Our knowledge of the chemical-physiological mechanism of death is incomplete. This mechanism is perhaps best understood in certain intoxications, in which the oxygen supply is disturbed, or in certain diseases of the brain, in which large areas of brain tissue are destroyed. We are little informed, however, as to the mechanism of death in the infectious diseases. We do not understand to what final factors death may be attributed in instances of cardiac diseases, carcinoma or tuberculosis. Quite unclear also remains at times the cause of death following various operative procedures.
Also the peculiar conditions of stupor and coma, frequently
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