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This being prime cold and flu season, I wondered what the average Regency-era physician might encounter in his practice. The Medical Report for January-February gives an inkling of one reason so many children failed to survive into adulthood. In the days before intravenous feeding, dehydration was often fatal. At least some physicians were on the right track about this (and horribly wrong about other ailments), as well as understanding the difficulties of feeding a sick, miserable child.
The medical commentary here made me wonder as well whether it was lack of antibiotics or lack of a way to combat swift dehydration that killed so many people during the 1830s cholera epidemics.
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