|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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This affection consists in the formation of matter in the chest
cavity, and is one of the ways in which pleurisy may terminate.
It may be suspected, if during the apparent convalescence of
the patient, he suddenly become feverish, and again complain
of severe pain in the side. The quantity of liquid usually in
creases, and before long the patient will have a series of chills at
irregular intervals. Sometimes the liquid in the chest cavity
seems to contain pus almost from the beginning, in this case the
symptoms of constitutional disturbances are much greater than
usually occur in the disease. The fever is more intense, the chills
are more marked, and the patient shows in every way the effects of
Whether the pus be formed in the cavity of the chest as a com
plication during the convalescence, or whether it be present from
the first, the condition of the patient is one to excite grave appre
hension. It is easy to remove the pus from the chest cavity, but
this will rarely have any effect in arresting the disease, since more
pus will be promptly formed. Debility, emaciation and continuous
fever gradually break down the patient's strength, and death is the
result in the majority of cases. There is but one means which
affords any hope of success, and by means of this many cases of
empyema have been cured. This consists in making an opening
into the chest wall, permitting the escape of the pus and giving an
opportunity for washing out the cavity of the chest with carbolic
acid solution or other disinfectant. In the majority of instances it
will be found necessary to make two openings, several inches apart,
in order to permit the escape of the pus as rapidly as it is formed.
This must, of course, be left to the skill of the surgeon.
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