PALSY is a loss of the power of voluntary motion and feeling, one or both coming on, sometimes gradually, but more often suddenly, and extending at one time to a part, at another time to the whole body. It is a kind of station house on the way to apoplexy, where passengers stop, not merely to stay over night, but to rest many days, or even years.
A great injury inflicted upon the brain, either by pressure or other cause, will induce a complete loss of motion and feeling, and this ex. tending to the whole structure, brings likewise a loss of consciousness, which is apoplexy. A smaller degree of pressure, or a less injury upon the same brain, would occasion a loss of motion only, or, if a loss of feeling were experienced also, it would only extend to a part of the body, and consciousness would remain. This would be palsy. The disease is like apoplexy in kind, but stops short of it in degree.
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