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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ... LECTURE XII. To-night I
propose to say a few words to you in reference to the ventilation,
temperature, and light of your wards or sick-rooms. I have not left
it until the last because I consider it of minor importance, but
because there were other details more likely to be of interest to
probationers on their first entrance into hospital life. Dr.
Anderson, in his admirable little book on "Medical Nursing,"
says--" Air may be regarded as invisible, without colour, taste, or
smell.... It is not a simple body; it is not one of the elements,
as the ancients supposed, but a compound body. It consists mainly
of two elements, oxygen and nitrogen. Oxygen is a gas, without
colour, taste, or smell; it sustains animal life, and supports
combustion, i.e. it enables fuel to burn. It is the life-giving
principle of the air, although there is only one part of it to four
of nitrogen. Nitrogen is also devoid of colour, taste, or smell. It
extinguishes life and light. It modifies the vital properties of
the oxygen, or, as has been said, ' it dilutes the oxygen as water
does wine or spirits.' These two elements form almost the whole
bulk of the atmosphere; but there is a third body, which, although
there is only a trace of it in the air as a whole, is so poisonous
in itself, and so readily increases in circumstances that concern
us very directly, that we must give it our most careful attention.
I mean, of course, carbonic acid gas. This is a compound body
devoid of colour, but with a slight smell, and a rather sour taste.
It extinguishes light, and if breathed undiluted, destroys life
instantly.... We cannot remain in a room without increasing the
quantity of this poisonous gas. With every expiration we give out
at once impure air--air so far unfit to be...
|Country of origin:
Eva C. E. Lckes
||246 x 189 x 4mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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