A Treatise on Medical Jurisprudence; Based on Lectures Delivered at University College, London

A Treatise on Medical Jurisprudence; Based on Lectures Delivered at University College, London

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...is that the effects seem to be very generally reversed. The victim of the craze cannot do his work until he has had his dose. I have heard it said to me very often that a clerk cannot add up a row of figures, that is to say, he has not the use of his faculties, until he has had his dose; it is the old tale, they cannot get on without the morning dram. That is a form of homoeopathy which is as old as the hills--the hair of the dog that bit you. Next, as to treatment. The treatment of opium poisoning, if the drug is taken into the stomach, is to empty the stomach instantly, and in addition to wash it out. A great addition to our means of counteracting the effects of opium seems to be found in a solution of permanganate of potash. By washing out the stomach with such a solution the alkaloid seems to be oxidised or changed, and seems to lose a good part of its lethal properties. There is no doubt that is a method of treatment which may be followed. Then it is a good plan to keep the patient awake, and to do that you may douche him, walk him about, flip him with towels, and so forth. But let me give you one word of caution: take care that in treating a patient who is the victim of opium poisoning, not to practise what, if he were in a sensitive condition, would be termed cruelties. In your own interests it is not advisable to leave marks. You might get accused of brutality through this awkward circumstance, notwithstanding that it may have been done with the very best intentions and with the idea of saving your patient from the brutality of death. You must be cautious and sensible. Tea and coffee are important, they are stimulants; the administration of a large quantity of coffee is undoubtedly a very valuable thing. The next point is with...show more

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  • Paperback | 158 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 295g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236912063
  • 9781236912060