L'Hygiène moderne


THIS book surveys, in an interesting, readable, and non-technical manner, modern views on hygiene. It is divided Into four section—hygiene of the individual,which includes predisposition, tuberculosis, diet, clothing, exercise, and infantile mortality; hygiene of the home, which includes the house and domestic life; hygiene of communities, schools, &c.; and public hygiene, including that of public vehicles, streets, domestic animals, &c. One of the earlier chapters on the arthritic diathesis would be better suited, perhaps, to a medical text-book, and the author seems to be one of those who hold extreme views on the evils of uric acid. On the question of alcohol, the author believes that good wine or spirit in moderation does no harm, and in many cases is beneficial. The kissing of children is rightly condemned, and the condition of the public streets, with their dust, dirt, and spitting, is characterised as a “hygienic scandal.”

L'Hygiène moderne.

By Dr. J. Héricourt. Pp. 311. (Paris: Ernest Flammarion, 1907.) Price 3.50 francs.

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