150 years ago: Treatment of syncope and shock. Practitioner May 2022;266(1858):29

150 years ago: Treatment of syncope and shock

25 May 2022Registered users

Painful impressions made upon the skin cause contraction of the blood vessels. Medical students occasionally prevent themselves from fainting, when witnessing an operation, by biting their lips or pinching their fingers. Its beneficial action in shock is very great. My friend Dr Fayrer has succeeded in recovering a patient from a state of collapse by thrashing his feet and the calves of his legs with switches after other means had failed. Mustard plasters are often applied for a similar purpose.

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