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Specific Diagnosis and Specific Medication (Classic Reprint)
John William Fyfe
No preview available - 2016
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Page 300 - We use the term specific with relation to definite pathological conditions, and propose to say, that certain well determined deviations from the healthy state, will always be corrected by certain specific medicines.
Page 446 - Milk, is given in such a case every hour or two hours, the results are most striking. The swelling becomes smaller, the pus reaches the surface in four or five days, and when it is evacuated leaves a benign wound which quickly heals. The effects of these remedies are equally conspicuous in mammary abscesses, although in rare instances they appear temporarily to increase the pain — a remark which seems sometimes to hold good with respect to boils. But as a rule the pain is speedily mitigated. Singular...
Page 685 - In some diseases of women, in spermatorrhœa and prostatorrhoea, in heart disease, and some other chronic affections, we find certain head symptoms playing an important part, and giving a good deal of trouble. The patient is nervous, restless, has an active imagination for disease, a fear of impending -danger, etc. These symptoms are very unpleasant, and not unfrequently prevent the curative action of remedies. Pulsatilla reaches them and gives prompt and certain relief.
Page 23 - The medical practitioner may found his main divisions of diseases on their treatment as medical or surgical; the pathologist, on the nature of the morbid action or product; the anatomist or the physiologist on the tissues and organs involved; the medical jurist, on the suddenness or the slowness of the death; and all these points well deserve attention in a statistical classification.
Page 12 - And lastly, when we try to ascertain what happens in th« eye when that organ is adjusted to different distances : . or what in a nerve when it is excited : or of what materials flesh and blood are made : or in virtue of what mechanism it is that a sudden pain makes one start — we have to call into operation all the methods of inductive and deductive logic ; all the resources of physics and chemistry ; and all the delicacies of the art of experiment.
Page 381 - Watery fullness of cellular tissues — oedema: puffiness of eyelids, and wrinkled lids as if the parts had recently been swollen; feet full and oedematous, pitting upon pressure ; constipation with oedema ; scanty urine; skin glistening; circulation sluggish; passive hemorrhages; menorrhagia.
Page 24 - We know from the valuable returns of the registrar-general, prepared periodically by Dr. Farr, that certain diseases are decreasing, or growing less and less destructive; that certain other diseases have ceased in some measure ; while other severe diseases have exhibited a tendency to increase. The advantages, therefore, of adopting some system of classifying diseases, which can be put to such useful practical purposes, must be obvious to every one.
Page 411 - The symptoms calling for the use of Belladonna are usually very plain : the patient is dull and stupid — and the child drowsy, and sleeps with its eyes partly open ; the countenance expressionless; the eyes are dull, and the pupils dilated, or immobile ; whilst as it continues respiration becomes affected, and the blood imperfectly aerated. In these cases I prescribe Belladonna : in the adult, in the proportion of gtt.
Page 549 - ... with certainty. This being a common complication in diseases of childhood, it is especially the child's remedy. "Acting in this direction, it lessens the frequency of the heart's action, and removes obstruction to the free flow of blood — a sedative. It also increases secretion in the same way.
Page 606 - All the fatal symptoms gave way to those of returning health, the patient passing from a death-struggle into a peaceful slumber, from which he awoke after three hours, somewhat weak. Another dose was given, which was followed by a still more pronounced reaction for the better. The patient from that time continued to convalesce and, with the exception of a postdiphtheria pharyngeal paralysis, made a rapid recovery, the paralysis yielding to another dose of the same remedy.