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1843. Excerpt: ... SECTION VI. AGENTS THAT AFFECT VARIOUS ORGANS. L
EXCITANTS. Synon. Slimulantia. Irritation, Not Debility, The Great
Lethiferous Agent--Causes Of Death In Cases Of Extensive Abscess,
Phthisis Pulmonali8, &c. Debility In One Organ May Suggest
Irritation In AnoTher--Cases Of Really Diminished Action--Division
Of ExciTants--Definition Of Excitants--Carminatives--Chiefly
DeRived FROM THE VEGETABLE KINGDOM--SlMPLE DIRECT ACTION OF
Excitants--General Effect Of Excitants--Excitement And Collapse
Defined Excitants Act Also As Revulsives TheraPEUTICAL APPLICATION
OF EXCITANTS--In OASTRIC AND INTESTINAL AFFECTIONS--In FEVERS In
INFLAMMATORY DISEASES CATARRHS In The Neuroses, Hysteria, Epilepsy,
Paralysis--In Topical InFlammation--Mental Excitants--Special
Excitants. Although the doctrine--that debility is the cause of
almost every diseased action--is now nearly exploded, there can be
no doubt, that, owing to morbific agencies, the vital
manifestations of a part may be enfeebled, and that a plan of
treatment, which will arouse them to greater activity, may
occasionally be required. Even so late as the time of Cullen it was
maintained, that the great indication to be followed by the
therapeutist, in cases of fever, was to obviate the tendency to
debility and death. A better attention to physiology and pathology
has shown that the great lethiferous agent, in such cases, is
irritation, and that death often results from this cause, where its
agency was at one time altogether unsuspected. It has often been
observed, that where large collections of matter have formed, and
been discharged by the surgeon, febrile irritation of the most
fatal kind has rapidly supervened, yet little or none of this
irritation was present before the matter was evacuated. It was
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