The process of inflammation is a defensive one, but if carried too far may prove injurious.
This resulted in an inflammation of the upper membrane of the brain, delirium and death.
The ambassador recovered, but Descartes fell a victim to the same disease, inflammation of the lungs.
Discovery in these various directions then led physicians to regard fever and inflammation not as separable entities, but as fluctuating symptomgroups, due to swervings of function from the normal balance under contingent forces.
The bestknown parts of Boerhaave's system are his doctrines of inflammation, obstruction and "plethora.