Essays and Orations, Read and Delivered at the Royal College of Physicians; To Which Is Added an Acount of the Opening of the Tomb of King Charles I

Essays and Orations, Read and Delivered at the Royal College of Physicians; To Which Is Added an Acount of the Opening of the Tomb of King Charles I

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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. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ...seriously ill with fever. His head appeared to be affected on the fifth day, and on the seventh, when I was first called into consultation with another physician who had attended him with great care and judgment from the commencement of his illness, we found him in the highest possible state of excitement. He was stark naked, standing upright in bed, his eyes flashing fire, exquisitely alive to every movement about him, and so irascible as not to be approached without increasing his irritation to a degree of fury. He was put under coercion, and, amongst other expedients, emetic tartar was ordered to be administered to him, in doses of a grain each time, at proper intervals. On the eleventh day of his disease I was informed by my colleague, when we met, and by the attendants, that he was become quite calm, and seemed much better. It was remarked, indeed, that he had said, repeatedly, that he should die; that under this conviction he had talked with great composure of his affairs; that he had mentioned several debts which he had contracted, and made provision for their payment; that he had dictated messages to his mother, who was abroad, expressive of his affection, and had talked much of a sister who had died the year before, and whom, he said, he knew he was about to follow immediately. To my questions, whether he had slept previously to this state of quietude, and whether his pulse had come down, it was answered--No; he had not slept, and H his pulse was quicker than ever. Then it was evident that this specious improvement was unreal, that the clearing up of his mind was a mortal sign, ' a lightening before death, ' and that he would die forthwith. On entering his room, he did not notice us; his eyes were fixed on vacancy, he was occupied...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123653509X
  • 9781236535092