hours, and in an ordinary case, under forty-eight


This is _the_ medicine _par excellence_ for worms. It may be repeated

once a week, when there is a tendency in the patient to the development

of worm symptoms, or, in other words, the breeding of worms. The idea

held out by some that it is hurtful, or unimportant to remove the worms,

in itself considered, is simply _nonsense_, and _worse_, for children

are sometimes sacrificed to this idea.