Surgical Diagnosis and Treatment Volume 3

Surgical Diagnosis and Treatment Volume 3

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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. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...cease for a few months and then be resumed, either individual may contract an acute infection from the other, which attack will run the usual course and terminate in a pyosalpinx or again subside into a latent state. Although the gonococcus is almost always found in the superficial structures it is extremely difficult to eradicate it by medical means. It seldom kills by an acute process, but, because of its persistence, it renders thousands of women chronic invalids. The germicidal power of the vaginal and uterine secretions, which acts with such potency in destroying other pathogenic organisms, is apparently powerless to hinder the growth of the gonococcus even in the slightest degree. In the endometrium it colonizes beneath the superficial columnar epithelium, and yet in spite of active local treatment directed to the site of infection it is only eradicated with extreme difficulty. In one case the organism may migrate with great rapidity from the cervix to the tubes and ovaries, causing serious injury to or entirely destroying the tubes in a very short time; in another case it may remain localized in the cervix for years without giving rise to subjective manifestations other than a persistent leucorrhea. A woman so affected may suffer little or no inconvenience from the disease itself, and yet may serve as a carrier of infection and be the means of transmitting an acute infection to scores of innocent individuals. Although the toxic by-products of the gonococcus may set up a very active pelvic peritonitis, the infection seldom spreads to the general peritoneum, and but rarely causes a lethal peritonitis. The gonococcus, following, as it does, very definite laws in its action, may therefore be classified as a specific entity. Because of...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 726g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236813472
  • 9781236813473