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OF FEVERS IN GENERAL.
4. Typhoid, quick, small, slightly tense, not hard, and
somewhat frequent; in the advanced stages of bilious
fevers--the result of irritation in an exhausted state of
5. Typhus, small, very frequent, somewhat quick;
occurs in the advanced stages of jail, hospital, and other
varieties of typhoid fevers.
OF FEVERS IN GENERAL.
Idiopathic.-We mean by this term a disease which
does not depend on any other, and in which respect it
is opposed to a systematic disease which is dependant
Symptomatic.-Dependant on; local irritation, partial
or general; inflammation, "which we generally find
seated in the mucous tissues, frequently in the serous."
Proximate cause.- 'Some contend that the cause is
located in " the capillary system of blood vessels, and
that the morbid actions of the heart and arteries are
mere sympathetic phenomena, dependant on a primary
local irritation of a part or the whole of the sanguiferous
capillary system ;" and this is from no mean authority.
Respecting the proximate cause, I might say, and with
truth, there have been an hundred hypothesis. Some
contend, and assert it as a fact, that the disease is all in
the solids; others assune as a fact, that the disease is
confined exclusively to the fluids. Now, we contend,
that all changes which take place in the fluids are most
probably owing to the solids in the first instance. A
morbid cause makes an unnatural impression upon the
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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/m1/76/: accessed November 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.