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Dr Newman, of Wellington, in a recent lecture expressed a strong hope that legislation would soon be passed vvljich should render compulsory the prompt and effectual isolation of persons suffering from infectious disease, together with the burning of all their clothing. As an instance of the careless way in which infections were allowed to be propogated, he mentioned that a short time ago a innholder from a neighboring province went Home with his wife and four children, and the party were supplied by the steward on board the steamer with bedding in which a scarlet fever patient had slept. The consequence was that the wife and three of the children died, and the unhappy father was left alone with one child—all because the steward would not go to the expense of throwing the infected bedding overboard. A hope was also expressed - by the lecturer that shortly, by inoculating human beings with the sterilised germs of typhoid and other dangerous diseases, it would also protect them from the deadly ravages to which they are at present subject. The discoveries now being made in this direction, Dr Newman considered, would completely revolutionise medical science.- In conclusion the lecturer gave some very valuable hints for the preservation of health, dwelling specially on the importance of attending to the first symptoms of disease, sleeping in well-ventilated bedrooms, and always keeping the body warm and dry. He was especially severe on the way in which ladies dressed, or rather “ undressed ” themselves for evening parties, and predicted that the time was coming when all the world would be clothed from head to foot in flannel, as medical science dictated. New Zealand ought to endeavor to hasten this time from patriotic motives; and as the “ gospel of flannel ” was already extensively prevailing* they might rest assured that New Zealand, as a great wool-produc-ing country, would continue to prosper.-

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A DOCTOR ON THE PRESERVATION OF HEALTH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 700, 28 July 1882

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A DOCTOR ON THE PRESERVATION OF HEALTH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 700, 28 July 1882

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