The Prevention of Disease

The Prevention of Disease

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...for the other forms. The prophylaxis of diseases of the spinal cord is in general very unsatisfactory. The reason probably is that in the development of spinal cord disease we have to fall back upon two main possibilities: congenital tendency and syphilis. All other causes are still obscure. C. THE PROPHYLAXIS OF DISEASES OF THE PERIPHERAL NERVES 1. Motor Nerves A. Paralysis Paralysis of peripheral motor nerves may, broadly speaking, arise in one of three ways: by trauma, by cold, or by the action of poisons. (a) The prevention of traumatic paralysis of peripheral nerves is but rarely possible. It has already several times been said that no one willingly exposes himself to trauma, and that the prevention of accidents in certain occupations belongs to the subject of hygiene. Prophylaxis is possible only in the sense that one tries so far as possible to minimise the consequences of the accident: thus, when the nerve has been damaged by a stab, cut, or bruising, a suture should ba passed to unite the severed ends of the nerve, or, if it is only probable that the nerve has been severed, it should be exposed and its condition examined. The sooner the nerve ends are united by suture the better the prognosis of the paralysis. Moreover the idea conveyed by the term trauma must not be too narrowly interpreted, so as to include external violence only. There are several forms of internal violence which are of great significance in the prevention of paralysis. A nerve may be compressed by a bone, as in a fracture, a dislocation, or by caries, or a tumour. A nerve may be pulled on or stretched by inflammatory processes in soft parts, as by scar tissue, aneurisms, tumours, or enlarged glands. For these cases timely operative interference is required, and in...
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  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 662g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236546326
  • 9781236546326