Our Homes, and how to Make Them Healthy

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Cassell, 1883 - Architecture, Domestic - 947 pages
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Page 848 - Our eyelids : other creatures all day long Rove idle, unemployed, and less need rest ; Man hath his daily work of body or mind Appointed, which declares his dignity, And the regard of Heaven on all his ways ; While other animals unactive range, And of their doings God takes no account.
Page 312 - A clean, fresh, and well-ordered house exercises over its inmates a moral no less than a physical influence, and has a direct tendency to make the members of a family sober, peaceable, and considerate of the feelings and happiness of each other...
Page 848 - Consort, the hour Of night, and all things now retired to rest, Mind us of like repose; since God hath set Labour and rest, as day and night, to men Successive; and the timely dew of sleep, Now falling with soft slumbrous weight, inclines Our eyelids...
Page 384 - Where there is sun, there is thought." All physiology goes to confirm this. Where is the shady side of deep valleys, there is cretinism. Where are cellars and the unsunned sides of narrow streets, there is the degeneracy and weakliness of the human race — mind and body equally degenerating. Put the pale withering plant and human being in the sun, and, if not too far gone, each will recover health and spirit.
Page 384 - Government report that he always turns his patients' faces from the light. Yes, but nature is stronger than fashionable physicians, and depend upon it she turns the faces back, and towards such light as she can get. Walk through the wards of a hospital, remember the bedsides of private patients you have seen, and count how many sick you ever saw lying with their faces towards the wall.
Page 384 - ... ophthalmic cases, and diseases where the eye is morbidly sensitive), where a subdued light is necessary. But a dark north room is inadmissible even for these. You can always moderate the light by blinds and curtains. Heavy, thick, dark window or bed curtains should, however, hardly ever be need for any kind of sick in this country.
Page 535 - The air is drawn along the floor towards the grate ; it is then warmed by the heat which pervades all objects near the fire, and part is carried up the chimney with the smoke, whilst the remainder, partly in consequence of the warmth it has acquired from the fire, and partly owing to the impetus created in its movement towards the fire, flows upwards towards the ceiling near the chimney-breast. It passes along the ceiling, and as it cools in its progress towards the opposite wall, descends to the...
Page 384 - ... or a bed-room there should never be shutters shut), and though the room be uninhabited — though the air has never been polluted by the breathing of human beings, you will observe a close, musty smell of corrupt air — of air unpurified by the effect of the sun's rays.
Page 534 - ... wasteful. One pound of coal is more than sufficient, if all the heat of combustion is utilised, to raise the temperature of a room twenty feet square and twelve feet high to ten degrees above the temperature of the outer air. If the room were not ventilated at all, and the walls were composed of non-conducting materials, the consumption of fuel to maintain this temperature would be very small; but...
Page 598 - Therefore, however impure the outer air is, that of our houses is less pure ; and it may be accepted as an axiom that by the best ventilating arrangements we can only get air of a certain standard of impurity, and that any ventilating arrangements are only makeshifts to assist in remedying the evils to which we are exposed from the necessity of obtaining an atmosphere in our houses different in temperature from that of the outer air.

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