If the bowels are known to be in excellent condition and not loaded

with fecal matters, brisk catharsis is not needed simply because

endocarditis has developed. If the bowels have been neglected, a

small dose of calomel, aided by a compound aloin tablet, is

necessary and good treatment. Subsequent movements of the bowels

should be daily obtained by vegetable laxatives with occasional

enemas, as needed. With all inflammation of the heart and the

possibility of myocarditis developing or being actually present, it

is not advisable to use salines freely or often.

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