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For overcomming cerebral anemia it is the common practice to lower the head, according to the accepted theory, to permit the blood to reach the brain without working against gravity. To do this the patient is made to lie supine. In fact, the unconsciousness and fall of a fainting person is a natural provision to bring about the same end. In the absence of medicinal restoratives the treatment of unconsciousness caused by mental excitement or emotion, slight pain, excessive heat or other nervous causes is deficient in that the end reaction, cerebral hyperemia, is usually not sufficiently sought.
In case of fainting from being in overcrowded rooms, from exciting surroundings, from slight concussion or other pain or discomfort, the most rapid relief comes from forcing the blood out of the abdomen, where it has largely collected. This is of more avail than to elevate or to compress the extremities, and
WOOD HB. RAPID RECOVERY FROM SYNCOPE.. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(3):246–247. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320030050003d
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