Notes on Nursing Chapter IV.

By Florence Nightingale IV. NOISE. Unnecessary noise. Unnecessary noise, or noise that creates an expectation in the mind, is that which hurts a patient. It is rarely the loudness of the noise, the effect upon the organ of the ear itself, which appears to affect the sick. How well a patient will generally bear, _e. g._, the putting up of a scaffolding close to the house, when he cannot bear the talking, still less the whispering, especially if it be of a familiar voice, outside his door.   There are certain patients, no doubt, especially where there is slight concussion ...

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