Image from page 52 of “British medical journal” (1857)

Image from page 52 of “British medical journal” (1857)
Hand Wrist Pain
Identifier: 1914britishmedical02brit
Title: British medical journal
Year: 1857 (1850s)
Authors: British Medical Association
Subjects: Medicine Medicine
Publisher: London British Medical Association
Contributing Library: Gerstein – University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto

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had done nowork since;; history of pieces of tendon having been cut awaywhen first treated. For the past two or three years the fibrousscar was a constant source of pain, which kept her awake atiii^iit. The wrist and fingers were fixed in a fiexed position,and slie kept her whole hand quite rigid. She could move thethumb and first finger a little, the other three fingers not at all. On May 7th six needles were inserted as illustrated (Fig. 5),and left in for ;forty-sis hours. Average 5.5 millicuries. AYhentlie needles were removed the patient stated that the pain haddisappeared. Five days later the scar was soft and the wristc juld be straightened by strong extension. She could move herf.iumb and first finger better, and, to my surprise, could flexher other fingers to a considerable extent. She attendedSteevenss Hospital as an extern jiatient for the next week orten days for massage and manii)ulation, aud her power of move-mei:; continued to improve and the pain did not return. Slie,

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Fig. 5.—Case n. Showing position of needles in fibrous scar. however, discontinued attending the hospital, and wrote to mesaving her arm was much better and that she could not attendas she had again started work. The results I have obtained in other cases still undertreatment are also encouraging. A cancer of the fioor ofthe mouth, with extensive glandular involvement, hasimproved; the glands are smaller and less fixed, and thefloor of the mouth less prominent. A recurrent cancer ofthe breast lias been considerably relieved of paiu and ten-derness, and the patient sleeps much better; the supra-clavicular glands, into which I inserted the needles, liavodiminished in size, and the oedema of the arm has con-si.^.crably decreased. I have just begun treatment ofmalignant glands of the neck, which I was unable toremove by operation. There is already some diminutionof haemorrhage in a case of cancer of the cervix uteri,■svbich Dr. Tweedy found by an exploratory laparotomy tobe too extens

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