A Treatise on Physiology and Hygiene for Educational Institutions and General Readers: Fully Illustrated

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Clark & Maynard, 1875 - Physiology - 319 pages
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Page 122 - Whose streams of brightening purple rush, Fired with a new and livelier blush, While all their burden of decay The ebbing current steals away, And red with Nature's flame they start From the warm fountains of the heart. No rest that throbbing slave may ask...
Page 226 - A butcher was brought into the shop of Mr. Macfarlan, the druggist, from the market-place opposite, labouring under a terrible accident. The man on trying to hook up a heavy piece of meat above his head slipped and the sharp hook penetrated his arm so that he himself was suspended. On being examined he was pale, almost pulseless, and expressed himself as suffering acute agony. The arm could not be moved without causing excessive pain, and in cutting off the sleeve he frequently cried out ; yet when...
Page 52 - IT is the unqualified result of all my experience with the sick, that second only to their need of fresh air is their need of light; that, after a close room, what hurts them most is a dark room. And that it is not only light but direct sun-light they want.
Page 63 - ... ordinances of Moses, that every oblation of meat upon the altar shall be seasoned with salt, without lacking ; and hence it is called the Salt of the Covenant of God. The Greeks and Romans also used salt in their sacrificial cakes ; and it is still used in the services of the Latin church — the...
Page 176 - Our brains are seventy-year clocks. The Angel of Life winds them up once for all, then closes the case, and gives the key into the hand of the Angel of the Resurrection. Tic-tac ! tic-tac ! go the wheels of thought ; our will cannot stop them; they cannot stop themselves; sleep cannot still them; madness only makes them go faster; death alone can break into the case, and, seizing the ever-swinging pendulum, which...
Page 251 - Rub the limbs upward with firm pressure and with energy, (The object being to aid the return of venous blood to the heart.) 8th.
Page 63 - Men will barter gold for it ; indeed, among the Gallas and on the coast of Sierra Leone, brothers will sell their sisters, husbands their wives, and parents their children for salt. In the district of Accra, on the gold coast of Africa, a handful of salt is the most valuable thing upon earth after gold, and will purchase a slave or two. Mungo Park tells us that with the Mandingoes and Bambaras the use of salt is such a luxury that to say of a man, ' he flavors his food with salt...
Page 251 - ... when the patient reposes on the chest, this cavity is compressed by the weight of the body, and expiration takes place; when he is turned on the side, this pressure is removed, and inspiration occurs.
Page 131 - The air is not a simple element, as the ancients supposed, but is formed by the mingling of two gases, known to the chemist as oxygen and nitrogen, in the proportion of one part of the former to four parts of the latter. These gases are very unlike, being almost opposite in their properties: nitrogen is weak, inert, and cannot support life; while oxygen is powerful, and incessantly active ; and is the essential element which gives to the atmosphere its power to support life and combustion.
Page 147 - This is the conclusion to which the Sanitary Commissioners for the army came, in their celebrated report : 'A great amount of phthi-is (consumption) has prevailed in the most varied stations of the army and in the most beautiful climates — in Gibraltar, Malta, Ionia. Jamaica, Trinidad, Bermuda, etc.— in all of which places the only common condition was the vitiated atmosphere which our barrack system everywhere prodnced.

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