During our childhood we experience, unfortunately, what we can call “children's torture.” Some related to the treatment of health and others, daily living. It was common that, in the face of febrile episodes, it was quickly recommended to ingest a purgant that could be very intense, such as “Castor Oil”, of disgusting taste, or a softer one like “Roger's Lemonade”, more acceptable. One or the other were accompanied by a bed stay of at least 24 hours.
During winter times, intense colds with pulmonary involvement, required the help of poultices, cloth compresses covered with Warm mustard flour, which were placed on the anterior part of the chest, usually accompanied by a suction cup session on the back. They were glass vessels that provoked the suction of tissues, in order to achieve “pulmonary decongestion”. To strengthen our growth , in the mornings we enjoyed swallowing a spoonful of the unclean “ Cod liver oil ”. Simply unforgettable for those who suffered it. All these experiences reached their most prominent point with the surgical treatment of “grown meat” as the enlargement of the tonsils was called. Unforgettable because the operation lasted a few minutes that seemed hours and performed without anesthesia. These experiences lived in Callao 19, headquarters of the School Medical Corps, have left a very deep mark on our memory.
Other torture was the ban on going out to play in the afternoon , as we would attend school in the morning. Or when in school we were forced to write 500 times : “I should not disturb in class” or similar texts, as homework. To a lesser degree, the ban on going out for recreation ; it was 10 minutes that seemed to us an hour. And in our home, as a result of incorrect behavior , to run without dessert or something worse, going to bed without eating, culminating with the threat of being sent to Ward College. These were some of the children's “torture” we were victims of in that Argentina yesterday.
Soy Odontólogo, Médico Oncólogo y Periodista Médico. Fui Presidente del Primer Congreso Internacional de Periodismo Médico. Actualmente integro la CD de SAPEM (Sociedad Argentina de Periodismo Médico) con sede en la Asociación Médica Argentina. Enamorado de la ciudad de Buenos Aires, registré en el Blog "El Buenos Aires que se fue", personajes, viñetas y hechos ocurridos en la primera mitad del Siglo XX. Trabajé en Radio Nacional en la producción y conducción de los programas "Salud, Periodismo en Acción" y "De todo un poco y de aquello, también". En 97.9 Cultura: "Salud, Periodismo en Acción", "Música, Recuerdos y Algo Más" y "Tango y Cultura Porteña". Este último nominado al premio "Faro de Oro", como mejor programa cultural.