Nature of Chronic Diseases-3


Nature of Chronic Diseases – Examples of cases from historical literature where suppression of psoric eruptions had led to varied and serious pathologies….


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Suffocations from Asthma, Joh. Phil. Brendel, Collsila. med., Frft., 1615, Cons., 73. Ephem. Nat. Citr., Ann. II., obs. 3I3. Wilh. Fabr. V. Hilden, Obs. Cent. III., Obs. 39.10 Ph. R. Vicat. Obs. Pract., obs. 35, Vitoduri, 1780.11 J. J. Waldschmid, Opera, P. 244.12

Asthma with General Swelling. Waldschmid, ibid. Hoechstetter, Obs. Dec. III., obs. 7 Frft. et Lips, 1674, P. 248. Pelargus, Obs. Clin. Jahrg., 1723, P. 504.13 Riedlin, the father, Obs. Cent. II. obs. 91.14

Asthma with Dropsy of the Chest. Storch in Actea Nat. Cur. Tom. V., obs. 147. Morgagni, de sed. et causis morb. XVI., Art. 34.15 Richard, Recueil d’observ. de Medorrhinum Tom. III., P.308, a Paris, 1772. Hagendorn, as above, Cent. II., hist. 15.16

Pleurisy and Inflammation in the Chest, Pelargus, as above, P.10.17 Hagendorn, as above, Cent. III., hist. 58. Giseke, Hamb. Abhandl., P.310. Richard, as above. Pelargus, as above. Jahrg., 1721, P.2 3 and 114,18 and Jahrg., 1723, P.29, 19 also in Jahrg., 1722, P.459.20 Sennert praxis med. lib. II., P.III., Cap. 6, P.380. Jerzembsky, Diss. Scabies salubris in hyrrope, Halae, I777.21 Karl Wenzel, Die Nachkrankheiten von zuruckgetretener Kratze, Bamb., 1826, P.49.22

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(10The dyspnoea of a youth, 20 years, caused by the driving away of itch was so great that he could not get any breath, and his pulse was hardly perceptible, in consequence of which he suffocated.)

(11 A moist herpes on the left upper arm of a youth of 19 years was finally locally removed by many external applications. But soon after, there ensued a periodical asthma which was suddenly increased by a lengthy foot-tour in the heat of summer, even to suffocation, with a puffed up bluish-red face and quick, weak, uneven pulse.)

(12 The dyspnoea from the driven out itch came on very suddenly, and the patient was suffocated.)

(13 A 5-year-old girl had had for some time large itch vesicles on the hands, which dried up of themselves. Shortly after, she became sleepy and tired and was seized with dyspnoea. The following day the asthma continued and her abdomen became distended.)

(14 A 50 year old farmer, who had been long tortured with the itch, while he was driving it out by external applications, was seized with a dyspnoea, a loss of appetite and a swelling of the whole body.)

(15 A girl in Bologna drove away the itch with an ointment and was seized with the most severe asthma without fever. After two blood-lettings her strength decreased so much and the asthma was so much augmented that she died on the following day. The whole chest was filled with bluish water, also the pericardium.)

(16A girl of 9 years with the tinea capitis had it driven away, when she was seized with a lingering fever, a general swelling and dyspnoea; when the lines broke out again she recovered.)

(17 A man of 46 drove out his itch with a sulphur ointment. Thereupon he was seized with inflammation in the chest with bloody expectoration, dyspnoea and great anguish. The following day the heat and the anguish became almost unbearable and the pains in the chest increased on the third day. Then sweat broke out. After fourteen days the itch broke out again and he felt better. But be had a relapse, the itch dried up again and he died on the 13th day after the relapse.)

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(18 A thin man died of inflammation in the chest and other ailments twenty days after driving out the itch.)

(19 A boy of 7 years whose tinea capitis and itch dried up, died after four days from an acute fever and asthma accompanied with expectoration.)

(20 A youth who removed his itch with a lead ointment, died four days afterward of a disease of the chest.)

(21 A general dropsy was quickly cured by a return of the itch, but when this was suppressed by a severe cold, pleurisy supervened and death ensued in three days.)

(22 A young peasant was attacked with acute fever with pleurisy and dyspnoea, six days after driving out an eruption of itch with sulphur ointment.)

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Pleurisy and Cough, Pelargus, as above, Jahrg., 1722, P.79.23

Severe Cough, Richard, as above. Juncker, Conspect. med. theor. et pract. tab., 76. Hundertmark, as above, P. 23.23*

Hemoptysis, Phil. Georg. Schroeder, Opusc. II., P.322. Richard, as above, Binninger, Obs. Cent. V., obs. 88.

Haemoptysis and Consumption. Chn. Max Spener, Diss. de egro febri maligni, phthisi complicata laborante, Giess, 1699.24 Baglio, Opera, P.2I5. Sicelius Praxis casual. Exerc. III., Cas. I., Frft et Lips, I743.25Morgagni, as above, XXI., Art. 32.26 Unzers Arzt C C C., P.508.27 Karl Wenzel, as above, P. 32.

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(23 A school boy of 13 years was seized with cough and stitches in the chest, when his itch dried up. These ailments disappeared when the itch broke out again.)

(23* A man of 36 years had the itch removed sixteen months ago by an ointment of lead and mercury; he suffered since from a whooping cough accompanied with great anguish.)

(24 A youth of 19 years had the itch, which he finally drove away with a black looking lotion. A few days after, he was seized with chills and heat, lassitude, oppression of the heart, headache, nausea, violent thirst, cough and difficulty in breathing; he expectorated blood, commenced to speak deliriously, his face was deadly pale and sunken, the urine was deep red without sediment.)

(25 An eruption of itch in a youth of 18 years driven out by a mercurial plaster.)

(26 Itch which disappeared from the skin of itself, was followed by a lingering fever and fatal expectoration of pus; at the autopsy the left lung was found full of pus.)

(27 A robust looking candidate for the ministry who was about to preach in a few days and therefore wished to free himself from his old itch, rubbed himself one day with itch ointment, and in a few hours, soon after noon he passed away with anxiety, dyspnoea and tenesmus; the autopsy showed that the whole of the lungs was filled with liquid pus.

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Collection of Pus in the Chest. F. A. Waltz, Medic. Chirurg. Aufsatze Th. 1., P.114, 115.28 Preval, in the journal de Medec., LXI., P.491.

Cysts of Pus in the Intestines, Krause. Schubert, Diss. de scabie humana. Lips, 1779, P.23.29

Great Degeneration of a Great Part of the Intestines. J. H. Schulze, in Actea Nat. Cur. Tom., I obS., 231.30

Degeneration of the Brain. Dimenbrock, Obs. et Curat. med., obs. 6o. Bonet, Spulchretum anal., Sect. IV., obs. I, §131 and §2.32 J. H. Schulze, as above.

Hydrocephalus, Acta helvet., V., P.190.

Ulcers in the Stomach. L. Chn. Juncker, Diss. de scabie repulsa, Halle, 1750, P.16.33

Sphacelus of the Stomach and Duodenum. Hundertmark, as above, P.29.34

General Dropsical Swelling.35

Dropsy of the Chest. Hessler in Karl Wenzel, as above, P.100 and 102.

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(28 Empyema followed the driving away, through external means, of an eruption of itch which had come out a few years before, and appeared especially in March and April.)

(29 A young man who had been warned by (the good physician and) Prof. Krause against the use of sulphur ointment for the re-appearing itch did not follow his advice, but rubbed himself with it, when he died of constipation in his body, at the autopsy, were found sacs of pus in his abdominal viscera.)

(30 Also the diaphragm and the liver were diseased.)

(31 A little prince of two years had his tinea capitis driven away; in consequence, after his death, much bloody water was found under his skull.)

(32 In a woman who had driven out the tinea by a lotion, one-half of the brain was found putrefied and filled with yellow humor.)

(33 A man of rank, of a cholerico-sanguine temperament, was afflicted with gouty pains of the abdomen and pains as from gravel. After the removal of the gout through various remedies the itch broke out, which he drove out through a desiccating bath of tan-bark; an ulcer formed on his stomach, which, as the autopsy showed, hastened his death.)

(34 A boy of 7 weeks and a youth of 18 years died very suddenly from an itch driven out through a sulphur ointment. At the autopsy in the case of the infant the upper part of the stomach immediately below the orifice was found destroyed by gangrene, and in the second case that part of the duodenum into which the biliary duct and the pancreatic duct empty was found similarly diseased. A similar fatal inflammation of the stomach from driven out itch, in Morgagni, as above, LV., art. II.)

(35 Of this, innumerable cases are found in a number of writers of which I only desire to mention the one reported in J. D. Fick, Exercitatio med. de scabie retropulsa, Halle, 1710, §6, where an eruption of itch driven out by application of mercury, left behind it general dropsy, which was only mitigated by the re-appearance of the eruption.

The author of the book Epidemion lib. 5, No.4, who gives his name as Hippocrates, first mentions the sad result of such a case, where an Athenian was seized by a violently itching eruption, spread over the whole body and especially over the genital organs; he expelled it by the use of the warm baths on the island of Melos, but died of the resulting dropsy.

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Dropsy of the Abdomen, Richard, as above, and with other observers.

Swelling of the Scrotum (in boys). Fr. Hoffmann, Medorrhinum rat. syst., III., P.175.

Red Swelling of the Whole Body. Lentilius, Misc. med. pract., Part I., P.176.

Jaundice. Baldinger, Krankheiten ein. Armee, P.226. job. Rud. Camerarius, Memorab. Cent., X., §65.

Swelling of the Parotid Glands. Barette, in the journal de Medorrhinum, XVIII., P.169.

Swelling of the Cervical Glands, Pelargus, as above, Jahrg., 1723, P.593.36 Unzer, Arzt. Part VI., St. 301.37

Obscuration of the Eyes and Presbyopia, Fr. Hoffman, Consult. med., I Cas. 50.38

Inflammation of the Eyes, G. W. Wedel. Snetter, Diss. de Ophthalmia, Jen., 1710. Hallmann, in Koenigl. Vetenskaps Handl. f. A. X., P.210.39 G. Chph. Schiller, de Scabie humida,

P.42, Erford. 1747.

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(36 A boy of 8 or 9 years, who had been shortly before healed of tinea showed many swellings of the glands of the neck by which his neck was drawn crooked and stiff.)

(37 A youth of 14 years had the itch in June, 1761. He rubbed with a grey ointment and the itch passed away. Upon this the glands behind both of his ears swelled up; the swelling on the left ear passed away of itself, but the right one in five months became monstrously enlarged and about August began to pain him. All the glands of the neck were swollen. On the outside the large gland was full of hard knots and without sensitiveness, but internally there was an obtuse pain, especially at night; at the same time he suffered from dyspnoea and obstructed deglutition. All means used to produce suppuration were in vain; it became so large that the patient was suffocated in the year 1762.)

(38 A girl of 13 years was seized with the itch, especially on the limbs, in the fare and on the pudenda; this was finally driven away by ointments of zinc and sulphur, whereupon she gradually became weak of sight. Little dark bodies floated before her eyes, and these could also be seen from without floating in the aqueous humor of the anterior chamber of the eye. At the same time she could not recognize small bodies except with spectacles. The pupils were dilated.)

(39 A girl had a violent eruption of itch on the legs, with large ulcers on the bend of the knee. Being attacked with smallpox the itch was suppressed. This induced a humid inflammation of the white of the eye and of the eyelids, with itching and suppuration of the same, and the vision of dark bodies floating before her eyes; this lasted for two years. Then for three days she put on the stockings of a child afflicted with the itch. On the last day a fever broke out with dry cough, tension in the chest, with inclination to vomit. On the following day the fever and the tension of the chest diminished and a sweat broke out, which increased until erysipelas broke out on both legs, and on the following day these passed over into the real itch. The eyes then improved.

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Cataract, Chn. Gottlieb Ludwig, Advers. med. II., P.157.40

Amaurosis, Northof, Diss. de scabie, Gotting., I792, P.10.41 Chn. G. Ludwig, as above.42Sennert, prax. lib. III., Sect. 2, Cap 44. Trecourt, chirurg. Wahrnehmungen P.173 Leipz I777. Fabricius ab Hilden. Cent. II., obs. 39.43

Deafness. Thore in Capelle, journal de sante, Tom. I. Daniel, Syst. aegritud. II., P.228. Ludwig, as above.

Inflammation of the Bowels, Hundertmark, Diss. de scabie artificiali, Lips. I758, P.29.

Piles, Hemorrhoids, Acta helvet. V., P.I92.44 Daniel, Syst. aegritud. II., P.245.45

Abdominal Complaints, Fr. Hoffmann, Medorrhinum rat. syst. III., P.177.46

Diabetes (Mellitaria), Comment. Lips. XIV., P.365. Eph. Nat. Cur. Dec. II., ann. 10, P.162. C. Weber, Obs. f. I., P.26.

Suppression of Urine, Sennert, Prax. lib. 3, P.8. Morgagni, as above, XLI., art. 2.47

Erysipelas, Unzer Artz, Th. V., St. 301.48

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(40 A man whose itch had been driven off, but who was of robust constitution, was seized with cataract.)

(41 From itch expelled by external application there arose amaurosis, which passed away when the eruption re-appeared on the skin.)

(42 A vigorous man, when the itch had been expelled from the skin, was seized with amaurosis and remained blind to an advanced age.)

(43 Amaurosis from the same cause, with terrible headache.)

(44 Bleeding piles returned every month.)

(45 In consequence of itch driven off by external applications, loss of blood up to eight pounds within a few hours, colic, fever, etc.)

(46 After the expulsion of itch a most violent colic, pain in the region of the left lower ribs, restlessness, lingering fever, anxiety and obstinate constipation.)

(47 A young peasant had driven off the itch with ointment, and shortly after he suffered from suppression of urine, vomiting and at times from a pain in the left loin. Still he, after awhile, passed urine a few times, but only a little, of dark color and attended with pains. In vain the attempt was made to empty it with a catheter. At last the whole body swelled up, difficult and slow respiration ensued, and he died on about the twenty-first day after the suppression of the itch. The bladder contained two pounds of urine just as dark, but the abdominal cavity, water, which being held for awhile over the fire thickened into a sort of albumen.)

(48 A man rubbed himself with mercurial ointment against the itch, when there followed an erysipelatous inflammation in the neck, of which he died after five weeks.)

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Discharges of acrid humors. Fr. Hoffman, Consult. Tom. II., Cas. I25.

Ulcers, Unzer Arzt, Th. V., St. 3O1.49 Pelargus, as above, Jahrg., 1723, P.673.50 Breslauer Samm., 1727, P.107.51 Muzell, Wahrnehm. II., Cas. 6.52 Riedlin, the son, Cent. obs. 38.53Alberti-Gorn, Diss. de scabi., P.24. Halle, 1718.

Caries. Richard, as above.

Swelling of the Bones of the Knee. Valsalva in Morgagni, de sede et caus. morb. I. art. 13.

Pain in the bones, Hamburger Magaz., XVIII., P.3, 253.

Rachitis and Marasmus in Children, Fr. Hoffman. Kinderkrankh. Leipiz., I74I, P.132.

Fever, B. V. Faventinus, Medicina empir., P.260. Ramazzini, Constit. epid, urbis. II. No. 32, 1691.54 J. C. Carl in Actea Nat. Cur. VI., obs. 16.55

Fever, Reil, Memorab. Fasc. III., P. 169.56 Pelargus, as above; Jahrg., I72I, P.276.57 and ibid. Jahrg., 1723.58 Amatus, Lusit. Cent. II., Cor. 33. Schiller Diss. de scabie humida, Erford,

1747, P. 44.59 J. J. Fick, Exerdiatio med. de scabie retropulsa. Halle, 1710, §2.60 Pelargus, as above, Jahrg,. 1722, p.122.61 Also Jahrg., 1723, P.10, P.14.62 and P.291. C. G. Ludwig,

Advers. med. II., pp. I57-160.63 Morgagni, as ab. X., art. 9;64 XXI., art. 31;65 XXXVIII., art. 22;66 LV., art. 3.67

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(49 A woman, after using a mercurial ointment against itch, had a putrescent eruption all over her body, so that whole pieces of flesh rotted away; she died in a few days with the greatest pains.)

(50 A youth of 16 years had the itch for some time; when this passed away ulcers broke out on the legs.)

(51 After rubbing with an ointment against the itch there followed with a man of 50 years tearing pains in the left shoulder for five weeks, when several ulcers broke out in the arm-pit.)

(52 A quack gave a student an ointment for the itch, from which it disappeared indeed, but instead of it an incurable ulcer broke out in the mouth.)

(53 A student who had been for a long time afflicted with the itch drove it off with an ointment, and instead of this there broke out ulcers on his arms and legs, and glandular swellings in the arm-pits. These ulcers were finally cured by external applications, when he was seized with dyspnoea and then with dropsy, and from these he died.)

(54 Many observations are found there respecting cases where the itch, being driven off by ointments, there followed fever and blackish urine, and where, when the itch was brought back to the skin, the fever disappeared and the urine became like that of a healthy person.)

(55 A man and a woman had an eruption of itch on the hand, of many years’ standing, and as often as it dried up fever always ensued, and as soon as this came to an end the eruption of itch again returned; and yet this itch extended but to a small part of the body and was not driven off by external applications.)

(56 Itch was suppressed by a fever that set in; when the fever was removed it returned.)

(57 A mother put ointment on the tinea of a boy of 9 years; it, passed away, but there followed a violent fever.)

(58 A child, 1 year old, had had for some time tinea capitis and an eruption in the face; both these had shortly before dried up, when there followed heat, cough and diarrhoea. A return of the eruption on the head gave alleviation.)

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(59 A woman of 43 years, long afflicted with dry itch, rubbed her joints with an ointment of sulphur and mercury, and thus drove it off, this was followed by pains under the right ribs, lassitude in all the limbs, heat and feverish irritation. After using sudorific remedies for six days, large vesicles of itch broke out all over the body.)

(60 Two youths, brothers, drove off the itch by one and the same remedy, but they lost all appetite, a dry cough and a lingering fever set in, they became emaciated and fell into a slumberous stupor, so that they would have died if the eruption had not luckily re-appeared on the skin.)

(61 With a three-year old child when tinea capitis had disappeared of itself, there arose a violent fever on the chest, cough and weariness, and it only recovered when the eruption re-appeared on the head.)

(62 A Journeyman purse-maker, who had to make some embroidery, drove of his frequent itch with lead-ointment. Scarcely was the itch drying off in consequence, when he was seized with chills, heat, dyspnoea and a rattling cough, of which he suffocated on the fourth day.)

(63 A vigorous, healthy man of 30 years was taken with the itch and drove the eruption from the skin, but was then seized with a catarrhal fever with an uncontrollable perspiration; he was slowly recovering from it when he was seized without any further cause by another fever. The attacks began with anxiety and headache, and increased with heat, a quick pulse and morning sweats. There was added an unusual sinking of the strength, and delirious speech, anxious tossing about, a sobbing respiration with suffocation – a disease which despite all medicines ended with death.)

(64 With a boy the itch passed away of itself, this was followed by fever. The itch now appeared more violent and the fever passed away, but the child grew thin, and when the itch again dried up there followed diarrhoea, convulsions and soon afterwards death.)

(65 Itch disappeared from the skin of itself, on which lingering fever, expectoration of pus and lastly death followed, and at the autopsy the left lungs were found full of pus.)

(66 A woman of 30 years had for a long time pain in the limbs and a strong eruption of itch, which she drove off with ointment, when she was attacked by fever with violent heat, thirst and raging headache, which was accompanied with delirious speech, uncontrollable dyspnoea, tumefaction of the body and great distension of the abdomen. She died on the sixth day of the fever. The abdomen contained much air, and especially the stomach was distended with air, filling half of the abdomen.)

(67 A man whose tinea capitis had passed off from intense cold, was seized after eight days with a malignant fever, with vomiting, accompanied at last with hiccough; he died in consequence on the ninth day.)

(In the same article Morgagni mentions the case of a man who, having scabs from itch on the arms and on other parts, drove off nearly the whole eruption by a sulphurated shirt, but was seized at once with drawing pains on the whole body combined with fever, so that he could neither rest at night nor move about in the daytime; also the tongue and the fauces were thus attacked. With much trouble the eruption was brought out again on the skin, and thus his health was restored.)

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