A Handbook of Health

1912 Journal of the American Medical Association  
The author has endeavored to set forth in non-technical language something of the anatomy and physiology of the human organism and the best method of keeping it in a healthful condition. He discusses the various subjects connected therewith in his usual graphic style, so familiar to the reading public through his magazine articles and books. The book, for the most part, treats the subjects in an elementary and figurative manner and can be easily understood by the ordinary layman. Hutchinson
more » ... man. Hutchinson calls the body the human automobile and then discusses the various varieties of fuel in the form of food, which help to keep the engine going. He likens the heart to a pump and the vessels to a pipe-line system and discusses their care. The lungs constitute a bellows and need pure air to keep them free from colds, consumption and pneumonia. lie tells how to keep the wonderful-coat\p=m-\ofthe skin\p=m-\healthy,by clothing, baths, bathing, etc. He discusses the plumbing and sewering of the body, ' the muscles, the stiffening rods of the body machine (hones) and tells how lo get and keep a good figure. The nervous system constitutes a telephone exchange and its cables. The lookout department consists of the nose, tongue, eye and ear. Among the other subjects discussed in an understandable way are exercise and growth, the speech organs, the teeth, infections ami how to avoid them, accidents, emergencies, etc. This book should be of interest to tile layman of any age. and If widely read would undoubtedly bring about heller hygienic and sanitary living. It can he commended as valuable in the health education of the public. Practical Gynecology. The arrangement of this book has been changed somewhat to meet the demands of modern medical pedagogy. It opens with special anatomy, followed in order by physiology, etiology, diagnosis, therapeutics, functional disorders, malformations, traumatisms, inflammations, displacements, ectopic gestation and genital tumors. Special emphasis is laid on the influence of constitutional conditions and the importance of treatment from the medical side. The latter cannot fail to be beneficial because of the too prevalent desire to operate for many conditions which do not require operation. The text has been revised, many new illustrations have been added, and the number of pages increased. The excellency of the text is as great as in the previous editions. The author's views on gynecologic questions are so well known that it is not necessary to detail them here. The book enjoys a deserved popularity. disputing his statement\p=m-\thisbook is the first to work this field. Although of the making of books there is no end, and although conduct is what every man from Adam down has been engaged in from birth to death, still Mercier says, "there is not in existence, curiously enough, any comprehensive study of conduct as a whole." Although many departments of conduct are described in various books, none covers the general field of human activity. Mercier's treatment of the subject is comprehensive; from the analysis of the spider's actions\p=m-\part instinctive and predetermined and part circumstantial and variable\p=m-\up to the most complex web of emotions controlling man's most involved activities, the reader follows Mercier up a flight of steps, from various points of which he may calmly survey and dissect all the events of human history. Along this path he finds new lights thrown on play, work, incentive, motive, deceit, conceit, morality, modesty, emulation, duty. The teacher und the psychologist will be especially interested in tlie. author's shrewd phraseology and helpful viewpoint. The style is clear, the presentation systematic, and the analysis incisive-indeed tlie work conies near being arbitrary and academic in its definitions. The British publishers who printed the hook used a lightweight paper so that the volume is not heavy-a feature to be commended lo many American publishers-but. they failed to trim the pages I Having a full equipment of printer's machinery, we sent the volume down stairs and bad the edge trimmed-but what shall the average reader do? A plodding bibliophile muy like to cut pages as he reads-but the poor, busy practitioner, who hns to pick the book up at odd moments-for him we shed a tear.
doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260040319033 fatcat:3osdzoliy5ctxfgsgtqgl2vlom