Cyclopaedia of the Practice of Medicine Volume 11

Cyclopaedia of the Practice of Medicine Volume 11

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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. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ... the face, and in the cavity of the mouth, and may be divided into the already mentioned categories of primary and induced pressure points. Remak has also called attention to certain points in the cervical region of 'the spinal column (transverse processes that are situated at the level of the different cervical ganglia of the sympathetic) on which, when pressure is made, or to which, if galvanic treatment be applied, arrest of the spasm and a cure may be effected. He associates these with sympathetic nerve fibres distributed to the arteries at the base of the brain, and attributes the curative effects of the galvanic current to its indirect catalytic action. Similar inhibitory pressure points effecting arrest of the spasm may sometimes be found in more remote parts of the body, as over the brachial plexus, the vertebral column, and the wrist, and no pains should be spared to discover them. Tonic spasm of the facial muscles presents essentially different features. The half of the face affected exhibits a peculiar rigidity; it remains at rest during mimetic movements; the furrows are deeper; the face is slightly drawn towards the affected side; the angle of the mouth is distorted; the fissure of the lid is smaller, and the eyebrow is drawn upwards; mastication is rendered diflicult upon the affected side, in consequence of the deficient mobility of the cheeks; a disagreeable sensation of tension is experienced in the muscles affected, the fixed and stiffened condition of which is only interrupted occasionally by sudden twitchings of one or several muscles. Trismus of the same side often accompanies this tonic spasm of the facial muscles. If the spasm affect both sides, a peculiar and characteristic aspect is presented by the face, ...
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  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 431g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236955382
  • 9781236955388