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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. 1854 Excerpt: ...have a generous diet. In this manner, patients often recover sufficiently in ten or fourteen (lays, to resume the uso of mercury with safely. In the early stage, the mercurial erethismus may often be averted by leaving off the mercury i and giving the mistura campliorata with large doses of ammonia. When the stomach is unaffected, sarsaparilla sometimes does good.--(Pearson, p. 154, tec.) Occasionally tho use of mercury brings on a peculiar eruption, which has received the several names of jdrargyria, mercurial rask, eezeraa mereuriale, eczema rubrum, lepra mercurialis, mercurial disease, and erythema mereuriale. ' Eruptions of various kinds are very common symptoms of syphilis, but a very unusual clfeet of mercury Therefore, until the real nature of this erythema was lately discovered, whenever it occurred in patients undergoing a mercurial course for syphilitic complaints, it was naturally enough considered as an anomalous form of lues venerea. The mercury was consequently pushed to a greater extent, in proportion to the violence of the symptoms; and from the cause of the disease being thus unconsciously applied for its removal, it could not fail to be aggravated and hutried on to a fatal termination. The observation of this fact, conjoined with another of less frequent occurrence, namelv, that a similar eruption did sometimes appear in patients using mercury for other complaints, and in whom no suspicion of syphilis could be entertained, at last led some judicious practitioners in Dublin to the important discovery, that the eruption was entirely an effect of mercury, and not at all connected with the original disease. This discovery was not published till 1804."--(MMullin in Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, AV 5.)-Mr. Pearson stales, however,...
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