Memoirs of Military Surgery, and Campaigns of the French Armies, on the Rhine, in Corsica, Catalonia, Egypt, and Syria; at Boulogne, Ulm, and Austerlitz; in Saxony, Prussia, Poland, Spain, and Austria, Volume 1

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Joseph Cushing, 6, North Howard street, 1814 - Medicine, Military - 11 pages
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Page 208 - In vain is coolness sought for ; all bodies in which it is usual to find it deceive the hand that touches them. Marble, iron, water, notwithstanding the sun no longer appears, are hot. The streets are deserted, and the dead silence of night reigns every where. The inhabitants of towns and villages shut themselves up in their houses, and those of the desert in' their tents, or in pits they dig in the earth, where they wait the termination of this destructive heat.
Page 109 - Larrey lost no time in organizing a sort of .head-quarters for his department. He formed a school of practical surgery for the instruction of the young surgeons of the army, and addressed to his colleagues, surgeons of the first class, a memoir on the epidemic ophthalmia, which began to show itself in a formidable manner among the troops. The climate and the sabres of the Mamelukes provided patients in abundance, many of whom had limbs cut clean off by those terrible weapons.
Page 7 - The nutrition of the body is suspended, because nothing can be retained on the stomach; emaciation ensues and increases. The faculties of the mind suffer in common with the organs of animal life, and this change takes place to such a degree, that instead of dreading death, as in the commencement of the disease, their suffering is so intolerable, that they desire it ; and as I have seen, attempt to commit suicide.
Page 81 - ... of ambulance consisted of twelve light carriages on springs for the transportation of the wounded : they were of two sorts, some with two wheels, others with four.* The former kind were calculated for flat level countries, the others to carry the wounded across the mountains. The frame of the former resembled an elongated cube, curved on the top: it had two small windows on each side, a folding door opened before and behind. The floor of the body was moveable ; and on it were placed a hair mattress,...
Page 82 - They were designed to convey the wounded from the field of battle to the hospitals of the first line.
Page 148 - Is it not better to amputate the wounded limb us snou as the symptoms of Tetanus appear, than to rely on the uncertain resources of nature and art to affect a cure ? * * Amputation of the limb being made on the first appearance of the symptoms, all communication with the origin of the evil is cut off. This operation unloads the vessels, removes the twitchings of the nerves, and convulsive motions of the muscles. The first effects are followed by a general collapse, which promotes the excretions and...
Page 19 - Desault iaught us, that in order to change the nature of wounds, from a complicated to a simple state, it was not sufficient to make the part bleed : that in order to attain this end, 'it was necessary to remove the bruised edges with a sharp knife, and then to unite the wound with a suture ; and that this method is practicable only in wounds of the face, and in solutions of continuity of the soft parietes of the mouth.

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