A Manual of Diseases of the Nervous System by William Richard GowersA Manual of Diseases of the Nervous System by William Richard Gowers

A Manual of Diseases of the Nervous System

byWilliam Richard Gowers

Paperback | October 24, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...the ordinary form. There is, however, one exception to the rule that a spreading myelitis is disseminated; the diffuse transverse form that is secondary to some other morbid processes, either to compression from without, or to haemorrhage within the cord, often undergoes subsequent extension. Acute myelitis in syphilitic subjects, even if due to syphilis, presents no distinguishing features, nor is its course influenced by antisyphilitic treatment. But the latter fact is true of all acute syphilitic inflammations--the tissue destroyed by the process cannot be restored by the removal of the cause. In rare cases, however, an acute parenchymatous myelitis in a syphilitic subject is suggested by the limited impairment of a certain function. In such cases, and in others in which the symptoms point to a toxic bloodstate acting on the nerve-elements without destruction of tissue, the effect of treatment seems to confirm the diagnosis. If transverse myelitis has been diagnosed, the question should always be asked, Is it primary, or secondary to some other process, of which the most common is compression of the cord? We have seen that myelitis may result, even in acute form, from external pressure, which may be that of a growth or of disease of the bone. The indications are, first, the fact that root-pains at the level of the disease preceded the myelitis for at least some weeks; and secondly, the direct evidence of a disease, as caries or cancer of the spine, to which the inflammation may be secondary. The spinal column should be carefully examined in all cases, not merely once, but again and again. When the myelitis is developed there may be no signs of bone disease, and yet these may appear in the course of a few weeks or months. Myelitis in a...
Title:A Manual of Diseases of the Nervous SystemFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.67 inPublished:October 24, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1231951125

ISBN - 13:9781231951125

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