How to Prevent Sickness; A Handbook of Health

How to Prevent Sickness; A Handbook of Health

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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. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...every intelligent person knows would happen. 0 soldiers would be formed at once. It would make Vaccines act in precisely the same manner. A vaccine is made up of several million dead germs, all of the same kind. By injecting these into the body, antibodies (defenders, or home soldiers) are immediately produced which attack the dead germsand get rid of them. As we saw before, nature produces more antibodies than are actually needed, the extra ones remaining in the blood and serving to protect the body from other disease germs of the same kind that might come in the future. Every disease germ produces different kinds of antibodies which protect only against the one disease. It would be a wonderful thing if protection mightbe obtained against all germ diseases in this way, but scientists have not as yet been able to discover or grow all the different kinds of germs, although they may be able to do so some day. At present we have a number of vaccines, the (most valuable being those of typhoid fever, whoopingcough, and boils or carbuncles. ANT1ToxINs.--In the case of antitoxins, these are produced in animals, usually the horse, in very much the same way that antibodies are formed in people by injecting vaccines. Antitoxins are later injected into people when needed. Like vaccines, they either prevent or cure certain diseases, the most important being diphtheria, lockjaw, spinal meningitis, and a certain form of pneumonia. The formation of antitoxin in horses for use later in people is like raising an army in Canada and sending it over to Europe for the protection of Belgium. Canada has all the effort and expense, while Belgium reaps the benefit; the horse feels sick while manu facturing the antitoxin, but we get the protection without any...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236987810
  • 9781236987815