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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. 1910 Excerpt: ... a very bad effect on the nervous system. Ill health and disease bring on old age faster than the passing of the years, and one reason why sickness so often leaves the body weakened and aged is that the nervous system has been wrecked by the pain that it has borne. A week of toothache or of earache is a great drain on the nervous system. A corn that is continually causing pain can do as much to wear out your nervous system as an hour's extra work each day. Sometimes we learn to pay little attention to a dull pain and allow it to go on from week to week, but it is not right to do this. Pain is nature's danger signal; it is a call for help from some part of the body. Your nervous system can no more rest when these calls are coming to it night and day, than you could rest with the screams of some one who is calling for help constantly coming to your ears. Fig. 70. The pain caused by toothache is a great drain on the nervous system. Have you toothache? Have you earache? Have you headaches? Do your eyes pain you? Do your feet hurt you? Have you pain in any other part of the body? If so, ask your parents to take you to a dentist or to a physician. For you ought to get up in the morning feeling fresh and rested; and you ought to go to bed, tired and sleepy perhaps, but free from pain. Questions: 1. Mention three points that are important in the care of the nervous system. 2. Does a person who works quietly and rests when he needs it do any less work than the person who is hurrying all the time? 3. How many hours of sleep ought you to have? 4. How may a person know if he is getting enough sleep? 5. What should be done by a person who continues to suffer pain? 6. Why? Suggestions and topics for development: How a vacation may best be spent to fit one for another yea...
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