[D8805AGS1], Letter from William Preston Hix to Thomas Alva Edison, October 1st, 1888

Item

Abstract

[from New York Hotel, NYC] "My friend Col Jamison introduced me to day to a Mr. Cleveland from [Galveston?] Texas and told me that Mr. Cleveland and his father had the reputatation of being two of the best yellow fever nurses in Texas and that they had much experience in yellow fever. Mr. Cleveland wanted to talk with me because he had read about your experiments. He says you are right, that there is a microbe or insect that travels on the surface of the earth and goes about 40 ft a day and cold will kill him. And says any process that will produce cold in a house will keep him out or will kill the microbe in the earth. He says he never lost a case when [unclear] nursed there. He never gave any medicine internally because pergatives would give an unnatural appetite and then the stomach being weak it produced vomit. The only thing he did was to heat a brick and pour vinegar on it and place it [unclear] the legs of the patent and produce perspiration and to keep the patient and produce perspiration and to keep the patient in gentle persperation and keep drafts of air away until the crisis passed. He says a nurse should keep feeling the patient constantly to see if the skin is moving and warm. He thinks your plan proper [unclear] caused out will kill the disease. Mr. Cleveland is a lawyer and seems to be a very intelligent gentleman. I thought this migh be of some interest to you and so I [unclear] it to you." Yours Hix

Date

1888-10-01

Decade

1880-1889

Type

Identifier

D8805AGS1

Folder Set

D8805

Title

[D8805AGS1], Letter from William Preston Hix to Thomas Alva Edison, October 1st, 1888

Microfilm ID

121:521

Publisher

Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University