Physician and Surgeon Volume 4

Physician and Surgeon 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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...of hunger awakens them, and they again take the breast. Hunger in infants is a simple sensation that milk alone can satisfy. If any other food be added to this repast, the weak organism of the infant is put into jeopardy. Four or five months should be allowed to pass until the strength of the child is increased; the organs will then be stronger, and eggs and broth, and farinaceous foods, may be added without risk. At this period of existence the intelligence of the child will show itself; it will accept and refuse on a certain day such and such of these foods, after having consulted the nerves of taste and smell. Its brain becomes active, and only obeys the impressions which are imparted to it by certain substances; so long as it alone drank milk the brain was passive, impelled only by the instinct of hunger; when the nerves of taste and smell intervened, it was determined by appetite. We must, therefore, distinguish between hunger, which only has its origin in a nerve, and the sensation of appetite, which is the result of the sensations provoked by the nerves of hunger, smell and taste. Whenever we take a meal when in a healthy condition, these three groups of nerves act simultaneously. The appetite may remain intact in dyspepsia; but, as a rule, it decreases or disappears entirely. The nerves are simultaneously disturbed; food has a disagreeable smell and taste, if taken without hunger. In a great number of cases the functional disassociation of these nerves occurs, and hunger is observed modified alone, without the nerves of taste or smell being touched; or the nerves of taste alone are attacked, or even the nerves of smell are deranged, when the nerves of hunger and of taste have escaped the influence of dyspepsia. These different functional...
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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 449g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236655281
  • 9781236655288