A Certain Cure for the Measles in Swine

[ A Certain Cure for the Measles in Swine ]

Date: 1794/03/24

Publication Format

Veterinary Medicine


flour of sulpher

Prince Edward Island
Island of Saint John

Source: Royal Gazette and Miscellany of the Island of Saint John
Institution: University Of New Brunswick | Source Origin: Harriet Irving Library Microfilms (HIL-MIC)


A cure for measles in swine caused by poor food, by eating food boiled in lead and copper vessels, or from dirty pens.


A certain Cure for the Measles in Swine.

From the Dublin Universal Magazine.

IT frequently happens that swine are

killed when disordered by the measles, which 

is easily discovered by the meat or flesh con-

taining small globular pustules, of different

sizes, varying according to the different de-

grees of the disease; which originate from 

their being fed with fusty, damaged corn,

or some unwholesome food; or from its be-

ing boiled in lead and copper vessels, in 

which it hath lain too long; or from their 

being kept in a wet or dirty pen; either of

which causes tends to obstruct the free cir-

culation of the fluids; hence, arise those

globular pustules, which are the juices ren-

dered viscid and coagulated. About once

a week, mix two spoonfuls of madder with 

their food, which prevents obstructions,

acting as a diuretic, and is at the same time

an astrigent.  And on some other day in 

the week, give a spoonful or two of an

equal quantity of flour of sulphur and salt-

petre, well pounded and mixed, which pu-

rifies and cools the blood. All these differ-

ent articles added to each pail of food in

the morning, on separate days, prevent the

measles, keep the swine extremely healthy

and fatten them more expeditiously. 

The OED indicates that madder is the "herbaceous scrambling plant, Rubia tinctorum."