Cornhill Magazine,  9 (1864), 555–65.

Thoughts on Half-Holidays

[John R Vernon]




Medical Treatment, Nutrition, Monographs, Health, Machinery

    Suggests that 'Miss Nightingale, in her little manual, Notes on Nursing, has laid down some very wise and profound, though simple, rules and suggestions with regard to the giving of food to the sick'. One of the proposals in 'that wise little book' is that by a 'kindly scheming' large amounts of food should be kept from the patient's bedside, who will then take a greater 'relish in eating' when smaller portions are provided. (555) By analogy, there is likewise a 'rarer, choicer zest in having one's holidays served up in little, soon-eaten platefuls' (558). Also recommends that 'employers' will be able to elicit 'better work' from 'those lighter hearts and refreshed bodies' produced by 'such pauses for the oiling of the machinery' (565).

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