Selections from the Works of the Late J. Wharburton Begbie

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New Sydenham Society, 1882 - Brain - 422 pages

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Page 393 - For several days his breathing was irregular; it would entirely cease for a quarter of a minute, then it would become perceptible, though very low, then by degrees it became heaving and quick, and then it would gradually cease again. This revolution in the state of his breathing occupied about a minute, during which there were about thirty acts of respiration.* The Dissection was made by Dr.
Page 393 - ... passed; night uncomfortable, little sleep, talking incoherently; extremities altogether cold, and could not be warmed; urine black; slept a little towards day ; loss of speech, cold sweats ; extremities livid; about the middle of the sixth day he died. The respiration throughout, like that of a person recollecting himself, was rare, and large, and spleen was swelled upon in a round tumor, the sweats cold throughout, the paroxysms on the even days.
Page 394 - It consists in the occurrence of a series of inspirations, increasing to a maximum, and then declining in force and length, until a state of apparent apnoea is established. In this condition the patient may remain for such a length of time as to make his attendants believe that he is dead, when a low inspiration, followed by one more decided, marks the commencement of a new ascending and then descending series of inspirations.
Page 407 - ... first, in the discovery of specifics which may counteract the different diseased actions of which the body is susceptible, as effectually as the cinchona counteracts the intermittent fever, citric acid the scurvy, or vaccination the small-pox...
Page 159 - ... gurgling sound, while to all these phenomena was added a distinct metallic character. In the whole of my experience I never met so extraordinary a combination of sounds. The stomach was not distended by air, and the lung and pleura were unaffected, but the region of the heart gave a tympanitic bruit de pot feU on percussion ; and I could form no conclusion but that the pericardium contained air in addition to an effusion of serum and coagulable lymph.
Page 172 - I have lately seen three cases of violent and long-continued palpitations in females, in each of which the same peculiarity presented itself, viz., enlargement of the thyroid gland ; the size of this gland, at all times considerably greater than natural, was subject to remarkable variations in every one of these patients. When the palpitations were violent, the gland used notably to swell and...
Page 32 - I was called to attend another family, where the eldest son was ill of scarlet fever. I found, him in the height of the fever, and with the eruption on the chest and arms. He was seriously ill, and the time was consequently past to give him the specific prophylactic treatment. But I wished to keep the other three children free from this malignant disease. One of them was nine months, another two years, and the third four years of age. The parents did what I ordered, gave each of the children the...
Page 385 - ... to the growth of the latter, and the share he had in effecting their divorcement is held by Celsus as a reason for eulogising Hippocrates. " Hujus autem, ut quidam crediderunt, discipulus Hippocrates Cous, primus quidem ex omnibus memoria dignis, ab studio sapientiae disciplinam hanc separavit, vir et arte et facundi1l insiguis
Page 312 - Scrofula : its Nature, its Causes, its Prevalence, and the Principles of Treatment.
Page 30 - She had not the slightest thirst, her pulse was quick and small, breathing hurried and anxious; though she was very pale, she felt hot to the touch, yet complained of horripilation over the face and hairy scalp ; she sat leaning somewhat forwards in order to avoid the shooting in the abdomen which she felt most acutely when stretching or bending back the body ; she complained of a paralytic stiffness of the limbs with an air of the most dejected pusillanimity, and shunned all conversation; " she...

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