Chapter 5 - Diseases of the Brain and Nerves
A Picture of Perfect Health - Diagram
Muscles of the Neck and Face - Diagram 1
Muscles of the Neck and Face - Diagram 2
Internal View of Base of Cranium - Diagram
Cross-section of Head - Diagram
Base of the Brain - Diagram
Cross-section of Head - Diagram
View of Skull - Diagram
Introduction to Diseases of the Brain and Nerves
Inflammation of the Dura Mater
Inflammation of the Arachnoid and Pia Mater
Brain Fever
Softening of the Brain
Abscess of the Brain
Induration of the Brain
Tumors of the Brain
Delirium Tremens
Inebriety
Effects of Alcohol on Stomach and Kidneys - Diagram
Effects of Alcohol on Stomach and Kidneys
Enlargement of the Brain
Shrinking of the Brain
Water in the Head
Dropsy of the Brain
CerebroSpinal Fever
Diseases of the Spinal Cord
Inflammation of the Spinal Cord
Apoplexy
Sunstroke
Paralysis
Paralysis of One Side of the Body
Paralysis of Lower Part of the Body
Local Palsy
Shaking Palsy
Lead Palsy
Hydrophobia
Muscular and Nervous Derangements from Wounds
Locked Jaw
Epilepsy
Catalepsy
St. Vitus' Dance
Chronic Chorea
Cramps
Pains of Nerves
Tic Douloureux
Hemicrania
Sciatica
Insanity
Melancholy
Monomania
Mania
Dementia
Idiocy
Hypochondria
Hiccough
Fainting
Dizziness of the Head
Nightmare
Headaches
Locomotor Ataxia
Neurasthenia
Neuritis

5.13 Softening of the Brain

Softening of the Brain. Ramollissement.

INFLAMMATION of the brain, when it has run its course, sometimes leaves this organ, or portions of it, in a softened condition. The same mischief may happen to the brain from the blood vessels which run to it being diseased, so as not to be able to carry blood for its proper nourishment.

Symptoms. The most remarkable symptom of this disease is the rigid contraction of the muscles which draw up the limbs; the hand may be clenched and pressed against the shoulder, or the heel carried up to the hip. The early symptoms are tingling, numbness in the ends of the fingers, perverted vision and sometimes blindness. The person usually tidy in habits and dress now becomes careless and slovenly. He occasionally complains of sleeplessness and the temper becomes irritable and friends notice that he takes offense when usually he would not notice. His forgetfulness is very noticeable at times to the extent of forgetting his name and that of his family, later on the symptoms are similar to those which will be described under the heading "Dementia."

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