A Manual of Medicine

A Manual of Medicine (Paperback)

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Publisher: General Books
Edition: Paperback
ISBN: 1150821914
EAN: 9781150821912
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 318
Publish Date: 2010-3-30
Binding: Paperback
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901. Excerpt: ... FUNCTIONAL DISEASES OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM While the rapid strides which science has made in the direction of more perfect methods of investigating the finer structure of the elements of the nervous system have thrown much light on the nature of many diseases, there still remain several maladies in which a primary structural change in any of the nerve elements is as yet undiscovered. Such are conveniently, if somewhat arbitrarily, classed under the term Functional Diseases. The hitherto negative results of pathological investigation in these conditions have many explanations, for finer structural changes may be too delicate for observation by the methods at present at our disposal; and, further, so incomplete is our knowledge of the anatomy, and more especially of the physiological functions and mutual interactions of the higher elements of the nervous system, that it is sometimes difficult even to presume with any degree of correctness what elements are at fault. Since the function of living tissue is the expression of its metabolism, all deviation of function from the normal must be accompanied by alterations in the chemical process of the elements, and it is obvious that when disorder of function is primarily dependent upon such chemical changes, the latter, from their high intricacy, are likely to permanently elude the search both of the chemist and the pathologist. The inclusion of a malady under the group of functional diseases is somewhat arbitrary, and it is probable that in the course of scientific progress some of the diseases so included will be relegated to the position of organic diseases of known pathology. Indeed, in the case of chorea, which is here included, this event is in progress. On the other hand, it is not likely, from the nature of...
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Title: A Manual of Medicine
Publisher: General Books
Edition: Paperback
ISBN: 1150821914
EAN: 9781150821912
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 318
Publish Date: 2010-3-30
Binding: Paperback

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