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proper positions; two or three fingers to be applied to
the artery; thirty or forty pulsations are to be felt at
each examination; examined in different positions of
the body; talking, whilst examining the pulse, should
Pathological Condition of the Pulse.-Considered in
1. To the force of the pulsations.
2. To the rythm or mode of the pulsations.
The most prominent and useful pathological states of
the pulse, consist in frequency, quickness, strength, ful-
ness, hardness, and irregularity.
A frequent Pulse is one in which the pulsations suc-
ceed each other with preternatural rapidity; a pulse
beating more than 160 in a minute is scarcely to be
counted; great frequency of pulse always connected
with great prostration of the vital energies; frequency,
with fullness and strength of pulse, more dangerous than
the same degree of frequency, with softness and mode-
rate fullness. When it rises above 120 in inflammatory
fevers, much danger is to be apprehended.
Slow Pulse.-Occurs from cerebral compression, in-
termil venous congestions, and impairment of the vital
energies, as in apoplexy, congestive fevers, and malignant
Quickness of Pulse.-Often confounded, improperly,
with frequency. Quickness refers to the suddenness
with which each individual pulsation is made; frequen-
cy has reference to the number of pulsations in a given
time. Quickness, however, is generally attended by
Strong Pulse is one,which gives the sensation of pre-
ternatural resistance to the finger during the diastole;
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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/m1/73/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.