The Body in Health

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OF the making of books on elementary physiology and hygiene there seems to be no end, and the tendency to the multiplication of such manuals is specially marked in America. Perhaps this is an indication that our cousins across the sea are more alive to the importance of health in the well-being of a nation; they certainly make it a much more universal subject of school education than we do. The present volume has much to recommend it; it is clear, convincing and accurate; it is written, in simple language and well illustrated; as a rule it is level-headed. The usual space, as in all American text-books of this kind, is devoted to the evil of alcohol; with that one has no quarrel; but tobacco also is regarded as nearly equally bad. The following is, for example, quoted with approval: “I know whereof I speak when I say that tobacco when habitually used by the young leads to a species of imbecility; that the juvenile smoker will lie, cheat and steal things he would not do had he let tobacco alone.” Extravagant superlatives of this nature often do more harm than good.

The Body in Health.

By Prof. M. V. O'Shea J. H. Kellogg. Pp. ix + 324. (New York: The Macmillan Co.; London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd., 1915.) Price 3s. 6d.

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H., W. The Body in Health . Nature 95, 370 (1915) doi:10.1038/095370a0

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