Our Home Physician: A New and Popular Guide to the Art of Preserving Health and Treating Disease ; with Plain Advice for All the Medical and Surgical Emergencies of the Family ...

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E.B. Treat, 1875 - Hygiene - 1067 pages

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Page xvii - if these things be done in the green tree, what shall be done in the dry ?" Excuse me for employing a sentence of Scripture on this occasion ; I apply it very seriously.
Page 832 - The smallpox, so fatal and so general amongst us, is here entirely harmless by the invention of ingrafting, which is the term they give it. There is a set of old women who make it their business to perform the operation every autumn, in the month of September, when the great heat is abated. People send to one another to know if any of their family has a mind to have the smallpox ; they make parties for this purpose, and when they are met (commonly fifteen or sixteen together), the old woman comes...
Page 393 - Every word uttered by a speaker costs him some physical loss ; and, in the strictest sense, he burns that others may have light — so much eloquence., so much of his body resolved into carbonic acid, water, and urea.
Page 393 - I shall probably have recourse to the substance commonly called mutton, for the purpose of stretching it back to its original size. Now this mutton was once the living protoplasm, more or less modified, of another animal — a sheep. As I shall eat it, it is the same matter altered, not only by death, but by exposure to sundry artificial operations in the process of cooking.
Page 436 - ... in the chest upwards out of the mouth. Continue this while you can slowly count — one — two — three; then suddenly let go, with a final push, which springs you back to your first kneeling position. Remain erect upon your knees while you can count — one — two ; then...
Page 670 - The methods by which I have preserved my own health are— temperance, early rising, and sponging the body every morning with cold water, immediately after getting out of bed; a practice which I have adopted for thirty years without ever catching cold.
Page 390 - ... and 2 deformed. Of 2778 children born of first cousins, 793 were defective; 117 deaf and dumb, 63 blind, 231 idiotic, 24 insane, 44 epileptic, 189 scrofulous, and 53 deformed.
Page 393 - But, happily, the protoplasmic peau de chagrin differs from Balzac's in its capacity of being repaired, and brought back to its full size, after every exertion. For example, this present lecture, whatever its intellectual worth to you, has a certain physical value to me, which is, conceivably, expressible by the number of grains of protoplasm and other bodily substance wasted in maintaining my vital processes during its delivery.
Page 394 - Hence, it appears to be a matter of no great moment what animal or what plant I lay under contribution for protoplasm, and the fact speaks volumes for the general identity of that substance in all living beings. I share this catholicity of assimilation with other animals, all...
Page 91 - His understanding resembled the tent which the fairy Paribanou gave to Prince Ahmed. Fold it; and it seemed a toy for the hand of a lady. Spread it; and the armies of powerful Sultans might repose beneath its shade.

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