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The blood having receded from the surface and congested
itself in the internal organs, when re-action does take
place it is a powerful assistant to aggravate the fever,
and the blood being in a morbid condition, it adds its
influence in irritation to the heart. In the cold stage,
as I before observed, the blood is all accumulated in the
internal organs, which of course have all been in state
of congestion, and when reaction does take place, iiiluln-
mation is already exhibited from the turgeseeice in
which the blood vessels have been in. In eruptive dis-
eases the blood generally becomes secreted in the capil-
lary vessels, when inJfla mhation is soon produced from
the congestion. Inflammation is, therefore, the great
cause of death in idiopathic fevers. We sometimes have
inflammation surviving the cure, as, for instance, the
spleen in autumnal fever. In the secreting or decline
of the hot stage, which is the stage of returning health,
the vital powers are recovering, and you will have secre-
tions from the different parts, and our patient will be
much better if they are abundant; we must assist them
when the excitement of the system is allayed, and not
before, if you do you will increase the irritation and do
no good. It is an established principle that, if the regu-
lar secretions are disturbed the individual will soon be
unwell; this will bring on fever, and it may be the
cause of producing inflammation in some part of the
Etiology.-We extract from the prize essay of Pro-
fessor L. P. Yandell his views in regard to the cause of
this fever. We do this from the satisfaction of knowing
personally the high character and elevated position that
that gentleman occupies in the medical world. His
opinions have great weight, and are entitled to the
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Massie, J. Cam. A Treatise on the Eclectic Southern Practice of Medicine, book, 1854; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143817/m1/100/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.