Medicine: Arachnidism

The bite of a black-widow spider, which is common all over the U.S., is seldom fatal—but the pain is well-nigh unbearable. The victim suffers from something called arachnidism. He thrashes around in agony for one or two days, hurts for several more. His abdomen becomes as rigid as a board. His legs draw up in a series of spasms. None of the 60 remedies so far recommended by the medical books gives very notable relief from the spider's bite.

When a Negro boy in Charleston, S.C. was bitten, the doctors began running through the usual drugs. But 45 minutes after the injection...

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