Preliminary Report of the Geological Survey of Kansas (Google eBook)

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J. Speer, printer to the State, 1866 - Geology - 198 pages
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Page 138 - That the annual loss of life from filth and bad ventilation is greater than the loss from death or wounds in any wars in which, the country has been engaged in modern times.
Page 138 - That such disease, wherever its attacks are frequent, is always found in connexion with the physical circumstances above specified, and that where those circumstances are removed by drainage, proper cleansing, better ventilation, and other means of diminishing atmospheric impurity, the frequency and intensity of such disease is abated; and where the removal of the noxious agencies appears to be complete, such disease almost entirely disappears.
Page 140 - When it is brought to mind that the ignorance of parents is included in the terms of the inquiry, the justice of the answer will probably be admitted by all who are conversant with the subject.
Page 135 - ... specific and efficient cause, and that these causes can be removed or much weakened in their action, in very many instances, is not only within the bounds of hope, but has been satisfactorily proved. When sanitary legislation gives us its successful results, they will be represented by the reduction of the number of those who die of disease in their early days, or in the prime of life and in the increased number of those who have completed their allotted course in health, and been peacefully...
Page 130 - Indeed, it is easy to see from Vitruvius, and from portions of the collection of Grsevius, that the rules and operations for the protection of health in Rome, were of a very radical and peremptory character, and allowed no minor interests to interfere with them. It seems to have been a rule with them, that from the time when the foundation of a city was laid, to that of the summit of its greatness, no structural operation, public or private, should be permitted to take...
Page 141 - WE BELIEVE that the conditions of perfect health, either public or personal, are seldom or never attained, though attainable: that the average length of human life may be very much extended, and its physical power greatly augmented; that in every year, within this Commonwealth, thousands of lives are lost which might have been saved; that tens of thousands of cases of sickness occur, which might have been prevented; that a vast amount of unnecessarily impaired health, and physical...
Page 138 - That the younger population, bred up under noxious physical agencies, is inferior in physical organization and general health to a population preserved from the presence of such agencies. That the population so exposed is less susceptible of moral influences, and the effects of education are more transient than with a healthy population.
Page 41 - ... the valuable minerals they contain, and their wonderful fertilizing influence over the soils which rest upon them or come within the range of the waters that flow from them.' These rocks extend in an irregular belt across the State, from the head-waters of the Blue and Fancy, across the Republican and Solomon and over the Kansas, between Turkey Creek and the Saline ; thence south and south-easterly up the Smoky Hill and Gypsum, Holland and Turkey Creeks ; along the northern slope of the divide,...
Page 31 - I shall speak more particularly of the soils while treating of the formations on which they are formed. 2d. Pebbles and Sand. Many of our streams abound in water-worn pebbles, which constitute their beds, and form bars along their margins and across their channels. These pebbles were derived from the drift and the harder portions of the adjacent rocks. They vary in size according to the transporting power of the streams in which they are found. The economical value of these pebbles for roads and...
Page 137 - That the various forms of epidemic, endemic, and other disease caused, or aggravated, or propagated chiefly amongst the labouring classes by atmospheric impurities produced by decomposing animal and vegetable substances, by damp and filth, and close and overcrowded dwellings prevail amongst the population in every part of the kingdom, whether dwelling in separate houses, in rural villages, in small towns, in the larger towns as they have been found to prevail in the lowest districts of the metropolis.

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