The Soldier's Friend, Containing Familiar Instructions to The... Military Men in General on the Preservation and Recovery of Their Health

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Murray, 1803 - 311 pages

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Page 65 - And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee...
Page 218 - ... shakes The trembling air; that floats from hill to hill, From vale to mountain, with incessant change Of purest element, refreshing still Your airy seat, and uninfected Gods, Chiefly for this I praise the man who builds High on the breezy ridge, whose lofty sides Th' etherial deep with endless billows chafes.
Page 231 - I knew one instance of a militia captain, who was seized with convulsions the first night he lay on a feather bed, after sleeping several months on a mattress, or upon the ground.
Page 160 - Barley will thicken and change to a jelly much more water than any other grain with which we are acquainted, rice even not excepted; and I have found reason to conclude from the result of...
Page 157 - ... and Food is regularly provided under the care and inspection of the Officers; and others, in which the soldiers are left individually to shift for themselves. And the difference which may be observed between soldiers who live in messes, and are regularly fed, and others who are not, is not confined merely to their external appearance: the influence of these causes extends much farther, and even the MORAL CHARACTER of the man is affected by them. Peace of mind, which is as essential to contentment...
Page 16 - Health," observes a medical writer of eminence, " is the main spring of action, both in public and private affairs ; it is that, without which all our motions must languish, and our designs become vain. The health of an army must therefore be of equal importance with its existence ; or rather, an army without health is a burden to the state it was intended to serve. In modern times, the issue of a campaign is as frequently determined by sickness, as by battle. In all European armies, more men are...
Page 155 - ... onions; put to them seven pints of water. Let the whole boil gently over a very slow fire two hours and a half. Then thicken it with a quarter of a pound of oatmeal. After the thickening is put in boil it a quarter of an hour, stirring it all the time: then season it with salt and pepper.
Page 156 - An ox cheek, two pecks of potatoes, a quarter of a peck of onions, one ounce of pepper, half a pound of salt, boiled all together in ninety pints of water, till reduced to sixty; any garden stuff may be thrown in.
Page 16 - And Dr. Blane^ who has written ably on the diseases of seamen, remarks, that " it could be made evident, in an economical and political point of view, independent of moral considerations, that the lives and health of men might be preserved at a much less expense than what is necessary to repair the ravages of disease.
Page 174 - ... wash your hands and face previously to your drinking, with a little of the cold water : by receiving the shock of the water first upon those parts of the body, a portion of the heat is conveyed away, and the vital parts are thereby defended (in a small degree) from the action of the cold.

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