Manual of Practical Hygiene

Manual of Practical Hygiene

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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...if necessary, by placing wet cloths in the box, or medicated by placing chlorine, iodine, or other substances, will then pass under each bed, and ventilate that space so often unaired; and then, ascending round the sides of the bed, will at once dilute and carry up the products of respiration and transpiration to the ceiling. It would be a simple matter so to arrange the hot water pipes as to be able to cut off all or some of the pipes under a particular bed from the hot-water current if desired, and so to give a fever patient air of any temperature, from cold to hot, desired by the physician. In the low and exhausted stages of fever warm air is often desirable. By this simple plan, we could deal more effectually with the atmosphere round our_patients, as to warmth, dryness, humidity, and medication, than by any other. At the same time, the open fire-place and chimney, and the open doors and windows, might be preserved.1 For the exit of the foul air, channels in the ridge should be provided, warmed by gas if possible. To facilitate this system of ventilation, it is desirable to have the buildings one storied only; but it can be applied with two stories. Only then the discharge tubes must be placed at the sides, and run up in the thickness of the walls.2 But not only should there be good ventilation, but the wards ought to be every year empty for two or three weeks, and during the time thoroughly exposed to the air, every door and window being open. (0) The strictest rules should be laid down with regard to the immediate removal from the wards of all excreta, dirty dressings, foul linen, &c. Nothing that can possibly give off anything to the air should be allowed to remain a single moment. Dressings of foul wounds should be sprinkled...show more

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  • Paperback | 412 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 730g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236751795
  • 9781236751799