This resulted in an inflammation of the upper membrane of the brain, delirium and death.
The process of inflammation is a defensive one, but if carried too far may prove injurious.
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.
Meanwhile Cohnheim and Metchnikoff were engaged in destroying the ontological conception not of fever only, but also of inflammation, of which, as a local event, an ontological conception was no less strongly implanted.
The ambassador recovered, but Descartes fell a victim to the same disease, inflammation of the lungs.