A Treatise on Fever

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Stimpson and Clapp, 1831 - Fever - 412 pages

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Page 9 - Upon the whole,' says this celebrated theorist, ' our doctrine of fever is explicitly this. The remote causes are certain sedative powers applied to the nervous system, ,which, diminishing the energy of the brain, thereby produce a debility in the whole of the functions, and particularly in the action of the extreme vessels.
Page 9 - Such, however, is, at the same time, the nature of the animal economy, that this debility proves an indirect stimulus to the sanguiferous system; whence, by the intervention of the cold stage, and spasm connected with it, the action of the heart and larger arteries is increased, and continues so till it has had the effect of restoring the energy of the brain, of extending this energy to the extreme vessels, of restoring therefore their action, and thereby especially overcoming the spasm affecting...
Page 214 - Nature, with her burning sun, her stilled and pent-up wind, her stagnant and teeming marsh, manufactures plague on a large and fearful scale: Poverty in her hut, covered with her rags, surrounded with her filth, striving with all her might to keep out the pure air, and to increase the heat, imitates nature but too successfully; the process and the product are the same, the only difference is in the magnitude of the result.
Page 314 - ... on the influence of impure air in the production of the disease, and the very frequent presence of the rubeoloid exanthema in those affected with it. Dr Tweedie, in his interesting observations on the Influence of Impure Air on the generation of Typhus, refers to the opinion of Sir John Pringle, who states, " that he has observed the hospitals of an ar•my, not only when crowded with sick, but at any time when the air is confined, and especially in hot weather, produce fever of a peculiar kind,...
Page 322 - Philadelphia must admit the unwelcome truth sooner or later, that the yellow fever is engendered in her own bowels; or she must renounce her character for knowledge and policy, and perhaps with it her existence as a commercial city.
Page 87 - ... 2. The chilliness is, upon the whole, greater, and longer continued than in synochus ; yet there is less constantly shivering, and the heat, when it succeeds this state of chilliness, is seldom as great as in the latter ; while there are cases in which the heat never exceeds the natural standard. 3. The febrile uneasiness is greater ; the restlessness is incessant ; the face is pallid ; the features are shrunk ; the expression of the countenance is most peculiar ; it is strikingly indicative...
Page 320 - ... it is not only notorious that many years have often elapsed without any clerk, servant, or nurse, living in the Infirmary, or any of the students attending it, being seized with fever; but it is also certain that in this very season those of its inhabitants who have not had intercourse with fever patients have almost uniformly escaped the disease. Of the inhabitants of the ground floor of the house, (including the patients in the lock ward,) none but those already mentioned as having washed the...
Page 368 - Twelve ounces of blood were taken from the arm ; a blister applied to the chest ; a saline antimonial mixture taken every six hours ; and a lohoc whenever the cough was troublesome. June 4th. The same difficulty of respiration ; bowels confined.
Page 213 - The stench which arises from this and the mud together is intolerably offensive, and from this source the plague, constantly springing up every year, preys upon the inhabitants, and is stopped only by the return of the Nile, the overflowing of which washes away this load of filth.
Page 95 - The giant," says an able writer, " that lies prostrate on the earth, mastered by superior power, has still a giant's strength, though he do not at that moment put it forth. Give him but the chance to throw off the load that keeps him, down, and he will soon show you that he is not weak.

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