Medical Reports on the Effects of Water, Cold and Warm, as a Remedy in Fever and Other Febrile Diseases ..

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Cadell & Davies, 1805 - Fever - 339 pages
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Page 82 - Extract from an account of cases of Typhus Fever, in which the affusion of Cold Water has been applied in the London House of Recovery, by WP Dunsdale, MD 1 2tno Lond.
Page 25 - ... bath in fever, We suspect that this is entirely imaginary. Dr. Currie was certainly very bold in its administration, and had extensive experience of its effects. In the second edition of his work he says : " I have thus related all the instances which have occurred to me since the last edition of this volume (a period of five years of extensive and attentive observation), in which the affusion of water on the surface of the body, cold or tepid, proved either less beneficial in its effects in...
Page 92 - ... in the evening; but it may be safely used at any time of the day, when there is no sense of chilliness present, when the heat of the surface is steadily above what is natural, and when there is no general or profuse sensible perspiration.
Page 10 - ... of Fahrenheit. The room was close, and I desired the only window in it opened. The wind from the northwest blew directly into this window, and the bed being situated between it and the chimney, a pretty brisk stream of air passed over it. The patient had just thrown off a considerable part of his bed clothes and was exposed naked to the breeze. I sat by him with my finger on his pulse watching the effect. In a little time the pulse fell from 120 to 114 in the minute; he became more tranquil,...
Page 47 - It is sometimes necessary to use it ten or twelve times in twenty-four hours. At the end of this time, but commonly earlier, the force of the fever is broken, and a few tepid affusions, at longer intervals, are sufficient to subdue it entirely. During this time, cold water and lemonade should be used as drinks, and the bowels opened, if necessary, by calomel. In a few cases, I have thought it advisable to assist the affusion by the diaphoretic power of a solution of tartarized antimony. If left to...
Page 14 - ... paroxysm of a violent delirium precipitated himself into the Nile. He was taken out about half an hour afterwards, and perfectly recovered. On this subject Dr. Currie observes : " How fruitless and how perverted are the efforts by which learning and science have attempted to come at this fatal disease ! The best remedies for the plague were probably missed by the physicians both of France and England ; they were not to be traced in the prevailing systems of Medicine, or in the pharmacy of our...
Page 47 - ... naked body. This produces its usual cooling effects, but these are less permanent than in typhus. In one or two hours afterwards, the heat is often found, on examination, as great as before. The affusion is therefore repeated again and again, as the obstinacy of the heat may indicate. It is sometimes necessary to use it ten or twelve times in twenty-four hours.
Page 17 - They [the labouring poor] demand our constant attention. To inform their minds, to repress their vices, to assist their labours, to invigorate their activity, and to improve their comforts; — these are the noblest offices of enlightened minds in superior stations.
Page 44 - Great debility, oppression, head-ach, pain in the back, vomiting, and sometimes purging, accompany its rapid progress : the patient sinks into the low delirium, and expires' on the second, third, or fourth day.
Page 227 - ... many respects, similar to that adopted in 1800, of which we have formerly given some account. The lancet, however, was more sparingly employed, as symptoms indicating its use seemed less to require it. Calomel, in all cases, was liberally exhibited, both with a view to produce, in the commencement, a full and speedy evacuation, and afterwards, also, in such forms as have been found to bring on most readily a salivation; which, in every instance, with us, as has been often noticed by others, was...

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