Mr. Liston, of London

1847 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
the brain and nervous system in our more malignant periodical fevers, before they become complicated with extensive local inflammation, is the very point on which the case is to turn for life or death. And the success of this treatment, in preference to the actual depletory system, is certainly very abundantly established. By it we immediately arrest tho paroxysm, and with the arrest of the paroxysm, we generally have an improvement of the symptoms. The pulse, instead of being small, quick and
more » ... g small, quick and struggling, becomes fuller, softer, more distinct and natural ; the skin assumes a more healthy condition, a free perspiration frequently forming a crisis to the fever ; and when followed by proper alteratives, depurativas, tonics, and laxatives, the tongue improves in appearance, the secretions become restored, and the patient rapidly recovers. But if we wait, before adopting this practice, as recommended by a large majority of our most popular authors, until the secretions are restored, the pulse soft, and the febrile symptoms abated, we will wait until struggling nature, unaided, has overcome the disease ; or until, in consequence of
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