Image from page 226 of "On disorders of digestion, their consequences and treatment" (1886)
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ong as the bowels were left alone.^ In conclusion I give a short r^sum^ of the chief points in thispaper. Purgatives act by stimulating the secretion of fluid fromthe intestines, as well as by increasing peristaltic action. Theyprove useful in many ways. They hurry the food out of thealimentary canal, and thus lessen the injurious effects of over-eating. By expelling irritating substances from the intestine they 1 Prout, Stomach and Renal Diseases, 5th ed., p. 52, ^ Pancreatic ferment appears in the feces after the use of senna. (Radziejewski,Reichert, and Du Bois-Reymonds Archives, 1870, p. 72.) Geo. Johnson, Brit. Med, Journal, 1868, March 7, p. 215. SUMMARY. 209 arrest dinrrlicea, and remove headaclie and other pains, causedeither by the abdominal irritation or by the absorption of poisonousmatters produced by imperfect digestion and decomposition of food.They relieve biliousness by removing bile, and are most efficientaids in the treatment of chionic poisoning by lead, mercury, or
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Fig, 25 is a sphygmographic tracing from the pulse of a healthy man before takinga purgative. The somewhat oblique rise, slow descent, and comparatively slightdichrotism of the pulse-wave indicate that the arterial tension is moderately high.
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