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(the contraction of the heart,) not to be confounded with
a hard pulse. It is hard when the artery is fhit firm
under the finger like a tense cord, both in its syst)ole and
diastole-sometimes called corded. Strength and great
frequency are never united, a strong pulse selcloii ex-
ceeding 115 beats in a minute. A strong pulse indicates
energy of the vital powers, and is therefore favorable.
A feeble Pulse, the reverse of a strong pulse. It is
feeble when the artery produces a weak impullsC against
the finger during its diastole. Feeblenebless andl stllcss
of pulse not synonymous ; the artery may resist p-essure
and yet pulsate very feebly. The pulse is soft when
the artery appears to be filled, and yet offers no resist-
ance, vanishing by slight pressure.
A very soft Pulse, seldom attended with great fre-
quency, or with irregularity; occurring in the advalcced
stages of fevers, favorable; when joined with great diffi-
culty of respiration and suffused countenance, inll pleu-
monic inflammation, indicative of much da n ger.
Full Pulse, never very frequent; sometimes much
slower than natural.
Small Pulse, the diameter of the artery is smaller
than natural; in inflammation seated above thle lia-
phragm the pulse is generally full; when seated below
it, it is small.
De ressed Pulse small and apparently feeble, and
occasionally quick; does not depend on actual Cdebility
or exhaustion, but on internal venous con gce.sti ,. Cold
bath will raise this pulse; distinguished from a small
and weak pulse, by attending to the prevailing diathesis,
by using the cold bath and watching its effects, and by
observing the period of the disease in which it occurs;
if it is small and obscure in the beginning of acute dis-
eases, we may presume it is depressed.
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