Horn Beam given at the moment of his mental weakness would provide the necessary impetus to shake off his mental lethargy and become his normal self. When a patient, whom I had prescribed morning walk as a must complained that he could not leave the bed in the morning, although he lay awake after 4 [...]

Some work has been done on trying to identify the elderly and their carers most at risk from abuse. It seems that most carers who later abuse have been to their GP before the event. They go with minor ailments, but if recognized and asked they talk of the increasing burden of caring and of [...]

Leukemia is a name for cancer of the white blood cells and each day in Australia six people develop one of these white blood cell tumors. In the 1960s the diagnosis of Leukemia was considered a death sentence. Today most – victims can expect curative treatment as a matter of course. Leukemia is known to [...]

In the years before modern medicine, “witch doctors” in England gave their clients a preparation made from the leaves of the foxglove plant to aid their failing hearts. Doctors of the day scorned the practice, but today we know that foxglove is the natural source of the drug digitalis, long a mainstay in the treatment [...]

This classification of drugs includes two brands which are listed in the charts at the end of this chapter. These drugs are prescribed for patients with hypertension and heart failure. They work by inhibiting the production of an enzyme (angiotensin-converting enzyme) involved in the increase of blood pressure. Without as much of the enzyme released [...]

GEOGRAPHIC TONGUE If your child’s tongue has a patchy appearance which resembles a map, he has what is known as a geographic tongue. This is a condition of unknown cause, in which the tongue has an uneven pattern of blotchy red areas interspersed with smooth patches. It is not painful and does not interfere with [...]

This will vary according to the cause and severity of the jaundice. Babies who develop jaundice several days after birth usually just require careful monitoring, sometimes with heel prick blood tests checking for bilirubin levels in the blood. If these are high, the hospital staff may recommend a few days treatment with phototherapy. This technique [...]

    ”Fantasizing me having sex with another man is really sick, isn’t it? I mean, I’m his wife, for God’s sake.” ANSWER: Fantasies are the most intimate and personal of sexual issues in couples, even more so than actual behaviors. What we think we might like to do or dream about doing seems to threaten spouses [...]

We should also avoid eating animal flesh. Comprehensive analysis of this topic could easily be a subject of a separate book, so below I give only a summary of the reasons taken from a single point of view: the poisoning of our body. Animals consume large amounts of food, before they become killed for meat. [...]

The elderly, the very young and those with heart or lung disease are particularly at risk of succumbing to influenza and of developing complications. Because influenza may be a serious illness for an individual and an epidemic can cause many deaths and considerable illness with loss of time from work, some form of prevention may [...]