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Of Punctures Etc

In cases of recent punctured wounds the orifice and surroundi...

Preparation Of The Patient For Peroral Endoscopy

The suggestions of the author in the earlier volumes in regar...

Positive And Negative Manifestations

Acute diseases are to be regarded as electrically positive, a...


It is true that ethical medical doctors use the least-risky ...

Nerve Centres Failing

Many diseases flow from this cause, but at present we only con...

Signs Of Heart Weakness

It should be remembered that a normal heart may slow to about...

About Christmas

THERE was once a family who had a guest staying with ...


Anything which tends to increase the acidity of the tissues a...

Acute Dilatation Of The Heart In Acute Disease

It has for a long time been recognized that in all acute prol...

The Curative Influence Of The Imagination

At the present day the remarkable benefit which often resul...

From The Hygienic Dictionary

Autointoxication. [1] the accumulations on the bowel wall be...

Prognosis And Convalescence

The duration of acute endocarditis varies greatly; it may be ...

Cold Cloths

See Towels, Cold Wet. ...

Length Of Bath

Although the temperature, in sthenic cases, should be a littl...

Punctures Case X

Mr. Worth's daughter, aged six, was thrown down by a dog and ...

Eyes Inflamed

For all kinds of burning inflammatory pain in the eyes, the fo...

Burns Case Xxxvi

The last case I have to give is one of great interest, as it ...

Pain Severe In Limbs

This is often not due to any trouble in the joint itself, but ...

Working Restfully

ONCE met a man who had to do an important piece of sc...


This trouble is often only aggravated and made chronic by the ...

Cooling In Heating

Source: Papers On Health

Often it is difficult to get a sufficient cooling
effect by means of cold cloths without unduly chilling the patient.
When the head has to be cooled, as in the very dangerous disease
meningitis, the effect must pass through the mass of the skull before
reaching the brain. A large and long continued application is needed
for this. The surface is apt then to be overcooled before the interior
of the head is affected. In such a case the surface of the head, when
the patient feels it too cold, should be gently rubbed, as directed in
Eyes, Squinting, until this feeling goes off. Then the cooling may be
resumed. Or if rubbing be disagreeable, a warm cloth may be applied for
a short time, and cooling then resumed. In this way a succession of
waves of heating and cooling can for a long time be sent through the
surface, with good effect and no chill. The short heating restores the
surface, and does not interfere with the cooling effect reaching the
interior parts. The same principle applies to cooling any part of the
body (see Bathing). Any deep-seated inflammation is best reached in
this way.

For instance, in the large hip-joints it is of vast importance to reach
inflammatory action in parts that are not near the surface, and cold
cloths, pressed constantly, produce distress in the surface, if there
is no intermission in supplying them. The patient is apt to rush to the
conclusion that he must just yield to be blistered, painted with
iodine, covered with belladonna plaster, or burned with red-hot irons!
That is, he will yield to be made a great deal worse in every respect
than he is, because he is not aware that it is quite possible to cure
him without making him worse even for a moment.

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