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Damp Beds

An ordinary bed which has not been slept in for some weeks, al...

Ulcers Case Xxv

The following case illustrates the superior efficacy of the l...

The Period Of Convalescence

under the usual drug-treatment, is, however, usually protract...


See Erysipelas. ...

Rules For The Application Of Water In Typhoid Cases

As a general rule, in typhoid cases, bathing should form one ...

Mineral Acids In Case Of Severe Sore-throat

In case the throat be very troublesome, there cannot be any o...

On The Unadherent Eschar

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Diet For A Long, Long Life

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Fever At Night

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Eyes Failing Sight

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Of Inflammation Of The Knee

Servant women, I suspect from much kneeling in scouring stair...

The Relation Of The Principal Bloodvessels Of The Thorax And Abdomen To The Osseous Skeleton Etc

The arterial system of vessels assumes, in all cases, somewha...


In many cases of severe illness, the stomach rejects all food,...


Many valuable lives have been saved by an elementary knowledge...

Cane Syrup

In the original edition, good treacle was recommended as a lax...

Pain Severe In Limbs

This is often not due to any trouble in the joint itself, but ...


There is intense drowsiness and contraction of pupils of eye. ...

Site Of Lodgement

Almost all foreign bodies are arrested in the cervical esoph...

Resume Of Emergency Tracheotomy

The following notes should be memorized. 1. Essentials: Kn...

Glands Of Bowels

See Bowels. ...

Towels Cold Wet

Source: Papers On Health

A towel of the ordinary kind, and full size, is
soaked in a basin of cold water and carefully wrung out until it is
merely damp. Prejudice against this treatment is often aroused by
putting on the cloths wet, and in a slack, blundering way, so as to
make the patient most uncomfortable. It is then folded and applied to
the skin, as directed. While applying the first, a second towel may be
in the water. It is then wrung out and applied, while the first is
placed to soak afresh. In prolonged cooling, care must be taken that
the water in the basin does not get too warm. It should be frequently
changed. The nurse should gently press the towels on the part,
frequently changing the position of her hands. They should not merely
be laid on, but gently pressed, unless this causes pain. The towels
will need to be changed when hot, and will take from two to five
minutes to lose their cooling effect, according to circumstances. Where
cold increases the patient's distress, it is almost always safe to
substitute heat. See Cooling in Heating; Fomentation.

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