A Handbook of the Theory and Practice of Medicine Volume 1

A Handbook of the Theory and Practice of Medicine Volume 1

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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. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ... contagium is conveyed in each disease, and the channels by which it enters the system; the condi-tions, both intrinsic to the individual and extrinsic, which affect its propagation; the period of incubation; and the effect upon the patient of previous attacks, whether these afford probable security against future attacks, or increase the predisposition to the disease. The early recognition of a particular acute specific disease may be much aided by the fact that an epidemic is prevalent at the time; or by direct evidence that the patient has been exposed to infection in some way, or has been under the influence of some other well-known cause, such as malaria. It not uncommonly happens, however, that very careful enquiry is necessary in order to trace infection, as, for instance, in many cases of typhoid fever and scarlatina; the contagium too may be so obscurely conveyed by fomites, that it may be most difficult or even impossible to track it to its original source; while it must be borne in mind that some diseases which are ordinarily transmitted by infection, such as typhus or relapsing fever, may probably be generated de novo under certain circumstances. Hence, even ifa source of contagion cannot be discovered, it does not necessarily exclude a specific disease which may be suspected to be present. As an illustration of the value of remembering the conditions which influence the occurrence of acute specific diseases, may be mentioned the effect of age and hygienic conditions with regard to typhoid and typhus fever respectively. Most of these complaints are as a rule only observed once in the same individual, and hence in the case of any suspected fever, it is well at the outset to find out what affections of this class the patient has...show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 408g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236799666
  • 9781236799661