Vegetable Charcoal: Its Medicinal and Economic Properties with Practical Remarks on Its Use in Chronic Affections of the Stomach and Bowels

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John Churchill, 1857 - Charcoal - 90 pages
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Page 18 - ... blood. The severe and peculiar dyspeptic symptoms sometimes produced by inveterate snuff-taking are well known ; and I have more than once seen such cases terminate fatally with malignant disease of the stomach and liver.
Page 18 - I have more than once seen such cases terminate fatally with malignant disease of the stomach and liver. Great smokers, also, especially those who employ short pipes and cigars, are said to be liable to cancerous affections of the lips. But it happens with tobacco, as with deleterious articles of diet, the strong and healthy suffer comparatively little, while the weak and predisposed to disease fall victims to its poisonous operation. Surely, if the dictates of reason were allowed to prevail, an...
Page 17 - ... and pernicious agency. Tobacco disorders the assimilating functions in general, but particularly as I believe, the assimilation of the saccharine principle. I have never, indeed, been able to trace the development of oxalic acid to the use of tobacco ; but that some analogous and equally poisonous principle (probably of an acid nature,) is generated in certain individuals by its abuse, is evident from their cachectic looks, and from the dark and often greenishyellow tint of their blood.
Page 17 - ... its stupifying and pernicious agency. Tobacco disorders the assimilating functions in general, but particularly, as I believe, the assimilation of the saccharine principle. I have never, indeed, been able to trace the development of oxalic acid to the use of tobacco...
Page 79 - The mouldiness frequently spoken of by authors could not be seen. 1'he post-mortem examination showed the stomach half full of pieces of sausage, floating in a pulpy mass, half digested, of the same. Considerable irritation and mammillation of the mucous coat existed, especially towards the pyloric orifice. The mucous coat of the small intestines was irritated throughout, small puncta of blood being observable over the surface, which was bathed in increased mucous secretion. The brain was congested,...
Page 78 - I saw him, the general surface was cold ; the limbs rigid ; the teeth very firmly clenched; the pupils largely dilated, and insensible to stimulus : and he had occasional convulsive spasm of the lips. The lips were livid; the face was deadly pale; no pulse could be felt at the wrist; and the respirations were only three in the minute. He died in about ten or fifteen minutes, and about three hours after eating the sausage, as nearly...
Page 78 - ... and he had occasional convulsive spasm of the lips. The lips were livid; the face was deadly pale; no pulse could be felt at the wrist ; and the respirations were only three in the minute. He died in about ten or fifteen minutes, and about three hours after eating the sausage, as nearly as could be learnt from the confused statements of the mother. The remaining portion of the sausage, which was one of the German smoked and dried kind, showed some incipient softening and decomposition (not putrefactive)...
Page 17 - TOBACCO. Although confessedly one of the most virulent poisons in nature, yet such is the fascinating influence of this noxious weed, that mankind resort to it in every mode they can devise' to ensure its stupefying and pernicious agency.
Page 76 - ... sufficient animal charcoal was given simultaneously with them, or in some cases before the peculiar effects of the drug were developed. It also prevented, but less completely, the action of the bichloride of mercury, and of the salts of copper and lead. Dr. Garrod concludes from his experiments : — 1st, That animal charcoal has the power of combining in the stomach with the poisonous principles of animal and vegetable substances, and that the compounds thus produced are innoxious ; therefore,...
Page 79 - In Germany such cases are fearfully prevalent. In Wurtemburg alone, according to official returns, more than four hundred cases have occurred in the past fifty years, of which a hundred and fifty died. Of these, forty per cent, occurred in the month of April ; and this has been put down as a matter of some importance in determining the character of the poison, which is said usually to manifest its symptoms in from...

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