Sunday, April 3, 2011

HOW TO REMOVE INSECTS FROM THE EAR....

My friend, Jen, and I went "junkin'" (our collective DHs' term) on Friday.  We had to stop at one of our favorite antique shops (don't have too many to choose from in these parts....) They are only open from April to December, and only on weekends, so their "spring" opening is something we look forward to.

One of the treasures I found was a book (don't get me started looking at the old books - 'cause I can spend HOURS standing (or squatting) in the same spot just losing myself in history....)  Anyway....this one I brought home with me....


Look a little closer at the title:


It was written in 1887 (copyright 1888) by Prudence B. Saur, M.D.
Now, I'm impressed....not every lady in 1887 could be a doctor....
and certainly not every doctor in 1887 was a lady!


(Note: She is "Mrs." P.B. Saur, M.D.)

Anywhohow....this book is a HOOT! I am having so much fun reading!
So, I thought I would share a little with you all....

From Chapter XIV:


Dr. Pru's advice is as follows:

If a child has put either a pea, bean, bead, cherry stone, or any other smooth substance, into his ear, turn his head on one side, in order to let the ear with the pea or bead in it to be undermost, then give with the flat of your hand two or three sharp, sudden slaps or boxes on the other, or uppermost ear, and most likely the offending substance will drop out.  Poking at the ear will, in the majority of cases only send the substance further in, and make it more difficult to remove.
If an earwig, or any other living thing should get into the ear of a child, lay the child on his side, the affected ear being uppermost, and fill the ear, from a teaspoon, with either water or sweet oil.  The water or oil will carry the insect out of the ear, and the child is at once relieved.  Dr. B. F. Kinsley, U.S.A, relates a number of cases where soldiers sleeping on the plains have come to him to have bugs removed from their ears.  Accidentally he discovered that by holding a lighted candle near the ear, the insects would at once leave the cavity and come forth.  The patient should be in the dark when this is done.

Now, good friends...I trust you will be able to have a safe and wonderful week ahead...knowing that you know how to remove insects from your ears and from the ears of your loved ones....
:o)

8 comments:

Lori said...

Just being able to read that book would be priceless! What a great find!

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

What a book~ great find! Interesting!
smiles
Teresa

Traci said...

Sounds like you had a fun weekend, I love junkin'

We have a couple of books similar to that, Lordy, I wouldn't even attempt 1/2 the stuff in them.. Have a Great Week, Traci

cottageprims said...

Love those old books.I pick them up while out "junking" as often as possible.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Kim said...

That book sounds so great. If you find anymore entertaining entries, please share.

Margie said...

O wow...thats too funny !!! Thans for entering my giveaway and I cant wait to read your blog and look at all your lovely stuff!!! I LOVE the name of your blog !!!

Margie at Hungry Hook Primitives

The Moonlit Stitch said...

OMG Robin, this book is too funny! Thanks for sharing. ~*~Lisa

greytone said...

Just a note to let you know I found this same book last weekend in my mother's garage. I am looking forward to reading similar unusual passages from it. I have linked your blog comments about it to facebook. Thank you for sharing...!