The Works of William Hewson, F. R. S

The Works of William Hewson, F. R. S

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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. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...melting down of the solids that gives rise to the pus, but the pus being secreted into the cellular membrane, from its pressure, and from other causes, deadens the solids and then dissolves them; which is confirmed by observing that even a piece of fresh meat, if put into an ulcer and covered up, is soon destroyed or melted down by the pus, which is thereby rendered more fetid (lxxv). And this opinion that pus is made by a secretion is strengthened by observing that in its pure state it is full of globules; in which circumstance it agrees with milk, which is produced by a secretion, and not by a fermentation.' Upon the whole, then, it appears that the lymph contained in the lymphatic vessels, and the fluids which moisten the different cavities of the body, as the pleura, peritoneum, &c., instead of being a mere water in healthy animals, are coagulable fluids (see Notes Lxviii and Lxix), approaching to the nature of the coagulable lymph of the blood, of which probably they are a species, or are composed of a mixture of that lymph with water, that the proportions of that mixture vary from the dropsical habit, where the coagulable lymph is in a small, and the water in a great proportion, up to the rheumatic or inflammatory habit, where the lymph abounds, and the water is in less proportion; and that in some cases the lymph, in passing through inflamed vessels, is even converted into pus. i See Professor Morgan's ingenious Dissertation, De Puopoiesi. (lxxv.) According to the experiments of Sir E. Home" pus has no particular effect in dissolving muscular fibre, which agrees with the result of several trials that I made. The effect on the muscular fibre mentioned in the text, probably arose from putrefaction, favoured by the heat of the ulcer....show more

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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236616359
  • 9781236616357