Pathological and Practical Researches on Diseases of the Brain and the Spinal Cord

9781154181494: Pathological and Practical Researches on Diseases of the Brain and the Spinal Cord
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ...the cavity was soft and much broken down. There was nothing in the ventricles, and all the blood-vessels appeared remarkably empty. III. AN INTERVAL OF THREE DAYS BETWEEN THE ATTACK AND THE OCCURRENCE OF COMA. Case CV.--A gentleman, aged 18, previously in good health, after using rather violent exercise in the forenoon, had returned home before dinner, and was sitting near the fire, when, without any warning, he started up, pushed his chair backwards with violence, exclaimed, "Oh, my head!" and instantly fell on the floor insensible, and slightly convulsed. I saw him within ten or fifteen minutes after the attack. By that time he had recovered his recollection, was sitting on a chair, and was quite distinct. His face was extremely pale, and his whole body cold and shivering: he complained of severe headach, and his pulse was weak and rather frequent. Blood-letting was immediately employed, and his pulse improved under it. It was repeated after a few hours, with the addition of purgatives, and the other usual remedies. The coldness and paleness went off after some time, and he then complained only of severe headacb, with a feeling of stiffness of his neck, and pain extending downwards along the cervical vertebrae; his pulse was rather frequent and of good strength. He continued in this state for two days, the headach varying very much in degree, and frequently complained chiefly of his neck; his pulse was frequent, 120 or more, and of good strength; the other functions were natural; he was quite distinct; had the use of all his limbs, and could get out of bed with little assistance, and eit up a considerable time. On the third day he began to be more oppressed, and a little confused and forgetful; the other symptoms as...

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