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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.—Neuralgia of the skin; Rheumatism of the skin; Fr., Dermalgie; Ger.,
Nervenschmerz der Haut.
Definition.—Dermatalgia, or dermalgia, is characterized by pain
in the skin independent of any structural lesion.
The pain is usually localized; it may, however, be more or less general.
Various sensations are experienced, such as burning, stinging, pricking,
shooting pains, which are generally aggravated during the night. It
is spontaneous, and constant or intermittent in character, insignificant
or severe. Motion and the slightest contact may give rise to a
severe attack. It is seated more commonly in hairy portions of the
body, and is most frequently seen in middle-aged females. It is often
associated with hyperesthesia, more or less pronounced. It is usually
confined to the superficial layers of the skin, which present no perceptible
changes, being to all appearances normal in thickness, coloration, and
It is a difficult matter to decide in a given case whether the pain is
idiopathic or attributable to some pathologic change in the nerve-centers.
Rheumatism would seem to act as an exciting cause in quite a number
of cases; exposure to cold, chlorosis, and hysteria are also factors. Sys
temic disorders, as syphilis, diabetes, etc., and pathologic alterations of
the nervous system, as in locomotor ataxia, play an important rôle in
Causalgia, which is characterized by a burning pain with pain and
tenderness at various neighboring points, and accompanied with a glossy
state of the skin in the area of a nerve that has been injured, may be
regarded as an allied affection.
From neuralgia and muscular rheumatism it may be differentiated
by having its seat usually in circumscribed areas of the skin and by
being more superficial in character. In pruritus pain is absent and
itching is a prominent feature; in dermatalgia, moreover, the area in
volved is generally limited.
Treatment.—This will be governed by the underlying cause
and whether we have to deal with a symptomatic or idiopathic variety of
dermatalgia. The general health must be carefully looked after, and
if a gouty or rheumatic history is disclosed, the appropriate remedies
should be prescribed. In chronic cases careful search must be made
for any existing disease of the nerve-centers. Local applications may be
resorted to, such as blistering the part; tincture of aconite root and
diluted tincture of belladonna or galvanism may be applied to the sensi
tive area. As a rule, however, external remedies fail to accomplish very
much. Quite frequently, after several weeks, the pain disappears
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