Diagnosis and Surgical Treatment of Abdominal Tumours

Diagnosis and Surgical Treatment of Abdominal Tumours

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...icecap for the head to any other arrangement. Before antiseptics, the head was kept cool for a day or two in about half the cases. Since antiseptics, I have scarcely ever found it necessary. The bowels are kept quiet after the operation; and as long as the patient feels comfortable, their action needs not be brought on, even if they do not act for 10 days or more. I have known the bowels to be 19 days without acting, and then act naturally without any painful effort. An enema of warm water or a dose of castor oil will bring on their action if not spontaneous. Hard faecal masses in the rectum may cause tenesmus, keep up a spurious diarrhoea, and thus render the patient uncomfortable. Their presence will be discovered by digital examination. They should be broken up with the finger or a spoon, and the bowels afterwards cleared by injecting warm water. It the first motion fatigues the patient and renders her restless, it will be advisable to have it followed by an opiate enema. Vomiting is often a troublesome symptom, less so when methylene has been used than after chloroform. It is sometimes relieved by giving small pieces of ice to suck, or to swallow as ice pills; sometimes by draughts of hot water. But this is sometimes dangerous by leading to accumulations of large quantities of fluid in the stomach. If this accumulation and consequent faintness aTe observed, it may be necessary to empty the stomach by the stomach-pump. Of all medicines, I have found 15-grain doses of bromide of potassium in 2 ounces of water the most useful. Next to that, 3 to 5 drops of prussic acid. Flatulence, often a very troublesome symptom, may be relieved by passing the elastic tube of an enema apparatus up the rectum. An enema of 5 grains of quinine in 1 ounce of water...show more

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  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 263g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236515218
  • 9781236515216