The Practitioner's Handbook of Treatment; Or, the Principles of Therapeutics

The Practitioner's Handbook of Treatment; Or, the Principles of Therapeutics

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...of, the treatment employed, may be open to question. It is now, however, generally recognized that pneumonia presents in itself no especial indications for treatment; and consequently it must be treated according to the indications of each case, and of the system in which it occurs. If the patient be stout and strong, and the pulse full and incompressible, a depressant line of treatment is indicated; and as the pulse becomes softer relief will be experienced. On the other hand, where there is obvious debility, and the pulse is small, compressible, and fast, then stimulants, tonics, and liberal supplies of easily assimilable food are the measures to be adopted. It is very questionable, however, how far by any measures we can hasten the natural processes of pneumonia, or exercise any influence over the progress of the ailment. But it is certain that we can aid the system to tide over the attack; and also that we can moderate its severity, by attending to the different indications furnished to us in each case. We can give aid in each stage of the malady; in the first stage we can moderate the inflammatory rise, and control to some extent the pyrexia. In the second stage we can attend to the general indications, and can, at any rate, treat symptoms if we can do little for the malady itself. While in the third stage stimulants and tonics will often enable the patient to pass through a period of peril, and to round in safety the critical point. This may seem but little; but in reality it is much. By moderating the pyrexia, etc., of the early stage we lessen the amount of exhaustion which may come to constitute the prominent danger of the later stage. In that later stage we may give such aid as shall enable the patient to survive till the disease more

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  • Paperback | 278 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 499g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 9781236518156