|BOOKS ON OLD MEDICAL TREATMENTS AND REMEDIES
HOME PHYSICIAN AND ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MEDICINE The biggy of the late 1800's. Clearly shows the massive inroads in medical science and the treatment of disease.
ALCOHOL AND THE HUMAN BODY In fact alcohol was known to be a poison, and considered quite dangerous. Something modern medicine now agrees with. This was known circa 1907. A very impressive scientific book on the subject.
DISEASES OF THE SKIN is a massive book on skin diseases from 1914. Don't be feint hearted though, it's loaded with photos that I found disturbing.
Part of SAVORY'S COMPENDIUM OF DOMESTIC MEDICINE:
19th CENTURY HEALTH MEDICINES AND DRUGS
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Under this head are comprised all those cases of cutaneous disturb
ance or inflammation due to traumatic agencies, such as friction, con
tusions, abrasions, excoriations, surgical operations, animal parasites,
continued scratching, and the like. The amount of disturbance depends
upon the character of the cause and the duration of its action or its
repetition. Very often this does not go beyond simple erythema (ery
thema traumaticum). When the action has been prolonged, a variable
degree of thickening of the skin and pigmentation may result. Infection
from without may be added to the ordinary symptoms of traumatic
break in the continuity of the derma, and give rise to complications.
The various other examples of this variety of dermatitis scarcely
need special mention. The irritation and inflammation sometimes due
to tight-fitting garments, bandages, to constant pressure (bed-sores),
etc, are additional illustrations. The mild traumatic dermatitis which
the various implements of trade produce in those of sensitive skin unac
customed to their use is well known; nature, by gradually producing a
thickening or callousness of the parts pressed upon, protects from further
The management of dermatitis traumatica consists simply in with
drawal or modification of the causative factor, and, if necessary, the
application of soothing lotions or ointments, such as referred to in ery
thema hyperæmicum; in bed-sores soap-plaster, or equal parts of soap-
plaster and petrolatum, with or without 1 to 5 per cent, of ichthyol to
the ounce, is of advantage.
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