Essays on the Changes of the Human Body, at Its Different Ages; The Diseases to Which It Is Predisposed in Each Period of Life and the Physiological Principles of Its Longevity. the Whole Illustrated by Many Analogies in Plants and Animals
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1811. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAP. V. - . . . -- DISEASES TO WHICH THE More...
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1811. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAP. V. - . . . -- DISEASES TO WHICH THE SODY fS PREDISPOSED IN (c)ED AGE. OLD age, like infancy, is subject to an infinite number of diseases, from imperfections of prganization. The different organs, which ift early life were liable to receive injury from a fluid and weak state of their structure, are now predisposed to morbid action from universal rigidity. So numerous are its infirmities and diseases, that Galen called the whole period of old age a distemper, we therefore can only select those diseases which prevail most generally, as the subjects of present consideration. The most common occurrences of the FiKSf Epoch, are dyspepsia, muscular rheumatism, urinary and pulmonary diseases. Dyspepsia is the most common of all diseases which distress old people, and it has connection with the hypochondriac state of mind so prevalent at this time. It is perfectly obvious that the irritability and strength of fibre decaying in the elementary organs, as in every other part of the system, predisposes the body to diseases. Old people can neither digest their food, nor sustain the long intervals of abstinence they did in younger years. They have in general good appetites, and are apt to indulge in full -meals, at the time their exercise has diminished, and iheir mastication becomes defective. It is however nature's law to remove their teeth, wheh the Waste of the system requires a smaller proportion of food, we therefore often find them in the habits of too full living, which proves a cotnmoft exciting cause of dyspepsia, ahd of the Symptoms of flatulency and CostiveUess that prevail sd generally in the period. In the melancholic agfe full diet is also liable to excite the hypochondriac disease, and still more destructively, to 611 the vessels of the he.