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Ventilation All-important

If the circulation of air is necessary in any other form of ...

Snake Bite

Suck the wound, and apply a drop or two of strong ammonia to t...

Treatment Of Scarlatina Anginosa Or Sore-throat Scarlet-fever

In _scarlatina anginosa_, or _sore-throat scarlet-fever_, whi...

What Effect Could Be Expected From A Warm Wet-sheet?

The first impression of the wet-sheet is, as I stated before,...

Emergencies

5. Cardiac Emergency Drugs.--Besides some of the drugs alread...

Racks From Lifting

See Muscular Pains; Sprains. ...

The Sitz-bath May Be Taken In A Small Wash-tub If There Is No

proper sitz-bath-tub at hand. It should be large enough to allo...

Inspection Of The Party Wall In Cases Of Suspected Laryngeal Malignancy

When taking a specimen the party wall should be inspected by...

Breast Swelling In

A blow on the breast, or the drain of nursing a child, along w...

Inflammation Of The Bowels

See Bowels. ...

Scarlatina Sine Exanthemate

There are also mild cases of scarlet-fever, when little or no...

Nauheim Baths

At Nauheim, under the direction of Dr. Theodore Schott, baths...

Opium

As so many times repeated, real pain must be stopped, and mor...

Punctures Case Vi

A little boy, aged 12, received a stab by a penknife a few da...

Potato Poultice

Potatoes boiled and beaten up with buttermilk, spread out in t...

Hip-joint Disease

Thorough heating, with moist heat is the best treatment for th...

Putrid Symptoms

Next to those most dangerous forms--most dangerous, because t...

Breathing Correct Method Of

The capacity of an ordinary pair of lungs is about 250 cubic i...

Shock

The treatment of shock will probably always be unsatisfactory...

Before Perspiration Comes On There Is A Little More Excitement For

a few minutes (41), which must not induce the friends of the pa...



Perspiration






Source: Papers On Health

By this term we mean not only the sensible perspiration
which is felt as a distinct wetness on the skin during exertion or
heat, or in some illnesses, but also, and chiefly, the constant
insensible perspiration. This latter is far more important than the
former. No one could live many hours without it, for by its means
several pounds weight of waste is got rid of every day. Its importance
we saw lately in the case of a child greatly swollen in dropsy. A
flannel BANDAGE (see) wrung out of warm water, placed round the body,
reduced this swelling completely, without any sensible sign of
excretion. A very gentle treatment, increasing this insensible
sweating, will often cure without weakening, where violent perspiring
medicines or treatment cause great weakness. A damp flannel bandage
placed round the lower half of the body all night for a few nights will
produce a remarkable increase of insensible perspiration, and in many
case forms a good substitute for sweating drugs. Along with this the
soapy lather may be used at bedtime all over the skin (see Lather and
Soap). We have seen a swelling of the hand, which made a medical man
talk of amputation, cured by these means. Acetic acid, or white-wine
vinegar, rubbed over the skin, produces a similar increase of
insensible perspiration, and may be used without fear of injury. This
done once a week will go far to reduce sensitiveness to cold. Indeed,
the use of M'Clinton's soap and water, along with good acetic acid
sponging once a week, will prevent many serious ills by securing a
constant gentle excretion of hurtful waste through the stimulated skin.





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