A New Medical Dictionary: Containing an Explanation of the Terms in Anatomy, Physiology ... and the Various Branches of Natural Philosophy Connected with Medicine

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E. & R. Parker, M. Carey, and B. Warner, 1817 - Medicine - 870 pages
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Page 268 - On the contrary, if the pulse be feeble or intermitting, the countenance pale, the lips livid, the skin cold, the swollen belly soft and fluctuating, or the anasarcous limbs readily pitting under the pressure of the finger, we may expect the diuretic effects to follow in a kindly manner.
Page 78 - The difficulty of breathing continuing to increase for some length of time, both inspiration and expiration are performed slowly, and with a wheezing noise ; the speech becomes difficult and uneasy ; a propensity to coughing succeeds, and the patient can no longer remain in a horizontal position, being as it were threatened with immediate suffocation. These symptoms usually continue till towards the approach of morning, and then a remission commonly takes place ; the breathing becomes less laborious...
Page 335 - GALL, in natural history, denotes any protuberance or tumor produced by the puncture of insects on plants and trees of different kinds. Galls are of various forms and sizes, and no less different with regard to their internal structure. Some have only one cavity, and others a number of small cells communicating with each other. Some are as hard as the wood of the tree they grow on, others are soft and spongy.
Page 101 - ... changes quickly in the air, swells, becomes soft, and falls into a white powder with the acquisition of about one-fifth of its weight. This slacking is much more active and speedy than that of lime. It combines with phosphorus, which compound decomposes water rapidly. It unites to sulphur by the dry and humid way. It has a powerful attraction for water, which it absorbs with a hissing noise, and consolidates it strongly. It is soluble in twenty times its weight of cold, and twice its weight of...
Page 90 - ... we find for a considerable time it will exhibit the properties of an acid, it will have a sour taste, and convert vegetable blue colours into red ; but if we continue to add greater quantities of soda, these acid properties will gradually diminish, and at last disappear altogether. At that point...
Page 419 - Each irritable part differs from the rest in regard to the quantity of irritability which it possesses. This law explains to us the reason of the great diversity which we observe in the action of various irritable parts : thus the muscles of voluntary motion can remain a long time in a state of action, and, if it be continued as long as possible, another considerable portion of...
Page 84 - THAT the power of attraction really exists is obvious from the slightest view of the phenomena of nature. It is proved with mathematical certainty that the celestial bodies, which constitute the solar system, are urged towards each other by a force which preserves them in their orbits. It is further proved beyond any doubt, that this planetary attraction is possessed not only by the heavenly bodies as wholes, but that it also extends to the smaller' particles of which they are formed, as may be evinced...
Page 256 - Take of sarsaparilla, sliced, five ounces ; boiling water, four pints ; macerate for four hours, in a vessel lightly covered, near the fire, then take out and bruise the sarsaparilla.
Page 82 - Acetous acid diminishes the odour, but its action is slow and incomplete. 7. Acetic acid acts instantly, and destroys the fetid odour of infected air completely. 8. The fumes of nitric acid, first employed by Dr. Carmichael Smith, are equally efficacious.
Page 51 - ... seemed to threaten a suspension of life by a perseverance in exertion, usually go off upon the person's standing still, or turning from the wind ; but, in a more advanced stage, they do not so readily recede, and the paroxysms are much more violent. During the fit, the pulse sinks, in a greater or less degree, and becomes irregular ; the face and extremities are pale, and bathed in a cold sweat, and, for a while, the patient is perhaps deprived of the powers of sense and voluntary motion. The...

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