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Intermittent Pulse, when not attended by other
alarming symptoms, not in general a dangerous sign;
pulse sometimes habitually intermits; it is said. to be of
dyspeptic origin. Occurs frequently in old age, and
then probably depends commonly on some affection of
the heart. Occurs also in affections.of the brain; a very
unfavorable sign in the advanced stage of fevers, with
great prostration; is said frequently to precede a critical
Unequal Pulse, synonymous with irregular pulse;
characterized by a constant variation of the pulsations
in frequency, quickness, size, hardness, &c.; more dan-
gerous than intermittent pulse. Dicrotus pulse, twice
Undulating Pulse; a wave-like rising and falling of
the pulse; generally large, soft and feeble; when very
small it is termed creeping; highly dangerous.
A morbidly natural Pulse occurs in malignant fevers;
exceedingly unfavorable; can only be distinguished from
a healthy pulse by thd concomitant symptoms.
Shattered Pulse feels like a shattered quill under the
finger. Occurs in opium eaters.
Obstructed Pulse; artery remains equally full during
its diastole and systole.
Compound Pulses; the .principle are the synocha, syno-
chus, synochula, typhoid and typhus.
1. Synocha, hard, full, frequent and strong ; indicates
high inflammatory excitement.
2. Synochus, full, round, active, but not hard; occurs
in the hot stage of intermittents, in remittents.
3. Synochula, .quick, tense, small, hard, vibrating;
occurs in sub-acute rheumatism, inflammation of the
intestines, peritoneum, &c. It is the hectic pulse.
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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/m1/75/: accessed March 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.