If we caught cold, have a splitting headache, have
a clogged nose, cough, are running high temperature, we must go to the policlinic. First
we come to the registry. The registry clerk on a duty asks our name, address, age and
occupation .He writes out some slips because several specialists will examine us. Some of
them will listen to out heart and lungs, some will check up our kidneys, liver, stomach,
eyesight, and hearing. The others will make our blood analysis, take our blood pressure
and x-ray us.
Our district doctor sees his patients in consulting
room 4. A nurse gives us a thermometer to take our temperature. We must keep it under an
armpit. Last time my temperature was 37,9.The doctor asked what my trouble was. He offered
to sit down in a chair and to strip to the waist. He felt my pulse. It was faint and
accelerated. Then I lay on the examination couch and the doctor palpated my abdomen. He
asked me from what disease I suffered in my childhood. I suffered from scarlet fever .Now
I felt dizzy and was damp with sweat. The doctor filled in my card and diagnosed the case
as the flu.
When he wrote out a prescription for some
medicines: pills, powder, drops, and mixture. He also advised me to take a scalding
footbath, to put a hot water bottle to my feet, to have hot tea with raspberry jam. That
would keep my fever down. The result of my x-ray examination and blood analysis was
normal. I had the prescription made at the chemist’s. I followed the prescribed
treatment to avoid complications. Every day I took a tablespoonful of mixture 3 times a
day and some pills. In two days I was better and in a week I recovered from my illness. I
began to take care of myself. Now I go in for sports because sports make me strong,
healthy and cheerful. Every day I do my morning exercises and have a cold rubdown to
prevent myself from catching cold. There is a good proverb: An apple a day keeps doctor
away. That’s why I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.
In case of sudden and severe illness or an accident
calls are made to the first aid station. There the doctors are on duty all day long. There
are many ambulances there. The ambulances are equipped with everything necessary to give
the first aid. The patient is transported to hospital. There he is taken to the reception
ward first. After questioning and examination the doctor fills in the patient’s case
history. Then a patient is given special clothes and is put to some ward for treatment.
The doctors make their daily round there. They examine patients and prescribe different
medicines and treatments.
When a patient is completely cured, he is
discharged from the hospital. There are different departments in the hospital. They are: a
surgical department, therapy, and the department of infectious diseases.