Some Observations on the Utility of Opium, in Certain Inflammatory Disorders

John Armstrong
1824 The New England Journal of Medicine and Surgery and the Collateral Branches of Science  
erience, and whose characters as anatomists, entitle them to e considered as authorities on all questions relating to the human form, I refer to the works of Riolan, Haller, Winslow, Van Swieten, and Portal. ' Portal has entered at considerable length into the inquiry : among other facts, he states that the muscles of the back are larger, redder, and stronger, in women who have not worn stays, than in those who have used them. He says, indeed, that it is scarcely possible to demonstrate the
more » ... demonstrate the muscles of the back in those who have worn stays, or any similar contrivances, to support the spine. ' (p. 190.) Mr Shaw trusts the cure principally to exercise, so contrived as to call into action those muscles which have a tendency to counteract the distortion. Experience has taught him that the only effectual way of treating those cases, is by calling into operation the natural powers of the diseased part, which, by disease and inactivity, have been suffered to languish and decay. It is thus that a blow is struck at the root of the evil, and, by imitating nature, we are taught to cure her aberrations. A great variety of means have been devised by him to execute this plan: many of them are exceedingly ingenious, but, without the assistance of" his diagrams, we should despair of giving a correct idea of them to our readers. We must therefore refer them to the work itself, where they will find details sufficient to enable them both to understand and to apply them. The plates in illustration, reflect high credit, both on the judgment of the author, and the skill of the artist.-Lond.
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