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Sea-Sickness

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SEA-SICKNESS. For description, symptoms, etc., see THE S tAxnARD PuvsiciAN, pages 863-84 Treatment. -Many remedies have been proposed, and sonic which benefit certain persons have little or no effect in checking sea-sickness in others. One effective manner of checking sea-sickness is to take an aperient before going on board, and to take one every morning for a clay or two on a prolonged voyage until the bowels work freely. Care should be taken not to o%.erload the stomach during the first few meals on board. A diet of hard-tack, salt mackerel, and black coffee or strong beef tea for the first meal will help the sufferer to retain the food he may acid to his diet later. Keep on deck and in the fresh air as much as possible, and exercise so as to get accustomed to the motion of the vessel and to the odours of the engine-room, galley, etc. Champagne is sometimes given as a preventive of sea-sickness, and has been credited as being an effective check to the complaint in some passengers, whereas it has given violent headaches to others and aggravated their condition. Passengers

who keep themselves warm and their blood in good circulation will be less subject to sea-sickness than those who give way to the first attack. Dampness at sea is very penetrating, and extra wraps are often required to keep out the chilly moisture that helps to produce me! de mer. Sea-sickness is often abolished by remedies hardly safe to be left in a patient's hands. In the mildest of these (bromide of sodium) the patient should begin to take his medicine a day or so before going on the boat, and continue its use until past the danger of sea sickness. Dosage to be fixed by a physician.