A Practical Treatise on Disease in Children

A Practical Treatise on Disease in Children

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...usually complicates the laryngitis. In the violent and distressing cases which result from a scald of the glottis energetic treatment is required, as from the moment when the dyspncea becomes urgent the life of the child is in the greatest danger. Dr. Bevan, of Dublin, after considerable experience of this form of disease, powerfully advocates a return to the old treatment by repeated doses of calomel. He states that if this plan be adopted, immediate relief to the _symptoms is noticed directly green stools begin to be passed, showing that the system is under the influence of the drug. ' Dr._Bevan gives a grain of the salt every half hour, and recommends that this medication be begun directly the child is seen after the accident, without waiting for laryngeal symptoms to declare themselves. He greatly prefers this method of treatment to any mechanical measures for admitting air into the lungs, as these, he says, are almost invariably followed by death from pneumonia. With our improved methods of after-treatment the operation of tracheotomy is, however, less often followed by fatal consequences than was formerly the case; and if the dyspncca is urgent and threatens life, I should not hesitate to advocate the procedure, putting the child afterwards in a tent-bedstead in a warmed and moistened atmosphere. The calomel treatment certainly seems to ofl'er good results. In each of Dr. Bevan's cases the patient took between fifty and sixty grains of calomel; and of four children treated in this manner, although the symptoms were excessively severe, all recovered without any sign of having been injiniously aflected by the remedy. In addition to giving calomel by the mouth, mercurial inunctions were used in the worst cases to the skin;...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 875g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236751744
  • 9781236751744