A Systematic Treatise, Historical, Etiological, and Practical: On the Principal Diseases of the Interior Valley of North America, as They Appear in the Caucasian, African, Indian, and Esquimaux Varieties of Its Population

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Lippincott, Grambo & Company, 1854 - Medical climatology - 985 pages
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Page 17 - Valley, the fevers, which we are about to study, are known under the names — autumnal, bilious, intermittent, remittent, congestive, miasmatic, malarial, marsh, malignant, chill-fever, ague, fever and ague, dumb ague, and lastly, the Fever.
Page 450 - ... well as veins, into the hand, were all due to the same condition of this fluid, the actual presence of ammoniacal salts, one of the surest proofs of the putrescent condition of the vital fluid; in fact, to speak paradoxically, of the existence of death during life.
Page 29 - Mississippi, and the increasing dryness of the plains, ire probably the chief causes of the disappearance of the fever, under the same parallels in which it prevails on the banks of that river.
Page 196 - Of all our diseases, it is the one which has the most intimate relations with soil and climate — that, in which peculiarities, resulting from topographical and atmospheric influences, are most likely to appear.
Page 158 - When standing before the medical classes of Lexington, Louisville, and Cincinnati, composed chiefly of young men between twenty and thirty years of age, I nave seen very few with plump and rosy cheeks.
Page 57 - Sometimes, however, from idiosyncrasy, or the co-operating action of other causes, inflammation in other parts occurs," " and, when the fever makes its attack late in autumn, the combined action of vicissitudes of temperature, and that of the specific cause, developed at an earlier period, may determine inflammation upon the lungs or pleura.
Page 25 - Everywhere, west of the states of Arkansas, Missouri, and Iowa, surface water is scarce; the declivity of the plain which stretches from the Rocky Mountains, favoring its escape; while the subjacent sand almost absorbs, even considerable rivers. Thus, as we advance into that desert, we come at the same time to the limits of surface water, and of autumnal fever.
Page 22 - ... permitted to wonder at the foundations on which rested such sentiments. Such was not the judgment of France herself on this degraded prince, who, without a feeling of remorse or shame in his royal breast, had allowed her to be stript of her magnificent colonies, which extended without interruption from the mouth of the Mississippi to that of the St. Lawrence, and who, instead of using her treasures in carrying on a glorious war, and in defending her immense American domains, lavished them away...
Page 25 - ... and virulently within the tropics, there are still places, having the same temperature, but varying in other conditions, that are never affected by it. The summer heat of our southern desert is intense, but those who traverse it, and keep at a distance from its watercourses, remain perfectly healthy. Everywhere west of the States of Arkansas, Missouri, and Iowa, surface water is scarce — the declivity of the plain, which stretches from the Rocky Mountains, favoring its escape; while the subjacent...
Page 25 - Michigan, are infested, and suffer far more than the dryer lands which surround them. But beyond these limits, on the shores of the two latter lakes, and on those of Lake Superior, the Fever, as we have seen, is never epidemic, although water is abundant; and still further north, where small lakes, and their connecting streams, exist in countless numbers, the disease is unknown; showing that, while water is essential to the production of this Fever, other causes must cooperate to give it power.

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