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Page 8 - As nitrous oxide in its extensive operation appears capable of destroying physical pain, it may probably be used with advantage during surgical operations in which no great effusion of blood takes place...
Page 6 - The patient becomes sleepy, insensible, and may die in a state of profound apoplexy. Life is, however, often saved by drenching the body with cold water, and applying ice to the head. The overheated blood is thereby cooled, and the medulla roused from its torpid condition. The movements of swallowing, which require for their proper execution a co-ordinated action of the lips, tongue, palate, and gullet, are likewise under the immediate influence of the medulla. The same organ contains a centre for...
Page 13 - Falsely luxurious, will not man awake; And, springing from the bed of sloth, enjoy The cool, the fragrant, and the silent hour To meditation due and sacred song? For is there aught in sleep can charm the wise? To lie in dead oblivion, losing half •The fleeting moments of too short a life; Total extinction of th
Page 26 - ... of playing chess with a wife. Ferrand, Count of Flanders, having constantly defeated the countess at chess, she conceived a hatred against him, which came to such a height, that when the count was taken prisoner at the battle of Bovines, she suffered him to remain a long time in prison, though she could easily have procured his release.
Page 26 - The common expression, choked with passion, has little exaggeration in it ; for even though not suddenly fatal, strong passions shorten life. Strongbodied men often die young — weak men live longer than the strong, for the strong use their strength, and the weak have none to use. The latter take care of themselves ; the former do not. As it is with the body, so it is with the mind and temper. .The strong are apt to break, or, like the candle, to run ; the weak burn out.
Page 26 - He is also the most irritable of all animals; and there is reason to believe, though we cannot tell what an animal secretly feels, that more than any other animal man cherishes wrath to keep it warm, and consumes himself with the fire of his own secret reflections.
Page 26 - Chess : — for at this game, their anger, love, peevishness, covetousness, dulness, idleness, and many more mad pranks, passions, and motions of their minds, and the forces and properties of their fortunes are used to be seen : as whether the wooer be rudely disposed, that he will indiscreetly rejoice and suddenly triumph when he wins, or whether when he is wronged, he can patiently endure it and wisely put it off.
Page 26 - At the Fireside." At nightfall by the firelight's cheer My little Margaret sits me near, And begs me tell of things that were When I was little, just like her.
Page 6 - The functions of these parts will now be considered seriatim, beginning with the lower centres. 1. The medulla forms the connecting link between the spinal cord and the brain. It is a small cord, about an inch long, and weighing no more than two drachms ; yet it must be looked upon as the most vital part of the whole system, for injury to it proves immediately fatal. The most important function of the medulla is to cause and to regulate the respiratory movements, and the point in which this respiratory...
Page 8 - ... such movements will be performed mechanically, and without much, if any, attention to them on the part of the grey surface of the brain. A man who is in the habit of writing much never thinks of the way in which he forms his letters on the paper, over which his pen seems to fly quite mechanically. The same holds good for the various kinds of needlework, embroidery, playing on the piano, the violin, &c.