Guy; 'a Hospital Reports

Guy; 'a Hospital Reports

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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. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ... which pyogenic membranes have of pouring out pus, so that instead of being absorbed, the quantity is increased, the pressure on the brain heightened, and the way prepared for an unfavorable course as well as a fatal termination." We can hardly admit that the structure of the cyst, is alone the cause of the unfavorable issue, since there is nothing in it different from that of chronic abscesses in general, which occasionally do contract and dry up. In Case xiv the pus was actually beginning to undergo the earthy infiltration indicative of such a process. It is probably rather to other circumstances than this that we must refer the fatal result. The pus of cerebral abscess is prone to undergo decomposition. All observers have noticed the occasional fetor of these collections, quite apart from any communication with bone or the external air. In this occurrence, and in the extreme alkalinity and mucoid character of the pus, which is so frequent in these cases, we cannot but recognise chemical peculiarities which oppose that quiescence of capillary action necessary to the process of cure. The surrounding tissue also after much stretching becomes inflamed, and so brings on a fatal termination. The direction in which cerebral abscess extends is frequently in itself also a fatal one. Following the line of least resistance, it slowly approaches the cavity of the lateral ventricles into which there is at last rupture. This accident may give rise to the earliest acute symptoms indicative of important disease of the brain, and then the case may be singularly perplexing. In contrast to the insidious course of the disease wheu the abscess is encysted, are some instances of acute suppuration, and often sloughing where the brain becomes involved by...show more

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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 331g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236633725
  • 9781236633729