An Essay on the Recovery of the Apparently Dead
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1788. Excerpt: ... others, no notice is taken of any collection of blood in the heart or lungs; and, in most, no particular appearance was discoverable, which could be supposed to be the cause of death. This difference in the appearances, on dissection, may be accounted for by the length of time which has frequently elapsed before the body was opened, having given an opportunity for the blood to be more generally diffused, which it certainly will be in a greater or less degree, as the humors become cold, and the fibres consequently contracted. Harvey has an observation much to the present purpose: Ego aliquando, In cadavere humano noviter strangulate, intra duas horas a suspensione, aperto pectore et pericardio (antiquam faciei rubor evanuerat) auriculam dextram cordis et pulmones, plurimum distentos et infarctos sanguine, multis attestantibus ostendi; praecipue vero auriculam, ad maximi hominis pugni magnitudinem, turaentem adeo ut difruptum iri putares. Quae moles die sequence, refrigerato penitus corpore, et per alias vias cruore dilapso, detumescens evanuit. Exercit. alter de circul. sanguin. ' I have," I have," says he, " sometimes in a human body recently strangled, that is, within two hours after hanging, when the chest and pericardium were opened (before the redness of the face was gone off) demonstrated to many witnesses, that the right auricle of the heart, and the lungs, were very much distended and stuffed up with blood; but chiefly the auricle, to the bigness of a large man's fist, and so very turgid, that you would suppose it ready to burst. Yet all this quantity of blood, on the day following, when the body was quite cool, had entirely disappeared, having flowed down into other passages."--This effect will be greater or less, as the internal heat m.