- n. Plural form of cathartic.
“Dyspepsia may commence and proceed so insidiously as not to excite the suspicion of friends, although the patient generally desires active treatment, such as cathartics, emetics, and medicines to act upon the liver.”
“Issues include indications and preferred methods for gastric decontamination, use of oil-based cathartics, and the use of steroids or antibiotics.”
“You may find that portentous, pompous, or haughty, but I write what I feel and know as a means of expressing my inner thoughts, reflections and knowledge – a method of cathartics – not what I think any given reader expects to find within my prose.”
“Anyone who takes laxatives or cathartics, such as castor oil, during an attack of appendicitis, runs great danger.”
“Emetics and cathartics I shall not administer, because I am sure you do not want them; but for alteratives you must expect a great many; and I can tell you that I have a number of NOSTRUMS, which I shall communicate to nobody but yourself.”
“Instead of the lancet, the drastic cathartics, and the calomel with which our naval surgeons slew their patients, he employed emetics and tonics to an extent that would have charmed my late friend, Dr. Dickson, the chromothermalist, and he preceded Dr. Hutchinson in the use of quinine wine.”
“A decade later, Marshall Hall, in Diseases of the Nervous System, blamed stuttering on an emotional disposition, and prescribed cathartics and “speaking in a subdued, continuous tone, first dilating the thorax.””
“In the Middle Ages, bloodletting and powerful cathartics were often applied, and searing irons to the lips.”
“Most asylum physicians were enthusiastic about drugs, including such narcotics as opium and morphine especially for cases of mania, tonics, and cathartics.15”
“Treatment in hospitals tended to be empirical and eclectic, Handy, for example, preferred mild cathartics and warm baths, and expressed hostility to “drastic purges.””
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