On the Temperature in Diseases: A Manual of Medical Thermometry

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New Sydenham Society, 1871 - Body temperature - 468 pages
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Page 36 - That the quantity of heat produced by the friction of bodies, whether solid or liquid, is always proportional to the quantity of force expended.
Page 36 - Ib. of water (weighed in vacua, and bet-ween 55 and 60) by 1 F., requires for its evolution the expenditure of a mechanical force represented by the fall of 772 Ibs. through the space of 1 foot. Or, the heat capable of increasing the temperature of 1...
Page 388 - On the other hand, relatively mild cases, exhibit only a fever of short duration, although there are sometimes considerable elevations of temperature (which contrast with the quick pulse), and the course is generally discontinuous. Recovery does not take place by decided crisis, but generally happens, rather with remittent defervescence (lysis); and the pulse then begins to quicken just as the temperature has become normal or nearly so. Here and there cases occur, which after...
Page 94 - It has long been known that cold contracts and heat dilates the small arteries of the skin, respectively raising and lowering the arterial tension, and thus modifying the amount of blood in the cutaneous capillaries. But modifications in the supply of blood to the skin must alter the amount of heat diffused by the body to surrounding substances ; and so we should expect that by increasing the arterial tension, thus lessening the cutaneous circulation, the blood would become hotter from there being...
Page 152 - ... it is, perhaps, not too much to affirm, that the integrity of certain parts of the central nervous apparatus is more necessary for the regulation of animal heat, than that of any other parts of the body.
Page 2 - ... upper arm against the chest. In this way the 'instrument is kept in a firm position, and after the lapse of five or ten minutes the quicksilver partakes of the same degree of warmth as the surrounding parts, and its expansion can easily be read on the scale of the instrument. "A normal temperature does not necessarily indicate health; but all those whose temperature either exceeds or falls short of the normal range, are unhealthy.
Page 160 - That the venous blood returning from an inflamed limb, though less warm than the focus of inflammation, is warmer than the arterial blood supplied to the limb; and 3. That the venous blood returning from an inflamed limb is warmer than the corresponding current on the opposite side of the body.
Page 25 - I do not deceive myself, important proofs. A careful attention to the changes of the animal heat, and to the state of those functions on which it depends, and by which it is regulated, though more requisite in febrile diseases, perhaps, than in others, is however of importance throughout the whole circle of diseases
Page 188 - January 12th. from an unwonted state of the central nervous system, by Wunderlich, Virchow, and many others. He specially drew attention to the researches of Tscheschichin, who looked on fever as the result of a morbidly increased activity of the spinal centres in consequence of a weakening or paralysis of the moderating portions of the brain, by which a number of chemical processes are increased to an extent which is never attained under normal conditions of the functions of the brain. He observed...
Page 427 - ... marked its course. Little is known as to the range of temperature in cancer. Wunderlich makes the following observations upon the subject. ' It is a peculiarity of cancer cases that elevated temperatures are comparatively rare, and that the temperature generally maintains itself on a normal, or even subnormal, plane, which, however, by no means precludes the occurrence of high temperatures through intercurrent complications, or at the close of the disease. But fever temperatures of long duration...

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