The Substance of the Official Medical Reports Upon the Epidemic, Called Cholera: Which Prevailed Among the Poor at Dantzick, Between the End of May and the First Part of September, 1831, as Transmitted to Their Lordships ...

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Highley, 1832 - Cholera - 189 pages
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Page xvi - SIR, I am directed by the Lords of His Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council to inform you, that they will...
Page 14 - ... reasonable to conclude, that the disease originated here in some manner that has, as yet, not been explained.! This is corroborated by the statements of several physicians, viz., that cases similar to cholera had been observed previous to the arrival of any vessel from Russia ; and that the weather had been so remarkably unsettled since the commencement of Spring, that malignant diseases might be reasonably anticipated.
Page x - ... inquiries. The accuracy and public as well as professional usefulness of which were so clearly apparent that the Committee of the College, in their letters to the Privy Council, recommended the printing of them for the public information, as forming "a very valuable addition to the then known experience of the disease, procured by great diligence and painful and unremitted observation.
Page 14 - The first symptoms of cholera showed themselves indeed in such a peculiar manner as almost to exclude even the suspicion of its importation; and it is reasonable to conclude, that the disease originated here in some manner that has, as yet, not been explained. This is corroborated by the statements...
Page 59 - ... otherwise judiciously placed in the bath with respect to the gradually inclined position of the body, and due support of the head, neck, and shoulders ; and the immersion, or subjection, should be short, merely time sufficient for the positive communication of heat and its effects, and no longer, when he ought to be as gently and judiciously taken out, well wrapt up in hot blankets, promptly laid on a bed, and gently rubbed with warm, dry, coarse, but soft thread towels, all over ; and wiped...
Page viii - Physician-General of the Town Hospital. This important document I was unable to recover, although I made proper inquiry for it. It appeared that the Board of Health, instituted in the beginning of the Summer of 1831, had duly received the medical report in question; but that, at the time of my arrival in London, it was not in possession of the Committee of the College of...
Page 59 - ... which is particularly observable in the brain and heart. Either ought, as I have intimated, to be used in the critical moment at the beginning of the disease, or, at farthest, instantly after, if admissible even then. To obviate the determination of blood to the head, cold applications ought to be occasionally applied to it, while the patient is in the bath: such as muriate of ammonia, during its solution, and other very cooling applications.
Page viii - Report <t, containing a mass of circurnstanstial evidence, in support of my conclusions, that the disease had not been imported into Dantzick, and that it did not prove contagious in that city. This Report, it will be proper to state here, comprised certain authentic isolated cases of Cholera, and the four first acknowledged cases of the Epidemic, which had all occurred previously to the first arrival of vessels from Russian ports, together with authentic communications from the physicians "m charge...
Page ix - ... great regret in having exposed you to additional trouble." The Committee of the College would, I need not say, most certainly have delivered up that Report with the rest, had it been in their possession. In a question of such vital importance as that of the contagion of Cholera, it is not a little singular that such a document should be thus missing. Had any accident happened to me whereby my papers had been lost on my passage home, or had I left Dantzick without getting the rough drafts of my...
Page xi - Reports upon Cholera to Government, was, that it was intended to bind up and circulate them with the second edition of the St. Petersburg Reports, not completed. This was rather an unfair arrangement, inasmuch as the facts and results of the two Reports were diametrically opposite, and inasmuch as the contents of the latter were apparently greater ; while the comparative labour and observation bestowed upon each could not be readily perceived, except by such persons as are acquainted with the various...

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