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Character.-This fever in its symptoms suffers regular
exacerbations and remissions, but no perfect intermission.
In its nature it partakes both of intermittent and con-
tinued fever; I might assert that it is essentially the
same as intermittent fever. We have only remissions,
not intermissions; the disease is certainly continued
although remitting. It is particularly confined to warm
Symptoms.--In its forming stage it is very analogous
to those of intermittents. There is generally continual
fever, every day, throughout the twenty-four hours; in
the course of the same a remission of these symptoms
generally takes place, but after a short remission the
febrile symptoms appear again, and after a certain period
again suffer more or less remission. This description
answers generally to the mild form of the disease. Some-
times, in addition to the continual fever, there is a regu-
lar paroxysm of ague. I have seen patients, and
especially in this climate, complain of being extraordi-
narily warm day and night, except, perhaps, every other
day, when they would have, probably, a chilly sensation,
after which the heat becomes more violent, and a slight
sweating stage comes on soon after, but when this ceases
their seems to be no intermission, for the patient soon
becomes hot again. When the disease is fully developed
there are pains in the head, back and lower extremities,
a yellow tinge of the eyes, considerable nausea, some-
times bilious vomiting, fullness and tension in the region
of the heart, pulse full, frequent and inclining to be soft,
tongue coated, generally at first white, afterwards brown,
with a very bitter taste in the mouth. The mind is
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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/m1/98/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.