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How A Cholera Patient Feels

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The patiënt feols well np to within u few hours of the attack, or, it may bc. goes to bed and sleeps sonndly throngh the night, and iminediately on risinp; in the morning is seized with violent purging and vomitinq;. If jndiciojsly treated many patients recover from this, the first stagoof cholera; bntif neglected, the tendencv of the diwease is to grow rapidly worse. The patiënt compluns ot intense thirst and a burning heat at the pit of the storaach ; he suffers also excruciating pain from cramps in the muscles of the extreinities; he is terribly restless, and his urgent cry is for water to quench his thirst and that Bome one might rub his Iimb3, and thus relieve the muscular spaam. The pulso is rapid and very weak, tlie rwpirationa are hurried and the patients voice becomes huslcy. His countenance if pinched and the integnmcnt of his body feels inelastic aud doughy, while the skin of his hands and feet becomes wrinkled and pnrplish in color. The duration of tliis, the second stage of cholera, is very uncertam - it may last for two or thrue honrs only; or inay continue for twelve or fifteen hours; but so long as the pulse can be feit at the wrist there are good hopes of tho sick persons recovery. TJie weaker the pulse becomes, the nearer the patiënt isto the third. or collapse, stage of cholera, from which probably not more than 85 per cent. recover. In the third stage of the disease the vomiting and purging continue, althongh in a mitigated form ; and the skin is covered with a clammy perspiration, especially if the cr&mps are still severe. The patiënt remains terribly restless, longing only for sleep, and that he may be supplied with water. His intellect is olear but he seldom expresses any anxiety regarding worldly affairs, although fully conscious of the dangerous condition he is in. Sleep and a plentiful supply of drinking water aro the sole desires of a person passing throtigh a collapse stage of cholera. This condition seldom lasts more than twentrfour hours, and reaction either comlaenoes within thatperiod or the patiënt dies in ccllapse, or passes on into the tepid stage, which in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred ends speedily in doath. On the other hand. the sick person having been in the collapse stage of citolera some twenty-four hours (it may be a longer or shorter period), the temperature of his body may begin to rise, gradually creeping up to tho normal standard; the functions of animal life are slowly restored, and she sick person recovers his health. - Quain's Dictiooary oí Medicino


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