Health and Longevity, by Joseph G. Richardson, M.D., 1909, was created by a host of medical experts, from around the world, for the average laymen to use as a guide to good health, and longevity.
The original book, Health and Longevity, consists of almost 1,400 pages of text and images, broken into fifteen Sections, or Books. THIS ebook publication consists of Book VIII, Adult’s Department, and is 48 pages in length. Check our ebook catalog additional for offerings.
This is a fun book to read. It’s fascinating for it’s obvious historical value, but doubly fascinating because it creates such a good picture of the times. The verbiage, and the prose, and the drama, to say nothing of the content, create a visual image of a simpler time when they had all the answers to having a healthy life.
Though the main theme is health, and longevity for men and women, it seems that many of the topics are directed primarily toward female health issues. I had to chuckle at how women were viewed then, in that pre-women’s suffrage era, when women needed guidance, from men, on how to be healthy. Life has changed !
For instance, read the following advice to women, on marriage:
Book VIII, Adults Department:
PLAIN TALK TO WOMEN
Entering Upon Marriage
The object of courtship should be to study dispositions and affinities, also mental and physical conditions. Falling in love first and then courting is substituting blindness for sight, folly for discretion.
Mental affinity is necessary to married happiness. An ignorant man or woman should not mate with one of education, nor vice versa. It cannot be said that such a union is devoid of all certainty as to happiness, but the chances for unhappiness are too great to risk.
(There is no section entitled “PLAIN TALK TO MEN”)
The section on Sexual Science, It's Bearing on Health gives a short but interesting history of women’s sexual life has evolved through the eons.
Since it was published in 1912, much, if not most, of the medical treatments, and medicines, etc, are obviously out-dated, and some are downright silly. In some cases, having a healthy life is even dangerous, and a sure hinderance to longevity.
Regardless, I think it’s fun to read, and think most people, young and old will have some chuckles.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Edwin W. Sims.
I. History of the White Slave Trade
II. The Suppression of the White Slave Traffic - William Alexander Coote.
III. The White Slave Trade of Today - Edwin W. Sims.
IV. Menace of the White Slave Trade - Edwin W. Sims.
V. A White Slave Clearing House; A White Slave's Own Story
VI. The True Story of Estelle Ramon of Kentucky - D. F. Sutherland.
VII. Our Sister of the Street - Florence Mabel Dedrick.
VIII. More about the Traffic in Shame - Ophelia Amigh.
IX. The Traffic in Girls - Charles N. Crittenton.
X. Warfare Against the White Slave Traffic - Clifford G. Roe.
XI. The Boston Hypocrisy - Clifford G. Roe.
XII. The Auctioneer of Souls - Clifford G. Roe.
XIII. The White Slave Trade in New York City - By a Special Contributor.
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