The Signs and Causes of a Benign Illness

  • François Du Port


When the sickness abates, and there are hopeful signs that the end of the disease is soon in sight, especially if the patient has his legs quite well stretched out between the sheets, and if he lies comfortably on either side, if it causes him no harm to be touched: and if he is quietly awake by day and effortlessly asleep at night, and while awake without distress or delirium: and if there is no fever or any thirst, and he spits well and the breathlessness has gone, if his mind is aright and if he sneezes and has appetite: and if he bears his ill, harsh or benign, complacently, and if his pulse is sound and his complexion that of health: if there is equal warmth throughout the body and if the tepid sweat, diffused, dissolves the ardour of the fever or the disease. If his flanks are soft and no pain there, his stomach emptied and his belly flat, and if he casts out phlegm and bile in his vomit: and if the urine is sound and its sediments are white and uniform and equal, and if the stools pass comfortably from within the bowel and are soft and formed and yellow: then there is nought here that Nature cannot overcome.


Public Health Internal Medicine General Practice Family Medicine Great Part 
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