On the Curative Treatment of Paralysis and Neuralgia: And Other Affections of the Nervous System with the Aid of Galvanism

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H. Bailliere, 1859 - 152 páginas

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Página 123 - ... of the lower animals, in which the organ was exposed, and the exact influence exercised by it was observed. From these experiments it was shown that galvanism exercises a remarkable and peculiar influence upon the uterine fibre, and it further appeared, after many observations, that this was most powerfully exercised when the galvanic current was directed longitudinally through the uterus from the upper portion of the spinal cord in a sustained and continuous manner. The local application of...
Página 124 - ... 1. That a sustained current of electricity of moderate intensity, passed through the gravid uterus in the manner described, exercises a remarkable influence in increasing the tonicity and contractility of the uterine fibre. 2. That in such increased tonicity or contractility of the uterine fibre, so excited and sustained, we have a powerful and reliable means of moderating and controlling uterine haemorrhage, whether of the accidental or unavoidable variety, and of simultaneously accelerating...
Página 124 - The second was a case of placenta prsevia, in which several alarming haemorrhages had occurred before labour had commenced. In this a sustained current, applied in the manner stated for six hours, not only prevented any further haemorrhage, but so accelerated the dilatation of the os uteri, that the hand was readily introduced, and delivery completed with safety to the patient, although the child, from the extensive separation of the placenta, was still-born. In a third, excessive haemorrhage had...
Página 123 - In this every available means had been tried to stimulate the uterus and control haemorrhage without success, and the patient's condition had at length become highly critical. In this emergency a sustained current of electricity was directed longitudinally through the uterus from the upper portion of the spinal cord, and under its influence the cervix uteri became relaxed, and expanded after the first application, and uterine action set in after the second, which was followed by the expulsion of...
Página 35 - ... is manifested under the form of closed currents, circulating along the muscles or the nerves of the animals, and of which we can collect a very small derived portion by the assistance of delicate intruments, and the presence of this free electricity is subordinate to the state of life of the animal, and disappears with the loss of vitality in the tissues. DuBois Reymond, by a series of experiments...
Página 52 - Lister, on the contrary, concludes, from his inquiries,* " that one and the same afferent nerve may, according as it is operating mildly or energetically, either exalt or depress the functions of the nervous centre on which it acts.
Página 35 - And direction in the nerves and muscles ; that there exists, both in the muscles and in the nerves of all animals a natural electricity, which is manifested under the form of closed currents, circulating along the muscles or the nerves of the animals, and of which we can collect a very small derived portion by the assistance of delicate intruments, and the presence of this free electricity is subordinate to the state of life of the...

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