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Visit to a doctor


                              Visit to a doctor

      The problem of health always  worried  people.  It  has  been  in  the
center of attention of the scientists since ancient times. Perhaps,  of  all
unpleasant things people hate diseases most of all.
      In theory we know well what  we  should  do  to  be  healthy,  but  in
practice there is hardly  a  man  who  has  no  problems  with  his  health.
Sometimes people, who are very busy aren't  thoughtful  enough  about  their
health.
      Of course, much has been done to put an  end  to  a  great  number  of
diseases and epidemics. The scientists have already  found  cures  for  many
diseases, afflicting people. But still we are suffering from many of them.
      One of the diseases which disappeared at all is  a  smallpox.  It's  a
terrible virus disease.
      First we can read about it in  ancient  Egyptians  manuscripts,  which
were written nearly 6000 years  ago,  in  ancient  documents  of  China  and
India. Abu Ali Ebu Sina was the first man who  gave  detail  description  of
smallpox. Nobody knows the exact time of it's  appearing  in  Europe.  There
were great epidemics in Italy, France and in a lot of others. In  the  17-18
centuries in Europe every year 10 million died.
      In the 16 century smallpox came to  American  continent  with  Spanish
colonists and caused  terrible  epidemics  among  the  Indians.  Later  this
disease came to Australia.
      Smallpox killed a lot people and Edward  Jenner  invented  vaccination
from it. It was a very great  invention  –  the  first  vaccination  in  the
world.
      This disease disappeared at all and  in  December  1979  the  fact  in
liquidation of it was confirmed.
      I must say, that I seldom fall ill. I go in for sports, try  to  spend
a couple of hours in the open air every day and do all that kinds of  things
in order to keep fit.
      But, unfortunately, I fell ill in winter. It was rather  cold  outside
and I probably caught the infection. When I came home I felt that  I  had  a
sore-throat. I made hot tea with honey,  but  it  didn't  help.  At  last  I
decided to go to the doctor. I went there with my friend, for  I  felt  very
bad indeed.
      When we came, a doctor, a kind-hearted middle-aged woman  in  a  white
gown, offered me to sit down and asked me what I  complained  of.  I  had  a
terrible headache and sore throat and it ached me  to  swallow.  Besides,  I
was constantly sneezing and coughing. It turned out that  I  was  running  a
high temperature.
      The doctor examined my throat, sounded my  heart  and  lungs,  had  my
blood pressure tested. She said it was flu and  prescribed  some  pills  and
mixture - I had to take medicine 3 times a day before meals and to  stay  in
bed for a week until full recovery.
      The recovery was slow. I slept badly,  had  no  appetite.  I  suffered
from a slight, but irritating cough which as a rule became worse at night.
      I followed all the doctor's instructions and in a week  I  was  cured.
It was a real pleasure to fell strong and  healthy  again.  Really,  all  is
well, that ends well.


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