Anaesthesia, Hospitalism, Hermaphroditism, and a Proposal to Stamp Out Small-Pox and Other Contagious Diseases
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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ... absorbing, and instrumental in their support." 1 Perhaps some special modification in the application of electricity, galvanism, or magnetism, to the part to be locally anaesthetised, may be yet found capable of effecting this object. I have tried several experiments of the kind, but, as yet, without much success. The possibility of deep local anaesthesia existing in diseased states (as in colica pictonum, hysteria, hypochondriasis, etc.), without the general sensibility or consciousness being affected, is well shown in a late interesting essay of M. Beau, in the Archives Gintrales de Midecine for January 1848. He relates one case of an insane patient who broke his fibula, and continued to walk about without pain until the limb became inflamed and gangrenous. It was then amputated, and still without the patient apparently suffering in any degree during the operation. that he had felt the limbs plunged in carbonic acid much benumbed; and Collard de Martigny found that, when the general surface of his body was immersed in carbonic acid (arrangements being made so that none of it was breathed), giddiness, ringing in the ears, and the other symptoms produced by the action of this gas, supervened in eight or ten minutes, proving that it was absorbed. Davy felt the premonitory exhilaration of nitrous oxide gas by exposing the surface of his body to it in the same way. Chaussier3 enclosed the leg of a dog in a bag containing sulphuretted hydrogen, and found that he could in this way, in a few minutes, induce the poisonous effects of this gas; and similar experiments were repeated by Lebkuchner4 and Nysten,8 and my friend Dr. Madden,6 on the rabbit, etc., with similar results. I have held my hand enclosed in a bag filled with the constantly-renewed...
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