On cerebria and other diseases of the brain

Paperback | May 20, 2014

byCharles Elam

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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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. ON SOFTENING OF THE BRAIN. Scarcely any subject has received more attention during the last fifty years than that of alterations of texture and consistence in the brain; and upon none has there been more difference of opinion as to their essential nature--a difference which is by no means set at rest even now. Some authorities pronounce all softening to be the result of inflammation. Others ascribe but a very secondary influence to inflammation, and consider that the greater part of the cases of softening met with are the result of nutritive defects due to vascular obstruction, degeneration, or disease. And even amongst those who recognise freely the agency of both classes of causes, there is great variety in the views as to which special forms should be attributed to one or the other. And, again, although the fact is not contested by any authors that Softening does exist, many are of opinion that it is highly unphilosophical to recognise it as such; that it has no claim to an independent existence or nomenclature, but should be considered altogether with reference to its essential nature and causation. From Bouilland in 1825 to M. Hayem in 18G8, and even later amongst our own writers, this view has been urged, that " softening," considered as a pathological state, is as unsatisfactory a description as "paralysis" or "apoplexy" would be; and that it ought to be treated under the heads of inflammation or vascular obstruction, etc. As a matter of pure reason, this is doubtless correct; and when the time arrives that every pathological change can, without controversy, be referred to its original source, and the first link in the chain of morbid causation can be clearly traced, then, but not until then, can our nomenclature and...

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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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. ON SOFTENING OF THE BRAIN. Scarcely any subject has received more attention during the last fifty ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217520340

ISBN - 13:9780217520348

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