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. 1858. Excerpt: ... suffering from complete paralysis of the bladder since the period of her confinement, which had taken place about five months previously. The labour had been tedious and severe, for the management of which she had had the services of a very old and ignorant woman. The natural consequence of this, medical men can very well estimate. Since her confinement she had had no power over the bladder in any way whatever, rendering her really miserable. She had taken some medicine, the nature of which we could not learn, but not finding the relief she anticipated and required, very soon laid it aside. She was at once placed under the influence of electro-galvanism; the sponge from the wire' of the positive pole being placed over the last lumber, and first sacral vertebras, the negative being placed down the inner surface of the thigh. The stream to be moderately energetic, and to be continued for half-an-hour each sitting, immediately followed by fifteen minutes' of the galvanic friction from the same battery, to be extended over the whole of the hypogastric region. This system was continued in every day for three weeks; she now felt so much better as to be able to retain her urine sometimes for an hour and a half consecutively. The applications were therefore only deemed necessary every alternate day, otherwise no alteration requisite. In four weeks more she was able to retain the contents of the bladder sometimes for three hours; she was otherwise in excellent health and spirits. The application was gone on with twice a week for two weeks more, when she said that she felt so well, that there was no need of using it any longer. We have frequently seen her since, and findj that, although she has been twice confined in child-bed, since our attendance, there has been ...
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