Elmer D. Barber, D. O.
DISEASES OF THE BLOOD
(Deficiency of blood and red corpuscles.)
Weak heart; palpitation; vertigo; neuralgia; insomnia;
impaired appetite and, digestion; eyeballs of a bluish tint; countenance
pale; urine pale.
Very thorough Treatment to Equalize the Circulation.
Particular stress should be placed upon No. 1, being very thorough
in the cervical and upper dorsal region, as it is here that we reach
the nerves which control the assimilation. It is also advisable
to give vibrations over the spleen, one of the sources of origin
of the corpuscles.
Treatment should be gives every other day, fifteen
minutes. Improvement should be noticed after the first week, and
a cure in from six to twelve weeks.
CHLOROSIS, OR GREEN SICKNESS
(A form of anemia in young girls occurring about puberty.)
Complexion of a yellowish-green hue; languor; weariness;
neuralgia; pearly eyes; amenorrhea; and palpitation.
1. See Treatment to Equalize the Circulation.
This treatment should be given in a very thorough, careful manner.
2. See Amenorrhea.
Treatment should be given every other day.
Immediate benefit can be expected, and a cure effected in from two to three
THE LYMPHATIC CIRCULATION
There exists generally within the tissues of the body a
system of vessels, or channels, which contain the juices of the tissues, and
within these vessels a fluid is always moving in a centripetal direction.
These channels within the tissues arise in a variety of ways, uniting to form
delicate and, afterward, thicker tubes in their course, which finally terminate
in two large trunks which open at the junction of the jugular and subclavian
veins. That on the right side is the right lymphatic trunk, and that on
the left is the thoracic duct. This fluid is called the lymph, permeating
every tissue, in the body, bathing their constituent elements, supplying them
with nutriment, and enabling them to dispose of the waste products resulting
from their metabolism.
The lymph is collected and returned to the blood in special
tubes, the lymphatics. They communicate freely with each other, at first
forming thin-walled, microscopic lymphatic vessels, and by their confluence
forming the lymphatic veins, which usually accompany the superficial and deep
The larger lymphatics are provided with valves which open
towards the heart. The walls are so thin and translucent that often the
clear lymph which they contain may be seen.
The general function of the lymphatics is to collect the
fluid that saturates the tissues and convey it back to the blood.
The capillary blood system may be regarded as a system of
irrigation which supplies the tissues with nutrient fluid, while the lymphatic
may be regarded as a drainage apparatus, conveying away the fluids that have
passed through the capillary walls. The lymphatic represents an appendix
to the blood-vascular system. A careful study of these conditions shows
that there can be no lymphatic system when the bloodstream is completely arrested.
The lymphatic glands are incorrectly named, as they are merely
many-branched lacunar labyrinthine spaces composed of adenoid tissue, intercalated
in the course of the lymphatic vessels. The simple lymph-glands, or lymph-follicles,
are small rounded bodies about the size of a pin-head.
The compound lymphatic glands are a collection of lymph-follicles,
and are small oval or kidney-shaped bodies, varying much in size.
Lymph-glands not only form leucocytes, but in them, also,
cells break down, and the products of their disintegration are taken up by the
leucocytes and further changed by them.
It is estimated that the total amount of lymph and chyle
passing through the large vessels in twenty-four hours is equal to the amount
of blood; it will, therefore, be readily understood that a free and uninterrupted
circulation of the fluids of the body is essential to a condition of perfect