This section is from the book "Smith's Family Physician", by William Henry Smith. See also: Natural Physician's Healing Therapies: Proven Remedies that Medical Doctors Don't Know.
A term applied to diseases which take place without external cause.
A general term for diseases arising from occasional causes, such as cold, fatigue, etc.
Any kind of expectoration.
Barrenness. Impotence in the male; inability to conceive in the female.
The breast bone.
An instrument invented by Laennec, to assist the ear in examining the morbid sounds of the chest.
A discharge of the urine drop by drop.
A medicine which stimulates and strengthens the powers of the stomach.
A spasmodic action of the muscles of the side, accompanied by pain, produced by running, and other exertion.
The close constriction of a part. Thus, a hernia is said to be strangulated, when it is so tightly squeezed in the opening through which it has passed, that the bowels cannot act.
Discharge of the urine with pain and by drops.
A contracted state of some one of the tubes or ducts of the body.
A state of insensibility.
An astringent application for stopping haemorrhage.
Medicines which occasion sweating.
A medicinal body introduced into the bowel by the rectum.
A stoppage of any secretion, etc.
The process by which pus or matter is formed.
Wasting or melting; hence applied to consumption, and other wasting diseases.
The operation of returning the bowel (in hernia) into the cavity of the abdomen, with the hand.
Straining; painful and frequent urgency to go to stool, with evacuation of little but mucus.
That branch of medicine which relates to the treatment of diseases.
Twisting: sometimes employed to secure arteries, and prevent haemorrhage.
An instrument for checking the flow of blood, when an artery or arteries have been wounded.
An account of Poisons: their effects, etc.
Trachea - The windpipe.
The operation of making an opening into the windpipe.
The operation of transfusing the blood of one person into another.
A state of congestion.
Dry dropsy, or wind dropsy. An unnatural accumulation of wind in the abdomen, which distends it like a drum.
One who is weakly, sickly, or infirm of health.
The top or crown of the head.
Giddiness; dizziness, with a fear of falling.
Substances that raise blisters.
In the place of another: as where one secretion replaces another.
Applied to muscles which act in obedience to the will.
A medicine useful for healing wounds.
A Felon; an inflammation at the end of one of the fingers.
A term applied to those diseases which seem to be occasioned by a virus or poison, which is diffused through the frame, and operates upon it like leaven.