A Treatise on the Diseases of the Heart and Great Vessels, and on the Affections Which May Be Mistaken for Them

A Treatise on the Diseases of the Heart and Great Vessels, and on the Affections Which May Be Mistaken for Them

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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. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...is, in popular language, called "dropsy from debility." These, then, are the causes of the patient's decline. The hypertrophic palpitation and tendency to dropsy are aggravated by the superaddition of anaemia. Hence it appears that the indications in the treatment of hypertrophy, are, to diminish the quantity, without materially deteriorating the quality of the blood; and to do this in such a manner as, without producing either reaction or anaemia, permanently to enfeeble the action of the heart and the energy of-the circulation. These indications have seemed to me to be fulfilled in the safest and most effectual manner by the following means, the efficacy of which I have tested on a large scale since I originally proposed them in the first edition of this work. Four, six or eight ounces of blood should be taken every two, three, four, or six weeks, according to the age and strength of the patient, so as merely to keep down palpitation, dyspnoea, and strong impulse of the heart. If the head be much affected, the blood should be drawn by cupping from the nape of the neck; but it must be clearly understood that, in case the cerebral symptoms amount to an indication of apoplexy, or of inflammation of the brain, the practitioner must not consider himself limited to the number of ounces above stated, but must bleed according to the principles which regulate the treatment of these affections. In case of angina cordis, it might be supposed that cupping on the praecordial region would be more efficacious in relieving the pain, than bleeding from the arm; yet experience has shown me that there is scarcely a choice between the two modes, the relief seeming to result rather from the tension of the vascular system being taken off, than from the...
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  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 458g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236582926
  • 9781236582928