The Study Of Medicine Volume 3

Paperback | June 28, 2012

byJohn Mason Good

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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. 1823 edition. Excerpt: ...The stiffness, however, increases, he finds it impossible to turn-bis head on either side without turning his body: he cannot open his jaws without pain, and he has some difficulty in swallowing. A spastic and aching traction now suddenly darts at times towards the ensiform cartilage, and thence strikes through to the back, augmenting all the previous symptoms to such a degree that the patient is no longer able to support himself, and is compelled to take to his bed. The pathognomic symptom in this variety is the spasm under the sternum which is perpetually increasing in vehemence; and, instead of returning, as at first, once in two or three hours, returns now every ten or fifteen minutes; immediately after which all the host of concomitant contractions renew their violence and with additional severity: Military Surgery, p. 247. the head is forcibly retracted, and the jaws snap with a fixation that rarely allows them to be afterwards opened wide enough to admit the little finger. This vehemence of paroxysms may not, perhaps, last longer than for a few minutes or even seconds: but the spastic action prevails so considerably, even through the intervals, that it is difficult for an attendant to bend the contorted limbs into any thing like an easy or reclined position. The breathing is quick and laborious, and the pulse though calmer and less hurried, small and irregular. The face is sometimes pale but oftener flushed, the tongue stiff and torpid but not much furred; the whole countenance evinces the most marked signs of deep distress, and swallowing is pertinaciously abstained from, as accompanied with great difficulty and often producing a sudden renewal of the paroxysms. The last stage of the disease is truly pitiable. The spasms return every...

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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. 1823 edition. Excerpt: ...The stiffness, however, increases, he finds it impossible to turn-bis head on either side without turning his body: he ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.41 inPublished:June 28, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217899455

ISBN - 13:9780217899451

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