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chest or body in affections of the thorax and the legs,
and more especially with an old ulcer.
" Sapine position, with tremulous motion, indicates
much muscular debility."
Fever from acute local inflamnation, is not attended
with muscular prostration unless the patient has been
neglected, and if death should ensue from neglect, more
muscular powr power in the latter stage will be evinced than
could be possibly expected, to that extent at times as to
throw the attendant from off his guard.
Characteristic position in - ydrothorax. By this term
we mean dropsy in the chest ; in severe cases inability to
lie down; great fatigue with the least exercise; when in
bed the patient involuntarily raises his head and shoulders
high; sleep interrupted; pulse irregular and hard ; thirst
urgent; urine scanty and high colored; a dry cough
present; and as the disease advances the patient is un-
able to lie down, but generally rests by placing his fore-
head upon the back of a chair."
" horacic effision.-TD3stinguished from mere organic
disease of the heart and lungs, by effects of firm pressure
on the epigastric region and bodily exertion. Effects of
pressure in effusion; general agitation, cough, and a
sense of suffocation; not so, or but slightly, in organic
affections of the heart and lungs; bodily exertion excites
more dyspnoea (difficulty of breathing) and distress in
effusion than in organic affections."
" Position assum'wed hy the patient, in abdominal infla m-
mation, wcitih (ac.ut pain.-Fixed, carefully avoiding all
motion and pressure; generally on the back, knees drawn
up, head and shoulders a little elevated.
Position assum ed i sp)asmodic li(jins of thel acldomeC .-
Constantly changing posture, desirous of pressure on 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/m1/56/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.