An exposition of the Swedish movement-cure ...: together with a summary of the principles of general hygiene

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Fowler and Wells, 1860 - Exercise therapy - 396 pages
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Page 209 - The stone would first be laid upon its side, and the words cut from right to left, and then from left to right, and so on alternately, except where a fresh paragraph was begun, when the same direction was taken twice running.
Page 57 - In bodily development, beginning with the simplest, you may gradually advance to the most complicated and powerful movements ; and this without danger, inasmuch as the pupil has acquired the instinctive knowledge of what he is or is not capable.
Page 63 - ... continual exercise ; make him robust and sound in order to make him wise and reasonable : let him work, and move about, and run, and shout, and be continually in motion ; let him be a man in vigor, and soon he will be such by force of reason. . . . It is a very deplorable error to imagine that the exercise of the body is injurious to the operations of the mind ; as if these two activities were not to proceed in concert, and the second were not always to direct the first...
Page 114 - This principle is well illustrated in common experience. If a person runs a few rods briskly, he will pant with fatigue ; while if he walk the same distance, he is refreshed and invigorated, although it is a demonstrated fact that the aggregate amount of mechanical resistance that he has overcome is greater in the latter case than in the former. • In the first instance the object was accomplished by means of a greater effort than in the second ;• but in the second, a larger number of muscle-cells...
Page 50 - Anatomy, that sacred genesis, which shows us the masterpiece of the Creator, and which teaches us how little and how great man is, ought to form the constant study of the gymnast. But we ought not to consider the organs of the body as the lifeless forms of a mechanical mass, but as the living, active instruments of the soul.
Page 388 - ... which it becomes him to meet directly, rather than to torment his patient with an eternal round of palliatives. In these cases, every medical prescription must be totally irrelevant (though written in the best Latin) unless it recognizes the operation of causes existing in a sphere quite beyond the reach of the most potent drug.
Page 82 - Albinus1 took no superficial view of the organic activity in nature when he established the axiom that the essence of vital force consisted in motion. Even if this expression be far too general for organic action, it cannot be denied that we assume life to exist wherever we perceive a constant alternation of phenomena and incessant changes, induced by the constant motion of the molecules of the organized body, as well as of the organs themselves. Although Albinus overlooked the fact that, on the...
Page 168 - ... or ball of the great toe, and the heel allowed to come gradually to the ground, so as not to jerk or shake the body in the slightest degree. The Elastic Cord Exercises. These exercises are performed nearly the same as part of the club and backboard exercises, but are arranged as follows : Attention. The heels will be brought in a line, the handles of the elastic cord are to be firmly grasped with the hands, and the cord brought across in...
Page 29 - ... directing the corporeal energies into just those channels in which they are most needed, in order to perfect the balance of the physiological processes. It enables the system to develop and maintain its forces in greater amount, because it employs them naturally and without undue waste. And because it thus limits itself to a realm of facts concerning which there is no question, it has a right to expect the approval of physicians of all the different schools, even of those advocating opposing...
Page ix - ... would be reached — could I but prevent a few hundreds of my Christian fellow-men and women from making bad doctors of themselves. I have not endeavored to shake my reader's faith in the wise, prudent, conscientious, and learned physician. No one honors him more than does the writer.

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