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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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Synonyms.—Myringomycosis aspergillina; Mycomyringitis; Otomycosis; Otitis
externa parasitica; Fungous disease of the external ear.
Wreden, in 1867, following the observations of Mayer, in 1844,
and Paccini, in 1851, as to the existence of fungi in the external auditory
canal, was the first to call particular attention to this affection, and al
though still of somewhat obscure nature, the later writings by Politzer
and Gruber, and in this country by J. O. Green, Roosa, Burnett, and
Barclay, have, especially those by the last two, added materially to our
knowledge concerning it.1 Its chief characters consist of a scurfy, moist-
looking, blotting-paper-like coating, of a dirty gray or brownish-gray
color, with commonly here and there slightly raised, yellowish, brownish,
greenish, or blackish points or spots. It is often distinctly moist, and may
exhibit a candied-looking or glazed surface, due to the serous effusion
provoked. This latter is sometimes present in considerable quantity.
The whole canal, including the drum, may be involved, although not
infrequently only parts of the meatus are apparently the seat of the
disease, the drum being implicated to but a slight degree. It is generally
believed, however, that the drum is primarily attacked, and from here
it extends along the canal. The former may in some instances be so much
damaged as to result in perforation. If the scales or crusts are forcibly
removed, the underlying surface is ordinarily noted to be more or less
abraded and raw looking, bleeding easily. The first symptoms consist
of itchiness, stinging, sometimes slight or great pain, and a variable
impairment of hearing, usually together with a scanty watery discharge.
While there is some difference of opinion as to the specific fungus, it is the
common belief that the malady is due to the aspergillus niger and the
There is no tendency to spontaneous disappearance. If neglected,
a variable degree of deafness or permanent damage may result.
1 Burnett, Amer. Jour. Otology, 1879, vol. i, PP. 10 and 93 (a report of 20 cases
with review of the subject and references); Barclay, in Burnett’s System of Diseases of
the Ear, Nose, and Throat, 1893, vol. i, p. 190 (with review and references).
Treatment consists in an occasional syringing with a weak alkaline
solution to remove the fungus and other accumulations, and the applica
tion of a mild parasiticide, such as a 1 per cent, solution of sodium hy
posulphite (Burnett) and of alcohol full strength or weakened (Löwen-
berg). Ointments may have to be used occasionally, if needed to soften
any accumulation, but are to be avoided when possible, as, according to
Bezold, fatty matter favors the growth of the fungus. When deeply
seated or seriously involving the drum, the case belongs more properly
to the aurist.
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