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The Canadian Journal of Medicine and Surgery, 1914, Vol. 36

Excerpt from The Canadian Journal of Medicine and Surgery, 1914, Vol. 36 In the eighteenth century, doctors must have had plenty of opportunities for treating severe burns of the mouth and tongue, if one may judge by the beginning of the following passage: "If, unfortunately, you should burn yourself when taking soup, you must bear it patiently, and not show it; but, if, as occasionally happens, the pain is unbearable, you should, before the company perceive what you are about to do, take your plate in one hand, lift it to your mouth and then, while covering yourself with the other hand, replace what is in your mouth on the plate, and hand it quickly to the lackey behind your chair. Civility demands that you should act politely; but you are not required to commit suicide." Bread had to be cut with a knife, and people were instructed to cut their bread into small pieces, "so as not to swell out their cheeks as monkeys do." Recommendations of this kind denote an epoch, when people ate their food - not perhaps in a gluttonous way - but, at any rate, in a real manner, and not just to go through the motions, as was the fashion in France a few years ago. The names of the choice bits of meat, in the order of succulence, fill several pages of an octavo treatise on table manners, which, of itself, is no bad sign of the customs of the eighteenth century. The table was then a matter of immense importance, and the people were very fond of good eating. "If you are served first at table, you should be careful to leave the best parts to the other guests. You should, therefore, know the choice bits according to current opinion. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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