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Faulty Circulatory System Causes Most Deaths Of Aged
Aside from their natural infirmities, old people are not subject to a great many acute discomforts. And this is natural, because if any serious disease does assail them they are liable to succumb to it.The cause of death among old people is, in 50 per cent of the cases, disease of the circulatory system. Pneumonia accounts for about 10 per cent; cancer and kidney disease 10 per cent apiece.
Winter Accidents That Occur To Middle-aged, Elderly Folk
Winter is a particularly dangerous time. Accidents are likely to be more frequent in the winter for a number of reasons. In the first place, of course, the presence of ice and snow and slippery streets all conduce to falls and consequent bone fractures, or dislocations, or sprains.The dim light of winter, the early twilight, makes winter a dangerous period for middle-aged and elderly people whose eyesight is rather dim anyway.
Miscellaneous Diseases
FROM painter's colic to clergyman's sore throat, from wool-sorter's disease to housemaid's knee, from miner's consumption to writer's cramp—occupational diseases have always been an interesting study.In the old 'Book of Trades' of long ago they are mentioned, described and pictured. Some new ones, however, keep coming along.
How Person Is Impregnated With Fever To Cure Disease
In the old days they used to think fever was a very unfavorable symptom and tried to reduce it one way or another. Nowadays, except in very long continued fevers, we feel that it is a part of the defense reactions of nature, and one of the ways that nature uses to get the patient well.
What Is Cause Of Let-down Of Energy In Early Spring?
Civilization has made very little difference in the tides of life. Beneath the thin veneer of our machine civilization, the age-old pendulum swings backward and forward very much as it did when we were semi-animals in the stone age.
Should Near Kin Marry? Is Question Often Asked
At least twice a week the year round letters come to me asking a question which goes somewhat as follows: 'Should I marry my first cousin? Will the children of such a marriage be idiots?' The answer is always the same: 'It depends upon the hereditary traits of the family. Inbreeding tends to accentuate certain characteristics. If there is idiocy in the family it probably will come out in the offspring. On the other hand, if both cousins come from sound and wholesome stock, the result will probably be to accentuate those good qualities in the offspring.'
English Physiologist Tells The "Story Of His Health"
My story has no moral. Three of my grandparents lived to be over 80, one to be a hundred. My parents are both alive. So if I enjoy good health, this is probably not through my having observed any laws, but because, from the point of view of mere living at least, I am well born. Also up to the age of 12 I was well looked after. We did not know much about vitamins in my early days, but it was known that a monotonous diet brought on certain diseases.
Health Of Primitive Man Not Nearly So Good As Ours
The kind of food that primitive man eats and the way he takes care of the skin of his body, or at least the way he doesn't take care of the skin of his body, conduces to skin infections, boils, furuncles, and discomfort generally. So far as the mental state is concerned, if anybody thinks it more nerve racking to try to dodge motor cars than it is to sit in the dark around a camp fire and hear an animal walking around in the bushes about three yards away, he just should try the latter for a few hours.
How Body Shows Remains Of Primitive Ancestors
In certain snakes of the python family it is possible to find, on the under surface of the body, two little projecting points entirely different from the rest of the scales. If one were to dissect these out in a dead specimen, he would find that they were jointed to two bones and represent the primitive hind limbs.
White Spots On Fingernails Due To Collection Of Air
The finger and toenails are simply modified forms of hairs, or, at any rate, are modified forms of skin, which is also what hairs are. The nail lies on a modified portion of the corium of the skin, known as the matrix, and it is by continual division of the cells of the matrix that the nail grows forward.
Physician Gives His Views Of The Business Depression
A doctor ought to know a little something about human nature in sickness, and the sick state is not so very different from the sick individual. The citizens of the body are the cells; the blood vessels, the arteries and veins, are the main traveled roads; the glands, like the liver and the pancreas, are the industries; and the stomach, intestines and the lungs are the agriculture.
"Weaker Sex" Is Stronger, More Resistant To Disease
There seems to be no question that it is a great disadvantage to be a male, so far as the possibility of serious disease is concerned.This startling conclusion is based upon very careful studies that have recently been reported from one of the large clinics of the country in the official bulletin of The American College of Physicians.
Detectives Respect Powers Of Polygraph, Lie Detector
The lie detector, as the polygraph has been named by some repertorial genius, is much more accurate and efficient than some people would have you believe. The courts have not as yet accepted its evidence, I believe, as being final. But it is used with increasing respect by detective bureaus.Basically the lie detector is an instrument which has long been used in physiologic laboratories to record in ink on a moving strip of paper the blood pressure and the pulse.
Water Thrown On Surface Of Body Has Tonic Effect
From time immemorial man has believed in the curative effects of water, and pilgrimages to healing springs in the summer were regular occurrences. The oceans, the lakes, the rivers, begin to be warm enough for immersion, and the beneficial effects of internal and external treatment by water have long been recognized.
Experts Inclined To Doubt Folk Live Much Over 100
Every now and then the papers contain the account of someone who is 130, or 140, or 150 years old.Those biologists who have studied the question most carefully are inclined to doubt any such figures. They believe that there are no authentic records of people who have lived much over 100 years, 110 being the outside limit.
Medical Progress And The Physician
THERE is hardly any other department of surgery which has made such remarkable technical progress within recent years as that branch known as 'plastic surgery'—the repair of deformities, especially around the face. And this advance has been made not through any new discovery, but through a continual improvement on the part of individuals and their ability to do this very delicate...
Prevention Of Disease—the Ultimate Object Of Medical Science
The best fruits of medical science will be the prevention, not the cure, of disease.To build a healthy race, to see that every person has sanitary living conditions, a clean and adequate food supply, and protection from crippling accidents or poisonous products of any kind—such an ideal is certainly the foundation of any modern and intelligent state.
English Border Towns - Berwick, Tweed, Whitadder
THE 'Border' is a magical word, and on either side of a line that constantly varied in the course of English and Scottish victories and defeats, all is enchanted ground, the home of memories of forays and fairies, of raids and recoveries, of loves and battles long ago. In the most ancient times of which record remains, the English sway, on the east, might extend to and include Edinburgh...
English Border Towns - Blackadder, Norham, Flodden, Coldstream, Wark, And The Eden
BUT a step over the moor from Waich Water, across by Twin-Law Cairns and down by the Harecleuch Hill we come to the head-waters of the most considerable of Whitadder's tributaries—Blackadder, 'vulgarly so pronounced,' says the old Statistical Account. Its real name is 'Blackwater,' according to that authority, because it rises out of peaty swamps that impart to its waters a look of sullen gloom.
English Border Towns - Kelso, Roxburgh, Teviot, Kale, And Oxnam
COMING now to Kelso, with Melrose the most pleasing of the towns on Tweed,—we pass the meeting of the waters of Tweed and its largest affluent, Teviot. Kelso has a fine airy square, good streets, and an air of quiet gentility, neighboured as it is by Floors, the palatial seat of the Duke of Roxburghe, and by the trees of Springwood Park, the residence of Sir George Douglas.
English Border Towns - Jedburgh, And The Jed
Two or three miles up Teviot from the junction of Oxnam Water, we come to Jed, a beautiful stream, on whose banks dreams the pleasant county town where, close on ninety years ago, they cried that cry of which they do not now like to think—'Burke Sir Walter !'
English Border Towns - Jed (continued), Fernihirst, Raid Of The Redeswire, Otterburne
ACROSS Jed, on a high and leafy bank nearly opposite to Lintalee, stands the picturesque old stronghold of Fernihirst. The original castle was erected by Sir Thomas Ker probably about the year 1476, and the present building dates only from 1598.
English Border Towns - Ale, Rule Water, Teviot, Hawick
As we ascend Teviot, after Jed its next important tributary is the Ale, not so named from the resemblance of its waters, when flooded, to a refreshing beverage. Sir Herbert Maxwell says that the name was originally written 'Alne' (as in Aln, Alnwick) and this form survives in the place-name in Ale, Ancrum, the site of a desirable Scottish victory.
English Border Towns - Tweed, St. Boswells, Dryburgh, Newstead, And The Leader
WE now return from Teviotdale to Tweed, which we left at Kelso. The river passes through one of its rock-fenced and narrow defiles at the Trows of Makerstoun, (accent the penultimate,) itself the home from ancient days of a branch of the once great Argyll clan—and generally western clan—of Macdougal. How they came so far from their Celtic kindred, potent in Dalriadic Scotland before the Campbells...
English Border Towns - St. Boswells Green, Melrose, Darnick, Abbotsford, And The Ellwand
ALL the way up Tweed from a mile below Mertoun Bridge, up past the cauld where the pent water spouts and raves ceaselessly, along the bank where lies St. Boswells Golf Course, round that noble sweep where the river holds Dryburgh lovingly in the crook of its arm, up by the boulder-strewn streams above, and round the elbow by the foot suspension-bridge, past the lofty red scaurs and the hanging...
English Border Towns - Galashiels And The Gala, Lindean
The history of Galashiels is mainly industrial, mainly the history of the 'Tweed' trade. There were mills of a sort in the town as early as 1622, but even a hundred and fifty years later the trade cannot have greatly harmed the river ; only 170 cwt. of wool were then used in all the mills of Galashiels, and there was no such thing as the manufacture of modern 'tweeds.'
English Border Towns - Selkirk
Two miles up the river from Lindean you But this is not the route by which that approached ; by the Galashiels road, one is Selkirk almost before one is aware of any properly the old royal burgh clinging to the hill, and to realise the beauty of its situation, come from Galashiels up Tweed by the road diverging at Rink.
English Border Towns - The Ettrick, Carterhaugh, Oakwood, Tushielaw, Thirlestane, Ettrick Kirk
Oakwood Tower is not very old, and it never was very strong—as the strength of peel towers is reckoned; its walls are little more than four feet in thickness, which is almost flimsy compared with those of its near neighbour, Newark. Above the dungeons, Oakwood is three stories in height, and its external measurements are thirty-eight by twenty-three and a half feet. Into one wall is built a stone on which are the initals L'M', initials of Robert Scott and his wife, probably a Murray.
English Border Towns - Yarrow
IN whatever part you take the vale of Ettrick, there is about it, and about its scenery and its associations, a charm, different perhaps from that of the more widely famed Yarrow, yet almost equally powerful. There is in the summer season a solemnity and a peace brooding over these 'round-backed, kindly hills,' that act like a charm on the body and mind that are weary.
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