The Health of the Nations


    THE International Council of Women, of which the Countess of Aberdeen is president, was formed in 1888 by “a company of earnest American women” (p. 7). The result of their efforts was a federation of national councils, or unions, or associations, of women working for the common welfare. Mrs. Ogilvie Gordon sketches in this small volume the history of the council, noting the resolutions of its quinquennial meetings in the various countries, and summarising, for the year 1909, certain “special reports “prepared by representative women in Europe, America, and other continents. The movement is ambitious, and it is almost needless to say that the “special reports” here collated are of the most generalised kind. In a brief 200 pages of well-leaded print, it is not possible to give a passable summary of the “health” even of one nation, not to speak of the twenty-one “nations,” or countries, here dealt with. But it is gratifying to find some twenty-two national councils of women (p. 12) sufficiently interested in general hygiene to produce even these somewhat sketchy “reports.”

    The Health of the Nations.

    Compiled from Special Reports of the National Councils of Women. Pp. 191. (London: Constable and Co., Ltd., 1910.) Price 1s. net.

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    The Health of the Nations . Nature 83, 424–425 (1910).

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