The Management of Infancy and Childhood: In Health and Disease

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G. Routlege & Sons, 1875 - Child care - 627 pages
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Page 8 - ... obeyed. She spares neither woman nor child. She has no pity: for some awful, but most good reason, she is not allowed to have any pity. Silently she strikes the sleeping child, with as little remorse as she would strike the strong man, with the musket or the pickaxe, in his hand. Ah, would to God that some man had the pictorial eloquence to put before the mothers of England the mass of preventible suffering, the mass of preventible agony of mind and body, which exists in England year after year...
Page 25 - While in this state of strong excitement, the mother took up her child from the cradle, where it lay" playing, and in the most perfect health, never having had a moment's illness, she gave it the breast, and in so doing sealed its fate. In a few minutes the infant left off sucking, became restless, panted, and sank dead upon its mother's bosom.
Page 85 - Now, the number of square inches of surface in a man of ordinary height and bulk is 2500 ; the number of pores, therefore, 7,000,000, and the number of inches of perspiratory tube 1,750,000, that is, 145,833 feet, or 48,600 yards, or nearly twenty-eight miles.
Page 84 - I counted the perspiratory pores on the palm of the hand, and found 3528 in a square inch. Now, each of these pores being the aperture of a little tube of about a quarter of an inch long, it follows that in a square inch of skin on the palm of the hand, there exists a length of tube equal to 882 inches, or 73i feet.
Page 84 - To obtain an estimate of the length of tube of the perspiratory system of the whole surface of the body, I think that 2800 might be taken as a fair average of the number of pores in the square inch, and 700, consequently, of the number of inches in length.
Page 143 - You cannot question your patient; or if old enough to speak, still, through fear, or from comprehending you but imperfectly, he will probably give you an incorrect reply. You try to gather information from the expression of his countenance, but the child is fretful, and will not bear to be looked at; you endeavor to feel his pulse, he struggles in alarm ; you try to auscultate his chest, and he breaks out into a violent fit of crying.
Page 122 - A fashionable physician has recently published in a 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...
Page 135 - ... that wet feet, or a wet skin, need cause him no apprehension, so that he continues in active exercise; and changes his clothes, and avoids all further application of cold, as soon as his exercise ends. You may admonish the bather that after walking on a hot day to the river's side, he had better not wait, to cool himself a little, before he plunges into the stream; and in like manner you may venture to counsel the young lady who has heated herself with dancing, not to linger in the entrance-hall...
Page 595 - Scald your basin by pouring a little hot water into it; then put a small quantity of finely-ground linseed meal into the basin, pour a little hot water on it, and stir it round briskly until you have well incorporated them ; add a little more meal and a little more water ; then stir it again.
Page 122 - Who has not observed the purifying effect of light, and especially of direct sunlight, upon the air of a room ? Here is an observation within everybody's experience. Go into a room where the shutters are always shut, (in a...

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