The Patient's Vade Mecum; Or, How to Benefit by Medical Advice and Treatment

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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. 1884 Excerpt: ...more benefit than any medicine could possibly be. Any strange or disagreeable effects produced by a drug should be noted by the patient and reported to his doctor. It does not follow, however, that such effects are dangerous or hurtful in any way; they may only show that the patient has been brought properly...
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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. 1884 Excerpt: ...more benefit than any medicine could possibly be. Any strange or disagreeable effects produced by a drug should be noted by the patient and reported to his doctor. It does not follow, however, that such effects are dangerous or hurtful in any way; they may only show that the patient has been brought properly under the influence of the drug. Much needless anxiety may sometimes be felt by the patient when belladonna has been administered for checking night-sweats, or for any other purpose, owing to the dimness of vision produced by the drug. This should always be mentioned to the doctor; but it by no means necessitates the discontinuance of the medicine. The same may be said of the deafness caused by salicylate of soda, so often prescribed in acute rheumatism. Again, after the administration of iron, there is an inky discoloration of the tongue and also of the excreta. The buzzing in the ears and deafness caused by quinine are of no greater importance than the same symptoms are when due to salicylate of soda. We think it necessary to say a few words regarding the quantity of medicine administered as a dose, for it frequently happens that it is given inaccurately. This mistake generallyoccurs from a proper standard measure not being used. By a table-spoonful is meant half-an-ounce fluid measure, or four drachms; by a desert-spoonful two drachms; by a tea-spoonful one drachm. Now the modern table, dessert, and tea-spoons hold about twice as much as what is meant by the doctor. Therefore it will be seen how requisite it is that a standard-measure glass should be procured when the medicine is prescribed in spoonfuls. Drops should also always be measured in a standard measure, because they will vary in size according to the consistence of the fluid and the shape o...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781150519192
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 50
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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