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PULSE REGULAR THOUGH FREQUENT; DEBILITY SLIGHT;
REMISSION DISTINGUISHED BY SWEATING OR A CLOUD
This species occurs most frequently among persons of Gen. III. relaxed fibres, debilitated habits, and sedentary occupa- Origin and tions; and is usually preceded by an irregular action of scope. the alvine canal, flatulency, abdominal tension, dyspepsy, or some other affection of the viscera of the lower belly; and is hence called by Professor Frank, as well in the Gastrie ensuing as in the present species, gastric fever *, inter- fever of nittent, remittent or continued, according to the type it assumes. It occurs at all seasons of the
but more 'frequently in the autumn; the ordinary temperament of the season uniting with the patient's infirm state of health, and thus adding an exciting to a predisponent cause. Fatigue, cold, or long exposure to the rays of the sun, are also, at this time, powerful concomitants, and quicken the appearance of a disease, the seeds of which have for some time, perhaps, been lurking in the system. sideThe patient complains of drowsiness, and feels lan- Diagnosis. guid is occasionally chilly, and afterwards flushed, but without perspiration; for the skin is hot and dry, the thirst considerable, commonly with nausea and a total loss of appetite. In the course of the day, but usually towards the evening, the pulse quickens, the heat increases, and at length terminates in a sweat, which, however, is sometimes only partial, rarely free and copious, and never
* De Cur. Morb. Hom. Epit. Tom. 1. $ 50. 99. 8vo. Mannh, 1792.
Ges. III. critical: for, on its ceasing, the skin is still dry and
Spec. I. Epanetus
heated, and the pulse accelerated. Sometimes the ex-mitis. acerbation occurs about noon, and sometimes in the Mild remit- middle of the night. Prognosis. If the disease be left to itself, the symptoms augment
in severity daily; the head occasionally, but more genes rally the liver, or some other abdominal viscus, gives proof of being loaded and oppressed, and the restlessness is intolerable; or a sudden cholera supervenes, and car
ries off the complaint by a salutary crisis. Medical This species seems to be primarily dependent upon treatment.
torpitude, or obstruction in some one or more of the chylopoetic organs, and generally yields to a course of active purgatives, amongst which calomel ought to take the lead. These should be repeated two or three times a week, and the intervals be filled up with mild diaphoretics. The pulse will generally be found from ninety to a hundred strokes in a minute; but as soon as it sinks below this, and the heat and dryness of the skin have yielded to a general softness, columbo alone, or combined with sulphuric acid, will easily complete the cure; though the disease not unfrequently runs on for
ten days or a fortnight. Remittent The REMITTENT FEVER OP INFANCY, which is generally fewer of in- ascribed to worms, does not essentially differ from the .
present, regard being had to the greater irritability of the moving fibre in early life. Worms, there can be no doubt, are sometimes the cause of this infantile fever, but perhaps rarely; and there is no instance on record of their having been traced in the bodies of those who have
fallen victims to it. Dr. Hunter, indeed, expressly deOrdinary clares that he has often searched in vain. The ordi
nary cause is, crude accumulations in the first passages,
whence the digestion proceeds imperfectly; there is great Symptoms. general irritation, with considerable languor; the belly
becomes tumid and often full of pain; the food is nauseated; the head is hot, heavy, and often comatose ; as though there were water in the ventricles, which is sometimes suspected, though without foundation; the skin is
pale or livid with occasional flushes in the cheeks. It is a Gen. III.
Spec. I. singular fact, that if the exacerbation or increase of fever take place in the night, there is wakefulness and perpe- mitis.
Mild remittual jactitation; if in the day-time, drowsiness and stupor.
Dr. Butter recommends, as an aperient, small doses Treatment. of neutral salts, and, when the bowels have been opened, nitrate of potash; or, if there be considerable irritation, the extract of hemlock. Generally speaking, however, there is such a sluggishness in the peristaltic action of the bowels, as well as in the intestinal secernents, that neutral salts will not answer the purpose; and, in consequence, rather add to the irritation than carry it off. And hence, much stronger purgatives should be employed from the first; as calomel, resin of jalap, or gamboge dissolved in milk; and it may safely be prognosticated, that, till this plan is had recourse to, the disease will in most instances maintain its ground if it do not make a fearful advance. But with a course of brisk cathartics, in conjunction with perfect quiet, good ventilation, and light nutritive food, it will usually give way in a week or fortnight.
EPANETUS MALIGNUS. to hra igot..', , Malignant Remittent.
PULSE SMALL, HURRIED, IRREGULAR; DEBILITY EX-
EXTREME debility may be inferred from the symptoms Gen. III. of great weakness and irregularity of the voluntary motions; weakness of sensation; weakness, and wan- debility dering of the mind; weakness of the pulse and of how evirespiration; coldness and shrinking of the extremities;
SPEC. II, Extreme
Gex. III. and a tendency to faint in an erect posture; nausea, Spec. II.
, vomiting, and a total disinclination to nourishment; Epanetus malignus. difficult deglutition, depending upon an atony of the Malignant
muscles of the fauces; involuntary excretions, depending remittent.
upon an atony or paresis of the sphincters.
A putrescent state of the fluids may be determined cency of the fluids how from the following symptoms : pulse quick and tremuevidenced. lous; heat of the surface sharp and pungent, giving to
the finger a peculiar tingling for some minutes afterward; the skin parched, or soaked with sordid, fetid sweat; the smell offensive to a considerable distance; the breath hot and fetid; the mouth aphthous; the tongue clammy, fetid, livid, greenish-black; the lips swollen, puckered, cracked and purple; the urine brown or blackish, and offensive; black discharge often in profuse quantity from the stomach; the stools blackish, colliquative, very offensive, parted with profusely and insensibly; the mind wandering; twitching of the tendons; swelling and tension of the belly; petecchial spots, vibices, and hemo. rrhages from different parts, without proofs of increased impetus.
This species may be traced under four varieties, each sufficiently marked by its own symptoms :
a Autumnalis. Autumnal Remittent.
Burning Remittent. . • Asthenicus. Asthenic Remittent. a E. malig- The AUTUMNAL REMITTENT is that which so frequently
shows itself in our own country, in the season from which Autumnal it derives its name, with a strong tendency to assume
the tertian or double tertian type : or, in other words, with striking exacerbations every other day, or where the double tertian is imitated, every day, the exacerbations commencing at noon, and the duration being usually under twelve hours; the intervals consisting of remissions, which, however, are not always very clearly determined. Where the double tertian type prevails, and the patient has to labour with two distinct sets of
tertian exacerbations, it is obvious that one of these must Gen. III. "take place every day, as it must occur in the remission of the other. And this variety is, in consequence, often nus au
tumnalis. mistaken for a quotidian remittent. But a little attention will point out the real nature of the disease. For remittent. while the one set will usually be found distinguished from Sometimes
mistaken for 'the other by evincing some difference in its duration or a quotidian
its violence, both will be distinguished from the quo- remittent. tidian by the time of their attack, which is at noon, while the quotidian attacks in the morning; and by the comparative brevity of the paroxysm, which is always under twelve hours, while that of the quotidian runs on towards eighteen.
The perfect apyrexy which takes place in the interval of intermittent fevers gives the constitution a full power of recovering its energy and recruiting its sensorial supply; and we have hence observed that there is great
Return of difficulty in accounting for a return of the paroxysm: I oxysm dif
ficult to be mean in cases in which the patient is removed from the
accounted miasmic atmosphere; for otherwise the cause that com- for in remenced the disease will be present to continue it. Habit may possibly effect this after a recurrence of several paroxysms; but this will scarcely apply to the second, in which no habit can with great strictness of language be said to have taken place. In remittent fevers, however, But less so something of this difficulty is removed, for the constitu- i tion, even during the remissive interval, is still struggling with disease, and has not an opportunity of recovering its sensorial power. There is no perplexity in accounting for a greater Fevers why
more fretendency to febrile affections towards the autumn than a
than quent in in any other quarter of the year: and this, whether we the autumn. allow the operation of a specific febrile miasm from marshes or not. When the animal frame has for some months been exposed to the stimulus of a high atmospheric temperature, and not unfrequently, perhaps, to that of the direct rays of the sun, all its organs become relaxed' and debilitated. The sensorial Aluid is secreted lèss abundantly, perhaps less elaborately; or, in the lan
in intermita tents.