Rheumatism; Its Nature, Its Pathology And Its Successful Treatment

Paperback | February 4, 2012

byThomas John Maclagan

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XV. THE TREATMENT OF LOCO-MOTOR RHEUMATISM. If the pathology of rheumatism has been unsatisfactory, its treatment has been not less so. There is probably no disease in which so many different modes of treatment have been had recourse to. There is none in which medicinal treatment has, until very recently, more completely failed to shorten the duration of the malady. The special mode of treatment in vogue at a given time, has generally depended on the views held regarding the nature and mode of production of rheumatism. During the last century, and the first half of this, rheumatism was regarded as a 'phlegmasia'--as an inflammation dependent, like other inflammatory affections, on exposure to cold; and differing from them only in the nature of the textures involved. The treatment of inflammation was, at that time, essentially antiphlogistic, and consisted in the adoption of various means of depletion. The chief of these was bleeding. Sydenham, the father of English medicine, wrote in 1666 that "the cure of rheumatism is to be sought by bloodletting." His rule was to take ten ounces of blood as soon as he saw the patient, to repeat the operation the following day, to do it again in a day or two, and, for the fourth and generally the last time, three or four days later. But he was not satisfied with the results of this practice; for in 1679, ten years before his death, he says in a letter to Dr. Brady, "I, like yourself, have lamented that rheumatism cannot be cured without great and repeated losses of blood. This weakens the patient at the time; and if he have been previously weak, makes him more liable to other diseases for some years.... Reflecting upon this, I judged it likely that diet, simple, cool and nutritious, might do the work of repeated...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XV. THE TREATMENT OF LOCO-MOTOR RHEUMATISM. If the pathology of rheumatism has been unsatisfactory, its treatment has ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:102 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217866891

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