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Elementary Hygiene

January 16th, 2008 (10:16 am)
aggravated

current mood: aggravated

On of the tasks of a physician is education. As such, I often find myself repeating certain concepts and practices to my patients over and over again. Yes, it is a bit tiring, but it is vitally important just the same. One of these concepts is elementary hygiene.

For our own good, and for the good of others, we must be unflinching in our dedication to hygiene. And, in some cases, basic hygienic practices are so vital that they must be kept, even over the objections of those who do not see their merits. Such was the case just now. I was forced to administer a tincture of paregoric to a young woman that could not come to grips with these basic practices. Her...I believe "man" is the term used (they were not married) was brought in to my surgery after having been accidentally run over by a carriage. I am a skilled surgeon, but some injuries are beyond even my skills, and the man in question succumbed to his wounds.

After verifying his death in the usual manner, I moved to sever the spinal column at the base of the brain. At this point, they young woman became hysterical and had to be restrained by one of my staff. I completed the spinal severance, then performed a crude (but effective) lobe separation using my skull chisel. Note that none of these activities were out of the norm, and in fact are the most basic of hygienic practices. Yet had my butler not been nearby and heard the commotion, this woman's attempt to prevent these basic acts of hygiene very well could have started an epidemic!

I am not mad at the young woman, it should be noted. In truth, I do not expect better behavior from those of the lower classes, as in many cases they have not been reared properly. Rather, I am mad at myself. It is my own fault for, seeing her distress over her companion, allowing myself to be moved to such an extent that I allowed her entrance to my surgery.

In the future, I will ensure that I am either alone with my patients, or that that the presence of one of my staff with me is by planning rather than serendipity. Furthermore, I will step up my efforts at educating the local populace in understanding that hygiene is necessary to keep all of us safe.

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Changes in attitudes regarding coin

January 14th, 2008 (02:53 pm)
working

current mood: working

While I would not consider myself particularly well off, I've never truly wanted for anything. I have the basic necessities of life covered, after all: I have a driver and carriage to take me to places when walking will not suffice; I have a nice home and a few trusted retainers to help keep it; I have the ability to provide my ward Anna with a life conducive to the education and entertainments as befits a young lady of her standing. My income is sufficient for these needs, and a bit more.

I have been reviewing my list of necessary additions to my laboratory and operating theatre, however, and I find that my resources are not quite sufficient to the task at hand...at least not without depriving my ward of necessary amenities. I believe that I shall have to keep my eye out for money-making opportunities...provided that they don't require me to stop my research nor my good works, of course.

I must give this some additional thought.

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January 8, 2105 - Starting new journal

January 8th, 2008 (02:49 pm)
optimistic

current mood: optimistic

I have decided that it is necessary to keep a new journal, separate from my medical journal.  I feel that it is of the utmost importance that the results of my experiments and adventures be recorded for the sake of posterity, that all who come after me may learn from what I have experienced and accomplished. 

The times being what they are, however, it is better for all concerned if this journal is kept separate and, sadly, secret.  To that end it will be written in a variety of cyphers.  Should I perish, it is my belief that those going through my personal effects will find this journal and turn it over to my colleagues, whom it is assumed will be able to decrypt these notes after a modicum of diligent effort.

While some of the topics of this journal will be initially unsettling, I trust that it will be recognized that I do all I have done for the greater good.

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