The Village Pastor's Surgical and Medical Guide; In Letters from an Old Physician to a Young Clergymen, His Son

The Village Pastor's Surgical and Medical Guide; In Letters from an Old Physician to a Young Clergymen, His Son

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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. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...in its operation. Asthma is usually a disease of middle age, unless it be, as now and then is the case, connected with, and dependent upon, original malformation of the heart, or an unnatural conformation of the chest, in which case it usually makes its first appearance in childhood. Asthma, whether connected with malformation or not, is a hurried, oppressed, and noisy state of the breathing, coming on in paroxysms, and leaving the patient quite well in the intervals, in many cases; whilst in others there may be observed at all times an imperfect state of respiration, namely, a little thickness or wheezing, and a more confined dilatation of the chest than natural in inspiration. An asthmatic attack, or a fit of asthma as it is called, usually, however, consists of two, or three, or more aggravated paroxysms of difficult breathing coming on for as many successive nights, with alleviation during the day-time, but not a perfect freedom of respiration till the expiration of these three or four days, after which the patient may remain free from another attack for many weeks or many months. A peculiar state of atmosphere is a frequent exciting cause of an asthmatic attack; damp foggy weather will induce it in some, a north-east wind in others; some asthmatics are liable to an attack when spending only a single night in London, or other large town, whilst some few are more exempt from attacks under these circumstances than when in the country; particular odours will excite a paroxysm in some, and exposure to the dust in certain manufactories, as feather-dressers, file-makers, and others, will bring it on in most persons who are predisposed to it. A single indigestible meal, and particularly a hearty supper, is another frequent exciting cause; and such...show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236613589
  • 9781236613585