London Medical Gazette; Or, Journal of Practical Medicine Volume 4

London Medical Gazette; Or, Journal of Practical Medicine Volume 4

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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. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ...hence the lithate formations. This is the view which "chemical pathologists" have taken of this subject. Of the diseases of the kidney, as connected with the formation of calculi, little or nothing can be known until we possess a more perfect knowledge of the physiology of secretion itself. Still it is not difficult to conceive that a morbid condition of the secerning portion of the organ would lead to an alteration in the fluid secreted; hence, as in the preceding case, a tendency to deposition may be produced. But, connected with calculus in the kidney, the various morbid alterations of structure so often found may be considered rather as the effect than the cause of the disease. The same observation may apply to many diseases of the bladder; but it is to be remembered that this organ does not alter the nature of the secretion, nor add any thing to it hut the mucus which lubricates its.surface, being hut a temporary receptacle for the fluid conveyed to it by the ureters. If, however, any cause delays its periodical evacuation, the urine has a tendency to decomposition, au evinced by theammoniacal smell in cases of long retention, and may thus lead to calculous formations. This is further illustrated by paralysis of the bladder, from injury to the spine: in this case, may it not be supposed that the vitality of this viscus exerts some influence in maintaining a perfect solution of the salts contained in the urine, as a healthy state of an artery is necessary to the fluid state of the blood? This idea is rather thrown out as a subject for future investigation than stated as a well-ascertained fact. If a foreign body be lodged in the bladder, as a musket-ball, or fragment of broken bougie, we almost constantly find a deposition of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 406 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 721g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236549988
  • 9781236549983