The Patient's book - thoughts of cheer, consolation, encouragement and information for the sick, especially in hospitals
Garesché, Edward F., S.J.
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This book is a message of cheer, consolation, encouragement, counsel and information to the patient in the hospital. It is meant to be at hand, during those moments of quiet when the patient can read or when some one else can read to him. It is intended to give to the patient helpful and interesting thoughts, which will attune his mind to harmony with the spirit of the hospital, and it will impart to him much information, which otherwise he might find it difficult to come by, some counsel which he would else perhaps fail to receive.It is meant that this little volume be given to the patient on his entrance into the hospital to be his very own, to keep him company during the days he remains, to abide in his room, by his bed, ready at his hand, and to go with him home, when he has been pronounced ready to return thither, as a remembrance of his healing and a reminder of the hospital where he was nursed back to health.Keeping in mind the variety of characters, the difference of age and of sex, even the diversities of religious creed of the patients in our hospitals, the author has sought to offer what would be helpful and acceptable to all.Needless to say, it is not the hospital itself which speaks in the following pages. Rather it is a friend of the hospital, one who has witnessed and studied the work done in hospitals, who appreciates the great service they render and who can therefore praise and commend with disinterested enthusiasm, where the hospital authorities themselves would remain modestly silent. Yet it is very much to the interest of the patient to be informed of the capacities and excellencies of the institution to which he has entrusted himself. Finally, even at the risk of a little repetition, it was thought best to make each paragraph fairly complete in itself, as the patient’s reading will often necessarily be occasional and interrupted.