The Value of Electrical Treatment

The Value of Electrical Treatment

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...twenty-four hours lost all power over the lower limbs, as well as the bladder and rectum. Bedsores soon began to form over the sacrum, and at the heels, and anaesthesia up to the waist was established. I first saw her in April 1891, when some degree of recovery had taken place in the left half of the spinal cord, this being indicated by some return of motor power in the left thigh and leg, and of sensibility in the right lower extremity. There was muscular wasting on both sides, with complete loss of faradic contractility, and lessened response to the voltaic current (Re. Deg.), but the atrophy was much more marked in the right than in the left limb, there being an inch difference in favour of the left thigh, and f-inch for the left leg. Sensation and the superficial reflexes were completely lost in the left, while a slight degree of both was perceptible in the right limb. The deep reflexes were lost on both sides, and the bladder and bowels continued paralysed, there being incontinence of the urine with loss of expulsive power of the bladder, while the bowels could only be moved by means of enemata. The patient underwent successively treatment by electricity, hypodermic injections of strychnine, and baths, I and improved more particularly during the time that elec-tricity was systematically used. A transverse application was made to the lumbar portion of the spinal cord, the anode of 130 scms. being applied to the seat of the disease, and the larger cathode to the hypogastrium. 1 MA. was used in / the beginning for one minute, and the current-strength and / length of time were gradually increased to 5 MA.'s and five / minutes. At a later period, faradisation of the affected/ limbs by the wire-brush was added to this application.' She has now so...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236576608
  • 9781236576606