Bacchus, an Essay on the Nature, Causes, Effects, and Cure for Intemperance

Bacchus, an Essay on the Nature, Causes, Effects, and Cure for Intemperance

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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. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...pale saistance. Dr. T. H. Burgess, of London, not long ago made & post mortem examination of a person who had, for a considerable period, been accustomed to indulge immoderately in the use of ardent spirits. "The liver," he states "wasfriable when touched, and almost tumbled to pieces in the hand." Topers commonly taunt each other with being "white livered," a phrase perfectly familiar to that class of society. Enlargement of the liver is a very common result of intemperance: sometimes even to double its natural extent, accompanied very generally, with almost complete disorganization of its structure. The author of the small Essay which has been previously quoted, states, that he has met with several cases in which the liver had become enlarged from intemperance, so as to occupy a great part of the cavity of the abdomen, weighing from eight to twelve pounds, when it should not have weighed more than four or five. The effects of ardent spirits in increasing the bulk of the liver, have been observed in other animals besides man. London fowldealers, are said to mix gin with the food of birds, by which means their livers are swelled to a great size. Mr. Upton, of London, informs us that when in Edinburgh, in 1784, when spirituous liquors were more generally drunk in Scotland, he "witnessed the fatal consequences in the infirmary there, by an enlargement of the liver to an extent almost unprecedented in this country; its figure could be distinctly traced on the parietes of the abdomen, with a pencil; the other contents of the belly being pressed down into the pelvis by its magnitude; always proving fatal, and the instances very numerous indeed.""f Dr. C. A. Lee states, that he has...show more

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  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 699g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236886534
  • 9781236886538