On chronic alcoholic intoxication

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Churchill, 1862 - 258 pages
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Page 106 - The poor victim, deeply convinced of the hopelessness of his case, replied thus : ' My good friend, your remarks are just ; they are, indeed, too true ; but I can no longer resist temptation. If a bottle of brandy stood at one hand, and the pit of hell yawned at the other, and if I were convinced I would be pushed in as sure as I took one glass, I could not refrain...
Page 230 - ... of their employments. Both to prevent primary attack and recurrence of fever and ague, strict sobriety is demanded — a conclusion at . variance with the popular but erroneous belief. "This influence of alcohol as a predisposing cause of febrile diseases probably results from the abuse of alcohol interfering with the healthy process of nutrition and lessening the general standard of health — a morbid poison exerting thereby more readily its baleful action.
Page 25 - The general appearances resemble more or less closely those of asphyxia; the right side of the heart, the pulmonary arteries, and the systemic veins being loaded with blood...
Page 33 - that a slighter form of this disorder, marked by tremors of the hands and feet, deficiency of nervous power, and occasional illusions, will sometimes appear as a consequence of habitual tippling, even without intoxication having been once produced.
Page 98 - ... blood for some time afterwards. There is a striking analogy between the symptoms arising from spirits taken internally, and those produced by injuries of the brain. Concussion of the brain, which may be considered as the slightest degree of injury, occasions a state of mind resembling intoxication, and the resemblance in some instances is so complete, that the most accurate observer cannot form a diagnosis, except from the history of the case.
Page 29 - ... (organic) modifications of the central or peripheric portions of the nervous system, which may be detected during life, or discovered after death by ocular inspection ; such symptoms, moreover, affecting individuals who have persisted for a considerable length of time in the abuse of alcoholic liquors.
Page 95 - ... appetite, and vomiting or dry retching in the morning, with a white or furred tongue, and a slow pulse. The power of digestion is much enfeebled, and if the patient eat at any time what for others would be a very moderate meal, he is apt to vomit soon afterwards, and to be troubled by pain in the stomach, and flatulence. . . . This disorder, like the vice from which it springs, is most frequent in men of middle age, and is generally associated with more or less of that strange and peculiar disturbance...
Page 118 - recommend one remedy for a certain symptom, and another remedy for another symptom, but endeavours to show that there exists a substance possessed of powerful and definite medicinal properties, and having the remarkable property of restoring to health, or at all events of greatly relieving, the disordered nervous system of persons suffering from chronic alcoholism...
Page 22 - The trachea was no sooner opened than the distension of the veins about the head and neck subsided, the violent efforts of the extra-respiratory muscles ceased, and in about half an hour regular and easy respiration through the wound was completely established ; at the same time the pupils became slightly sensible to the stimulus of light, and the pulse returned to the wrist. The immediate result of the operation being thus...
Page 67 - ... wine. To the other child, of nearly the same age, and equally unused to wine, he gave an orange. In the course of a week, a very marked difference was perceptible in the pulse, urine, and evacuations from the bowels of the two children. The pulse of the first child was raised, the urine high coloured, and the evacuations destitute of their usual quantity of bile. In the other child, no change whatever was produced. He then reversed the experiment, giving to the first the orange, and to the second...

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