The swallowing function can be studied only with the fluoros...
Examination Of The Trachea And Bronchi
All bronchial orifices must be identified seriatim; because ...
During rheumatism the peripheral blood vessels are generally ...
In hypertension, as long as the heart, which is probably hyp...
A, Gastroscopic view of a gastrojejunostomy opening drawn pat...
The Relative Position Of The Superficial Organs Of The Thorax And Abdomen
In the osseous skeleton, the thorax and abdomen constitute a ...
This is an eruption on the skin, often coming suddenly and goi...
There are two more or less distinct stages of this serious tro...
Endoscopic ability cannot be bought with the instruments. As ...
While this name is more or less unfortunate, it has long been...
Leucorrhoea And Prolapsus Uteri - Whites Female Weakness
The disease depends in all cases upon _inflammation_ of the u...
The Dissection Of The Oblique Or External And The Direct Or Internal Inguinal Herniae
The order in which the herniary bowel takes its investments f...
Symptoms Of Gastric Foreign Body
Foreign body in the stomach ordinarily produces no symptoms. ...
IN climbing a mountain, if we know the path and take it as a ...
Modifications Of Electricity
In the present stage of electric science, the conviction has ...
Freshness Of Fruits And Vegetables
Most people do not realize the crucial importance of freshnes...
The Use Of Forceps In Endoscopic Foreign Body Extraction
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Source: Papers On Health
A snake bite is only one of a large class of injuries
which may be considered under one title. From an insect sting upwards
to the most fatal snake bite, we need to note, first, the blow or
shock of the bite, and then the fever symptoms which show poison
spreading in the system. The blow or shock paralyses or kills a larger
or smaller part of the nervous system. The nerve of the heart may be
almost instantly so paralysed, with fatal effect. The snake poison
especially affects the organic nervous system, and thus attacks the
very source of vitality. In smaller stings, rubbing vinegar or weak
ACETIC ACID (see) into the wound is sufficient almost instantly to
cure. The same substance will cure greater evils. In the case of snake
bite, first suck the wound thoroughly, watching that the lips and gums
of the person who sucks are free from wound or scratch, or use what is
called "dry cupping." Much may be done thus in a few seconds. But it
must not be continued longer, and hinder the next step. This is to
inject weak acetic acid into the bite. Where snakes are abundant, a
small syringe, such as is used to inject morphia, with a rather blunt
point, should be always carried, and acetic acid of the right strength.
The injection must be thorough, and of course pain must be borne to
avoid greater evil. Foment cautiously but persistently over the stomach
and along the spine. Pay special attention to the lower back if bitten
in the foot or leg, and to the upper part if in the hand or arm. During
recovery, give careful diet, and rest. Of course this treatment will
fail in some cases, as any treatment may. But if immediately applied,
it will save a very large number of lives.
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