A Text-Book of Obstetrics

A Text-Book of Obstetrics

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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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...especially of the kidneys, plays a role in some cases by interfering with the elimination of circulating toxic agents; therefore pressure on the ureters and kidneys, the kidney of pregnancy, nephritis, and refiexly induced renal anemia may occasionally play a part. Faulty elimination of the bowel is probably not infrequently a cause of retention of toxic matter. Another factor is nervous and psychic irritability or excitability. In some cases this may determine the onset of an attack. Some authors think there is a special type of nervous organization in which there is a particular liability to disturbance. It is widely believed that in eclamptic cases in which the kidney or liver changes are slight the attacks are due to the influence of circulating poisons on abnormally irritable cortical psychomotor centers and subcortical ganglia. Von Herff thinks that there is little difference between the phenomena of epileptic, uremic, and eclamptic attacks, and that all are due to the influence of different causes acting on these centers. Recently Nicholson, of Edinburgh, has suggested that some cases of eclampsia might be related to inadequacy of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. He refers to Lange's 25 cases of pregnancy in which the normal hypertrophy of the thyroid did not occur, and in which albuminuria, and sometimes eclampsia, developed. Others have also noted that the thyroid is frequently small in eclampsia. The thyroid is one of the organs closely related to metabolism, iodothyrin being an essential to the organism. In cases of absent or small thyroid there are faulty metabolism and impaired excretion. Iodothyrin administration stimulates metabolism and increases the excretion of urea. Nicholson regards eclampsia as the result of some failure...show more

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  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 544g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123661822X
  • 9781236618221
  • 2,235,494