Dusty Air and Ill Health by Robert HesslerDusty Air and Ill Health by Robert Hessler

Dusty Air and Ill Health

byRobert Hessler

Paperback | February 3, 2012

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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. 1912. Excerpt: ... kidneys" many have a belief that there may be "kidney disease." This idea is fostered by some patent medicine men who say backache means Bright's disease. As a matter of fact there may be no pain at all in the back in cases called Bright's disease. THE AIR OF PLACES. The idea that the air of a place has an influence on health and ill health and disease is a very old one. Hippocrates twenty-five hundred years ago wrote a treatise on The Air of Places; it is still interesting reading. As a rule medical writers have specific diseases in mind; malaria is perhaps more frequently considered than any other disease. The subject is a large one; here I desire to make a few remarks. It should constantly be kept in mind that in this volume I am concerned with ill health; remarks on diseases are to be considered incidental. Men explain things in the light of existing knowledge. The explanations of Hippocrates seem very crude to us; they are quite different from those of the chemist of say fifty years ago, just as those of the latter are different from those of the bacteriologist of today. The books of different generations explain things differently. Explanations of the causes of ill health are now mostly in terms of bacteriology. The chemist explained bad air mainly by the amount of carbonic acid gas, the bacteriologist by the kind and number of microbes. Naturally one questions, Is bacteriology able to explain all? Medicine like everything else is an evolution. "We sometimes see the statement in print that "Germs are everywhere," meaning of course disease germs. The statement however is not true, not even when applied to harmless bacteria, and harmless bacteria immensely outnumber injurious ones. The air on high mountains is free from germ life, likewise the air on ...
Title:Dusty Air and Ill HealthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:124 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.26 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217200680

ISBN - 13:9780217200684

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