A MAN once grasped a very hot poker with his hand, an...
One of the most fruitful causes of ill-health is the habit of ...
I was practicing in Cincinnati during the prevalence of Chole...
Finding Your Ideal Dietary
Anyone that is genuinely interested in having the best possib...
This should always be managed so as to soothe and not excite t...
See Rubbing. ...
Varioloids And Chicken-pocks
_Varioloids_ and _Chicken-pocks_, are treated in the same man...
It is a mistake to try to force a foreign body into the stom...
Rupture And Trauma Of The Esophagus
These may be spontaneous or may ensue from the passage of an ...
Soaping The Head
See Head, Soaping. ...
HOWEVER disagreeable other people may be,--however un...
Breath And Muscles
Sometimes difficulty of breathing is due, not to anything wron...
Breathing In Going Uphill
See Breath, and Nerve. British Cholera is to a certain ext...
Relaxation Of Treatment Towards The End Of The Third Period Continuation Of Packs During And After Desquamation
When the patient is through the first part of the period of ...
Importance Of Noting The Central Point
From the above observations, it will be plain that, when we w...
See Fever, Typhoid. ...
MICHEL DE NOTREDAME, or NOSTRADAMUS, a celebrated French phys...
Auricular Fibrillation Treatment
The condition may be stopped by relieving the heart and circu...
There is a common and very popular error, namely, that of putt...
Indications.--Tracheotomy is indicated in dyspnea of laryngot...
Noise And Disease
Source: Papers On Health
Perhaps nothing shows more the lack of human
feeling in many people than the manner in which they inflict sore
distress on the sick and dying by means of noise. Moreover, recovery is
retarded, and has sometimes been wholly prevented, by nothing but a
noise. It must be understood that talking, and also singing, which
are delightful to some, become intolerable pain to the delicate and
weak. They really are worn out by them. And the wearing out is
real: it is a destruction of nerve substance, when the nerve of the
patient is already too feeble. Shutting doors violently, and the
endless "house noises," must be avoided. Even a long, loud prayer at
the bedside of the sick is utterly out of place. It may become
necessary, in order to prevent such abuses, to exclude from the
sick-room some who will be greatly offended thereby; but courage to
defend a patient against well-meaning intruders is one essential
qualification of a good nurse. Oil doors that squeak, fasten windows
that rattle, but above all keep quiet the tongues that clatter. Let
all whispering in the sick one's hearing be avoided. Speak quietly but
distinctly, so that the patient may not think you are hiding anything
from him. Wrap the coals in pieces of paper, so that they can be put on
the fire by hand, avoiding the noise of shovel or tongs.
No one has a right to do what distresses others, and especially when
they are sick. This principle should guide action. Acting thus will
give untold rest and ease to the troubled.
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