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Page 238 - HMS Valorous, told me, that he was so strongly impressed from former experience with a sense of the efficacy of the protection afforded by the constant use of flannel next the skin, that when, on his arrival in England in December 1823, after two years...
Page 240 - ... should be left to the deformed or diseased, for whom they were originally intended ; 4th, corsets should never be drawn so tight as to impede regular, natural breathing, as, under all circumstances, the improvement of figure is insufficient to compensate for the air of awkward...
Page 239 - that every precaution was used, by lighting stoves between decks and scrubbing with hot sand, to insure the most thorough dryness, and every means put in practice to promote cheerfulness among the men. When in command of the Recruit gun-brig, which lay about nine weeks at Vera Cruz, the same means preserved the health of his crew, when the other ships of AVar anchored around him lost from twenty to fifty men each; and although constant communication was maintained between the Recruit...
Page 242 - I should suggest that the bedsteads, tables, seats, &c. should be painted white, and that the dresses of the nurses and hospital attendants should be of a light colour. A regulation of this kind would possess the double advantage of enabling cleanliness to be enforced, at the same time that it presented the least absorbent surface to the emanations of disease. On the same principle it would appear that physicians and others by dressing in black, have unluckily chosen the colour of all others most...
Page 239 - These precautions were followed by the happiest results. He proceeded to his station with a crew of 150 men ; visited almost every island in the West Indies, and many of the ports in the Gulf of Mexico ; and, notwithstanding the sudden transition from extreme climates, returned to England without the loss of a single man, or having any sick on board on his arrival.
Page 224 - Humid, confined situations, subject to great alternations of temperature between day and night, are the most dangerous. Of all the physical qualities of the air, humidity is the most injurious to human life; and, therefore, in selecting situations for building, particular regard should be had to the circumstances which are calculated to obviate humidity either in the soil or atmosphere, in every climate. Dryness, with a free circulation of air, and a full exposure to the sun, are the material things...
Page 224 - A person may, I believe, sleep with perfect safety in the centre of the Pontine marshes by having his room kept well heated by a fire^ during the night.
Page 239 - ... every precaution was used, by lighting stoves between decks and scrubbing with hot sand, to insure the most thorough dryness. When in command of the ' Recruit ' gun-brig, which lay about nine miles from Vera Cruz, the same means preserved the health of the crew when other ships of war anchored around him lost from twenty to fifty men each; and although constant communication was maintained between the ' Recruit' and the other vessels, and all were exposed to the same external disease, no case...
Page 216 - At this meal he ate a roasted fowl, drank a pint of strong ale, and then took two cups of tea with bread and butter. He lunched at twelve; one day on beef-steaks and the next on mutton-chops, of which he ate a considerable quantity.
Page 224 - On this principle it may be understood how the inhabitants of one house suffer from rheumatism, headache, dyspepsia, nervous affections, and other consequences of living in a confined humid atmosphere, while their nearest neighbours, whose houses are more openly situated, enjoy good health ; and even how one side of a large building, fully exposed to the sun and to a free circulation of air, may be healthy, while the other side, overlooking damp, shaded courts or gardens, is unhealthy.