The rapid or accelerated pulse is indicative of inflammation or fever, especially if strong, full and hard, if small and very rapid, it indicates a low state of debility, such as is often present in the latter stage of typhoid fever.

The slow pulse, if not habitual, may indicate debility or tendency of blood to the head, or especially, if full and strong, pressure on the brain. It is also generally found in old age.

The hard or wiry pulse is generally indicative of a high state of inflammation, although in old age it may be occasioned by a hardening or ossification of the arteries.

The changeable or unequal pulse indicates a derangement of the nervous system, and not unfrequently organic disease of the heart.

The intermittent pulse generally shows an organic disease or spasmodic condition of the heart. It is sometimes occasioned by intestinal affections.

The full strong pulse indicates a full habit, while the weak pulse denotes impoverished blood and a feeble state of the system.