Public Health-- A Popular Introduction to Sanitary Science

Public Health-- A Popular Introduction to Sanitary Science

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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. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ... quantity sufficient to make, when dried, a suitable mass. This is perhaps his best receipt: "The streets, sinks, and canals should daily be cleared of all filth; because stench and nastiness are justly reckoned entertainers of infection." "Dogs, cats, and other domestic brutes," as carriers of contagion, should be killed. He also shows a proper respect for cleanliness as a measure of prevention, though his treatment of the infected did not, as I have shown, tend to promote it. He says, "I know not, indeed, a greater neglect than in not keeping the body clean, and keeping at a distance everything superfluous or offensive." Lastly, fasting was to be avoided, a diet nourishing and easy of digestion to be chosen, with pickles and sauces, juice of sorrel, lemons, oranges, pomegranates, barberries, and sack at every meal. Tobacco, much praised by Diemerbroeck and others, he does not approve, alleging against it its narcotic qualities, its poisonous oil, its promotion of spittle, and " the irksomeness of its scent." He is its "professed enemy" and preferred sack, in which (though a moderate man myself) I confess that I heartily agree with him. He greatly commends a mixture of which camphor is the active ingredient. The common people, in Hodges's day, were much addicted to amulets and charms. They painted their ic6 Hodges' Management of Himself. bodies with hieroglyphics, and carried about their persons a walnut filled with mercury, a paste made with arsenic, or a dried toad; and some nasty old nurses gave human excreta as antidotes. The arsenical paste, in the case of an elderly lawyer, seems to have determined the spot for a " pestilential carbuncle," and in other instances gave rise to large...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236646371
  • 9781236646378