Glacier Dropsy - Strange regional
malady mentioned on the drama NORTHERN EXPOSURE/CBS/1990-95. When
Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) began to feel ill, the townsfolk of
Cicely, Alaska recognized his symptoms as those of Glacier Dropsy.
Joel, an expert in Internal Medicine insisted they were wrong and
that he was just feeling the effects of tick bite, a simple
parasitic infection. Soon Joel collapses and is put to bed. One by
one his friends take turn overseeing his dilemma.
symptoms include: Needle-like feeling in the bridge of nose, rash,
tender groins, swelling knees and a temperature of 104.2 degrees.
Tea, Birchbark, and camphor were suggested as temporary remedies.
Joel had to forgo taking aspirin, however, because the Dropsy would
cause his tongue to swell up like a sweet potato
According to storekeeper Ruth Anne Miller (Peg Phillips), the pain
caused by dropsy was the next worse thing outside of having a baby. Holling Vincoeur (John Cullum), the town restaurateur said once he
had GD so bad that he put a shotgun to his mouth but luckily he was
to weak to pull the trigger.
.The GD victim knew he was on the road to recovery
when he dreamed of a glacier. Joel commented he had dreamt of a
white field of ice. At that he was cured.
The citizens of Cicely, Alaska
The people of Cicely have
experienced other strange ailments and condition. Shelly Tambo-Vincoeur (Cynthia Geary) began to sing and couldn't stop for
months: Diagnosis: Anxiety over pregnancy. As she felt comfortable
with her condition, her singing stopped.
experienced Sleep Flying. Diagnosis: he was called to be a Shaman.
To verify, he dug a hole in the ground and planted his fist. In a
few days, if it was filled with roots (Vole food) the test was
positive–it was. See also
NICKNAMES: "The Bubbleman" &
PERFUMES & FRAGRANCES - "Only You"
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