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abdomen, recumbent on the belly, &c.; position on the
back, with knees constantly elevated in the latter stage
of acute diseases, a sign of retention of urine.
THE TONGUE.-Great attention and close observation
must be paid to its color, its surface, its shape, and the
manner in which it is protruded.
A white and slightly loaded tongue, indicates inflam-
mation or high irritation of the mucous membrane of
the stomach and intestinal canal. Tongue seldom much
affected in acute symptomatic fevers, from wounds or
A pale and tumid tongue, with large papillae, indica-
tive of gastric debility-met with in chlorosis.
A contracted and pointed tongue, frequently an at-
tendant on cerebral or meningeal inflammation.
A yellow and bitter tongue, indicative of biliary de-
Florid papillae protruding through a layer of white
fur, characteristic of scarlatina.
A flabby and dilated tongue occurs in congestive
states of fever.
A white, and sometimes brown tongue, dry and clam-
my, indicative of remittent fever.
" MORBID STATES OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM.
Di..tuiarbed Sleep).-Coma always denotes oppression of
Sudden , Star'ings in Sleep.-Intestinal irritation from
worms, or spasIotodic pains of the abdomen.
Ilarried lWVkings, with a horrific sense of suffocation,
a sign of organic disease of the heart.
PAIN may arise from inflammation, from spasm, and
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