There was once a shepherd-boy who kept his flock at a little distance from the village. Once he thought he would play a trick on the villagers and have some fun at their expense. So he ran toward the village crying out, with all his might,-- ... Read more of THE BOY WHO CRIED "WOLF!" at Children Stories.caInformational Site Network Informational
Privacy


Home


Medical Articles


Mother's Remedies


Household Tips


Medicine History


Forgotten Remedies


Search

Medical Articles

First Stage

The spatular end of the laryngoscope is introduced in the ri...

Metallo-therapy

Metallo-therapy has been defined as a mode of treating vari...

Bread Wheaten

In some cases the bran in whole wheaten bread and Saltcoats bi...

Fever At Night

Frequently, in illness, a fever sets in as night approaches, a...

Sores

These will be found dealt with under many headings throughout ...

Theory Of Man

Let the question now be raised--What is man? The answer will ...

Bronchoscopy In Malignant Growths Of The Trachea

The trachea is often secondarily invaded by malignancy of the...

Technic Of Specular Esophagoscopy

Recumbent patient. Boyce position. The larynx is to be expos...

Venous Pressure

The venous pressure, after a long neglect, is now again being...

Pneumonia

Take B D current, forceful as the patient can bear, and treat...

Fall A

After a fall from a height, where there is no apparent outward...

Blood Pressure

The study of the blood pressure has become a subject of gre...

Underwear

There is a common and very popular error, namely, that of putt...

Pathology

The part of the heart most affected is the part which has the...

Dwining

We give this name to a trouble from which we have been able to...

The Relative Position Of The Deeper Organs Of The Thorax And Those Of The Abdomen

The size or capacity of the thorax in relation to that of the...

Fever Hay

See Hay Fever. ...

Where Our Drinking Water Comes From

Water Contained in our Food is Pure. Seeing that five-sixths ...

How Fasting Heals

Its an old hygienic maxim that the doctor does not heal, the ...

Care Of Instruments

The endoscopist must either personally care for his instrume...



The Tongue





Category: THE LOOKOUT DEPARTMENT
Source: A Handbook Of Health

The Tongue is not Used chiefly for Tasting. If you will notice the
next time that you have a bad cold, you will find that you have almost
lost your sense of taste, as well as of smell, so that everything tastes
flat to you. This illustrates what scientists have known for a long
time, but which seems very hard to believe, that two-thirds of what we
call taste is really smell. If you carefully block up your nostrils with
cotton or wax, so that no air can possibly reach the smell region at the
top of them, and blindfold your eyes, and have some one cut a raw
potato, an apple, and a raw onion into little pieces of the same size
and shape, and put them into your mouth one after the other, you will
find that it is difficult to tell which is which.

The only tastes that are really perceived in the mouth are bitter,
sweet, sour, and salty; and even these are perceived quite as much by
the roof and back of the mouth, especially the soft palate, as they are
by the tongue. All the delicate flavors of our food, such as those of
coffee or of roast meat or of freshly baked bread, are really smells.

The tongue, which is usually described as the organ of taste, is really
a sort of fingerless hand grown up from the floor of the mouth--to help
suck in or lap up water or milk, push the food in between the teeth for
chewing, and, when it has been chewed, roll it into a ball and push it
backward down the throat. It is not even the chief organ of speech; for
people who have had their tongues removed on account of cancer, or some
other disease, can talk fairly well, although not so clearly as with the
whole tongue.

The tongue is simply a tongue-shaped bundle of muscles, covered with a
thick, tough skin of mucous membrane, dotted all over with little
knob-like processes called papillae, which are of various shapes, but
of no particular utility, except to roughen the surface of the tongue
and give it a good grip on the food. If the mucous skin covering the
tongue does not shed off properly, the dead cells on its surface become
thickened and whitish, and the germs of the mouth begin to breed and
grow in them, forming a sort of mat over the surface. Then we say that
the tongue is badly coated. This coating is in part due to unhealthy
conditions of the stomach and bowels, and in part to lack of proper
cleaning of the mouth and teeth.

The Sense of Taste can usually be Trusted. Since the nose and the
tongue have had about five million years' experience in picking out what
is good and refusing what is bad, their judgment is pretty reliable, and
their opinion entitled to the greatest respect. As a general thing,
those things that taste good are wholesome and nutritious; the finest
and most enjoyable flavors known are those of our commonest and most
wholesome foods, such as good bread, fresh butter, roast meats, apples,
cheese, sugar, fruit, etc.; while, on the other hand, those things that
taste bad or bitter or salty or sour, or that we have to learn to like,
like beer or pickles or strong cheese or tea or coffee, are more often
unwholesome or have little nutritive value. Very few real foods taste
bad when we first try them. If we used our noses to test every piece of
food that went into our mouths, and refused to eat it if it smelt bad,
we should avoid many an attack of indigestion and ptomaine poisoning. It
is really a great pity that it is not considered polite to sniff at
the table.





Next: The Eye

Previous: The Nose



Add to del.icio.us Add to Reddit Add to Digg Add to Del.icio.us Add to Google Add to Twitter Add to Stumble Upon
Add to Informational Site Network
Report
Privacy
SHAREADD TO EBOOK


Viewed 992