The Engines Of The Human Body; Being The Substance Of Christmas Lectures Given At The Royal…

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bySir Arthur Keith

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1920. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXV IN THE REPAIRING SHOPS We medical men are wayside repairers of the human machines which break down on the road of life. In many ways our day's work is very like that done by our friend who carries out the repairs at a neighbouring garage. Both of us are good or bad workmen according to whether we know well or ill the use of every part of the machine we are called on to repair. Both of us grow more skilled as we become more experienced, for human machines, like motor cars, have their weak points, and only experience makes a man thoroughly familiar with them. Both, too, are sometimes shouldered with burdens of undeserved blame when they really merit a high reward for the application of patient if ineffective skill. Then by way of compensation they sometimes receive a large fee and grateful thanks for executing a very ordinary piece of repair. A patient seeks our aid who finds life intolerable because of giddiness in his head. A small plug of wax is removed from an ear passage by the use of a syringe and tepid tap water; he is instantly restored to his normal life and comfort. He thinks a miracle has been performed upon him, whereas he has merely received a routine attention. The mechanic at the garage may earn a reputation by putting an unworkable car to rights when others had failed by merely removing a little water which had somehow gained admission to the carburettor. It is not my intention, however, to draw a comparison between the breakdowns of motor vehicles and human machines, nor to point the lesson that careful driving and periodical overhauling will secure safe running in both cases. 1 am writing this chapter because it is in the repairing shop that we learn the essential difference between machines of Nature's design and those of ma...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1920. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXV IN THE REPAIRING SHOPS We medical men are wayside repairers of the human machines which break down on the road o...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:90 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217384404

ISBN - 13:9780217384407

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