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When the stomach is very weak, take fresh lean beef, cut it into
strips and place the strips into a bottle with a little salt; place in
a kettle of boiling water and let it remain one hour; pour off the
liquid and add some water. Begin with a small quantity, and use in the
same manner and under similar circumstances as beef tea. This is even
more nourishing than beef tea.
Cut one pound of lean beef into shreds, and boil for twenty minutes in
one quart of water, being particular to remove the scum as often as
any rises. When it is cool, strain. This is very nourishing and
palatable, and is of great value in all cases of extreme debility
where no inflammatory action exists, or after the inflammation is
subdued. In very low cases a small teaspoonful may be administered
every fifteen or twenty minutes, gradually increasing the amount given
as the powers of life return. In cases of complete prostration, after
the cessation of long exhausting fever it may be used as directed
above, either alone or in conjunction with a little wine.
Put a little water on the fire, with a glass of wine, some sugar, and
a little grated nutmeg; boil all together a few seconds, and add
pounded cracker or crumbs of bread, and boil again for a few minutes.
FRENCH MILK PORRIDGE.
Stir some oatmeal and water together; let the mixture stand to clear,
and pour off the water. Then put more water to the meal; stir it well,
and let it stand till the next day. Strain through a fine sieve, and
boil the water, adding milk while so doing. The proportion of water
must be small. With toast this is admirable.
Put a dessertspoonful of ground coffee into a pint of milk; boil a
quarter of an hour, with a shaving or two of isinglass; let it stand
ten minutes, and then pour off.
Take a leg of well-fed pork just as cut up, beat it and break the
bone; set it over a gentle fire, with three gallons of water and
simmer to one. Let half an ounce of mace and the same of nutmeg stew
in it. Strain through a fine sieve. When cold, take off the fat. Give
a coffee cup of this three times a day, adding salt to the taste. This
is very valuable in all cases of debility where animal food is
DRINK IN DYSENTERY.
Sheep's suet, two ounces; milk, one pint; starch, half an ounce. Boil
gently for thirty minutes. Use as a common drink. This is excellent
for sustaining the strength in bad cases of dysentery.
Toast slowly a thick piece of bread cut from the outside of a loaf
until it is well browned, but not blackened; then turn upon it boiling
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