The Practitioner Volume 14

The Practitioner Volume 14

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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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...important subject of inflammation, and it is not my intention here to enter into that subject. I prefer to lay a few apparent facts before the readers of the Practitioner, the perusal of which I trust they will find of some benefit, and to leave them to form what theories they like upon the matter. ON PUERPERAL ECLAMPSIA. (Notes of a Clinical Lecture.) BY DR. MATTHEWS DUNCAN, F.R.S. ED. Physidan for Diseases of Women to the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh. IT is to-day my object to give you a sketch of a very interesting affection, of which an example has recently been admitted into Vard XVI. Puerperal eclampsia is an unmistakable disease which is still very far from being understood, but on which much light has recently been thrown. It used to be confounded with apoplexy because the patients were often suddenly attacked, and because they became rapidly more or less comatose; and the error was confirmed by the occasional discovery, post mortcm of clotted blood within the cranium, generally between the meninges. But the symptoms alone distinguish it from apoplexy, especially the recurring attacks of epileptiform convulsions which have given it one of its common names--" puerperal convulsions." Then it was confounded with epilepsy. But the distinction from this was soon made, eclampsia being an acute, while epilepsy is generally a chronic disease; the resemblance to epilepsy being indeed confined to the circumstances of the individual convul sive attack. Puerperal eclampsia has more likeness to infantile convul-_ sions than to any other disease; excepting, of course, the almost identical disease which may occur in uraemic men and women, apart from pregnancy or childbearing. A child, scarcely able to walk, gets into a garden and more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236797213
  • 9781236797216