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Image from page 442 of “Plain home talk about the human system–the habits of men and women–the cause and prevention of disease–our sexual relations and social natures” (1896)
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Title: Plain home talk about the human system–the habits of men and women–the cause and prevention of disease–our sexual relations and social natures
Year: 1896 (1890s)
Authors: Foote. Edward B[liss], 1829-1906. [from old catalog]
Subjects: Medicine, Popular Marriage
Publisher: New York : Murray Hill publishing company [etc., etc.]
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n when agitated by the finger orbow. Thus further modified and intensified, these waves moveonward through irregular cavities, circuitous canals, convolutedtubes, and delicate membranes, all of the most wonderful complexity,until reaching the labyrinth, or parlor of the ear, where there arecushions of fluids upon which they fall and set in motion multitudin-ous little granules of calcareous matter, whose agitation frictionizes DEFECTIVE HEARING. 429 the sensitive, minute branches of the auditory nerve, which penetratethe sacs confining the granules. This influence conveys to themind what is commonly called sound; hut just how this is affectedno human anatomist or physiologist is likely ever to be able to deter-mine. Considering the complexity of all this hearing machinery, and thedelicacy of the various parts composing it, exceeding in some re-spects the wonderful mechanism of the eye, it is not at all strangethat many are affected with partial and some with entire deafness. Fig. 114.

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THE HUMAN EAR. Not a single tube can be closed, not a bone or fibre destroyed, not aparticle of change in quantity or quality of the fluids of the sacs, orthose moistening or bathing the membrane lining the canals orcavities, occur, without affecting the accuracy of the impressionsconveyed to the mind through the mechanism of the ear. Let us briefly look into the most common causes of defective hear-ing. We will commence as soon as we penetrate the orifice. Inwhat is called the external opening, between the outer orifice and 430 AFFECTIONS OF THE EYES AND EARS. the ear-drum, there are yellowish colored glands which pour outupon the lining of this canal a fatty, albuminous, yellow substance,possessing some of the properties of bile, which we call the ear-wax.The true office of this secretion, is probably to exclude insects fromthe ear, as it is disagreeably bitter and adhesive. Flies, mosquitoes,fleas, and the minute inhabitants of the tenement bed-chambercould make as little headway t

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Image from page 156 of “Lectures on the physiological laws of life, hygiene, and a general outline of diseases peculiar to females ..” (1882)
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Title: Lectures on the physiological laws of life, hygiene, and a general outline of diseases peculiar to females ..
Year: 1882 (1880s)
Authors: Cunningham, Henry S., M.D. [from old catalog]
Subjects: Women Women
Publisher: Indianapolis, Ind., G. F. Borst & co.
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omes chronicalways consult a well qualified aurist surgeon, whowill give you the proper treatment. Repeated acutecatarrhal attacks usually affect the hearing somewhat,by thickening up the drum, and also by closing theeustachian tubes leading from the mouth to the inter-nal ear. In chronic cases of abscess the bones some-times become affected, or diseased and decayed. Thedischarge then becomes very offensive, and can not becured until the dead bone is all removed. In abscess andpain in the ear, laudanum and sweet oil, in equal parts,dropped into the ear, will give relief; also, hot fomen-tations of hops and chamomile should be appliedoften, with a cathartic dose of liver pills (F 3), and onegrain of opium every two or three hours to adultsuntil relieved. Persons suffering with abscess of the ear are liable LIFE AND HYGIENE. 143 to have a cough, and it will continue until the ear iscured. Swimming of the head—vertigo, is also an at-tendant of (otitis) inflammation of the ear. The ears

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Sextons Ear Dolche for Cleaning the Ear. should be kept well cleansed. I have frequently re-moved large quantities of cerumen—wax and dirt fromthe ear of patients, where it completely plugged up theorifice and caused dullness of hearing or deafness.AVhere such is the case, fill the ears with pure sweet 144 THE PHYSIOLOGICAL LAWS OF oil and glycerine, in equal parts; then plug with cot-ton so it can not get out; continue once every day forone week ; then wash the ear out with a small syringe,using soap-suds. If you can not remove the plug ofwax and dirt, go at once to a physician and have it re-moved, and have the ears examined, and see if there isany wax or dirt remaining; if so, use the oil andglycerine as before. The eustachian tubes often be-come closed from colds, catarrhal attacks, and thehearing becomes impaired. It is then necessary tohave them opened up. This can be done only by asurgeon, by forcing air into the tubes, with instru-ments made purposely for such treatment. LIF

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