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Overdose of quinine #general #holocaust

Deanna Levinsky
 

It was reported that my gfather, Abraham Rifkin, died of an overdose of quinine.
He might have been in the UK during one of the outbrakes
Does anyone know if that was used to treat typhoid
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Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY

hlevinemd@...
 

Quinine has been used as an anti-malarial drug since ancient times. It was so used throughout Western medicine after the 1850s. However, it was also sometimes used to treat diarrheal conditions, and Bromo-Quinine was marketed as a cold remedy that was available through the 1950s. 
It has, as we say in medicine, a "narrow therapeutic window," meaning that it is easy both to under-dose it and to therefore make it ineffective, and also to overdose and create severe and sometimes fatal side effects, mainly on heart rhythm. 
Because it was available without prescription by a doctor, it was unfortunately easy for a lay person to take too much. Sorry for your grandfather's fate.

Henry S. Levine, MD

Jill Whitehead
 

According to today's UK Guardian newpaper in an article by Laura Spinney, quinine was much in use during the 1918 flu epidemic "even though there was no evidence it worked for flu" and "doctors often overprescribed it causing side effects." She quotes Mark Honingsbaums' new book on the 1918 flu epidemic that "Londoners refused to be fobbed off with advice to gargle witht saltwater, and they besieged doctors' surgeries demanding quinine". 

One of my relations was a medic in WW1, but came back from the war to die of Spanish Flu in 1919. Another relation was put in an asylum after suffering post natal depression and died of Spanish Flu there in 1919.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

John Byng
 

I went to a boarding school where we were given a mixture of Gees Linctus and Quinine for almost any illness.  We called it "Kill or Cure".  Many of us believed it was dispensed because the nasty taste of Quinine enabled the matron to determine whether we were malingering or genuinely ill on the basis that only the genuinely ill would be prepared to drink the mixture.  Reading up about Gees Linctus and Quinine now, I am surprised we survived the treatment.

Diane Jacobs
 

It has a horrible taste and once when I was in Africa I had to take 2 pills and was seeing double for over an hour. Scary stuff.

Diane jacobd



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I went to a boarding school where we were given a mixture of Gees Linctus and Quinine for almost any illness.  We called it "Kill or Cure".  Many of us believed it was dispensed because the nasty taste of Quinine enabled the matron to determine whether we were malingering or genuinely ill on the basis that only the genuinely ill would be prepared to drink the mixture.  Reading up about Gees Linctus and Quinine now, I am surprised we survived the treatment.
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Diane Jacobs