Dr. Evans "How to Keep Well; A Health Book for the Home"

Dr. Evans "How to Keep Well; A Health Book for the Home"

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...who have fallen from heights, been struck by locomotives, who have suffered ruptures Of the stomach, intestines, kidney, liver, and fractures of the bones from the skull to the feet, but in no case have I seen an inguinal hernia resulting from any of these injuries or from any injury." Now, there is no doubt that men have noticed hernias for the first time just after an accident of some sort or another. They charged the rupture to the accidents. They acted in good faith. What fooled them? What happens when hernia develops is this: The intestines push their way through the wall of the abdomen; a loop comes to lie in a sac; this sac is covered by skin but it is without the wall of muscle which we call the abdominal wall. The sac is lined by the peritoneum, the covering of the intestines. The muscles of the abdomen are laid down in layers. There are weak places in the wall. The weak places are the spots Where the wall did not grow together until the child was nearly ready for birth. For instance, one of the weakest spots is the navel. Hernia never happens except at one of these weak spots. Furthermore, hernia does not come on suddenly. The protruding intestines must push the peritoneum before them in order that the sac shall have a lining. This lining pushes slowly. The weak place gives slowly. Dr. Coley says: "In the vast majority of cases hernia is a disease rather than an accident. The congenital defect is the main cause of a hernia, while the immediate or exciting cause plays but a minor role." The congenital defect he calls a disease. By it he means that the man with a hernia was born with one or more weak places in his abdominal wall. How does it happen that men frequently notice hernias for the first time following...show more

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  • Paperback | 578 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 30mm | 1,021g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236938798
  • 9781236938794