The Signs and Causes of Atrophy and Cachexia
When an organ or other part is corrupted by heat almost to destruction, the body gradually withers and languishes. In cachexia, on the other hand, one is troubled by great swelling and the limbs are heavy and lack vigour. The complexion is pale and livid, breathing infrequent, there is loss of appetite and the bowel’s discharge is impure. The stomach is swollen with corrupt humour and with the victuals. The cause of this is a distempered organ in which weakness and crudity develop, depriving the parts of blood and nourishment and altering the habit of the body.