Cherokee Phoenix


Published December, 29, 1828

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The following simple remedy, says the Charlottsville Advocate, for Croup, is sanctioned by the experience of John D. Goodman, and as will be seen by the following extract, strongly recommended by him. The simplicity of the remedy, and the facility of its application, bespeak for it a trial. He states that it 'has never caused vommiting, vertigo, or any distressing symptom, in my experience or of two other eminent physicians, who had recommended its use to him.

Of the external use of tobacco for the Croup. Whenever children are threatened with an attack of cynanche trachealis (Croup) I direct a plaster covered with dry Scotch snuff, varying in size according to the age of the patient, to be applied directly across the top of the therax, and retained there till all the symptoms disappear. The remedy is found to be always effectual when applied to the first and second stages of the malady. This mode of treatment was, from prejudice or scepticism, neglected by me, and, in one instance, in which, with very considerable difficulty, one of my children was rescued by the ordinary treatment. But on being urged to make trial of the snuff plaster I determined to make the experiment, whenever the opportunity presented. This was not wanting; ' when called to a child laboring under all the symptoms of the early stage of croup, such a plaster, (made by greasing a piece of linen, and covering it well with snuff) was directed to be applied to the chest. The event was most happy; the symptoms of tracheal irritation, and half crouping cough, ceased shortly after; the child fell into a profound sleep, with gentle perspiration, and by the next morning, was free from all distressing symptoms. The plaster was re-applied for a night or two following, and then discontinued. Since that time, my family has been saved from a great deal of anxiety and alarm, to which previously they were subject. As we were obliged to keep Coxe's hive syrup, tarter emetic, and all other articles restored to, constantly ready to meet the attacks of the Croup, which were very sudden and frequent in cold wet seasons. Since then, we have found nothing necessary than to apply the snuff plaster, and we fell under no further anxiety. Instead of being obliged to watch with the child all the rest of the night; when once the snuff is applied we go to rest again, with a feeling of entire security, which we have never had the least cause to regret.