Oxford House Papers; A Series of Papers for Working Men

Oxford House Papers; A Series of Papers for Working Men

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...fact that a continuance in those conditions is harmful, and sooner or later fatal to living matter. Or take an instance of more acute injury. The sharp pain that follows instantaneously upon any interference with the continuity of the skin leads to an almost instinctive effort to withdraw the affected part from danger, an effort which seems to precede any action of the judgment or of the will. By the time we had reasoned about it the period for action would often be passed, and we should have suffered some serious, perhaps fatal, mutilation. Pain, we may say, hoists an unmistakable signal, which at one and the same time informs us of the existence of danger, reveals the quarter whence it is to be expected, and suggests to us a means of escape--all, in cases of necessity, with lightning rapidity. It is true that sometimes the danger-signal apparatus is unavailing to prevent a catastrophe; but this, when it happens, is the outcome of conditions other than those belonging to the apparatus itself. Not only does the approach of pain, as heralded by discomfort, give timely warning of a dangerous course; not only does its swift incidence rescue us on occasion from suddenly impending mutilation or destruction; but the recollection of pain suffered on a previous occasion is also operative in the same direction--a truth expressed by the familiar proverbs, " The burnt child dreads the fire;" "Once bit, twice shy," and the like. In these cases, as in the former, we must bear in mind that the real and permanent danger to the organism is not the pain whose repetition is so dreaded, but the derangement of structure which that pain signifies, and which might be tolerated with fatal complacency but for the friendly warning of the sense of...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236638425
  • 9781236638427