If you know about the effects of strychnine (or have read my earlier post about same) you will not really want to have it injected into your body. Many years ago having it injected was considered a cure for snakebite. It was believed that the two poisons were antagonistic and I suppose that they just kept injecting strychnine until it was victorious. I wonder how long it usually was before the patient died from strychnine poisoning that the snakebite poison was actually defeated.
I was not really surprised to find that out as it seems to me that, until quite recently, anything that bought on a reaction in an afflicted person was considered to be a cure, even if they died shortly after. (See post ‘Strychnine and beer’ for its use in killing a person who merely had a cold!)
Poor William was treated with both strychnine and chloride of lime. Chloride of lime is a disinfectant and antiseptic and I hope that it was used only on the outside of him. Nothing would surprise me though.
Young Cecil was lucky and his life was saved by a series of people slapping, scolding and shaking him for eight hours to keep him from succumbing to the effects of the bite he received. Poor kid. I’m not sure if being smacked around is the recommended treatment for snakebite but it has to be better than strychnine.