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quently examined by taste, to ascertain whether it con-
tains acid, or is neutral, or alkaline; you can detect by
weight whether it contains any saccharine matter, and
this is of great importance, especially in diabetes, which
is to pass large quantities of urine daily. Dr. Prout
reports some cases where he found the urine perfectly
black; this, of course, is highly dangerous. Suppres-
sion of urine, in protracted and violent cases of fever,
Alvine Evacuations.-They are various in their cha-
racters; we sometimes find them black or a little red,
and sometimes bloody; this latter, when not accompa-
nied with inflammation, is easily arrested by small
portions of the oil of turpentine, or sulphuric acid and
tinct. opii, or by the white of an egg and opium. A
liquid, frothy, green discharge, resembling the washings
of flesh, with swelling of the abdomen, highly dangerous.
The expulsion of urine a good sign. (Rush.) Bloody
stools, in the latter stages of bilious or malignant fever,
highly unfavorable; less dangerous in strictly inflamma-
tory fevers. Involuntary discharges always indicate
Perspiration .-Copious perspiration about the face,
especially if cold and clammy, indicate great prostration;
partial sweating a bad sign-; profuse clammy perspira-
tion, attended with a small and frequent pulse, is sure
to be fatal. There is an offensive perspiration which
exudes from the feet highly unpleasant, and for which
I know no remedy; a pedeluvium strongly impregnated
with salt, and an astringent applied, after wiping dry,
might be of benefit.
Vomitig.--It is common for the mouth to become
filled with a fluid; this fluid generally contains a large
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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/m1/66/: accessed June 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.