A dictionary of domestic medicine and household surgery (Google eBook)

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Page 1 - FROM THE AUTHOR'S PREFATORY ADDRESS. " Without entering upon that difficult ground which correct professional knowledge and educated Judgment can alone permit to be safely trodden, there is a wide and extensive field for exertion, and for usefulness, open to the unprofessional, in the kindly offices of a true DOMESTIC MEDICINE, the timely help and solace of a simple HOUSKHOLD SURGERY, or, better still, in the watchful care more generally known as
Page 392 - A poison is a substance which, when taken internally, is capable of destroying life without acting mechanically on the system.
Page 1 - FROM THE AUTHOR'S PREFATORY ADDRESS. "WITHOUT entering upon that difficult ground which correct professional knowledge, and educated judgment, can alone permit to be safely trodden, there is a wide and extensive field for exertion, and for usefulness, open to the unprofessional, in the kindly offices of a true DOMESTIC MEDICINE, the timely help and solace of a simple HOUSEHOLD SURGERY, or better still, in the watchful care more generally known as 'SANITARY PRECAUTION,' which tends rather to preserve...
Page 212 - We lately visited, in a large town, a boarding-school containing forty girls ; and we learnt, on close and accurate inquiry, that there was not one of the girls who had been at the school two years (and the majority had been as long,) that was not more or less crooked!
Page 411 - But this was productive of temporary relief only, and what was worse, a more violent paroxysm frequently succeeded. The sensations arising from prickly heat are perfectly indescribable, being compounded of pricking, itching, tingling, and many other feelings for which I have no appropriate appellation. It is usually, but not invariably, accompanied by an eruption of vivid red pimples, not larger in general than a pin's head, which spread over the breast, arms, thighs, neck, and occasionally along...
Page 512 - But it is surely still more remarkable, that the beneficial effects of both plants on the health must be ascribed to one and the same substance, the presence of which in two vegetables, belonging to different natural families, and the produce of different quarters of the globe, could hardly have presented itself to the boldest imagination. Yet recent researches have shown, in such a manner as to exclude all doubt, that caffeine, the peculiar principle of coffee, and theine, that of tea, are, in all...
Page 469 - I counted the perspiratory pores on the palm of the hand, and found 3528 in a square inch. Now, each of these pores being the aperture of a little tube of about a quarter of an inch long, it follows that in a square inch of skin on the palm of the hand, there exists a length of tube equal to 882 inches, or 73i feet.
Page 512 - We shall never certainly be able to discover how men were led to the use of the hot infusion of the leaves of a certain shrub (tea), or of a decoction of certain roasted seeds (coffee). Some cause there must be which would explain how the practice has become a necessary of life to whole nations.
Page 503 - Barbadoes tar and linseed-oil, in the proportion of one of the former to three of the latter, will be the most effectual external application, while alteratives and physic should be given internally.
Page 474 - Now, since in different individuals, according to the amount of force consumed in producing voluntary mechanical effects, unequal quantities of living tissue are wasted, there must occur, in every individual, unless the phenomena of motion are to cease entirely, a condition in which all voluntary motions are completely checked ; in which, therefore, these occasion no waste. This condition is called deep.

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