Canadian Practitioner Volume 30

Canadian Practitioner Volume 30

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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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... subject, came to the conclusion that belladonna is the most valuable drug that we can employ. Theoretically, digitalis and ergot should do good, by toning lip the blood vessels and slowing the rapid heart, but though some good results have been reported, on the whole they are disappointing, and digitalis often seems to do harm and is here peculiarly apt to disturb the stomach. Strophanthus is not so open to this objection. The employment of preparations of iron has given rise to much divergence of opinion, some thinking that it is most valuable, while others condemn its use. When anaemia exists, as is often the case, it seems only rational to employ the drug, not for the treatment of the symptoms of Graves' disease, but in order to get the blood into a better condition. Arsenic and phosphorus are often used for their tonic effects, and it is interesting to note that an Italian worker, Dr. Luigi Macageri, found by experiments on dogs that both of these drugs lessen the secretion of the thyroid gland through changes produced in the epithelium. Be this as it may, it is quite certain that they have no powerful action in this way when used in medicinal doses. To recapitulate, the non-surgical treatment of exophthalmic goitre mav be summarized as follows; 1. First, and most important, the patient should be placed in a state of physical, mental and emotional rest If the case be at all acute, she had better be kept entirely recumbent, as the upright position will greatly hasten the heart's action. As a rule these cases do better away from home, either in a hospital or sanitarium. In some cases the strict regime of the Weir Mitchell treatment is advisable. 2. By careful dieting, and in every way possible, the general health should be raised, more

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