The Action of Medicines

The Action of Medicines

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ... of the posterior extremities, their arterial tension being at first elevated, and then reduced. The vaso-motor centre during the reduction of pressure is inexcitable, which would lead to the conclusion that the elevation of arterial tension was due to its sti1nulation; the heart-beat is increased, then decreased, and finally augmented. One of my pupils, Dr. R. M. Smith, injected a drachm of alcohol diluted into the jugular of cats towards the heart; here the pulse rose greatly, and remained above normal, whilst the blood-pressure fell during the first minute, rose greatly during the next, and in five minutes fell below normal, and remained there. It increases urinary and salivary secretion. ON MAN. It excites first the cerebrum, then the cerebellum, then the medulla spinalis, finally the medulla oblongata, afterwards depressing their functions. During the stage of excitement, the brain is hyperaeniic, whilst in the depression there is anaemia. It reduces the temperature, preceded at times by a slight rise. On persons used to the drug, it exerts hardly any eflect on the heat of the body. VVhen pure alcohol is ingested, it leaves no taint to the breath, which if observed is due to fusel oil or the ethers. It is mainly oxidized in the body, forming finally carbonic acid and water, which products are excreted by the lungs. It may be excreted as alcohol by the kidneys and skin. It reduces the amount of urea in the renal excretion, and the carbonic acid given off by the lungs. Dr. Hammond has shown that on a diet through which he lost weight, when alcohol was added he gained Weight. This fact, taken in connection with the oxidation of this substance in the body, like other foods, cause it to be a true food. During its combustion, it, like other..show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236904168
  • 9781236904164