A Treatise on the Diseases of the Heart and Great Vessels

9780217311625: A Treatise on the Diseases of the Heart and Great Vessels

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1832. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... PART VI. CASES. The following cases, collected at St. George's Hospital, though few in number, present well characterized exemplifications of, I believe, all the ordinary, and many of the more rare diseases of the heart: also of the general histories and signs given in the antecedent parts of the work. I have, for the sake of brevity, omitted the physical signs of pulmonary affections, but have adverted to the affections in the diagnosis and succinctly described them in the post-mortem examinations. I have likewise omitted details of treatment; for, though pre-eminently important to the observer, they afford comparatively little instruction to the mere reader, by whom, in consequence, they are seldom perused. The first prescriptions I have introduced; for, coming from the pens of physicians not only eminent in their profession, but remarkably conversant with the class of diseases under consideration, they form a valuable therapeutic code. Having found it impossible perfectly to classify the cases under the heads of hypertrophy, dilatation, valvular disease, &c. in consequence of these affections being in general complicated with each other, I have merely thrown the several classes rudely together, as far as practicable, and have appended an Analytic Table which will afford every facility of reference.* Case I. Great hypertrophy with dilatation; hydro-pericardium; emphysema; peripneumony. Robert Bryant, aet. forty-two, of sallow and livid complexion, was admitted into St. George's Hospital under Dr. Chambers, May 6, 1829, with oedema of the lower extremities, cough, dyspnoea and palpitation increased on exertion, starting from sleep, great pulsation of the jugular veins, especially the right, pulse 100 full and strong, urine free but thick. * Minutes of the physi...

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