Simplicity of health

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Effingham Wilson, 1829 - Health - 120 pages
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Page 15 - * safe position" being first established, it necessarily follows, that the most momentary disagreeable sensation should be scrupulously avoided. Hence one of the ninny's first rules is, — " No one should rise immediately on awakening ; if one be determined or obliged then to get up, he should remain two or three minutes until he be perfectly collected. He should next throw off the quilt, or some of the outside covering, so that he may cool gradually, and remain a minute or two longer.
Page 41 - They are exempt, indeed, from many of those causes that, in more civilized societies, contribute to impede the growth of the body. Their diet is simple ; their exercise of a salutary nature...
Page 15 - ... will soon be able to bear the shock when open. Water should be squirted against each ear. ' You must next, with the hands, and using soap, wash well the arm-pits, the back of the neck, behind the ears, the arms up to the shoulder, the breast, loins, and entirely round the waist After having well dried with a very coarse cloth, you may finish with a fine towel, and then rub with a hard flesh-brush over the body, wherever you can conveniently reach, particularly the chest, arms, abdomen, and small...
Page 120 - The report, on posthwaons inspection, stated, that a quantity of something resembling; the grounds of coffee were found in his stomach ; but I do not mean to call in that circumstance to aid my conclusions. I only mention it as a thing not entirely unworthy of medical consideration. As for Lord Byron, I have no hesitation in saying that strong coffee caused his death.
Page 44 - ... [The smokedried Cockney !] ** Curtains to beds are injurious, as excluding the free circulation of air ; — in the married state, they are, however, become, I may say, indispensable, from the decorum necessary to be preserved in the better walks of civilized life ; but they might surely not be closed until morning, when the domestics or any of the family may bave occasion to enter, which would answer every purpose of delicacy or appearance.
Page 17 - Faugh ! lint the washing business is not yet over : — " In some time after, say about half an hour, the eyes should be bathed with warm water. The simplest way to do this Is with a soft linen rag, kept for the purpose. The eyes should then be well dried with a clean towel.
Page 61 - The effects of tea are very slow, and consequently the more dangerous and deceptive. It is hardly necessary to say, that I mean strong tea — when taken weak, it is comparatively harmless. Many years may go over without any serious apprehensions, but all the time it is imperceptibly progressing in accomplishing its baneful tendencies. Its effects are different according to the various peculiarities of constitution. Some feel their nerves affected. Those I consider the most fortunate, because they...
Page 34 - I am aware that a notion prevails, that standing tends to enlarge or thicken the lower parts of the legs, and to which the ladies will naturally have an objection, I beg to refer them to any eminent gentleman of the faculty, and I am sure I shall be borne out in my assertion that it does not. For I do not insist on constant standing as I have recommended to the sedentary amongst ourselves. I only require that they vary the positions, and I am satisfied that their shape will become more graceful,...
Page 15 - After this, water should be squirted briskly into the eyes with a syringe. On the first trials they may be closed, and opened immediately after the dash, but they will soon be able to bear the shock when open. Water should be squirted against each ear. You must next, with the hands, and using soap, wash well the arm-pits...
Page 34 - When they go out, it is in a carriage ; or, if on foot, as it is considered coarse and masculine to walk fast, they move so slowly that exertion is out of the question. When at home they are constantly seated — they have not the exercise of going up and down stairs, or indeed hardly across the room, as a touch of the bell brings up the obsequious domestic. Now I promise them that their health would be improved by smart walking, going up and down stairs, and by standing occasionally.

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