Lead Poisoning in Its Acute and Chronic Forms

Lead Poisoning in Its Acute and Chronic Forms

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...the illness, and the paroxysmal pains decreased in severity, ultimately ceasing on the following day, that is, sixteen days after the commencement of the attack. Paralysis now suddenly appeared, attacking first the right leg. At six o'clock in the morning, patient was out of bed, and could walk unsupported, but on rising five hours later, he was surprised to find that his limbs gave way under him, they helplessly crossed, and he fell to the ground. The right leg was most affected, but before morning right and left were equally paralysed. The next day the arms became paralysed with the same suddenness, the right again being the worse. Other muscles of the body were similarly affected, but the patient was unable to state the order in which they were attacked. He never suffered pain in the limbs or trunk. On admission, the temperature, pulse, and respirations were found to be normal; face was pale; well marked blue line along the gums. Patient lay in bed quite powerless. The only movement he could make with freedom, was elevation of the head from the pillow, and its movement from side to side. The pupils were widely dilated, but reacted slightly to light. Both discs were swollen, red, very irregular around the margin, with small haemorrhages at places. The veins were large and full, and the retina surrounding the disc looked cloudy, in places obscuring the vessels; a few haemorrhages were seen in it. On examining the muscles, the deltoid, triceps and extensors of the wrists and fingers in both arms were found to be completely paralysed. The other muscles, with the exception of the long supinator, were much weakened, almost amounting to paralysis. In the legs and thighs, all the muscles, both fiexors and extensors, were powerless. The...
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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236767012
  • 9781236767011