Pulmonary Consumption: Its Nature, Variety, and Treatment; With an Analysis of One Thousand Cases to Exemplify Its Duration (Classic Reprint)

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It is not possible to convey in a few words the Views on the nature of Phthisis, to which I have been led by observation and reflection on the facts and Opinions of others as well as my own but the popular terms decline and consumption are the most significant which I can employ to represent them. I believe Pulmonary Con sumption to arise from a decline or deficiency Of vitality in the natural bioplasm or germinal matter; and this deficiency manifests its effects not only in a general wast ing or atrophy of the whole body, but also in a peculiar degradation, chiefly in the lungs and lymphatic system, of portions Of this bioplasm into a sluggish low-lived, yet proliferating, matter, which, instead of maintaining the nutrition and integrity of the tissues (which is the natural office of the bioplasm), clogs them and irritates them with a substance which is more or less prone to decay.

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