A Treatise on Physiology and Hygiene: For Educational Institutions and General Readers

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Maynard, Merrill, & Company, 1902 - Physiology - 388 pages
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Page 256 - ... of power to attempt. He lies under the weight of incubus and nightmare ; he lies in sight of all that he would fain perform, just as a man forcibly confined to his bed by the mortal languor of a relaxing disease, who is compelled to witness injury or outrage offered to some object of his tenderest love : he curses the ; spells which chain him down from motion ; he would lay down his life if he might but get up and walk ; but he is powerless as an infant, and cannot even ; attempt to rise.
Page 194 - ... 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 222 - 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 we call the heart, silence at last the clicking of the terrible escapement we have carried so long beneath our wrinkled foreheads.
Page 70 - It is the unqualified result of all my experience with recovery" 1 *b e 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 229 - In this manner, the various regions of the body are associated with each other by a nervous apparatus, which is only indirectly connected with the brain and spinal cord; and thus it is arranged that the most widely separated organs of the body are brought into close and active sympathy with each other, so that, "if one member suffers, all the other members suffer with it.
Page 69 - August, about one in the afternoon, my mother desired him to observe a cloud which appeared of a very unusual size and shape. He had just returned from taking the benefit of the sun*, and after bathing himself in cold water, and taking a slight repast, was retired to his study.
Page 193 - It warms and cools by turns the earth and the living creatures that inhabit it. It draws up vapours from the sea and land, retains them dissolved in itself, or suspended in cisterns of clouds, and throws them down again as rain or dew when they are required.
Page 165 - No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort ; a great thing can only be done by a great man, and he does it without effort.
Page 79 - 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 357 - The clear supernatent fluid will be a saturated solution of chloride of lead. A cloth dipped in this solution and hung up in a room will sweeten a fetid atmosphere instantaneously...

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