|Prays - Get informations on various religious practises at prays. Prayer Book Explained, explaining Preaching - Presbyterian history - Catholic history - Bible Myths - Mens Bible Visit Prays|| Informational|
Medical ArticlesCephalagia Headache
1. "Nervous headache." Take the B D current--moderate force. ...
This disease depends upon derangement of the liver. The skin ...
Breast Sore Nipples On
Take a little warm vinegar or weak acid (see Acetic Acid). Bat...
JOHANN JOSEPH GASSNER, who was regarded as a thaumaturge by h...
Bruises Case Xvii
An old man, aged 60, received a bruise upon the occiput from ...
Get a sufficient quantity of good bran in an ordinary washhand...
Climate And Soil
The soil on which one lives is a matter of primary importance;...
Probably most acute infections cause more or less myocarditis...
Illness The Root Of
In treating any trouble it is well to get to the root of it. O...
Growth Of Body
See Limb, Saving a. ...
Towards The End Of The Period Of Efflorescence When The Rash
declines, fades, disappears, and the skin begins to peal off, a...
5. Cardiac Emergency Drugs.--Besides some of the drugs alread...
Inflammation Of The Brain
_Brain Fever._ Though this affection is not strictly what ...
The Stages Of Fasting
The best way to understand what happens when we fast is to br...
On The Treatment By Eschar And Poultice
In many cases in which it is impossible to adopt either the m...
See Indigestion. ...
Length Of Bath
Although the temperature, in sthenic cases, should be a littl...
To Prevent Cholera
_Camphor_ (_pellets medicated_ with the pure tincture) _Verat...
The Prime Rules Of Fasting
Another truism of natural hygiene is that we dig our own grav...
Nervous Strain In The Emotions
THE most intense suffering which follows a misuse of ...
Acute Mild Endocarditis
Source: Disturbances Of The Heart
This inflammation of the endocardium is generally confined to the
region of the valves, and the valves most frequently so inflamed are
the mitral and aortic. There may be a slight inflammation or actual
ulceration and loss of tissue. Vegetations more or less constantly
occur on the inflamed surfaces, with more or less danger of
particles becoming loosened and moving free in the blood stream,
causing embolic obstruction in different parts of the body. There is
also more or less probability of serious adhesions or contractions
occurring from the healing of the ulcerated surfaces. The future
health and welfare of the valves depend on the fact that the
inflammation has healed without contractions or adhesions.
It is often difficult to decide when acute endocarditis has
developed; but with the knowledge that the endocardium often becomes
inflamed during almost any of the acute infections, the physician
should repeatedly examine the heart for murmurs, for muffled closure
of the valves, or for other evidences of endocarditis or myocarditis
during the acute infective process.
It has been shown positively that acute endocarditis is due to
micro-organisms, generally streptococci, staphylococci or
pneumococci, and, more frequently than once believed, gonococci. The
most frequent causes are acute rheumatic fever, diphtheria,
pneumonia, cerebrospinal meningitis, scarlet fever, erysipelas,
influenza, chorea, gonorrhea, sepsis and typhoid fever. It may also
follow a follicular tonsillitis or some infection of the mouth or
throat with or without arthritis. Tuberculosis may also occasionally
cause an endocarditis. Organisms may be found in a terminal simple
endocarditis due to a chronic disease, as tuberculosis or cancer;
such inflammations may have been caused by circulating toxins.
It will be noticed by the foregoing classification that the terms
"mild" and "malignant" endocarditis are used. The purpose is to
convey the fact that there may be no etiologic distinction between
the two forms, and it is impossible to decide clinically in the
beginning of an endocardial inflammation which form is present. In
the malignant form the infection is probably more serious or the
infective germs are more active, the ulcerations deeper, and the
likelihood of emboli and the seriousness of such embolic infarcts
more serious and more dangerous. The differences in inflammation in
the two cases is really one of degree, and the classification is
made to coincide with this probable fact. it is, of course,
clinically recognized that endocarditis following certain diseases,
especially rheumatism, is of the simple or mild type, while that
termed ulcerative endocarditis may occur apparently as a primary or
general infection, and the causative bacteria, as a rule, are
readily discovered in the blood. The Streptococcus viridans is one
of the most dangerous of these bacteria.
Next: Endocarditis A Secondary Affection