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Title: Plain home talk about the human system–the habits of men and women–the cause and prevention of disease–our sexual relations and social natures
Year: 1896 (1890s)
Authors: Foote. Edward B[liss], 1829-1906. [from old catalog]
Subjects: Medicine, Popular Marriage
Publisher: New York : Murray Hill publishing company [etc., etc.]
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress
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nd it is by this ar-rangement that the whites of theeyes in health preserve their clear-ness, and the lenses are enrichedby colorless blood, for otherwisethe vision would be obstructed byspecks, spots, patches, etc., even inhealth. With the foregoing brief descrip-tion of some of the mechanical ar-rangements of the eyes, it may bereadily seen how inflammation orany undue pressure of blood uponthe organs of vision and their immediate surroundings, will interferewith the proper performance of their functions. When inflamed,red, feverish corpuscles enter the veins; they redden the sclerotic orwhite of the eye; they distend the veins of the eyelids and liningsof the sockets; they vitiate the secretions of the lachrymal glands,or reservoirs over the eyes, making them scalding in their properties;they dry up or make gluey the oily secretions of the glands along theedges of the eyelids, and also those which keep the eyelashes frombecoming matted or stuck together. When all these derangements
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OPHTIIALMY. CHRONIC SORE EYES. 425 take place a person lias what are commonly called sore eyes, andtechnically, ophthalmy. When the difficulty survives the immediatecause which precipitated it, whether that immediate cause he coldor catarrh, or something getting into the eye, or local infection, orcontusion, or, if it comes on gradually without any known immediatecause, it may be called chronic sore eyes, or chronic ophthalmy. Sore eyes induced by a ccld may simply present an inflamed andswollen appearance, with a profusion of water, and sensitiveness tolight; induced by catarrh, similar symptoms with an exudation ofunwholesome mucus; induced by something entering the eye, sore-ness, and sometimes great pain attended with an excessive flow ofthe lachrymal fluid; induced by contusion, similar symptoms tothose just described; but when induced by infection such as leucor-rhceal or gonorrheal or syphilitic matter, or perpetuated by scrofulousor syphilitic impurities in the blood, the disc
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A radical surgery that is sometimes performed on women who have uterine fibroids, endometriosis, cancer of the reproductive organs, pelvic adhesions, or heavy bleeding is a hysterectomy. Hyster is the Greek word for womb and ectomy means removal, therefore a hysterectomy is the removal of the womb.
Women’s health and hysterectomies are intrinsically linked together. Not only are there the physical ramifications involved with the need for hysterectomy, but when the hysterectomy is performed there are certain issues that need to be addressed in maintaining a woman’s physical health. One of those issues would be the replacement of female hormones.
In addition, women’s health and hysterectomies would also need to address the emotional and mental responses to the loss of the woman’s reproductive system. In learning about the relationship between women’s health and hysterectomies it is important to know what is a hysterectomy, the variations of hysterectomies and the possible associated health affects following the procedure.
What is a Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the womb or uterus of a woman. The uterus is the female organ that nourishes and protects the fetus.
In addition, depending upon the extent of the medical condition of the female, other organs of the female reproductive system may need to be removed. These other organs may include the woman’s cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes.
It is important to note that once a hysterectomy has been performed, the ability of the woman to conceive a child is impossible. Women’s health and hysterectomies are, unfortunately, connected in that this is one of the most common medical operations performed. In some countries is estimated that one out of three women, who are 60 years of age or older, will have had the surgical procedure.
Types Of Hysterectomies
There are many variations of hysterectomies that can be performed. The recommendation of the surgeon as to which course of action to take, when considering women’s health and hysterectomies, is dependent upon the individual woman’s condition.
The various types of hysterectomies include a total hysterectomy which is the complete removal of the uterus and cervix. A sub total hysterectomy is the removal of the upper part of the uterus. A radical hysterectomy is the complete removal of the uterus, cervix, upper portion of the vagina and pelvic lymph nodes.
An important consideration regarding women’s health and hysterectomies is the care needed and required following the surgical procedure. Depending upon which procedure has been performed; recovery time may be as little as two to four day stay in the hospital followed by a two to three week recovery period with limited activity. Full recovery should be realized around the two month timeframe following surgery.
Also, when considering women’s health and hysterectomies, it is important to note that there may be difficulties experienced following this surgery. Those complications may include urinary difficulties, general malaise accompanied with vomiting, infection and bleeding. Thus, it is important for women to take care of themselves during such a time.