A Text-Book of Surgery Volume 1

A Text-Book of Surgery Volume 1

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...decomposing putrid substances (decomposing meat and blood, for instance, of dead enemies, decomposing liver, etc.), or snake poisons, made, for example, from the crushed heads of serpents, are employed. There is also 6 partiality for using the liver of an ox, which is pierced With arrows and allowed to decompose in the sun; crushed ants are also added to the mixture. The symptoms of poisoning differ according to Whether a vegetable poison like curare, or putrid substances, or animal poisons like those of snakes, or mixed poisons are employed. The action of curare, the real arrow poison of the Indians, is, as is well known, to paralyse voluntary muscles, except those of the heart and respiration. The cardiac and respiratory activity only succumb after. poisoning with very large doses of curare. The American Indians still commonly use the arrow, in addition to firearms, for war and the chase. The point of the war arrow, according to W. T. Parker, is short and broad, and so formed as to enter easily between the ribs of a man. The hunting arrow is the weapon to be most feared. The Indians can shoot this about one hundred metres, and with as great accuracy as the best modern revolver. The arrow penetrates the tissues with great force, and can perforate the stoutest bones. Gutters are made in the shaft to permit the blood to escape from the wound. The point of the arrow is fastened to the shaft in such a manner that when it becomes wet, and consequently when it is in a wound, or when attempts are made at extraction, it easily becomes loosened and remains in the wound. The arrow-points are made of iron, pebbles, bones, glass, wood, etc. The Indians are greatly skilled in removing the points of arrows from wounds in which they have stuck. A...show more

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  • Paperback | 350 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 626g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236750438
  • 9781236750433