Ten Post-Graduate Lectures Delivered Before the Fellowship of Medicine at the House of the Royal Society of Medicine 1919-1920

Ten Post-Graduate Lectures Delivered Before the Fellowship of Medicine at the House of the Royal Society of Medicine 1919-1920

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...survey of the alimentary tract is essential in all cases. In particular a detailed radiographic research into its anatomy and motility should be made and an analysis of the gastric content secured. The mechanical and digestive functions of the stomach and intestines must be raised to the highest degree possible, with the object of getting rid of all foci of stagnation where streptococci can multiply, and of preventing undigested food from reach ing the ileo-caecal region for the nurture of these organisms. Treatment must be adjusted to the needs of each individual patient. Its details are dictated by the findings of the preliminary investigation. When constipation is troublesome, I usually prescribe an aperient such as cascara, as well as paraflin, a combination of lubricant and stimulant being much more efficacious than the use of either drug separately. Irritant purgatives, massage and active exercises should be employed with care. Until the streptococcal infection has been got well in hand, these measures, by stirring up the infected area do more harm than good. The increased dissemination of cocoi and toxins which they occasion aggravates all the symptoms and is very detrimental to the patient. Of electrical methods, I find it best to start with the less vigorous varieties first. Abdominal diathermy, which by heating up the mucosa and muscle coats of the gut, promotes peristalsis, and the flow of blood and lymph is of the greatest use. An application of 2-hour duration should be given 3 to 6 times a week. At a later date more stimulating methods can be used, especially surging galvanism, a slow rhythmic rise and fall in potential being a most effective means of exciting regular peristalsis. A well-balanced, simple, mixed diet is the...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236789989
  • 9781236789983