Chloroform in Sunstroke
The use of chloroform in the treatment of sunstroke is suggested by some French writers. They claim it to be an almost infallible remedy. It is given where there are intense cerebral disturbances. It is given best by swallowing, if possible, diluted with water, but may be administered by inhalation.
They argue that the collapse and syncope are not due to momentary paralysis, but are due to the sudden extreme work the heart has been called upon to do; the heat has overworked the heart. The convulsions are caused by the rapid absorption of excrete, organic poisons. The chloroform acts immediately upon the heart, diminishing the excitability of that organ and the nerve centers, at once readjusting the circulation and normal equilibrium.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.