Notes and observations on the Ionian Islands...


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Author  John Davy
Publication Date   June 29, 2012
ISBN  115100376X
Pages  120

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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. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ...which were, with the exception of two, unusually healthy years. The disease commonly commences with sudden prostration of strength, and apparent diminution of all the vital energies. The pulse is almost invariably quick and feeble; the respiration quick and short; the temperature either below the natural standard, or only a little above it, accompanied with a sensation of chilliness, sometimes amounting to rigor. There is generally headach, though not severe; or a sensation of weight of head, with pains of back and of limbs. There is often nausea, occasionally vomiting; occasionally yellowness of the skin; often flatulent distension of abdomen; occasionally relaxation of the bowels. The remittent type of the disease is commonly well marked in its progress. The exacerbation is, in most cases, of irregular occurrence, and uncertain duration--often many times in the course of the twenty-four hours, with stages of apyrexia intervening. Some cases approach the confines of fever of the intermittent type, and others of the continued. Most commonly the exacerbation is not preceded by chilliness, nor followed by sweating. It is often accompanied with delirium. The danger is almost invariably greater than the symptoms would indicate to the inexperienced. With the exception of flatulent distension of abdomen, all the symptoms the least distressing are easily removed, especially pain, but without diminution of danger, which is chiefly indicated by rapidity and feebleness of pulse, and by prostration of strength. When I reflect on the severe cases, no other disease occurs to me, excepting spasmodic cholera, which gives such an idea of the energies of the constitution being overpowered, as if a subtle active poison had been administered, paralyzing the nervous...

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