Diet for the Sick: A Treatise on the Values of Foods, Their Application to Special Conditions of Health and Disease, and on the Best Methods of Their Preparation

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Harper, 1885 - Cookery for the sick - 234 pages
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Page 189 - That a child will be nourished in exact proportion to the amount of food he swallows, and that the more solid the food the greater its nutritive power, are two articles of...
Page 14 - ... considerations and experience teach us that a mixed diet is best adapted to the requirements of the body ; and that the proportion of animal food should be one-fourth, or rather more, of the total supply. Animal food comprises (i) the different parts of animals, (2) eggs, (3) milk and its products.
Page 189 - ... he may be induced to swallow, is so obviously true that an apology might almost seem to be required for...
Page 178 - All the popular stimulants, refreshing drugs, and " pick-me-ups " have two distinct and opposite actions — an immediate exaltation which lasts for a certain period, varying with the drug and the constitution of its victim, and a subsequent depression proportionate to the primary exaltation, but, as I believe, always exceeding it either in duration or intensity, or both, thus giving as a net or mean result a loss of vitality.
Page 101 - ... half a saltspoonful of salt Stir well together, and allow it to stand for an hour. Strain through a hair sieve, and rinse the residue with a quarter of a pint of water. The liquid thus obtained contains the juice of the meat with the albumen in an uncoagulated state, and syntonine, or muscle fibrine, which has been dissolved by the agency of the acid.
Page 196 - ... are produced. If digestion be strong and its products are absorbed, an excess of nutriment is thrown into the blood and the circulation overloaded. If food is not expended in force the natural alternative is its accumulation in the system, producing plethora and abnormal increase of tissue. This is accompanied by congestion of important organs, mal-assimilation of nutritive material, and increased proneness to derangement and diseased action.
Page 188 - The great principle at the bottom of all successful feeding — viz., that an infant is nourished in proportion to his power of digesting the food with which he is supplied, and not in proportion to the quantity of nutritive material which he may be induced to swallow...
Page 187 - This is the preparation of which I have had the most experience in the treatment of the sick, and with which I have obtained the most satisfactory results. It may be regarded as an artificially digested bread-and-milk, and as forming by itself a complete and highly nutritious food for weak digestions.
Page 189 - That that child thrives best who is most largely fed, and that the more solid the food the greater its nutritive power, are two articles of faith so firmly settled in the minds of many persons that it is very difficult indeed to persuade them to the contrary. To them wasting in an infant merely suggests a larger supply of more solid food; every cry means hunger, and must be quieted by an additional meal. To take a common case: A child, weakly, perhaps, to begin with, is filled with a quantity of...
Page 180 - ... or necessity compels him to have recourse to spirits. He must work, but in consequence of insufficient food, a certain portion of his working power is daily wanting. Spirits, by their action on the nerves, enable him to make up the deficient power at the expense of his body ; to consume to-day that quantity which ought naturally to have been employed a day later. He draws, so to speak, a bill on his health, which must always be renewed, because, for want of means he cannot take up; he consumes...

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