The Morbid Anatomy of the Brain, Volume 1

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Maclachian and Stewart, 1827 - Brain - 200 pages

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Page xiii - I was not convinced that nothing tends more to the corruption of science than to suffer it to stagnate. These waters must be troubled before they can exert their virtues. A man who works beyond the surface of things, though he may be wrong himself, yet he clears the way for others, and may chance to make even his errors subservient to the cause of truth.
Page 117 - I freely own, that I have never been so lucky as to cure one patient who had those symptoms which with certainty denote this disease ; and I suspect that those who imagine they have been more successful have mistaken another distemper for this.
Page 139 - ... faculties of the brain being destroyed, is in itself a curious fact, and of so much importance with respect to the physiology of the brain, that I shall detail the two following cases, which illustrate one another. In the one, the accumulation of water proceeded, as it will appear, as far as it could go without materially impairing the organ; it then...
Page 70 - It begins like the croup. The child awakes in the night in a state of extreme agitation, and much flushed, and with a quick pulse ; he is hoarse, and the sound of the voice when he inspires is similar to that in croup, — the sound seems to come from a brazen tube, whith is contracted at a certain part.
Page 138 - I have had opportunity of seeing several examples of this form of hydrocephalus, and have watched the progress of the symptoms for years ; yet I have never met with any one instance in which the powers of the mind could be said to be completely deranged.
Page 100 - ... proceeding to a degree of inflammation, and generally (but not always) producing an extravafatioa of watery fluid before death.
Page 107 - QUIN, all the characters of genuine inflammation, — it was not thickened, — it did not adhere ultimately to the substance of the brain, as in cases of inflammation of that organ. According to that distinguished pathologist Dr BAILLIE, " when the pia mater is inflamed to a high degree, pus is formed.
Page 107 - ... of inflammation. That distinguished surgeon has observed (p. 281.), " When inflammation takes place in parts that have a degree of transparency, that transparency is lessened. This is probably best seen in membranes, such as those membranes that line cavities, 'or cover bodies in those cavities, such as the pia mater, where, in a natural state, we may observe the bloodvessels to be very distinct. But, when we see the bloodvessels fuller than common, yet distinct in suck membranes, we are not...
Page 109 - induces a specific fever, different from all others, and attended with an increase of the various secretions.
Page 70 - Monro has described a variety of hydrocephalus, which he calls the " hyper-acute form" of the disease, a form of very rare occurrence, and simulating, in some of its most striking symptoms, inflammatory croup. " This rare form of the disease is very sudden in its attack. There is no previous headach, drowsiness, stupor, nausea, vomiting, paralytic state of any part of the body, or any other symptom denoting a derangement of the functions of the nervous system.

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