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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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980 DISEASES OF THE APPENDAGES
Synonyms.—Fr., Trichomycose nodulaire (Juhel-Rénoy); Trichosporosis nodosa
This is a condition of the hair, studied by Osorio, Malcolm Morris,
Desenne, Juhel-Rénoy, Lion, Behrend, Unna, and others, characterized
by minute, pin-head-sized, hard nodules on the hair-shaft—in appearance
somewhat suggestive of nits, but much smaller. It is rarely seen outside
of Cauca, of the United States of Colombia, South America, although a
few instances (Unna, Behrend) have been observed in Europe. It is
not improbable that the “chignon disease” (chignon fungus), essentially
similar in its symptomatology, described by Beigel2 and T. Fox,3 which
apparently was at one time not infrequent in Europe, is, as Behrend sug
gests, identical with piedra. The affection is, with some exceptions,
limited to the scalp hairs of the native women; occasionally, however, it
is also noted in men, and either on the scalp or bearded parts. Hyde
and Montgomery4 briefly refer to a case of a young girl in whom the
nodules were seated on the eyelashes of both eyes. The nodules are
dark-colored, gritty, and almost stony hard, and, if numerous, give out,
when the hair is combed or shaken, a crepitant or rattling noise. One
to ten or more, irregularly placed, maybe attached to a single hair-shaft,
but, as a rule, the nearest to the scalp is not less than \ inch dis
tant. The view held by Desenne and Morris that the concretions are
due to fungus growths has been confirmed by Juhel-Rénoy, Behrend,
.Unna, and others, although some slight differences have been observed.
Unna and Trachsler believe that the formations may be due to several
forms of fungus, the spores being of various size. The women of Cauca
are in the habit of using a mucilaginous oil for a hair-dressing, and
Morris considers that this is probably an important factor. The con
cretions may be either on the side of a hair or may completely encompass
it. The structure of the hair does not suffer, as in trichorrhexis nodosa
and monilethrix, and this serves well as a differential factor in the diag
nosis. Lepothrix occurs only on the axillary and scrotal hairs, nor is
it due to a mycelium-forming fungus.
The treatment suggested by Juhel-Rénoy and Lion, based upon
their culture experiments, consists in frequent washings with hot corrosive
sublimate solution, 1: 1000, the hot water softening the nodules and per
mitting thorough penetration. The same plans used for softening and
detaching nits can also be employed.
1 Literature: Malcolm Morris, London Pathol. Soc’y’s Trans., 1879, vol. xxx, P.
441; Med. Times and Gaz., 1879, i, P. 409 (with discussion); Desenne, Compt. rend,
de l' Acad. des Sci., 1878, vol. lxxxvii, p. 34—editorial abs. in Lancet, 1878, vol. ii,
p. 165; Juhel-Rénoy, Annales, 1888, p. 777 (illustrations of hair and fungus); Juhel-
Rénoy and Lion, ibid., 1890, p. 765 (with culture-tube illustrations); G. Behrend,
Berlin, klin. Wochenschr., May 26, 1890, p. 464; Unna, Lewin`s Festschrift, Berlin,
1896; abs. in Brit. Jour. Derm., 1876, p. 111; Trachsler, Monatshefte, 1896, vol. xxii,
p. 1 (with illustrations of hair and cultures); Pernet, Brit. Jour. Derm., 1900, p. 141
(fungus demonstration); Macleod, ibid., 1912, p. 132 (review, hair and fungus illustra
tions, cultures, and references); Dubois, “Etude d‘ un Case de Trichosporie, Annales,
1910, p. 447 (with review and illustrations).
2 Beigel, The Human Hair, p. 111.
3 T. Fox, Jour. Cutan. Med., 1868, vol. i, p. 175 (with illustrations).
4 Hyde and Montgomery, Diseases of the Skin.
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