Thoughts on Health and Some of Its Conditions

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Smith, Elder, 1871 - Health - 293 pages
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Page 121 - I have wandered a good deal about the world, and never followed any prescribed rule in anything ; my health has been tried in all ways ; and, by the aids of temperance and hard work, I have worn out two armies in two wars, and probably could wear out another before my period of old age arrives ; I eat no animal food, drink no wine, or malt liquor, or spirits of any kind ; I wear no flannel, and neither regard wind nor rain, heat nor cold, where business is in the way.
Page 40 - Phosphorus, in virtue of this, may follow the blood in its changes, may oxidize in the one great set of capillaries, and be indifferent to oxygen in the other; may occur in the brain in the vitreous form, changing as quickly as the intellect or imagination demands, and literally flaming, that thoughts may breathe and words may burn ; and may be present in the bones in its amorphous form, content, like an impassive caryatid, to sustain upon its unwearied shoulders the mere dead weight of stones of...
Page 148 - Centipede be cut off, whilst it is in motion, the body will continue to move onwards by the action of the legs; and the same will, take place in the separate parts, if the body be divided into several distinct portions.
Page 244 - ... being brought under this necessity, changes and transforms itself into a strange variety of shapes and appearances ; for nothing but the power of the Creator can annihilate or truly destroy it; so that at length running through the whole circle of transformations, and completing its period, it in some degree restores itself, if the force be continued.
Page 112 - That is to say, rather less than 2\ Ibs. of solid food, and rather more than 3 pints of liquid. These weights would of course be exceeded if less nutritious substances, such as rice, potatoes, or fruits, formed any considerable portion of the diet. Dr. Hammond found that he maintained his exact weight by a daily consumption of i Ib.
Page 276 - All the forms resemble, yet none is the same as another. Thus the whole of the throng points at a deep-hidden law, — Points at a sacred riddle.
Page 41 - The sketch can be only a fancy-picture, yet it may be one mirroring and shadowing, however faintly, the reality of nature. A child is beginning to walk, and the bones of its limbs must be strengthened and hardened. Phosphoric acid accordingly carries with it 3 units of lime to them, and renders them solid and firm. But the bones of its skull must remain comparatively soft and yielding, for it has many a fall, and the more elastic these bones are, the less will it suffer when its head strikes a hard...
Page 112 - On a diet of fresh meat, bread, and butter, with coffee or water for drink, Dr. Dalton found the entire quantity required during twenty-four hours by a man in full health, and taking free exercise in the open air, to be — of meat, 1 Ib.
Page 39 - ... above the heat necessary to make vitreous phosphorus begin to burn, that it starts into activity, bursting into flame, and yielding phosphoric acid. It appears to owe its peculiarities to the presence in it of much latent heat, so that it differs from vitreous phosphorus as steam does from water, and water from ice, for it is most easily produced by long maintenance of the common phosphorus at a temperature below 490, and when heated above this point it suddenly bursts into vapour, changing...

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