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Title: How to Live - Rules for Healthful Living Based on Modern Science
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  [Illustration: LIVE!
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  Hon. William H. Taft
  Henry H. Bowman
  Francis R. Cooley
  Robert W. de Forest
  Irving Fisher
  Eugene Lyman Fisk
  Harold A. Ley
  Elmer E. Rittenhouse
  Charles H. Sabin
  Frank A. Vanderlip

  _Chairman, Board of Directors_


  _Consultant, Sanitation_

  _Chairman, Hygiene Reference Board_

  _Director of Hygiene_

  _Vice-president and Treasurer_


The Institute was established by a group of scientists, publicists, and
business men, who desired to provide a self-supporting central
institution of national scope devoted to the science of disease
prevention--a responsible and authoritative source from which the public
might draw knowledge and inspiration in the great war of civilization
against needless sickness and premature death.



  [Illustration: Hon. William Howard Taft
  Chairman, Board of Directors Life Extension Institute, Inc.

                             HOW TO LIVE

                      RULES FOR HEALTHFUL LIVING
                       BASED ON MODERN SCIENCE

                   _LIFE EXTENSION INSTITUTE, INC._


                      IRVING FISHER, _Chairman_,


                       EUGENE LYMAN FISK, M.D.,

                           _NINTH EDITION_

                       FUNK & WAGNALLS COMPANY
                         NEW YORK AND LONDON

                         COPYRIGHT, 1915, BY
                       FUNK & WAGNALLS COMPANY
              (Printed in the United States of America.)

                   *       *       *       *       *

                      _Published, October, 1915_
                   _Second Edition, November, 1915_
                   _Third Edition, December, 1915_
                    _Fourth Edition, March, 1916_
                     _Fifth Edition, April, 1916_
                      _Sixth Edition, May, 1916_
                    _Seventh Edition, June, 1916_
              _Eighth Revised Edition, September, 1916_
                   _Ninth Edition, September, 1916_


To one who has been an eye-witness of the wonderful achievements of
American medical science in the conquest of acute communicable and
pestilential diseases in those regions of the earth where they were
supposed to be impregnably entrenched, there is the strongest possible
appeal in the present rapidly growing movement for the improvement of
physical efficiency and the conquest of chronic diseases of the vital

Through the patient, intelligent and often heroic work of our army
medical men, and the staff of the United States Public Health Service,
death-rates supposedly fixed have been cut in half.

While it is true that to the public mind there is a more lurid and
spectacular menace in such diseases as small-pox, yellow fever and
plague, medical men and public health workers are beginning to realize
that, with the warfare against such maladies well organized, it is now
time to give attention to the heavy loss from lowered physical
efficiency and chronic, preventable disease, a loss exceeding in
magnitude that sustained from the more widely feared communicable

The insidious encroachment of the chronic diseases that sap the vitality
of the individual and impair the efficiency of the race is a matter of
increasing importance. The mere extension of human life is not only in
itself an end to be desired, but the well digested scientific facts
presented in this volume clearly show that the most direct and effective
means of lengthening human life are at the same time those that make it
more livable and add to its power and capacity for achievement.

Many years ago, Disraeli, keenly alive to influences affecting national
prosperity, stated: "Public Health is the foundation on which reposes
the happiness of the people and the power of a country. The care of the
public health is the first duty of a statesman." It may well be claimed
that the care of individual and family health is the first and most
patriotic duty of a citizen.

These are the considerations that have influenced me to co-operate with
the life extension movement, and to commend this volume to the earnest
consideration of all who desire authoritative guidance in improving
their own physical condition or in making effective the knowledge now
available for bringing health and happiness to our people.

  WM. H. TAFT.
  New Haven, June 12, 1915.


The purpose of this book is to spread knowledge of _Individual Hygiene_
and thus to promote the aims of the Life Extension Institute. These may
be summarized briefly as: (1) to provide the individual and the
physician with the latest and best conclusions on individual hygiene;
(2) to ascertain the exact and special needs of the individual through
periodic health examinations; (3) to induce all persons who are found to
be in need of medical attention to visit their physicians.

A sad commentary on the low health-ideals which now exist is that to
most people the expression "_to keep well_" means no more than _to keep
out of a sick-bed_. Hitherto, the subject-matter of hygiene has been
considered in its relation to disease rather than to health. In this
manual, on the other hand, it is treated in its relation to (1) the
preservation of health; (2) the improvement in the physical condition of
the individual, and (3) the increase of his vitality. In short, the
objects of the manual are positive rather than negative. It aims to
include every practical procedure that, according to the present state
of our knowledge, an athlete needs in order to make himself superbly
"fit," or that a mental worker needs in order to keep his wits sharpened
to a razor-edge. For this reason some suggestions, which might otherwise
be regarded as of minor importance, have been included and emphasized.
While it is true that a moderate infraction of some of the minor rules
of health is not inconsistent with maintaining good health in the sense
of keeping out of a sick-bed, such infraction, be it ever so moderate,
is utterly inconsistent with good health in the sense of attaining the
highest physical and mental efficiency and power.

Future advances of knowledge will doubtless occasion additions to, or
modifications of, the conclusions stated herein, and these will form the
subject of subsequent publications by the Institute.

In order that the Institute may have at its disposal the latest and most
authoritative results of scientific investigations, its Hygiene
Reference Board was created. The present book is the first general
statement of the conclusions of this Board after a year of careful
consideration. These conclusions are the joint product of the members of
the Board, with the active co-operation of the Director of Hygiene of
the Institute. They may fairly be said to constitute the most
authoritative epitome thus far available in the great, but hitherto
neglected, realm of individual hygiene.

The Chairman of the Board has exercised the function of editor, and is
responsible for the order and arrangement of the material.

Friends of the Institute may help its work by spreading the ideas given
in the following pages and by increasing the number of its readers. Such
profits as may be received by the Institute from the sale of this book
will be devoted to further philanthropic effort by the Institute.


  New York, Sept., 1915.



INTRODUCTION                                                  1



  1. HOUSING                                                  7
  2. CLOTHING                                                14
  3. OUTDOOR LIVING                                          18
  4. OUTDOOR SLEEPING                                        20
  5. DEEP BREATHING                                          24



  1. QUANTITY OF FOOD                                        28
  2. PROTEIN FOODS                                           35
  3. HARD, BULKY, AND UNCOOKED FOODS                         40
  4. THOROUGH MASTICATION                                    44



  1. CONSTIPATION                                            51
  2. POSTURE                                                 57
  3. POISONS FROM WITHOUT                                    64
  4. TEETH AND GUMS                                          78



  1. WORK, PLAY, REST AND SLEEP                              89
  2. SERENITY AND POISE                                     105



  1. THE FIFTEEN RULES OF HYGIENE                           119
  2. THE UNITY OF HYGIENE                                   121
  3. THE OBSTACLES TO HYGIENE                               126
  4. THE POSSIBILITIES OF HYGIENE                           135
  5. HYGIENE AND CIVILIZATION                               143
  6. THE FIELDS OF HYGIENE                                  157


  1. NOTES ON FOOD                                          171
  2. NOTES ON OVERWEIGHT AND UNDERWEIGHT                    212
  3. NOTES ON POSTURE                                       221
  4. NOTES ON ALCOHOL                                       227
  5. NOTES ON TOBACCO                                       250
  6. AVOIDING COLDS                                         272
  9. EUGENICS                                               293

INDEX                                                       325

                       HYGIENE REFERENCE BOARD


                       IRVING FISHER, Chairman

                    Professor of Political Economy
                           Yale University


WILLIAM J. HARRIS, Federal Trade Commission, United States Government.

CRESSY L. WILBUR, M.D., Director, Division of Vital Statistics, Dept. of
Health, State of New York.

WALTER F. WILLCOX, Professor of Economics and Statistics, Cornell

#Public Health Administration#

HERMANN M. BIGGS, M.D., Commissioner of Health, State of New York.

RUPERT BLUE, M.D., Surgeon General, U. S. Public Health Service.

H. M. BRACKEN, M.D., Secretary Board of Health, State of Minnesota.

J. B. GREGG CUSTIS, President Board of Medical Supervisors, District of

SAMUEL G. DIXON, M.D., Commissioner of Health, State of Pennsylvania.

OSCAR DOWLING, M.D., President Board of Health, State of Louisiana.

JOHN S. FULTON, M.D., Secretary Dept. of Health, State of Maryland.

S. S. GOLDWATER, M.D., Supt., Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York.

WILLIAM C. GORGAS, Major General U. S. Army.

CALVIN W. HENDRICK, Chief Engineer, Sewerage Commission of Baltimore.

J. N. HURTY, M.D., Secretary Board of Health, State of Indiana.

W. S. RANKIN, M.D., Secretary and Treasurer, Board of Health, State of
North Carolina.

THEO. B. SACHS, M.D., President The Chicago Tuberculosis Institute.

JOSEPH W. SCHERESCHEWSKY, M.D., U. S. Public Health Service.

GUILFORD H. SUMNER, M.D., Secretary--Executive Officer, Dept. of Health
and Medical Examiners, State of Iowa.

GEORGE C. WHIPPLE, Professor Sanitary Engineering, Harvard University.

C. E. A. WINSLOW, Professor of Public Health, Yale Medical School.

#Medicine and Surgery#

LEWELLYS F. BARKER, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins

GEORGE BLUMER, M.D., Dean Tale Medical School.

GEORGE W. CRILE, M.D., Professor Clinical Surgery, Western Reserve

DAVID L. EDSALL, M.D., Professor Clinical Medicine, Harvard University.

HENRY, B. FAVILL, M.D., Professor Clinical Medicine, Rush Medical

J. H. KELLOGG, M.D., Superintendent Battle Creek Sanitarium.

S. ADOLPHUS KNOPF, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Department of
Phthisiotherapy, New York Post Graduate Medical School.

WILLIAM J. MAYO, M.D., Ex-President American Medical Association.

VICTOR C. VAUGHAN, M.D., Dean, Dept. of Medicine and Surgery, University
of Michigan, Ex-President American Medical Association.

HUGH HAMPTON YOUNG, M.D., Assoc. Professor of Urological Surgery, Johns
Hopkins University and Hospital.

#Chemistry, Bacteriology, Pathology, Physiology, Biology#

JOHN F. ANDERSON, M.D., Director Hygienic Laboratory, United States

HENRY G. BEYER, M.D., Medical Director, U. S. Navy.

WALTER B. CANNON, M.D., Professor of Physiology, Harvard University.

RUSSELL H. CHITTENDEN, Professor of Physiological Chemistry, Director
Sheffield Scientific School, Yale University.

OTTO FOLIN, Professor of Biological Chemistry, Harvard Medical School.

M. E. JAFFA, M.S., Professor of Nutrition, University of California.

LAFAYETTE B. MENDEL, Professor of Physiological Chemistry, Sheffield
Scientific School, Yale University.

RICHARD M. PEARCE, M.D., Professor of Research Medicine, University of

MAZYCK P. RAVENEL, M.D., Director Laboratory of Hygiene, Professor of
Preventive Medicine and Bacteriology, University of Missouri.

LEO P. RETTGER, Professor of Bacteriology and Hygiene, Sheffield
Scientific School, Yale University.

M. J. ROSENAU, M.D., Professor of Preventive Medicine, Harvard Medical

WILLIAM T. SEDGWICK, Professor of Biology and Public Health,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

HENRY C. SHERMAN, Professor of Food Chemistry, Columbia University.

THEOBALD SMITH, M.D., Director Division of Animal Pathology, Rockefeller
Institute for Medical Research.

CHARLES W. STILES, M.D., U. S. Public Health Service; Scientific
Secretary International Health Commission.

A. E. TAYLOR, M.D., Professor Physiological Chemistry, University of

WILLIAM H. WELCH, M.D., Professor of Pathology, Johns Hopkins
University; President Board of Health, State of Maryland.


ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL, M.D., Board of Scientific Directors, Eugenics
Record Office.

C. B. DAVENPORT, Director Carnegie Station for Experimental Evolution;
Director Eugenics Record Office.

DAVID STARR JORDAN, Chancellor Leland Stanford Junior University; Chief
Director World Peace Foundation.

ELMER E. SOUTHARD, M.D., Professor of Neuropathology, Harvard Medical
School; Pathologist to Massachusetts State Board of Insanity.

#Organized Philanthropy#

MRS. S. S. CROCKETT, Ex-Chairman Committee on Health, General Federation
of Women's Clubs.

HENRY W. FARNAM, Professor of Economics, Yale University.

LEE K. FRANKEL, 6th Vice-President and Head of Welfare Department,
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

LUTHER H. GULICK, M.D., President Camp Fire Girls of America.

THOMAS N. HEPBURN, M.D., Secretary Connecticut Society for Social

WICKLIFFE ROSE, Director International Health Commission.

WM. JAY SCHIEFFELIN, Chairman Executive Committee, Committee of One
Hundred on National Health.

MAJOR LOUIS LIVINGSTON SEAMAN, M.D., President The China Society.

WILLIAM F. SNOW, M.D., General Secretary, The American Social Hygiene
Association, Inc.

LAWRENCE VEILLER, Secretary and Director, National Housing Association.



W. H. BURNHAM, Professor of Pedagogy and School Hygiene, Clark

CHARLES H. CASTLE, M.D., Editor Lancet Clinic.

W. A. EVANS, M.D., Professor Sanitary Science, Northwestern University
Medical School; Health Editor, Chicago Tribune.

BURNSIDE FOSTER, M.D., Editor St. Paul Medical Journal.

FREDERICK R. GREEN, M.D., Secretary Council on Health and Public
Instruction, American Medical Association.

NORMAN HAPGOOD, Editor Harper's Weekly.

ARTHUR P. KELLOGG, Managing Editor, The Survey.

J. N. McCORMACK, Chief Sanitary Inspector, Board of Health, State of

M. V. O'SHEA, Professor of Education, University of Wisconsin.

HON. WALTER H. PAGE, Ambassador to England.

GEORGE H. SIMMONS, M.D., Editor Journal American Medical Association.

HARVEY W. WILEY, M.D., Director Bureau of Foods, Sanitation and Health,
Good Housekeeping Magazine.


#Industrial Hygiene#

JOHN B. ANDREWS, Secretary American Association for Labor Legislation.

THOMAS DARLINGTON, M.D., Secretary American Iron and Steel Institute.

NORMAN E. DITMAN, M.D., Trustee, American Museum of Safety.

GEORGE M. KOBER, M.D., Dean Medical School of Georgetown University.

W. GILMAN THOMPSON, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Cornell University
Medical School.

WILLIAM H. TOLMAN, Director The American Museum of Safety.

#Mouth Hygiene#

W. G. EBERSOLE, M.D., D.D.S., Secretary-Treasurer, The National Mouth
Hygiene Association.

ALFRED C. FONES, D.D.S., Chairman Dental Committee, Bridgeport Board of

#Physical Training#

WM. G. ANDERSON, M.D., Director Gymnasium, Yale University.

GEORGE J. FISHER, M.D., Secretary International Committee, Y. M. C. A.

R. TAIT MCKENZIE, M.D., Professor of Physical Education and Director of
the Department, University of Pennsylvania.

EDWARD A. RUMELY, M.D., President The Interlaken School.

DUDLEY A. SARGENT, M.D., Director Gymnasium, Harvard University.

PROF. ALONZO A. STAGG, Director Gymnasium, University of Chicago.

THOMAS A. STOREY, M.D., Professor of Hygiene, College of the City of New

#Foreign Advisory Board#


LUDWIG TELEKY, M.D., Department of Social Medicine, Vienna University.


JOHN GEORGE ADAMI, M.D., Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology, McGill
University, Montreal.


SIR THOMAS OLIVER, Professor of Physiology, Durham University.


ARMAND GAUTIER, M.D., Professor of Chemistry, Faculty of Medicine,


PROF. DR. KARL FLÜGGE, Director Hygienic Institute, Berlin.


LEONARDO BIANCHI, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Naples.


PROF. DR. S. KITASATO, Chief of the Kitasato Institute for Infectious
Diseases, Tokyo.


IVAN PETROVIC PAVLOV, Prof. of Physiology, Imperial Military Academy of
Medicine, Petrograd.

                         PORTRAITS OF MEMBERS
                                OF THE
                       HYGIENE REFERENCE BOARD

[Illustration: Dr. Lewellys F. Barker]

[Illustration: Dr. John F. Anderson]

[Illustration: Dr. Hermann M. Biggs]

[Illustration: Dr. Alexander Graham Bell]

[Illustration: Dr. William G. Anderson]

[Illustration: Dr. John B. Andrews]

[Illustration: Samuel Hopkins Adams]

[Illustration: Prof. W. H. Burnham]

[Illustration: Prof. Russell H. Chittenden]

[Illustration: Dr. George W. Crile]

[Illustration: Dr. Rupert Blue]

[Illustration: Dr. Chas. H. Castle]

[Illustration: Dr. George Blumer]

[Illustration: Mrs. S. S. Crockett]

[Illustration: Dr. Samuel G. Dixon]

[Illustration: Prof. Henry W. Farnam]

[Illustration: Dr. W. A. Evans]

[Illustration: Dr. C. B. Davenport]

[Illustration: Dr. W. G. Ebersole]

[Illustration: Dr. Norman E. Ditman]

[Illustration: Dr. Oscar Dowling]

[Illustration: Dr. Eugene L. Fisk]

[Illustration: Dr. Otto Folin]

[Illustration: Dr. George J. Fisher]

[Illustration: Prof. Irving Fisher]

[Illustration: Dr. Alfred C. Fones]

[Illustration: Dr. Burnside Foster]

[Illustration: Dr. Henry B. Favill]

[Illustration: Dr. Luther H. Gulick]

[Illustration: Mr. Norman Hapgood]

[Illustration: Mr. Lee K. Frankel]

[Illustration: Gen. Wm. C. Gorgas]

[Illustration: Dr. Frederick R. Green]

[Illustration: Dr. S. S. Goldwater]

[Illustration: Dr. John S. Fulton]

[Illustration: Dr. J. H. Kellogg]

[Illustration: Dr. S. Adolphus Knopf]

[Illustration: Dr. J. N. Hurty]

[Illustration: Chancellor David Starr Jordan]

[Illustration: Prof. M. E. Jaffa]

[Illustration: Mr. Calvin W. Hendrick]

[Illustration: Mr. William J. Harris]

[Illustration: Hon. Walter H. Page]

[Illustration: Dr. Geo. M. Kober]

[Illustration: Dr. J. N. McCormack]

[Illustration: Prof. Lafayette B. Mendel]

[Illustration: Dr. W. S. Rankin]

[Illustration: Mr. Edward Bunnell Phelps]

[Illustration: Prof. R. Tait McKenzie]

[Illustration: Dr. Dudley A. Sargent]

[Illustration: Dr. M. J. Rosenau]

[Illustration: Prof. Leo. F. Rettger]

[Illustration: Mr. Wickliffe Rose]

[Illustration: Dr. Theodore B. Sachs]

[Illustration: Dr. Edward A. Rumely]

[Illustration: Prof. Mazyck P. Ravenel]

[Illustration: Dr. J. W. Schereschewsky]

[Illustration: Dr. Wm. Jay Schieffelin]

[Illustration: Dr. Elmer E. Southard]

[Illustration: Prof. Alonzo A. Stagg]

[Illustration: Major Louis L. Seaman]

[Illustration: Dr. W. F. Snow]

[Illustration: Prof. A. E. Taylor]

[Illustration: Dr. Chas. W. Stiles]

[Illustration: Dr. Victor C. Vaughan]

[Illustration: Dr. Thomas A. Storey]

[Illustration: Prof. George C. Whipple]

[Illustration: Dr. William H. Tolman]

[Illustration: Prof. Walter E. Willcox]

[Illustration: Dr. Henry Smith Williams]

[Illustration: Dr. Cressy L. Wilbur]

[Illustration: Prof. C. E. A. Winslow]

[Illustration: Dr. Hugh Young]

[Illustration: Dr. Harvey W. Wiley]



The purpose of the Life Extension Institute embraces the extension of
human life, not only as to length, but also, if we may so express it, as
to breadth and depth. It endeavors to accomplish this purpose in many
ways, but especially through individual hygiene.

Thoroughly carried out, individual hygiene implies high ideals of
health, strength, endurance, symmetry, and beauty; it enormously
increases our capacity to work, to be happy, and to be useful; it
develops, not only the body, but the mind and the heart; it ennobles the
man as a whole.

[Sidenote: Medieval Ideals]

We in America inherit, through centuries of European tradition, the
medieval indifference to the human body, often amounting to contempt.
This attitude was a natural outgrowth of the theological doctrine that
the "flesh is in league with the devil" and so is the enemy of the
soul. In the Middle Ages saintliness was often associated with
sickliness. Artists, in portraying saints, often chose as their models
pale and emaciated consumptives.

We are beginning to cut loose from this false tradition and are working
toward the establishment of more wholesome ideals. It is probably true,
for instance, that the man or the woman who is unhealthy is now
handicapped in opportunities for marriage, which may be considered an
index to the ideals of society.

[Sidenote: The Present Health Movement]

A great health movement is sweeping over the entire world. Hygiene has
repudiated the outworn doctrine that mortality is fatality and must
exact year after year a fixed and inevitable sacrifice. It aims instead
to set free human life by applying modern science. Science, which has
revolutionized every other field of human endeavor, is at last
revolutionizing the field of health conservation.

[Sidenote: Medical Practise]

The practise of medicine, which for ages has been known as the "healing
art," is undergoing a gradual but radical revolution. This is due to the
growing realization that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of
cure. As teachers and writers on hygiene, as trainers for college
athletes, as advisers for the welfare departments of large industrial
plants, and in many other directions, physicians are finding fields for
practising preventive medicine. Even the family physician is in some
cases being asked by his patients to keep them well instead of curing
them after they have fallen sick.

Furthermore, the preventive methods of modern medicine are being applied
by the people themselves, as witness the great vogue to-day of sleeping
out of doors; the popularity, not always deserved, of health foods and
drinks; the demand for uncontaminated water supplies, certified milk,
inspected meat and pure foods generally; the world-wide movement against
alcohol, and the legislation to correct wrong conditions of labor and to
safeguard the laborer.

Labor itself to-day is being held in honor, and idleness in dishonor.
Ideals are being shifted from those of "leisure" to those of "service."
Work was once considered simply a curse of the poor. The real gentleman
was supposed to be one who was able to live without it. The king, who
set the styles, was envied because he "did not have to work," but had
innumerable people to do work for him. His ability to work, his
efficiency, his endurance, were the last things to which he gave
consideration. To-day kings, emperors, presidents are trying to find out
how they can keep in the fittest condition and accomplish the greatest
possible amount of work. Even among society women, some kind of work is
now "the thing."

[Sidenote: High Ideals]

One of the most satisfying tasks for any man or woman to-day is to take
part in this movement toward truer ideals of perfect manhood and
womanhood. Our American ideals, though improving, are far inferior to
those, for instance, of Sweden; and these, in turn, are not yet worthy
to be compared with those of ancient Greece, still preserved for our
admiration in imperishable marble. With our superior scientific
knowledge, our health ideals ought, as a matter of fact, to excel those
of any other age. They should not stop with the mere negation of
disease, degeneracy, delinquency, and dependency. They should be
positive and progressive. They should include the love of a perfect
muscular development, of integrity of mental and moral fiber.

There should be a keen sense of enjoyment of all life's activities. As
William James once said, simply to live, breathe and move should be a
delight. The thoroughly healthy person is full of optimism; "he
rejoiceth like a strong man to run a race." We seldom see such
overflowing vitality except among children. When middle life is reached,
or before, our vital surplus has usually been squandered. Yet it is in
this vital surplus that the secret of personal magnetism lies. Vital
surplus should not only be safeguarded, but accumulated. It is the
balance in the savings bank of life. Our health ideals must not stop at
the avoidance of invalidism, but should aim at exuberant and exultant
health. They should savor not of valetudinarianism, but of athletic
development. Our aim should be not to see how much strain our strength
can stand, but how great we can make that strength. With such an aim we
shall, incidentally and naturally, find ourselves accomplishing more
work than if we aimed directly at the work itself. Moreover, when such
ideals are attained, work instead of turning into drudgery tends to
turn into play, and the hue of life seems to turn from dull gray to the
bright tints of well-remembered childhood. In short, our health ideals
should rise from the mere wish to keep out of a sick bed to an eagerness
to become a well-spring of energy. Only then can we realize the
intrinsic wholesomeness and beauty of human life.



Section I--Housing

Air is the first necessity of life. We may live without food for days
and without water for hours; but we cannot live without air more than a
few minutes. Our air supply is therefore of more importance than our
water or food supply, and good ventilation becomes the first rule of

Living and working rooms should be ventilated both before occupancy and
while occupied.

It must be remembered that the mere construction of the proper kind of
buildings does not insure ventilation. We may have model dwellings, with
ideal window-space and ventilating apparatus, but unless these are
actually used, we do not benefit thereby.

[Sidenote: Features of Ventilation]

The most important features of ventilation are motion, coolness, and the
proper degree of humidity and freshness.

[Sidenote: Drafts]

There is an unreasonable prejudice against air in motion. A gentle draft
is, as a matter of fact, one of the best friends which the seeker after
health can have. Of course, a strong draft directed against some exposed
part of the body, causing a local chill for a prolonged time, is not
desirable; but a gentle draft, such as ordinarily occurs in good
ventilation, is extremely wholesome.

[Sidenote: Air and Catching Colds]

It goes without saying that persons unaccustomed to ventilation, and
consequently over-sensitive to drafts, should avoid over-exposure while
they are in process of changing their habits. But after even a few days
of enjoyment of air in motion, with cautious exposure to it, the
likelihood of cold is greatly diminished; and persons who continue to
make friends with moving air soon become almost immune to colds.

The popular idea that colds are derived from drafts is greatly
exaggerated. A cold of any kind is usually a catarrhal disease of germ
origin, to which a lowered vital resistance is a predisposing cause.

The germs are almost always present in the nose and throat. It is
exposure to a draft plus the presence of germs and a lowered resistance
of the body which produces the usual cold. Army men have often noted
that as long as they are on the march and sleep outdoors, they seldom or
never have colds, but they develop them as soon as they get indoors
again. See SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES, "Avoiding Colds."

Of course, one must always use common sense and never grow foolhardy. It
is never advisable that a person in a perspiration should sit in a
strong draft.

[Sidenote: Windows]

The best ventilation is usually to be had through the windows. We advise
keeping windows open almost always in summer; and often open in winter.

One should have a cross-current of air whenever practicable; that is, an
entrance for fresh air and an exit for used air at opposite sides of the
room. Where there can not be such a cross-current, some circulation can
be secured by having a window open both top and bottom.

[Sidenote: Window-boards]

In winter, ventilation is best secured by means of a window-board. This
is a board the edge of which rests on the edge of the window-sill, the
ends being attached firmly to the window-frame. It affords a vertical
surface three or four inches high and situated three or four inches in
front of the window, so as to deflect the cold air upward when the
window is slightly opened. The air will then reach the breathing-zone,
instead of flowing on to the floor and chilling the feet, which is the
usual consequence of opening a window in winter. It seems tragic to
think that for lack of some such simple device, which anyone can make or
buy, there is now an almost complete absence of winter ventilation in
most houses.

[Sidenote: Air-fans]

Air should never be allowed to become stagnant. When there is no natural
movement in the air, it should be put in motion by artificial means.
This important method of practising air-hygiene is becoming quite
generally available through the introduction of electric currents into
dwellings and other buildings and the use of electric fans. Even a hand
fan is of distinct hygienic value.

[Sidenote: Heating Systems]

A wood or grate fire is an excellent ventilator. A heating-system which
introduces warmed new air is better than one acting by direct radiation,
provided the furnace is well constructed and gas-proof.

[Sidenote: Cool Air]

The importance of coolness is almost as little appreciated as the
importance of motion. Most people enervate themselves by heat,
especially in winter. The temperature of living-rooms and work-rooms
should not be above 70 degrees, and, for people who have not already
lost largely in vigor, a temperature of 5 to 10 degrees lower is
preferable. Heat is depressing. It lessens both mental and muscular
efficiency. Among the employes of a large commercial organization in New
York who were examined by the Life Extension Institute, some of the men
in one particular room were suffering from an increase of body
temperature and a skin rash. On investigation it was found that the room
in which they worked was overheated. There was no special provision for
ventilation. A window-board was installed, with the result that the men
recovered and no other cases of skin rash occurred in that room.

[Sidenote: Dry air]

As to dryness of air, there is little which the individual can do except
to choose a dry climate in which to live or spend his vacations.
Unfortunately, there is not as yet any simple and cheap way of drying
house air which is too moist, as is often the case in warm weather.

[Sidenote: Humidity]

In the cold season, indoor air is often too dry and may be moistened
with advantage. This may be done, to some extent, by heating water in
large pans or open vessels. But for efficient moistening of the air,
either a very large evaporating-surface or steam jets are required. The
small open vessels or saucers on which some people rely, even when
located in the air-passages of a hot-air furnace, have only an
infinitesimal influence. Vertical wicks of felt with their lower ends in
water kept hot by the heating apparatus yield a rapid supply of
moisture. Evaporation is greatly facilitated if the water or wicks are
placed in the current of heated air entering the room. By a suitable
construction, the water may be replenished automatically. In very cold
dry weather, the air-supply of an ordinary medium-sized house requires
the addition of not less than 10 gallons of moisture every 24 hours, and
sometimes much more.

Some authorities doubt any ill effects from extreme dryness. This is a
subject yet to be cleared by experimental research.

[Sidenote: Freshness]

It is obvious that fresh pure air is preferable to impure air. Air may
be vitiated by poisonous gases, by dust and smoke, or by germs. Dust and
smoke often go together.

Lighting by electricity is preferable to lighting by gas, as some of the
gas is liable to escape and vitiate the air.

[Sidenote: Tobacco Smoke]

A very common and at the same time injurious form of air-vitiation is
that from tobacco smoke. Smoking, especially in a closed space such as a
smoking-room or smoking-car, vitiates the air very seriously, for smoker
and non-smoker alike.

[Sidenote: Dust]

As to dust, the morbidity and mortality rates in certain occupations,
particularly those known as the dusty trades, are appreciably and even
materially greater than in dustless trades.

An accumulation of house-dust should be avoided. The dust should be
removed--not by the old-fashioned feather duster which scatters the dust
into the air--but by a damp or oiled cloth. Dust-catching furniture and
hangings of plush, lace, etc., are not hygienic. A carpet-sweeper is
more hygienic than a broom, and a vacuum cleaner is better than a
carpet-sweeper. The removable rug is an improvement hygienically over
the fixed carpet.

[Sidenote: Bacteria]

The bacteria in air ride on the dust-particles. In a clean hospital
ward, when air was agitated by dry sweeping, the number of colonies of
bacteria collected on a given exposure rose twenty-fold, showing the
effect of ordinary broom-sweeping.

[Sidenote: Sunlight]

The air we breathe should be sunlit when possible. Many of our germ
enemies do not long survive in sunlight.

Section II--Clothing

Air may be shut out not only by tight houses but also by tight clothes.
It follows that the question of clothing is closely related to the
question of ventilation. In fact it is a reasonable inference from
modern investigations that air-hygiene concerns the skin quite as much
as the lungs. Therefore the hygiene of clothing assumes a new and
hitherto unsuspected importance. A truly healthy skin is not the waxy
white which is so common, but one which glows with color, just as do
healthy cheeks exposed to the open air.

[Sidenote: Porous Clothes]

The hygiene of clothing includes ventilation and freedom from pressure,
moderate warmth, and cleanliness. Loose, porous underclothes are already
coming into vogue. But effective ventilation, namely such as will allow
free access of air to the skin, requires that our outer
clothes--including women's gowns and men's shirts, vests, vest-linings,
and coat-linings--should also be loose and porous. Here is one of the
most important but almost wholly neglected clothing reforms. Most
linings and many fabrics used in outer clothes are so tightly woven as
to be impervious to air. Yet porous fabrics are always available,
including porous alpacas for lining. To test a fabric it is only
necessary to place it over the mouth and observe whether it is possible
or easy to blow the breath through it.

[Sidenote: Air-baths]

At times we can enjoy relief from clothing altogether. An air-bath
promotes a healthy skin and aids it in the performance of its normal
functions. Not every one can visit air-bath establishments or outdoor
gymnasia or take the modern nude cure by which juvenile consumptives are
sometimes treated (even in winter, after becoming gradually accustomed
to the cold); but any one can spend at least a little time in a state of
nature. Both at the time of rising in the morning and upon retiring at
night, there are many things which are usually done while one's clothes
are on which could be done just as well while they are off. Brushing the
teeth, washing the hands, shaving, etc., necessarily consume some time
during which the luxury of an air-bath can be enjoyed. Exercises should
also be taken at these times. Exercising in cold air, _if not too cold_,
with clothing removed, is an excellent means of hardening the skin and
promoting good digestion.

[Sidenote: Tight Clothing]

[Sidenote: Shoes]

The constriction from rigid or tight corsets, belts (the latter in men
as well as in women), tight neckwear, garters, etc., interferes with the
normal functions of the organs which they cover. All such constriction
should be carefully avoided. The tight hats generally worn by men check
the circulation in the scalp. Tight shoes with extremely high heels
deform the feet and interfere with their health. The barefoot cure is
not always practicable, but any one can wear broad-toed shoes with a
straight inner edge and do his part to help drive pointed toes out of
fashion. Such a reform should not be so difficult as to rid the women of
China of their particular form of foot-binding. Several anatomical types
of shoes, that is, shoes made to fit the normal foot instead of to force
the foot to fit them, are now available. In all except cold weather, low
shoes are preferable to high shoes. When possible, sandals, now
fortunately coming into fashion, are preferable to shoes, especially in
early childhood (but the adult, whose calf-muscles and foot-structure
are not often adapted to such foot-gear, must be cautious in their use
lest flat-foot result).

[Sidenote: Cottons, Linens, Woolens]

Only the minimum amount of clothing that will secure warmth should be
worn. Woolens protect most, but they require the least exercise of the
temperature-regulating apparatus of the body. While wool is also highly
absorbent of moisture, it does not give off that moisture quickly
enough. Hence, if worn next to the skin, it becomes saturated with
perspiration, which it long retains to the disadvantage of the skin.
Consequently woolen clothing is best confined to overcoats and outer
garments, designed especially for cold weather. The underclothes should
be made of some better conducting and more quickly drying material, such
as cotton or linen. In winter light linen-mesh and medium wool over
that, or "double-deck" linen and wool underclothes, can be worn by those
who object to either linen or wool alone.

[Sidenote: Color]

As to color, the more nearly white the clothes the better. This is
especially true in summer, but there is believed to be some advantage in
white at all seasons.

Those who have learned to clothe themselves properly find that they have
grown far more independent of changing weather conditions. They do not
suffer greatly from extreme summer heat nor extreme winter cold.
Especially do they note that "raw" or damp cold days no longer tax their

Section III--Outdoor Living

[Sidenote: Out-of-door Air]

But we must not depend altogether on ventilating our houses and our
clothes. We must turn our thoughts toward an outdoor life. The air of
the best ventilated house is not as good as outdoor air. Those who spend
much of their lives in the open enjoy the best health and the greatest
longevity. It is a great advantage to go into camp in summer and to live
in the country as much as possible.

Climate, of itself, is a secondary consideration. Not every one can
choose the best climate in the world, and, after all, the main
advantages of fresh air can be enjoyed in almost any locality. Even in a
city, outdoor air is, under ordinary circumstances, wonderfully

[Sidenote: Dampness]

The common prejudice against damp air greatly exaggerates its evils.
While moderate dryness of air is advantageous, it seems nevertheless
true that to live in damp, even foggy, air out-of-doors is, in general,
more healthful than to live shut up indoors.

[Sidenote: Outdoor Schools]

Observations have shown that the pupils in outdoor and open-window
schools are not only kept more healthy but learn more quickly than those
in the ordinary schools. It is even claimed that tuberculous children in
an outdoor school may make more rapid progress in their studies than the
more normal children in a badly ventilated school. Parents should insist
on fresh air for their children when at school. They should also insist
on outdoor playgrounds.

[Sidenote: Outdoor Recreations]

For themselves, also, they should not neglect outings, picnics, and
visits to parks. Whenever practicable, outdoor recreation should be
chosen in preference to indoor recreation.

[Sidenote: Occupations]

Above all, outdoor occupations should, when possible, be chosen in
preference to indoor occupations, such as working on a farm rather than
in a factory. It would help solve some of the greatest problems of
civilization, if, in consequence of an increased liking for outdoor life,
larger numbers of our population should join the "back-to-the-farm"
movement. Leaving the country for the city is often disastrous even for
the purpose in view, namely to gain wealth. For wealth gained at the
expense of health always proves in the end a bitter joke. The victim
proceeds through the rest of his life to spend wealth in pursuit of

Section IV--Outdoor Sleeping

Unfortunately most people can not live out of doors all of the time, and
many are so situated that they can not even secure ventilation, granted
that they want it. But there is one important part of the twenty-four
hours when most people can completely control their own air supply. This
is at night. We spend a third of our time in bed. Most of us live such
confined lives during the day that we should all the more avail
ourselves of our opportunities to practise air hygiene at night.

[Sidenote: Tuberculosis]

[Sidenote: Well Persons]

It is the universal testimony of those who have slept out-of-doors that
the best ventilated sleeping-room is far inferior in healthfulness to an
outdoor sleeping-porch, open tent, or window tent (large enough to
include the whole bed). For generations, outdoor sleeping has
occasionally been used as a health measure in certain favorable climates
and seasons. But only in the last two decades has it been used in
ordinary climates and all the year round. Dr. Millet, a Brockton
physician, began some years ago to prescribe outdoor sleeping for some
shoe-factory workmen who were suffering from tuberculosis. As a
consequence, in spite of their insanitary working-places (where they
still continued to work while being treated for tuberculosis), they
often conquered the disease in a few months. It was largely this
experience which led to the general adoption, irrespective of climate,
of outdoor sleeping for the treatment of tuberculosis. The practise has
since been introduced for nervous troubles and for other diseases,
including pneumonia. Latterly the value of outdoor sleeping for _well_
persons of all classes, infants and children as well as adults, has come
to be widely recognized.

[Sidenote: Vital Resistance]

Outdoor sleeping increases the power to resist disease, and greatly
promotes physical vigor, endurance, and working power.

[Sidenote: Night Air]

Many people are still deterred from sleeping out by a mistaken fear of
night air and of the malaria which they imagine this dreaded night air
may bring. To-day we know that malaria is communicated by the bite of
the anopheles mosquito and never by the air. The moral of this is not to
shut out the night air, but, when necessary, to shut out the mosquito by
screens. The experiment has been made of sleeping out-of-doors _in
screened cages_ in the most malarial of places and no malarial infection
resulted, though those who were unprotected and were consequently bitten
by mosquitoes contracted malaria as usual. The truth is that night air,
especially in cities, is distinctly purer than day air, on account of
the fact that there is much less traffic at night to stir up dust.

[Sidenote: Protection From Cold]

It is very important, in any sleeping balcony, to be protected from the
wind by a sash on one or two or--in very windy places--three sides. But
of course sleeping out-of-doors does not reach its maximum efficiency if
there is too much protection, that is, if the sleeping-out place is so
shut in that very free currents of air are not secured. An outdoor
porch really ceases to be an outdoor porch, when enclosed on four sides.

A roll curtain (preferably rolling from the bottom) can be arranged on
the open side or sides, to be used in case of storms only. In cold
weather a thick mattress, or two mattresses, should be used. It is not
only what is over the sleeper, but also what is under him, that keeps
him warm. The body should be warmly clad, and the head and neck
protected by a warm cap or helmet or hood. To prevent the entrance of
cold air under the bedclothes, one or more blankets should be extended
at least two feet beyond the head, with a central slit for the head.
Early awakening by the light may, if necessary, be prevented by touching
the eyelids with burnt cork, or by bandaging the eyes with a black cloth
or stocking. Sheets should be well warmed in the winter-time before
being used. They can easily be warmed with a hot-water bag, flat-iron,
or soapstone. Blankets next to the skin are not hygienic.

[Sidenote: Sleeping-tents]

Sleeping out is really much easier than most people imagine. In fact,
few, if any, of the other cardinal rules of hygiene are so easy to
obey. Where a sleeping-porch is not available, an inward window tent can
always be had which puts the sleeper practically out-of-doors and at the
same time cuts off his tent from the rest of the room.

[Sidenote: Outdoor Tents]

An outdoor tent must be kept well opened. Otherwise it fails of its
purpose. The common opinion that a tent is ventilated through the
"meshes" of the canvas is erroneous. Canvas is a tightly woven fabric
and impervious to air. That is why it makes good sails. One of the most
modern boys' camps has given up the use of tents altogether, employing
instead open wooden "shacks," because of the difficulty of keeping the
tents sufficiently open, especially in rainy weather.

Complete directions for convenient out-of-door sleeping will be
furnished, upon application, by the Life Extension Institute.

Section V--Deep Breathing

Ordinarily breathing should be unconscious, but every day deep breathing
exercises should be employed. "A hundred deep breaths a day" is one
physician's recipe for avoiding tuberculosis. A Russian author, who
suffered a nervous breakdown, found--after trying many other aids to
health without success--that a retired life for several months in the
mountains in which simple deep-breathing exercises practised
systematically every day formed the central theme, effected a permanent
cure. Deep breathing is a great resource for people who are shut in most
of the day. If they will seize the chance, whenever it offers, to step
out-of-doors and take a dozen deep breaths, they can partly compensate
for the evils of indoor living.

In ordinary breathing only about 10 per cent. of the lung contents is
changed at each breath. In deep breathing a much larger percentage is
changed, the whole lung is forced into action, and the circulation of
the blood in the abdomen is more efficiently maintained, thus equalizing
the circulation throughout the body. The blood-pressure is also
favorably influenced, especially where increased pressure is due to
nervous or emotional causes.

[Sidenote: Breathing Exercises]

Breathing exercises should be deep, slow, rhythmic, and through the
nose, not through the mouth. A certain Oriental deep-breathing exercise
is particularly valuable to insure slowness and evenness of the breath.
It consists of pressing a finger on the side of the nose, so as to
close one nostril, breathing in through the other nostril, breathing out
of the first nostril in the same manner and then reversing the process.
Attention to the slight sound of the air, as it passes through the nose,
enables one to know whether the breathing is regular or is slightly
irregular. Such breathing exercises can be taken at the rate of three
breaths per minute, and the rate gradually reduced until it is only two
or even less per minute.

[Sidenote: Muscular Exercise]

Muscular exercises stimulate deep breathing, and, in general, the two
should go together. But deep breathing by itself is also beneficial, if
very slow. Forced _rapid_ breathing is comparatively valueless, and
indeed may be positively harmful. Oxygen is absorbed only according to
the demand for it in the body and not according to the supply.

[Sidenote: Singing]

Singing requires deep breathing, and is for that and other reasons an
excellent hygienic practise.

[Sidenote: Mental State]

The mode of our breathing is closely related to our mental condition;
either influences the other. Agitation makes us catch our breath, and
sadness makes us sigh. Conversely, slow, even breathing calms mental
agitation. It is not without reason that, in the East, breathing
exercises are used as a means of cultivating mental poise and as an aid
to religious life.



Section I--Quantity of Food

The body has often been compared to a blacksmith's forge, the lungs
being the bellows and food the coal. The comparison is a good one, for
food is actually burned in the body by the aid of the air we breathe.

[Sidenote: Calories]

All food is capable of being used as body-fuel and by far the greater
part of it is so used. Consequently, food is measured in fuel-units,
called calories. Many people eat too much, that is, too many calories;
some eat too little, that is, too few calories. In both cases the person
is usually unaware of the fact, because he makes the mistake of
measuring his food by its weight or bulk. Some foods are concentrated,
that is, contain many calories of food value in a given bulk; others are
bulky, that is, contain few calories in a given bulk. For instance,
olive oil is concentrated, and most vegetables are bulky. A third of an
ounce of olive oil contains 100 calories, which is as much as is
contained in a pound or more of tomatoes, lettuce, celery, cucumbers,
string beans, asparagus, or watermelon.

It will help to give a picture of food values if, before going further,
we note how much it takes of some of the common foods to make a given
amount of food value, say 100 calories. It is surprising in how many
cases the ordinary amount of food served at table happens to contain
about 100 calories. We find 100 calories in a small lamb chop (weighing
about an ounce); in a large egg (about 2 ounces); in a small side-dish
of baked beans (about 3 ounces); in 1½ cubic inches of cheese (about an
ounce); in an ordinary side-dish of sweet corn (about 3½ ounces); in one
large-sized potato (if baked, about 3 ounces; if boiled, about
4 ounces); in an ordinary thick slice of bread (about 1½ ounces); in one
shredded wheat biscuit (about an ounce); in a very large dish of oatmeal
(about 6 ounces); in a small piece of sponge-cake (about an ounce); in a
third of an ordinary piece of pie (about 1½ ounces); in three
teaspoonfuls or 1½ lumps of sugar (about 1 ounce); in a dozen peanuts
(about ⅔ of an ounce); in eight pecans (about ½ an ounce); in four
prunes (about 1 ounce); in two apples (about 7 ounces); in a large
banana (about 4 ounces) in half a cantaloup (about 9 ounces); in seven
olives (about 1½ ounces); in a very large orange (about 10 ounces); in
an ordinary pat of butter (about ½ an ounce); in a quarter of a glass of
cream (about 2 ounces); in a small glass of milk (about 5 ounces). (See
SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES for "Table of Food Values.")

The ordinary sedentary man needs about 2,500 calories per day. But the
larger the person (provided the bulk is due to muscle and active tissue
and not to fat) or the more muscular the work he does, the more food he
needs. It has been found that the number and activity of cells forming
the organs and muscles and blood affect the food requirement.

[Sidenote: Favorable Weight]

Life insurance experience has clearly shown that weight, especially in
relation to age, is an important factor in influencing longevity.

Except in the earlier ages of life, overweight (reckoned relatively to
the average for that age) is a more unfavorable condition, in its
influence on longevity, than underweight.

The question of whether an individual is really underweight or
overweight can not be determined solely by the life insurance tables.
(See SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES, "Influence of Build on Longevity.") Some types
who are of average weight according to the table, may be either
underweight or overweight when considered with regard to their framework
and general physical structure. Nevertheless, it should be remembered
that notwithstanding the effort of life insurance companies to carefully
select the favorable types of overweight and underweight, the mortality
experience on youthful underweights has been unfavorable, and the
mortality experience on middle aged and elderly overweights has been
decidedly unfavorable. The lowest mortality is found among those who
average, as a group, a few pounds over the average weight before age 35,
and a few pounds under the average weight after age 35. That is, after
the age of 35, overweight is associated with an increasingly high death
rate, and at middle life it becomes a real menace to health, either by
reason of its mere presence as a physical handicap or because of the
faulty living habits that are often responsible for its development.

[Sidenote: Overweight]

If there is a family tendency to overweight, one should begin early to
form habits that will check this tendency. If considerable overweight is
already present, caution is necessary in bringing about a reduction.
Barring actual disease, this can usually be done without drugs if the
person will be persevering and faithful to a certain regime.

Constant vigilance is necessary, yet it is worth while when one
considers the inconvenience as well as the menace of obesity.

After the age of 35, 15 to 20 pounds over the average weight should
prompt one to take careful measures for reducing weight. Habits should
be formed that will keep the weight down automatically, instead of
relying upon intermittent attempts that are more than likely to fail. No
matter how well one feels, one should take steps to keep out of the
class that life insurance companies have found to be undesirable as

[Sidenote: Accessories]

One reason why many people eat great quantities of food without
realizing it, is the common delusion that many articles such as candy,
fruits, nuts, peanuts, popcorn, often eaten between meals, "do not
count." Another common oversight is to overlook accessories, such as
butter and cream, which may contain more actual food value than all the
rest of a meal put together. Ice-cream and other desserts also have more
food value than is usually realized. Nature counts every calory very
carefully. If the number of calories taken in exceeds the number used by
the body (or excreted unused), the excess accumulates in fat or tissue.
Thus, if some 3,000 calories are taken in each day and the calories used
up or excreted are only 2,800, then 200 must be retained and accumulated
in the body.

[Sidenote: Underweight]

A person who is not heavy enough can usually gain weight by following
the general rules of hygiene, especially in the matter of increasing the
fuel or energy foods. But he should not force himself to eat beyond his
natural capacity to digest and assimilate the food, while overfatigue
and exhausting physical exertion should be carefully avoided.

[Sidenote: Diet in Middle Life]

As age advances, the consumption of meat and all flesh foods should be
decreased and that of fruit and vegetables, especially those of bulky
character and low food value, such as lettuce, tomatoes, carrots,
turnips, salsify, oyster-plant, watercress, celery, parsnips, should be

[Sidenote: Diet in Hot Weather]

Generally the quantity of food should be slightly decreased in hot
weather, when fewer calories are needed to sustain the heat of the body.
In particular, less meat should be eaten in the summer, on account of
what is called the "specific dynamic action of protein," that is, the
special tendency of meats and like foods to produce immediate heat.

Each individual must decide for himself what is the right amount of food
to eat. In general, that amount is right which will maintain the most
favorable condition of weight. If the weight, endurance, and general
feeling of well-being are maintained, one may assume that sufficient
food is taken.

[Sidenote: Brainwork and Eating]

It is physical, not mental work, which uses up the greater part of our
food. The common impression that brain-work or expenditure of mental
energy creates a special need for food is erroneous. The sedentary
brain-worker often gains weight without eating very much. What he really
needs is exercise, to use up the food, but if he will not take
exercise, then he should reduce his food even below the small amount on
which he gains weight.

[Sidenote: Eating When Fatigued]

Which meal in the day should be heavy and which light depends largely on
one's daily program of work, the aim being to avoid heavy meals just
before heavy work. When very tired it is sometimes advisable to skip a
meal or to eat only lightly, as of fruits and salads. A man who eats
heartily when he is very tired is likely to be troubled afterward with

(See SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES for specific directions regarding diet for
underweight and overweight.)

Section II--Protein Foods

[Sidenote: Protein, Fat, and Carbohydrate]

In the last section it was stated that food is fuel. But there is one
constituent of food which, while it _can_ be used as fuel, is especially
fitted for an entirely different purpose, namely, to build tissue, that
is, to serve for the growth and repair of the body. This tissue-building
constituent in food is called protein. The two other chief constituents
in food are fat and carbohydrate, the last term embracing what are
familiarly known as starch and sugar. Fats and carbohydrates are only
for fuel and contain carbon as the essential element. Protein contains
nitrogen as the essential element in tissue-building. The white of egg
and the lean of meat afford the most familiar examples of protein. They
consist entirely of protein and water. But meat and eggs are not the
only foods high in protein. In fact, most ordinary foods contain more or
less protein. The chief exceptions are butter, oleomargarine, oil, lard,
and cream--which consist of fat (and water)--and sugar, sirups, and
starch, which consist of carbohydrate (and water).

[Sidenote: Proportion of Protein]

Foods should be so selected as to give to the ration the right amount of
protein, or repair-foods, on the one hand, and of fats and
carbohydrates, or fuel-foods, on the other. A certain amount of protein
is absolutely essential. While, for a few days, protein may be reduced
to little or nothing without harm, if the body be long deprived of the
needed protein it will waste away and ultimately death will result.
Therefore, too little protein would be a worse mistake than too much.

The right proportion of protein has been the subject of much
controversy. According to what are regarded as the best investigations,
it is generally about 10 per cent. of the total number of heat-units
consumed. This does not, of course, mean 10 per cent. of the total
weight nor 10 per cent. of the total bulk, but 10 per cent. of the total
nutriment, that is, 10 calories of protein out of every 100 calories of

[Sidenote: Human Milk]

Most persons in America eat much more protein than this. But that
10 calories out of 100 is not too small an allowance is evidenced by the
analysis of human milk. The growing infant needs the maximum proportion
of protein. In the dietary of the domestic animals, the infant's food,
the mother's milk, is richer in protein than the food of the grown
animal. Consequently an analysis of human mother's milk affords a clue
to the maximum protein suitable for human beings. Of this milk
7 calories out of every 100 calories are protein. If all protein were as
thoroughly utilized as milk-protein or meat-protein, 7 calories out of
100 would be ample, but all vegetable proteins are not so completely
available. Making proper allowance for this fact, we reach the
conclusion that 10 calories out of every 100 are sufficient.

[Sidenote: Excessive Use of High-Protein Foods]

A chief and common error of diet consists, then, in using too much
protein. Instead of 10 calories out of every 100, many people in America
use something like 20 to 30. That is, they use more than double what is
known to be ample. This excessive proportion of protein is usually due
to the extensive use of meat and eggs, although precisely the same
dietetic error is sometimes committed by the excessive use of other
high-protein foods such as fish, shell-fish, fowl, cheese, peas and
beans, or even, in exceptional cases, by the use of foods less high in
protein when combined with the absence of any foods very low in protein.
The idea of reducing the protein in our diet is still new to most

[Sidenote: Injuries From Over-abundance of Protein]

Prof. Rubner of Berlin, one of the world's foremost students of hygiene,
said, in a paper on "The Nutrition of the People," read before the
recent International Congress on Hygiene and Demography:

   "It is a fact that the diet of the well-to-do is not in itself
    physiologically justified; it is not even healthful. For, on account
    of false notions of the strengthening effect of meat, too much meat
    is used by young and old, and by children, and this is harmful. But
    this meat is publicly sanctioned; it is found in all hotels; it has
    become international and has supplanted, almost everywhere, the
    characteristic local culinary art. It has also been adopted in
    countries where the European culinary art was unknown. Long ago the
    medical profession started an opposition to the exaggerated meat
    diet, long before the vegetarian propaganda was started. It was
    maintained that flour foods, vegetables, and fruits should be eaten
    in place of the overlarge quantities of meat."

When protein is taken in great excess of the body's needs, as is usually
the case in the diet of Americans, added work is given the liver and
kidneys, and their "factor of safety" may be exceeded.

[Sidenote: Animal Proteins]

Flesh food--fish, shell-fish, meat, fowl--when used in great abundance,
are subject to additional objections. They tend to produce an excess of
acids, are very prone to putrefaction, and contain "purins" which lead
to the production of uric acid. This is especially true of sweetbreads,
liver and kidney. The well-known deficiency in flesh foods of lime often
needs to be taken into consideration in the dietary. Some of the
vegetable foods, such as peas and beans, rich in protein, are likewise
not free from objection. Their protein is not always easily digested and
is, therefore, likewise liable to putrefaction. Unlike most vegetable
foods, they contain some purins. These foods are, however, rich in iron,
which renders them a more valuable source of protein for children and
anemic people than meat. Also, an excess of protein is not so likely to
be derived from such bulky foods as from meat, which is a concentrated
form of protein.

We have spoken thus far only of the needed proportion of protein. The
remainder of the diet, say 90 per cent. of the calories, may be divided
according to personal preference between fats and carbohydrates in
almost any proportion, provided some amount of each is used. A good
proportion is 30 per cent. fat and 60 per cent. carbohydrate.

Section III--Hard, Bulky, and Uncooked Foods

The wise choice of foods does not consist entirely in balancing the
ration as to protein, fat, and carbohydrate.

[Sidenote: Hard Foods]

Hard foods, that is, foods that resist the pressure of the teeth, like
crusts, toast, hard biscuits or crackers, hard fruits, fibrous
vegetables and nuts, are an extremely important feature of a hygienic
diet. Hard foods require chewing. This exercises and so preserves the
teeth, and insures the flow of saliva and gastric juice. If the food is
not only hard, but also dry, it still further invites the flow of
saliva. Stale and crusty bread is preferable to soft fresh bread and
rolls on which so many people insist. The Igorots of the Philippines
have perfect teeth so long as they live on hard, coarse foods. But
civilization ruins their teeth when they change to our soft foods.

[Sidenote: Bulk Versus Concentrated Foods]

Most of the ordinary foods lack bulk; they are too concentrated. For
this purpose it is found that we need daily, at the very least, an ounce
of cellulose, or "woody fiber." This is contained in largest measure in
fibrous fruits and vegetables--lettuce, celery, spinach, asparagus,
cabbage, cauliflower, corn, beets, onions, parsnips, squash, pumpkins,
tomatoes, cucumbers, berries, etc.

Until recently would-be food reformers have made the mistake of seeking
to secure concentrated dietaries, especially for army rations. It was
this tendency that caused Kipling to say, "compressed vegetables and
meat biscuits may be nourishing, but what Tommy Atkins needs is bulk in
his inside."

[Sidenote: Raw Foods]

[Sidenote: Vitamins]

Cooking is an important art; but some foods when cooked lose certain
small components called vitamins, which are also found in the skin or
coating of grains, especially rice, also in yolk of egg, raw milk, fresh
fruit, and fresh vegetables, especially peas and beans. These vitamins
are very important to the well-being of the body. Their absence is
probably responsible for certain diseases, such as beriberi, scurvy, and
possibly pellagra, as well as much ill health of a less definite sort.
Some raw or uncooked foods, therefore, such as lettuce or tomatoes,
celery, fruits, nuts, and milk, should be used in order to supply these
minute and as yet not well-understood substances which are destroyed by
the prolonged cooking at the temperature which is employed in order to
sterilize canned foods. They are also diminished and often destroyed by
ordinary cooking, except in acid fruits and acid vegetables.

[Sidenote: Raw Milk]

It is true that only very clean milk is entirely safe in an absolutely
raw state, and that heat is usually needed to kill the germs. But this
heat, even at the comparatively low temperature of pasteurization, has
been found to destroy the vitamins that prevent scurvy. Orange juice
should always be given to infants over one month old who are fed
pasteurized milk.

Not all foods can be taken raw with advantage. Most starchy foods, such
as cereals and potatoes and unripe fruit must, of course, be cooked in
order to be made fit to eat.

[Sidenote: Disinfection]

Raw foods have dangers of their own in carrying germs and parasites, and
it is extremely advisable that all raw foods should be very thoroughly
washed before eating.

[Sidenote: Acids and Inorganic Salts]

In addition to protein, fat, carbohydrate, and vitamins, there are other
elements which the body requires to maintain chemical equilibrium, and
for the proper maintenance of organic functions. These are the fruit and
vegetable acids and inorganic salts, especially lime, phosphorus, and
iron. These substances are usually supplied, in ample amounts, in a
mixed diet, containing a variety of fruits and vegetables and an
adequate amount of milk and cream. Potatoes, feared by some in acid
condition (such as gout), are actually valuable because of their

Section IV--Thorough Mastication

Whether it be from lack of hard foods, requiring prolonged chewing, or
from the nervous hurry of modern life, or from other causes, it is
undoubtedly a fact that most people in America eat too rapidly. The
correction of this habit will go far toward reforming an individual's
diet in every way.

Thorough mastication means masticating up to the point of involuntary
swallowing. It does not mean forcibly holding the food in the mouth,
counting the chews, or otherwise making a bore of eating. It merely
means giving up the habit of forcing food down, and applies to all
foods, even to liquid foods, which should be sipped.

[Sidenote: Evils of Insufficient Mastication]

The consequences and evils of insufficient mastication are many, and may
be enumerated as follows: Insufficient use of the teeth and jaws (and
hence dental decay as well as other and worse dental evils);
insufficient saliva mixed with the food (and hence imperfect digestion
of the starchy substances); insufficient subdivision of food by
mastication (and hence slow digestion); the failure of the taste nerves
to telegraph ahead, as it were, to the stomach and other digestive
organs an intimation of the kind and amount of digestive juices required
(and hence indigestion); the overseasoning of food to make it relishable
even when bolted (and hence overeating and irritation of the mucous
lining); the excessive use of meat and eggs and like foods, which can be
eaten rapidly with relative impunity, and the corresponding neglect of
other foods, like bread, grains, vegetables, and salads, which require
more mastication (and hence intestinal poisoning).

[Sidenote: Prolonged Relish of Food]

The habit of insufficient mastication is subtle, because it has become
"second nature" with most of us. To free ourselves of it we must first
of all allow plenty of time for our meals and rid our minds of the
thought of hurry. A boy's school in which the principal is endeavoring
to fight the habit of food-bolting has wisely ordained that no boy may
leave the dining-room until a certain hour, even if he has finished
eating long before. In this way the boy soon learns that there is
nothing to be gained by fast eating, and, in fact, that the pleasantest
way of spending the meal-time is to prolong the relish of the food. It
would be well if all of us would adopt a similar rule for ourselves.
Mr. Gladstone did something of the sort and was noted for the slow
mastication of his food. Latterly Mr. Horace Fletcher set such a rule
for himself, and revived the interest of the public in the subject.

[Sidenote: The First Three Mouthfuls]

At first one must give some conscious attention to his efforts to
reform; but if one will merely attend carefully to the first three
mouthfuls of a meal, the slow pace can often be established for the rest
of the meal without further thought.

[Sidenote: Careful Tasting]

Slow eating is important not merely as a matter of mastication, but also
as a matter of taste and enjoyment. Food must have a pleasing taste and
flavor and then must be enjoyed in order to be most readily assimilated.

[Sidenote: Increased Enjoyment]

There is a mistaken notion that the hygiene of food means "giving up all
the things that taste good." While it is true that, in many cases,
sacrifices have to be made, the net result of reforming one's diet is
not to diminish but to increase the enjoyment of food. In general, it is
extremely unhygienic to eat foods which are not relished. Experiments by
Pavlov and others have shown that the taste and enjoyment of food
stimulate the flow of digestive juices.

[Sidenote: Choosing Foods]

Finally, slow eating is a great aid in the proper choice of foods. Some
suggestions have already been given as to the wise choice of foods, but
no rules can be formulated which will completely insure such a choice.
Even the wisest physiologist can not depend altogether on his knowledge
of food values, while, to the layman, the problem is so complicated that
his main reliance must be on his own instincts. Animals depend
exclusively on instinct except when under domestication. Civilized man
should not and can not altogether depend upon instinct, but his food
instincts are far more keen and correct if he obeys the rule of eating
slowly than if he bolts his food.

[Sidenote: "Good" and "Bad" Foods]

In the choice of foods it is as difficult to distinguish absolutely
between what are "good" and "bad" foods as it is to classify human
beings into "good" and "bad." All we can say is that some foods are
better than others, remembering that it is usually more important to be
_satisfied_, even if the foods are not "ideal," than to be unsatisfied
with what in the abstract seem "ideal" foods.

Among the best foods for most people are fruits, potatoes, nuts (if well
masticated), milk, sour milk, and vegetables. Among the worst foods are
putrefactive cheeses, sweetbreads, liver, kidneys, "high" game or

But a fastidious study of foods will find some faults as well as some
virtues in almost any food. The best way to help the ordinary man choose
his foods is to advise him to use as much as possible of the "better"
and as little as possible of the "worse" without attempting to draw a
hard and fast line between the "good" and "bad."

[Sidenote: Salt, Pepper, Spices]

Salt, pepper, and hot condiments should be used very sparingly, if at

[Sidenote: Sugar and Candy]

A great cause of ill health is overuse of sugar in concentrated form,
candy, etc., especially by the sedentary. One reason why sugar has a
high food value is that it is readily utilized for combustion, and if
taken between meals greatly increases the calories and may lead to

[Sidenote: Water with Meals]

There is, for normal people, no objection to drinking a moderate amount
of water at meals--say one or two glassfuls--provided it is not taken
when food is in the mouth and used for washing it down.

[Sidenote: The Digestibility of So-called "Indigestible" Foods]

The science of dietetics will develop rapidly in the future, and in a
few years it will probably be possible to be more definite than we have
been here. At present there is much unknown, especially as to how far
our rules have to be modified for the particular individual. Personal
idiosyncrasies have to be taken into account. Sometimes "What is one
man's meat is another man's poison." On the other hand, many have
mistaken ideas as to their own idiosyncrasies. For instance, many people
think that nuts never agree with them, when the trouble really is that
they do not masticate them properly. Many think peanuts indigestible,
not realizing either the importance of mastication or the importance of
avoiding over-roasting. The ordinary peanuts are over-roasted. Peanuts
very slightly roasted and very thoroughly masticated seldom disagree
with one. Others believe that bananas never agree with them, when the
fact is they eat them too green. The banana vender usually finds that
the ignorant public buys his fruit best when its color is an even
yellow, and he puts aside for himself the only bananas ripe and fit to
eat, namely those which are mottled with black.

[Sidenote: Avoidance of Fads]

Each individual must use his own intelligence and common sense, avoiding
so far as he can the mistake of following a "fad" and accepting a theory
without sufficient evidence; and the opposite mistake of accepting as
hygienic the customs about him simply because they are customs, and thus
mistaking for fads any conclusions of science which are discordant with
current custom.

[Sidenote: Necessity of Medical Examination]

It is a good idea to consult a physician in regard to one's diet, and
endeavor intelligently to follow his advice and not insist on one's own
diet, selected from the standpoint of mere self-indulgence or custom.
Moreover, since many, without being aware of the fact, are affected with
Bright's disease, diabetes, etc., in their early stages, in which
dietetic precautions are especially necessary, it is well, even for
those who are apparently in good health, to be medically examined as a
preliminary to a rearrangement of their diet along the best lines.



Section I--Constipation

If the human body be likened to a steam-engine, its wastes correspond to
the ashes.

[Sidenote: Retention of Body Wastes]

The injury which comes from the retention of the body's waste products
is of the greatest importance. The intestinal contents become dangerous
by being too long retained, as putrefying fecal matter contains poisons
which are harmful to the body. Abnormal conditions of the intestines are
largely responsible for the common headache malady, and for a generally
lowered resistance, resulting in colds and even more serious ailments.
Constipation is extremely prevalent, partly because our diet usually
lacks bulk or other needed constituents, but partly also because we fail
to eliminate regularly, thoroughly, and often.

Constipation, long continued, is by no means a trifling matter. It
represents a constant and cumulative tax which often ends in very
serious consequences.

[Sidenote: Water-Drinking]

Free water-drinking when the stomach is empty, especially before
breakfast, is beneficial in constipation. Free water-drinking at meals
may prove constipating. Excess of water should be avoided by the very
feeble or those suffering from heart trouble or dropsy.

[Sidenote: Laxative Foods]

The best regulators of the bowels are foods. Foods should possess
sufficient bulk to promote the action of the intestines and should
contain a due amount of laxative elements. Foods which are especially
laxative are prunes, figs, most fruits except bananas, fruit juices, all
fresh vegetables, especially greens of all sorts, wheat, bran, and the
whole grain cereals. Oils and fats are also laxative but can not be used
in sufficiently large quantities to produce very laxative effects
without producing loss of appetite. Foods which have the opposite
tendency are rice, boiled milk, fine wheat-flour in bread, corn-starch,
white of egg.

[Sidenote: Bran and Agar-Agar]

The use of wheat-bran in cereals, in bread, and even in vegetables is a
preventive of constipation, as is also the use of agar-agar, a Japanese
seaweed product. This is not digested and absorbed, but acts as a
water-carrier and a sweep to the intestinal tract. It should be taken
without admixture with laxative drugs.

[Sidenote: Mineral Oils]

Paraffin oil is especially good as an intestinal lubricant to assist the
food to slip through the intestinal tube at the proper rate of progress,
provided the oil is first freed, by long-continued shaking with water,
from certain dangerous impurities. Many refined preparations are on the
market for use in constipation. Underweight people should not use these
oils unless properly prescribed by a physician.

[Sidenote: Avoiding Drugs]

It is advisable, in general, to avoid cathartics except under medical
supervision, since certain drugs are often very harmful when their use
is long continued and the longer they are used the more dependent on
them the user becomes. Laxative drugs, even mineral waters, should never
be used habitually.

[Sidenote: Enemas]

The occasional, but not habitual, use of an enema (with warm water
followed always by a second enema of cool water, to prevent relaxation)
is a temporary expedient.

[Sidenote: Massage of the Colon]

Massage of the abdomen, deep and thorough, with a creeping movement of
the ends of the fingers on the left side of the abdomen from above
downward, also promotes the process of defecation.

The normal man and woman should find no difficulty in having complete
movements regularly two or three times a day by merely living a
reasonable life, being careful especially to avoid overfatigue, to
include sufficient bulk in the food, to take regular exercise,
including, in particular, breathing exercises, and to maintain an erect

[Sidenote: Low Seated Water Closets]

High-seated water closets, so often found in institutions, hotels and
private houses, often favor constipation, as they do not permit of the
proper physiological attitude in defecation. They prevent the individual
from exercising abdominal pressure so essential for this function. Such
seats should be made much lower than they are, or the feet should rest
on a foot stool, in order to attain the proper attitude for thorough
emptying of the intestine.

[Sidenote: Number of Defecations]

Observations on the manlike apes show that they defecate three or four
times a day. Few of the human family have such ideal movements. Millions
are conscious of some shortcoming in this regard, and doubtless
millions more suffer from some shortcomings of which they are not
conscious. Many believe they have free movements when actually they are
suffering from a sluggishness in the rectum and other parts of the lower
intestine. A rectal examination often reveals unsuspected fecal

[Sidenote: Establishing Proper Habits]

The natural instinct to defecate, like many other natural instincts, is
usually deadened by failure to exercise it. Civilized life makes it
inconvenient to follow this instinct as promptly as, for instance, a
horse does. The impulse to go to stool, if neglected even five minutes,
may disappear. There are few health measures more simple and effective
than restoring the normal sensitiveness of this important impulse. It
may require a few weeks of special care, during which cold water enemas
at night, following evacuation by paraffin oil injection, may be needed.
It would be an excellent rule to visit the closet immediately after the
noon and evening meals, as faithfully as most people do after the
morning meal, until the reflex is trained to act at those, the most
natural, times for its action.

Before leaving the subject of intestinal poisoning, we may here again
mention the importance of avoiding the poisoning which comes from too
much protein. This poisoning is probably due largely to the
decomposition of protein in the colon.

[Sidenote: Use of Sour Milk]

One proposed method for reducing this decomposition of protein is
through the use of sour milk. Lactic acid, the acid of sour milk,
constitutes a medium in which putrefactive germs do not thrive. Hence,
if sufficient sour-milk germs can be kept in the intestines to
constantly manufacture lactic acid, putrefaction will be reduced. But,
as Professor Rettger and others have shown, the mere swallowing of a
little sour milk or of sour-milk tablets is seldom sufficient. The "good
germs" swallowed die of starvation before they do much good. To keep
them alive and enable them to multiply, we must feed them. The free use
of milk and of milk sugar, a little raw starch, or partially cooked
cereal such as Scotch brose (oatmeal cooked only ten minutes) will feed
the germs.

[Sidenote: Evidences of Injury]

The odor and character of the stools are indicative of the extent to
which our diet is injuring us. The odor is less offensive if the diet is
low in protein and thoroughly masticated.

Section II--Posture

One of the simplest and most effective methods of avoiding
self-poisoning is by maintaining an erect posture. In an erect posture
the abdominal muscles tend to remain taut and to afford proper support
or pressure to the abdomen, including the great splanchnic circulation
of large blood-vessels. In an habitual slouching posture, the blood of
the abdomen tends to stagnate in the liver and the splanchnic
circulation, causing a feeling of despondency and mental confusion,
headache, coldness of the hands and feet, and chronic fatigue or
neurasthenia, and often constipation.

A slouching attitude is often the result of disease or lack of vitality;
but it is also a cause.

[Sidenote: The "Consumptive Stoop"]

There is some reason to believe that "the consumptive stoop" leads to
tuberculosis partly through the lowering of resistance resulting from
the poisoning produced by a chronically relaxed abdomen.

Many persons who have suffered for years from the above-named symptoms
have been relieved of them after a few weeks of correct posture,
sometimes reenforced by the artificial pressure of an abdominal
supporter and by special exercises to strengthen the abdominal muscles.

Lying face downward with a pillow under the abdomen presses the blood
out of the congested splanchnic circulation.

[Sidenote: Breathing and Posture]

Breathing exercises are also very useful for correcting the chronic
evils of bad posture. Exercises taken when lying on the back, by raising
the legs or head, strengthen the abdominal muscles. Slow, deep
breathing, through the nose, while lying on the back, with a weight on
the abdomen, such as a bag of sand--2 to 4 lbs.--is beneficial.

[Sidenote: Standing and Walking]

In walking, the most common error is to slump, with the shoulders
rounded, the stomach thrust out, the head thrust forward, chin up, and
the arms hanging in front of the body. To those who walk or stand in
this fashion, let it be known that this is the "habitus enteroptoticus,"
or asthenic droop. It is characteristic of those with weak muscular and
nervous systems.

To set the shoulders back and square them evenly, to keep the chest high
and well arched forward, the stomach in and the neck perpendicular,
like a column, and the chin in, are simple fundamental measures that
most people know and many people disregard.

One should have a sense of the firmness or tautness of the abdominal
muscles and not of flabby relaxation. When one changes a slouching
posture into an erect posture, there is a sense of having reversed the
way the body hangs, as it were, on the spinal column.

Whether sitting, standing, or walking, these principles, that involve a
correct and pleasing carriage and a healthful relation of the organs and
structures of the body, should be observed by both men and women.

This perfect physical poise which places the muscles, organs,
circulation, and even the brain and nervous system in harmonious
relationship, adjusted for the best achievement, is well expressed in
sculpture dating back to 500-600 B. C., when the Spartans attained
supremacy in Greece. This same poise and symmetry is shown in modern
sculpture of fine types of manhood and womanhood.

[Sidenote: The Feet]

It is not enough to have an erect carriage and a well-poised head. We
must also have well-directed feet. It is pitiable to think how the work
of a fine head may be spoiled by misdirected feet. Weak foot, and its
final stage, flat foot, are more common among women than they are among
men, because it is not a purely local condition in the arch of the foot,
as so many suppose, but primarily due to a general weakened condition of
the leg muscles that support the arch. The more vigorous exercise of
boys as compared to that of girls protects them in some degree from this

[Sidenote: Toeing Straightforward]

Weak feet are gradually converted into flat feet by faulty standing and
walking posture and lack of leg exercise. Toeing out, whether walking or
standing, so commonly noted among girls and women, places a great strain
upon the arches of the foot. The correction of this fault by persistent
toeing in, Indian fashion, and daily exercise of the leg muscles (rising
on the toes twenty to forty times night and morning), will do much to
prevent flat foot.

[Sidenote: Chairs]

Not only in standing, but in sitting, erect posture has been found to be
a much more important factor in the maintenance of good health than is
generally supposed. A rocker, or any other chair which tilts, is restful
to the abdominal circulation, if the lower back is properly supported.
Bad posture is common among sedentary people. The ordinary chair
invites it. Every chair should be modeled like most modern automobile
seats, on a curve to fit the back. Almost any chair can be corrected by
placing a cushion so as to support the hollow of the back of the sitter.
The responsibility for correct posture rests, however, on the individual
and not on the chair.

[Sidenote: Sitting]

In sitting at a desk or table, when reading or working, the common fault
is to adopt a sprawling attitude, with the shoulders hunched up, the
elbows stretched outward, the body too far away from the desk or table,
and the weight resting on the buttocks. Very often the desk or table is
too high and the arms can not rest easily upon it, thus causing a
continuous strain on the structures around the shoulder-joints.

To correct this fault, use if possible a chair with a back that curves
forward. Sit well back in the chair, but close to the desk, so that the
fleshy inner part of the forearms may rest easily upon its surface
without pushing up the shoulders.

When it is necessary to lean over a desk, acquire the habit of inclining
the body forward by bending at the hips and not by distorting the

The arms should hang easily from the shoulder and the elbows should not
rest upon the table. The shoulders should be evenly square, as in the
correct standing posture. In right-handed people, the light should fall
over the left shoulder or directly from above. The body should rest upon
the full length of the thighs, not solely on the buttocks, and the feet
(not legs) be crossed and resting lightly on the ground on their outer
edges. In other words, the position should be freed from strain,
especially strain of special groups of muscles.

Pains, erroneously ascribed to rheumatism or sciatica, are often due to
faulty posture. Writer's cramp and many other needless miseries are
caused by neglect to develop proper postural habits in working or

[Sidenote: Posture in Children]

In children faulty posture may mar the future of the individual by
causing spinal curvature and physical deformities that interfere with
physical and mental efficiency throughout life, and often lower the
resistance to disease. Deep breathing through the nose and "setting up"
exercises are of incalculable importance in such cases.

The various types of faulty posture are so numerous that they can not be
listed here. Having once grasped the meaning of correct posture,
however, we can form a standard for ourselves, and any departure from
this standard should be looked upon as a menace to health. As in the
case of eye-strain, flat foot, work, worry, and drink, much depends on
the original physical and mental endowment of the individual as to how
much harm results from faulty posture. But always some harm results.

[Sidenote: Teaching Correct Posture]

The teaching of proper standing, proper walking and proper sitting
should be a part of all school discipline as it is at military schools,
especially as there is the temptation to crouch over the
school-desk--which is usually the source of the first deviation from
natural posture. An infant before it goes to school usually has a
beautiful, erect carriage, with the head resting squarely on the

[Sidenote: Posture and Character]

An erect posture is attractive from an esthetic point of view, and for
that reason is sure again to become fashionable with women, after a due
reaction from the present slouching vagary. It is also closely
associated with self-respect. We know that any physical expression of
an emotion tends reflexly to produce that emotion. Therefore, not only
does self-respect naturally tend to brace a man's shoulders and
straighten his spine, but, conversely, the assumption of such a
braced-up attitude tends to "brace up" the man's mind also. Tramps and
other persons who have lost their self-respect almost invariably slouch,
while an erect carriage usually accompanies those feeling their
respectability. We jokingly refer to those whose self-respect verges on
conceit as "chesty," while we compliment one who is not so extreme by
saying, "He is no slouch."

Between the slouch and slink of the derelict and the pompous strut of
the pharisee, or the swagger of the bully or the dandy, there is the
golden mean in posture, which stands for self-respect and
self-confidence, combined with courtesy and consideration for others.

Section III--Poisons from Without

The poisons which hitherto have been mentioned are those developed
within the body, especially in the intestine. It is not alone important
to keep down the total amount of poisons produced within the body. It is
equally important to exclude the entrance of any additional poisons from

[Sidenote: Habit-forming Drugs and Patent Medicines]

Among the poisons which must be kept out of the body should be mentioned
habit-forming drugs, such as opium, morphine, cocain, heroin, chloral,
acetanilid, alcohol, caffein, and nicotin. The best rule for those who
wish to attain the highest physical and mental efficiency is total
abstinence from all substances which contain poisons, including spirits,
wine, beer, tobacco, many much-advertised patent drinks served at
soda-water fountains, most patent medicines, and even coffee and tea.
Many so-called patent or proprietary medicines contain habit-forming
drugs, especially morphine, coal-tar preparations, caffein, and alcohol,
and depend largely for their sale upon the effects of these harmful
substances. Harmful preservatives and adulterants in foods, such as
saccharin, should also be avoided.

[Sidenote: Reducing the Habit]

For some persons the inevitable mode of improvement will be by
substituting the milder drugs for the stronger--beer for spirits, weak
tea for beer. The exact extent to which the milder poisons are injurious
has not yet been scientifically settled. Tea, for instance, if very weak
and used moderately, is, presumably, not injurious to any marked degree
to healthy persons. The trouble is, however, that sensitive people do
not keep moderate. In fact, the natural tendency of drug-craving is in
the opposite direction, from weak drugs to strong ones, as from beer to
spirits. In actual fact, it is much easier to abstain than to be
moderate. It should also be noted that the lax spirit in which many
people make an exception to the rules of health in favor of some mild
indulgence is very likely to lead to the making of many other exceptions
until they are, without knowing it, carrying a heavy load made up of
scores of little items of harmful indulgence. Moreover, experiments at
the Pasteur Institute have shown that the long-continued use of very
minute doses of poison ultimately produces appreciable harm. Each person
must decide for himself how far he chooses to depart from previous
habits or common customs for the sake of physical efficiency. The object
here is to state exactly what, in our present state of knowledge, is
believed to be the truth.

Those with feeble digestions or unstable nervous systems are especially
harmed by these poisons. A family history of nervously inclined people
calls for rigid care in such matters.

[Sidenote: Alcohol]

Scientific experiments have resulted in the interesting discovery that
the alleged "strength" obtained from beer, ales, and all intoxicating
beverages is a delusion and a snare. The poison simply gives a temporary
feeling of greater strength through paralysis of the sense of fatigue.
But the strength does not exist. On the contrary, the user of alcohol in
excess is weaker after taking it. Special classes of workmen have been
tested as to their efficiency under liquor in small amounts and without
it entirely, and it was invariably found that the liquor was a handicap,
but that, also invariably, the workmen _thought_ they could work harder
by its aid! Alcohol numbs the sense of fatigue and so deceives the user.
It is not a stimulant but a narcotic. The habit of taking a cocktail
before meals is doubly harmful, because it is often taken on an empty
stomach and because it poisons the system more quickly than when mixed
with food and retained in the intestines.

[Sidenote: Alcohol and Infectious Diseases]

It is well known that people who indulge in alcohol show less resistance
to infectious diseases than abstemious individuals. The paralysis of the
white blood-corpuscles is one of the strong arguments against the use of
alcohol. The experience of life insurance companies in England and
America has clearly shown that even the "moderate" use of alcoholic
beverages shortens human life. (See "Alcohol" in SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES.)

Dr. Stockard has also shown in mice, on which he has experimented, that
the effect of alcohol on the germ-plasm is distinctly injurious. It is a
fair inference that the use of alcohol by parents tends to damage their

[Sidenote: Tobacco]

The evils of tobacco have not been so much studied and are not so well
understood as those of alcohol. But every athletic trainer observes that
the use of tobacco lessens physical fitness. The ordinary smoker is
unconscious of this and often denies it. He sometimes says, "I'll stop
smoking when I find it hurting me; it doesn't hurt me now." The
delusive impression that one is well may continue long after something
has been lost from the fitness of the body, just as the teeth do not
ache until the decay has gone far enough to reach the nerve.

At Yale and at Amherst it has been found, by actual measurement, that
students not using tobacco during the college course had gained over the
users of tobacco in weight, height, growth of chest, and lung capacity.

Prof. Pack, of the University of Utah, finds that tobacco-using athletes
are distinctly inferior to those who abstain. Prof. Lombard, of the
University of Michigan, finds that tobacco lessens the power of the
voluntary muscles, presumably because of the depressing effect on the
central nervous system. There is also much experimental evidence to show
that tobacco in animals induces arterial changes. The present
well-marked upward trend of mortality from diseases of the arteries
offers a good reason for heeding such evidence and taking the safe side
in every controversy regarding it. (See "Tobacco" in SUPPLEMENTARY

[Sidenote: Germs]

The poisons so far mentioned are limited to the amounts taken.
Infections with germs, however, bring in poisons, the quantities of
which tend to increase with the multiplication of the germs. It is,
therefore, especially important to avoid infections. We should not
depend altogether on the protection of our health officers. We must
guard our own individual bodies.

[Sidenote: Colds and La Grippe Germs]

Infections enter the body through the skin or mucous lining. The common
cold is believed to enter by the nose. We may avoid exposure to
infection from grippe and common colds by keeping away from congested
public places when there is an epidemic of grippe or colds, or when we
are ourselves fatigued or for any reason likely to catch cold.

The infections of common colds are always to be found in the nasal
passages and become active when the individual is subject to fatigue or
indigestion or both. The liability of catching cold is greater when the
mucous lining is injured. Nasal douches are injurious and impair the
protective ability of the mucous membrane. They should be used only on
prescription. A very gentle, warm spray of weak salt and water may be
used when the nose is filled with soot and dust. The fingers should be
kept from the nose. Handkerchiefs should be frequently changed, or
small squares of gauze used and subsequently burned.

[Sidenote: Tuberculosis Germs]

The germ of tuberculosis is probably conveyed oftenest through the
sputum of consumptives, when this sputum has been allowed to dry, has
become pulverized and is breathed into the system. All sputum should be
burned. It is well to avoid rooms occupied by consumptives who are not
careful with their sputum.

[Sidenote: Mosquito-borne Malaria and Yellow Fever]

Suitable wire netting will guard us from malaria and yellow fever, the
infections brought by mosquitoes and flies. The mosquito often carries
malaria, and in the tropics carries yellow fever and other diseases. As
some one has said: "A yard of screen in the window is better than a yard
of crape on the door." The greatest triumph in connection with the
building of the Panama Canal was not the engineering but the reduction
in the death-rate among the workers, which, on account of these
insect-borne diseases, had previously prevented the successful execution
of the undertaking.

Not only is it desirable to screen from mosquitoes, but to put oil on
any body of water where they breed. Even a small puddle can breed
millions of mosquitoes. No empty tin cans should be allowed to collect
about the kitchen door; they gather rain-water and soon breed

[Sidenote: Typhoid-free Water]

We take in many disease germs through food or drink. Every year 300,000
people in the United States enlist under the typhoid banner. To elude
the typhoid-germ we need first of all pure water. But when one is in
doubt as to the purity of water, it is advisable to boil water in order
to destroy possible typhoid germs and other dangerous germs and
impurities. Where hygienic water has been used a very large proportion
of the deaths from typhoid has been eliminated. Where this is not
feasible, it is desirable to use chlorinated lime (ordinary bleaching
powder) in the drinking water (one part to 200,000--shake up and leave
several minutes). If water of doubtful quality has to be drunk, it
should be at the middle or end of a meal when the healthy stomach
contains plenty of gastric juice, which to a limited extent has the
power to kill germs.

It is safer to keep out of swimming tanks that are not filtered or
refilled constantly, or chemically purified as by chlorinated lime.

[Sidenote: Typhoid-free Milk]

Another measure for avoiding typhoid is to pasteurize milk. Food that is
liable to contain typhoid or other dangerous germs, such as raw oysters,
and milk from typhoid-infected localities, should be avoided.

[Sidenote: The "Typhoid-fly"]

In protecting the food against all kinds of impurities which injure the
body, we must remember that the carrier of typhoid fever, the common
house-fly, deposits typhoid germs on the food, through which the germ is
taken into the system. The most effective method of fighting flies is by
preventing their breeding. Their favorite places for this are
horse-manure, but they will breed in almost any mass of fermenting
organic material. Manure piles and stables should be screened, and the
manure removed at least once in seven days. Garbage-pails should be kept
tightly covered. Fly-paper and fly-traps should be used. Houses should
be screened, and, in particular in the pantry, the food itself should be
screened. Flies are usually thirsty in the morning. By exposing a saucer
of one per cent. of formalin solution, the flies will be tempted to
drink this morning cocktail and pay the death-penalty.

A fly-trap has been invented by Professor Clifton F. Hodge, of the
University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore., which any one is free to construct
and which, if used universally about stables early in the season, would
greatly help toward banishing the fly altogether.

Flies occasionally gain entrance to the house in spite of the most
careful screening. The fumes of burning Pyrethrum powder (Persian insect
powder), used in the proportion of 2 lbs. per 1,000 cubic feet of air
space, will either kill or stupefy flies and mosquitoes, so that they
may be swept up and effectually destroyed. It may be distributed in pots
and pans, and ignited after sprinkling with alcohol.

[Sidenote: Other Vermin]

Ticks should also be carefully exterminated, as they are sometimes
responsible for such diseases as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, African
tick fever, and other infections. The bedbug is also by no means the
harmless creature which it is generally regarded. To its credit are
placed such maladies as relapsing fever. The flea has been responsible
for such terrible diseases as the plague. It often operates by means of
rats as its carrier to the human being. The louse is one of the direst
offenders in the insect line, as it must take the responsibility not
only for many cases of typhoid fever, but for the dread plague of
typhus, which is ravaging the European armies.

[Sidenote: Hookworm]

Hookworm disease is to be avoided by not treading barefoot on ground
polluted by victims of the disease, by preventing soil-pollution through
the proper disposal of human excrement, and by screening all

[Sidenote: Cleanliness]

Cleanliness is important for avoiding infections, and bathing is
important for cleanliness. The hands, the face, and finger-nails should
be kept clean, especially before meals. Any cut or crack in the skin or
mucous membrane may let in germs when the spot is dirty or is touched by
dirty hands. This is why surgeons are so scrupulously clean.
Super-cleanliness probably also explains the extraordinarily low
mortality of Jewish rabbis as a class.

The need of cleanliness is particularly great for those who work in
factories, mines, and other places where dirt is likely to be carried to
the mouth by the hands. Probably many diseases get a foothold in this
way without the victim realizing in the least that they were due to his
carelessness and lack of cleanliness.

Here, as elsewhere, esthetics and health go hand in hand. A person who
does not bathe daily is pretty certain to carry on his skin some
perspiration which, while he may be unaware of it, gives forth an
offensive odor.

[Sidenote: Perspiration]

Cleanliness is promoted by perspiring prior to bathing. Every one knows
the exhilaration which follows a healthy perspiration. Of course, the
most beneficial method of securing perspiration is the method applied to
the trotting horse--vigorous exercise. In fact, one of the benefits of
exercise is perspiration. When a person can not or will not take
exercise, perspiration can be induced by hot baths. Such extreme
measures ought not, however, to be taken too often. How often will
depend on the corpulence and other circumstances of each individual.
Sweating may be overdone, and should never be pushed to the extent of
exhaustion. The function of the skin in removing wastes from the body is
much less important than formerly supposed. The advice of a physician is
desirable. It should be remembered that all of us perspire insensibly as
well as visibly.

[Sidenote: Sex Infection]

Some of the most serious and widespread although usually unmentioned
infections are those from the venereal diseases, with a whole train of
terrible consequences, such as blindness, joint-diseases with
heart-complications, peritonitis, paralysis, and insanity. They are to
be avoided by living a life hygienic and clean, not only in body but in
mind and heart. From even the narrowest interpretation of hygiene, a
decent life is necessary for the maintenance of health. This is a
special subject on which most people are extremely ignorant. It is
seldom realized, for instance, that _all prostitutes are diseased_. This
was found to be the case in an investigation in Glasgow.

Dr. Rosenau says: "Every boy and girl, before reaching the age of
puberty should have a knowledge of sex, and every man and woman before
the marriageable age should be informed on the subject of reproduction
and the dangers of venereal diseases. Superficial information is not
true education. On the other hand, it is a mistake to dwell unduly upon
the subject, for in many instances the imagination and passion of youth
are inflamed by simply calling attention to the subject."

The Life Extension Institute can furnish special pamphlets covering
this important topic.

The loss of citizens to the State from the sterilizing influence of
gonorrhea upon the productive energy of the family, and the blighting
destructive effect of syphilis upon the offspring offer extremely
serious problems for preventive work.

Section IV--Teeth and Gums

There is one source of poisoning and infection so universal as to need
special mention. This is infection through the mouth. Considered from
the standpoint of efficiency, the modern mouth is out of adjustment with
modern conditions--or, perhaps we should say, modern conditions are out
of adjustment with it. Notwithstanding the numerous bacteria that
flourish within its portals, mouth secretions and the mucous membranes
do not seem to have the protecting power which is often manifest in
other regions of the body and which protects an animal in a state of
nature. Wild animals are not subject to caries or dental decay, as are
man and domesticated animals.

[Sidenote: Mouth-dangers]

There are two forms of mouth-danger that should be clearly
differentiated. Dental caries, or decay, is at first largely a chemical
process and affects the tooth proper. Pyorrhea, or Riggs's disease,
affects the tissues surrounding the root of the tooth, and is
accompanied with infection by pus bacteria, and possibly also by animal
parasites, termed endameba. Scrupulous cleanliness of the mouth largely
prevents both of these maladies.

[Sidenote: Dental Decay]

In caries, or dental decay, plaques or films of mucin from the saliva
form on the tooth-surfaces and enclose bacteria and particles of
carbohydrate food, which undergo fermentation with the formation of
lactic acid, which dissolves the lime salts on the surface of the teeth,
leaving only the organic matter. This organic matter is then attacked by
bacteria. Putrefaction sets in, and you have a cavity. This cavity is,
of course, a menace, as it harbors various forms of bacteria, which may
infect the general system through the root canals, or the digestive
system by being swallowed with the food, and also gives rise to
abscesses at the root-tips.

[Sidenote: Pyorrhea]

Pyorrhea is an infection of the gums or tooth-sockets. It begins beneath
the edges of the gums that have been injured and especially where there
has been an accumulation of tartar or lime-deposit. As the infection
progresses and destroys the membranes that attach the root of the tooth
to the socket, a pocket is formed around the root, and the tooth becomes
loosened. It is said that this disease is responsible for far more loss
of teeth than is decay.

[Sidenote: Systemic Injuries from Mouth Infection]

But this is not the only evil. In the pocket pus is continually being
formed and discharged into the mouth and swallowed. Also, as the teeth
rise and fall in their diseased sockets in ordinary chewing, bacteria
are forced into the circulation and may be carried to distant parts,
where they work harm according to their nature, selecting tissues for
their operation in which they can best thrive.

[Sidenote: Focal Infection]

It was formerly supposed that the ill effects from such conditions as
dental abscess and other pus foci were wholly due to the toxins or
poisonous products thrown into the blood-stream by the bacteria at the
focus. It is now known, however, that the bacteria migrate into outside
tissues through the blood- and lymph-streams. In joint affections, they
clog and obstruct the small blood-vessels, interfering with the
nutrition of the joint-tissues, causing deformity and enlargement, as in
arthritis deformans, as well as in acute inflammation, such as rheumatic
fever. Indeed, this condition of subinfection, or "focal infection," is
coming to be recognized as a far more important cause of disease than
the time-honored autointoxication, a term which has been greatly abused
and misused.

[Sidenote: Autointoxication]

The term "autointoxication" should properly be restricted to conditions
where poison arises from changes in the tissues or in the activities of
cells or organs, whereby substances are released into the circulation in
quantities harmful to the organism; in other words, where the secretions
of the body are altered, either in character or quantity, to such a
degree as to cause injurious effects, such as overactivity or
underactivity of the thyroid gland, or suprarenal gland.

The poison from undigested food, or from decomposing intestinal
contents, should be termed "intestinal intoxication," or "toxæmia,"
rather than "autointoxication," or "self-poisoning," as it is actually
due to infection from outside sources. Intestinal toxemia is, no doubt,
a fairly frequent cause of illness, but it has lately been shown that
stagnant bowels may cause true infection by micro-organisms that
penetrate the tissues, and that many conditions ascribed to intestinal
stagnation and the resultant chemical poisoning may actually be due to
focal infection, or subinfection, arising in other regions.

The light that has lately been thrown on chronic sources of focal
infection has cleared up many of the mysteries surrounding the causation
of certain obscure affections--chronic rheumatism, arthritis deformans,
certain forms of anemia, goitre, chronic heart and kidney troubles,
diabetes, ulcer of the stomach, duodenum, etc., and other forms of
chronic disease, especially those that have proved resistant to known
methods of treatment.

[Sidenote: Lowered Resistance]

There are many cases where the so-called focus has apparently become
established because of general bodily neglect and a general lowering of
resistance, in which the focus, even though it be the mouth, has
participated, and permitted the successful activities of germs or
parasites. After the focus has been established, however, it is often an
important and may be a deciding factor in keeping up the general
diseased condition of the body.

This principle of focal infection, well established as it is, should not
be accepted too literally, or given too wide an application, but no one
can question the importance of preventing the bacterial hosts of the
mouth from getting into the system, or the importance of getting them
out, if we have unwarily permitted them to enter.

All the ills that flesh is heir to are not caused by mouth-infection,
but enough of them are to more than justify a vigorous and world-wide
campaign for the better care of the teeth and for a thorough search for
mouth-infection in every case of obscure disease.

[Sidenote: Keeping the Mouth Aseptic]

[Sidenote: Over-dentistried Teeth]

Gum infection is not always due to conscious neglect. Some people do not
know how to properly cleanse the teeth. Others have tissues of low
resistance, and need to give extra care to tooth- and gum-cleansing
under the closest dental supervision. Others have spent large sums for
dental work that has filled the mouth with crowns and bridges difficult
to keep aseptic or surgically clean. There are various means which the
individual can use to prevent or cure these dental evils.

[Sidenote: General Hygiene]

First, the importance of thorough attention to general personal hygiene,
in order that a general resistance to mouth-infection may be built up,
can not be overemphasized.

[Sidenote: Vigorous Use of Jaws]

The cultivation of normal eating habits with respect to the vigorous use
of the jaws by thorough mastication, and the eating of hard, resistant,
crusty foods every day is the next desirable means of tooth and gum

[Sidenote: Cleansing]

A leading dentist expresses the hope that some day the human animal,
like other animals, will, through a correct diet, be able to get along
without the aid of the tooth-brush; but he adds that, in the meantime,
we need to advocate more tooth-, gum- and tongue-cleaning rather than
less. They should be cleaned night and morning and after each meal if
possible by rapid rotary brushing. Strong pressure is not advisable.
Rapidity of movement is the important point. This stimulates the
circulation and increases the resistance of the gums and cleanses the
teeth at the gum margins from the accumulations of tartar which are at
first soft and easily removable by a brush.

[Sidenote: Kind of Brush]

A brush should be used with bristles that are stiff and of different
lengths, so that the innermost crevices of the teeth may be reached. If
the gums are sensitive, a moderately stiff brush can be used until the
gums can bear the more vigorous treatment.

[Sidenote: Tongue Brushing]

The tongue should also be carefully cleansed with the tooth-brush. By
taking care not to hit the roof of the mouth, gagging is avoided.

[Sidenote: Tooth-Powders and -Pastes]

Tooth-powders and -pastes may be used, but should not be the main
reliance. Perhaps once a day for their use is often enough. Some
powders, if used too freely, are liable to unduly thin the enamel of the

[Sidenote: Dental Floss]

The use of dental floss silk between the teeth, provided care is taken
not to press it against the gums, is also helpful.

[Sidenote: Emetin]

A number of investigators have reported the presence of an animal
parasite, the _endameba buccalis_, in all cases of pyorrhea, and it is
thought that this parasite may be one of the principal causes of this
disease. Emetin, the active principle of ipecac, which has been
successfully used in amebic dysentery, is now employed in the treatment
of this trouble. Such a remedy should only be used in connection with
thorough surgical treatment and dental prophylaxis. It is claimed that
in the early stages of pyorrhea a mouth-wash composed of two drops of
fluid extract of ipecac to a half-glass of water is very serviceable,
and as at that stage a mouth-wash is entirely harmless, it should be
tried, especially as it is now claimed that some degree of pyorrhea or
of endamebic infection is almost universally present.

[Sidenote: Alkaline Dentifrice]

[Sidenote: Food Acids]

For an alkaline dentifrice, there is nothing better than lime-water,
made from coarse, unslaked lime. Alkaline washes are very superficial in
their action, however, while fruit acids curdle and thus render
removable the mucin plaques and prevent the formation of tartar. They
also cleanse the tongue and membranes of the mouth generally, which may
be important sources of infection. These acids are found in grape-juice,
orange-juice, apples, and vinegar. Such mechanical cleansing is
particularly important before retiring, as it is usually during the
night that the most damage is wrought.

[Sidenote: Erosion]

The advice of the dentist should be sought as to the condition of the
teeth, especially as to whether there is any erosion or destruction of
enamel, before using either acid or alkaline washes exclusively.

[Sidenote: Periodic Examination]

Periodic examinations and cleanings by the dentist are the only safe
measures. If the dentist has facilities for giving _preventive_
treatment by specially cleaning the teeth, he should be visited every
other month. If such a program is adopted, it will generally be found
unnecessary to visit him for any other purpose.

[Sidenote: Saving Teeth]

Some dentists and physicians have until lately given too much attention
to the saving of teeth, without fully realizing the dangers of infection
from the mechanical devices employed. The teeth should not be extracted
on mere suspicion and without proper effort to save them, but it is far
more important to save a heart or a kidney or a set of joints than it is
to save a tooth. This is not to say that all bridge- and crown-work is
improper, but that such work should only be of a character that will
permit of surgical cleanliness in the mouth, and that such teeth should
always be examined by the X-Ray, when there is evidence of systemic
disease in order to be sure that the roots and sockets are not infected.

[Sidenote: Irregularities of Teeth]

In early life the jaws should be carefully examined by both dentist and
doctor in order to determine whether or not the proper development is
taking place. If upper and lower teeth fail to fit well together, extra
strain is placed upon certain teeth and the sockets are liable to injury
and infection. Faulty development can often be corrected and deformities
that interfere with proper mastication and place a strain on certain
teeth can thus be avoided.

[Sidenote: The Temporary Teeth]

The temporary teeth should not be allowed to be removed by decay.
Thorough dental and home care should prevent this. If cavities form,
they should be filled under proper precautions and the teeth should be
saved until the last minute, unless they are causing infection.

[Sidenote: Teeth and Infectious Diseases]

Amazingly good results from teeth-hygiene have been shown in a Boston
asylum, which cares for over 300 children. Before the introduction of a
dental clinic into this asylum, infectious diseases--diphtheria, mumps,
scarlet fever, pneumonia, measles, whooping cough, tonsillitis,
chicken-pox, croup, etc.--had been occurring for four years at the rate
of over 80 cases per year, but for three years after the dental clinic
was established the average was only 3 per year.



Section I--Work, Play, Rest and Sleep

In order to live a hygienic life it is not only necessary, as shown in
the foregoing three chapters, to supply the body with wholesome
substances and to exclude unwholesome substances, but it is also
necessary that the body should at times act, and at other times be
inactive. There are two great forms of activity, work and play; and two
great forms of inactivity, rest and sleep. All four of these are needed
in the healthy life and in due relation to each other.

[Sidenote: The Daily Rhythm]

The whole personality should be utilized and energized in a daily
rhythm. When, as too often happens, the equilibrium and mutual
proportions of the various wholesome elements in a well-rounded life
have been lost, the balance should be restored if possible the next day.
If a physician has had his sleep broken, he should aim to make it up at
the earliest opportunity. If the afternoon exercise has had to be
omitted, an extra amount should be taken as soon as possible. Some
people find that while it is difficult to live a complete life every
single day, it is quite within their power to give every element its due
proportion in each week, taken as a whole. To go a step farther, when
the balance has not been kept even in a week as a whole, the next week
should be modified to compensate. But it is ideal to make the day, not
the week, the unit. It is almost as absurd to relegate all our exercise
to Saturday afternoon as to do all our eating on Sunday.

[Sidenote: Adjusting the Proportion of Work and Play]

It is distinctly unhealthful either to overdo or to underdo work, play,
rest, or sleep. "Moderation in all things" is a rule that is
particularly important in this realm. Not all people are in need of
exercise, nor are all in need of rest; but almost every one needs to
change his proportion between the two. To-day many people are suffering
from too much or too little work. For instance, the increase in diseases
of the heart is often due to nervous overstrain combined with either too
much or too little physical exertion.

The remedy for the evils of idleness is obviously to find some useful
work which will inspire real interest and enthusiasm. There are few
things more necessary to a normal healthy life than to have purposeful
work. A great dream or ambition in life often obviates personal ailments
and nullifies their potency. Work, when done with zest, is a wonderful
tonic. Exertion of any kind is usually pleasurable at first, and becomes
drudgery only when too far protracted.

[Sidenote: Need of Work]

Normal work is one of the greatest blessings of life, but too many miss
the joy of it, some because their work has gone to the extreme of
drudgery and others because it has shrunk into nothingness and futility.
Sometimes people become ill because their personality, hungry for work,
is given nothing but introspection to feed upon. This is the
self-imposed curse of the idle rich.

[Sidenote: Prevention of Overstrain]

Methods of preventing or correcting overstrain vary greatly, according
to the kinds of overstrain. In general, overstrain of any kind tends to
overfatigue. Overstrain is to be avoided, therefore, by paying heed to
Nature's fatigue-signals as soon as they appear. A very moderate degree
of fatigue is perhaps normal, but anything that approaches exhaustion
should be avoided with the utmost care.

[Sidenote: Working Hours]

Working hours should be so arranged as to enable the worker to fully
recuperate overnight, partly from sleep and partly from the recreation
enjoyed in leisure between work and sleep.

[Sidenote: Variety of Work]

Variety of work is especially needed in modern times, when
specialization tends to lead men to extremes. Changes in work which
prevent a sense of monotony will greatly increase the power to work. A
clerk will do more work, and do it more effectively, if he is
occasionally allowed something else to do than to foot up columns.

[Sidenote: Monotony and Interruption]

If the monotonous strain of performing numerical additions is
interrupted a few times daily, the adding faculty of the brain is given
much needed rest. Many men in the higher rank of workers complain of the
many interruptions which they suffer, but if they would welcome these
interruptions instead of allowing themselves to be irritated by them,
each interruption would serve the purpose of a vacation. It is in this
way that some of the greatest workers, like Gladstone, have been enabled
to accomplish so much.

The strain of modern life is sometimes special rather than general.
Often the strain comes on some one muscle or organ. Modern industry is
so constituted that the individual strains one part of the body while
other parts are in need of exercise.

[Sidenote: Eye-strain]

One of the organs which is most commonly strained in modern life is the
eye. In its modern use, the eye is constantly focusing at a short
distance. To look at the horizon is a rest. The reflex evils from
eye-strain are great and numerous and are often incorrectly ascribed to
entirely different causes. Headaches, nausea, and dizziness are
especially frequent results of eye-strain. Probably some of the
breakdowns in middle life are due primarily to the reflex effect of

Eye-strain is to be prevented by scientifically adapted spectacles, by
care to secure the right kind of illumination, and in some cases by
systematically resting the eyes. Reading on moving trains or looking for
a long time at moving pictures may overstrain the eye. One should be
especially careful not to read in a waning light or, on the other hand,
to read in the glare of the sun. If one works facing a window, it is
advisable to wear an eye-shade; otherwise there is a struggle between
the tendency of the bright light to close the pupil and the tendency of
the work requirement to keep it open.

To offset the evils of a sedentary life, it is advisable to spend one
hour daily, or at least 15 minutes, in some kind of vigorous physical

[Sidenote: Mechanical Home Exerciser]

The rowing-machine is probably the most beneficial form of mechanical
home exercise that is likely to be followed faithfully. Simple
stretching in bed when one wakes up is helpful, especially if combined
with breathing exercises.

[Sidenote: Stimulating Heart and Lungs]

The most beneficial exercise, as a rule, is that which stimulates the
heart and lungs, such as running, rapid walking, hill-climbing and
swimming. These should, of course, be graduated in intensity with
varying age and varying degrees of vitality.

[Sidenote: Exercise after Meals]

Gentle muscular activity after meals promotes normal digestion and
should be practised for a quarter or half an hour after each meal, but
violent exercises immediately after meals should be avoided, as a large
amount of blood is then engaged by the digestive system.

[Sidenote: Outdoor Exercise in Winter]

A very important fact for the average man to take into consideration is
that, whereas he naturally gets considerable out-of-door exercise in
summer, he allows it to lapse in the winter. Such a decided change in
the amount of exercise is dangerous and should be avoided by taking
regular gymnasium exercise. Even though a gymnasium is not elaborately
equipped, use can be made of such games as hand-ball, volley-ball and
other available games.

[Sidenote: Enthusiasm in Exercise]

Systematic exercise is important and beneficial, even when the
individual finds it uninteresting. The idea, which is now spread abroad,
that exercise in which one is not emotionally interested is of no
benefit, is quite incorrect. A gentleman who had this opinion was
challenged to test it and speedily changed his mind. For an entire
winter he faithfully attended a gymnasium, though it was an unceasing
bore to him. To his surprise, he found that he had never spent a winter
in such good health.

But, although exercise when self-imposed is wholesome, exercise to which
one is naturally attracted is more so. Golf, horse-back riding, tennis,
usually inspire enthusiasm, and enthusiasm itself is healthful. Walking
may also do so, if the walk has an object, as in mountain-climbing,
when often the artistic feelings may be enlisted in the sport. Working
out an ideal stroke in rowing, perfecting one's game in polo or other
sports, are other examples.

[Sidenote: The Greek Ideal]

[Sidenote: Injuries from College Athletics]

The Greeks lifted their sports to a higher level than ours by
surrounding them with imagination and making them a training in
esthetics as well as in physical excellence. The American idea is too
closely connected with the mere wish to win and the performance of mere
"stunts" and not enough with the idea of beauty of physique and control
of the body. There is accumulating considerable evidence that college
athletics often seriously injure those who engage in them, although they
were originated and encouraged for precisely the opposite effect. The
value of exercise consists not in developing large muscles nor in
accomplishing athletic feats, but in attaining physical poise, symmetry
of form, and the harmonious adjustment of the various parts of the body,
as well as in furthering the proper activity of cell-tissues and organs
and the elimination of waste products.

Even those whose work is largely muscular, unless it involves most of
the muscular system, may do well to exercise the unused
muscles--although Nature herself produces to some extent the necessary
compensation by what is known as the "law of synergic movement," by
which unused muscles profit by the exercise of those which are used.

[Sidenote: Exercise of the Mind, Will and Emotions]

Not only the functions of the body but those of the mind require
exercise--exercise in thinking, feeling, and willing. A person who does
not read or think loses some of his ability to read or think. The
physical worker, for instance, often allows his mind to become dull and
sodden. The accountant adds up figures all day and has no chance to
exercise his judgment or other mental faculties. In the same way a
person who does not exercise his artistic, poetic, or affectional side
will suffer its atrophy. The plaint of Darwin that he had allowed his
taste for music and poetry to atrophy could to-day be made by many
intellectual specialists. Good music is especially healthful.

The exercise of the will is of first importance. Many young people
to-day are brought up so well protected that they have lost the power to
decide for themselves. Will is exercised every time a decision is made.
One of the advantages of all games is that they require decision by the
players. A game like baseball calls out the exercise of almost every
power. It requires the mind to play, the emotions to enjoy, the will to
decide, the muscles to act, and all in mutual coordination.

[Sidenote: The Avocation]

Since the work of most people is likely to produce some unhygienic
element which can not be avoided, a compensation should be sought in an
avocation or "hobby," to be practised out of regular working hours. The
avocation should be far removed from the nature of the regular work.
Often the avocation can serve a productive purpose. Gladstone and Horace
Greeley sawed wood or chopped down trees for recreation. A well-known
engineer divided his recreation between writing stories and painting

[Sidenote: Enjoy Recreation]

But one should beware of turning his play itself into work. Some people
read Shakespeare to "improve their mind," and make as hard work of it as
though they were studying geometry. We should enjoy our recreations for
their own sake, or else they are not recreations. All work and no play
make not only dull boys but dull men and women.

[Sidenote: Pleasures of Walking]

In some form, every one can secure recreation. If one can not play golf,
or polo, or tennis, or swim, or climb the Alps, at least he can walk,
and, if he tries, he can do so in good company on interesting highways
and byways.

[Sidenote: Games]

Recreations in which more persons than one take part are far superior in
this respect to those of a solitary nature. They require a give and
take, a matching of wits, a feeling of rivalry, and at the same time,

Plays and moving pictures of the right character and free from morbid
suggestions, if enjoyed in moderation, are hygienic. Comedy is generally
more wholesome than tragedy. Laughter lengthens life; tears do not.

The proper kind of reading is often a most beneficial type of

[Sidenote: Morbid Literature]

It is best for the average individual to avoid literature that deals
with the morbid and pathological, that depicts and analyzes abnormal
psychological conditions. Such studies are better left for alienists.
Literature of mawkish sentimentality should also be avoided. Within the
range of sound literature there is a wide choice of abundant material
affording healthful mental suggestions.

[Sidenote: Dancing]

Dancing combines wholesome exercise, social enjoyment, and the
acquirement of skill and grace, but it is seldom of much hygienic value
because it is frequently overdone, and often involves bad air and loss
of sleep. In one large plant where the employes were examined by the
Life Extension Institute, the management regarded the harmful effect of
dancing as their chief obstacle to efficiency. Many of the large force
of girls and women were accustomed to dance until late in the night,
bringing on a condition of chronic fatigue.

[Sidenote: Card-playing]

Card-playing and similar games afford wholesome mental recreation for
some persons. However, they, too, are liable to be associated with late
hours, and other disadvantages even when they do not degenerate into
gambling. Card-playing, dancing, and many other popular forms of
amusement often border on dissipation.

[Sidenote: Suicidal Amusement]

Amusements which weaken and degrade are not hygienic. Many who need
amusement make the fatal mistake of getting it in suicidal ways, in the
saloons, dives, and the low dance-halls.

Play is simply a half way stage between work and rest. In a hygienic
life there must be a certain amount of actual rest. Every bodily power
requires rest after exertion. The heart rests between beats. The muscles
require relaxation after every contraction. The man who is always tense
in muscle and nerve is wearing himself out.

[Sidenote: Relaxation]

The power to relax, when fatigue requires it, is one of the most
important safeguards one can possess. Lying down when tired is a good
rule. A very hard-working college president when asked about the secret
of his working-power and length of life replied, "My secret is that I
never ran when I could walk, never walked when I could stand, never
stood when I could sit, and never sat when I could lie down."

[Sidenote: A Rule for the Lazy]

Such rules as these are valuable, of course, only when the requirements
of one's occupation tend toward ceaseless activity. For idle and lazy
people the rule should be reversed--never to lie down when one could
sit, never to sit when one could stand, never to stand when one could
walk, and never to walk when one could run! A complete life must have
all in due proportion. Relaxation is only a short vacation, as it were,
between two activities.

[Sidenote: Bathing and Swimming]

Bathing and swimming supply, in their numerous forms, examples of both
healthful activity and relaxation. A cold spray or shower, alternated
with hot, affords excellent gymnastics for the skin. A very hot bath,
lasting only a minute, or even a hot foot-bath, is restful in cases of
general fatigue. The most restful of all is a neutral, that is, tepid,
bath of about the body-heat (beginning at 97 or 98 degrees and not
allowed to drop more than 5 degrees and continued as long as

[Sidenote: How to Induce Sleep]

The wonderful nervous relaxation induced by neutral baths is an
excellent substitute for sleep in case of sleeplessness, and often
induces sleep as well. Neutral baths are now used not only in cases of
insomnia and extreme nervous irritability, but also in cases of acute
mania. When sleep occurs in a neutral bath, it is particularly restful.
A physician who often sleeps in the bath tub expresses this fact by
saying that "he sleeps faster" there than in bed.

Sleep may also be induced by monotonous sound, or lack of sound, or the
monotonous holding of the attention. Keeping awake is due to continued
change and interruption or arrest of the attention.

Exercise taken in the afternoon will often promote sleep at night in
those who find sleep difficult. Slow, deep, rhythmic breathing is useful
when wakeful, partly as a substitute for sleep, partly as an inducer of

Sleep is Nature's great rejuvenator, and the health-seeker should avail
himself of it to the full. Our sleep should not only be sufficient in
duration but also in intensity, and should be regular.

[Sidenote: Hours of Sleep]

The number of hours of sleep generally needed varies with circumstances.
The average is seven to nine. In general one should sleep when sleepy
and not try to sleep more. Growing children require more sleep than
grown-ups. Parents often foolishly sacrifice their children's sleep by
compelling them to rise early for farm "chores," or in order to sell
papers, or for other "useful" purposes.

[Sidenote: Eating before Retiring]

One's best sleep is with the stomach empty. It is true that food puts
one to sleep at first, by diverting blood from the head; but it disturbs
sleep later. Water, unless it induces bladder-action during the night,
or even fruit, may be taken without injury before retiring. If one goes
to bed with an empty stomach, he can often get along well with six or
seven hours' sleep, but if he goes to bed soon after a hearty meal, he
usually needs from eight to ten hours' sleep.

[Sidenote: Place of Sleep]

It has already been pointed out that sleeping outdoors is more restful
than sleeping indoors.

[Sidenote: Pillows]

A pillow is not a necessity if one sleeps lying prone with one arm
extended above the head and the leg opposite drawn up. This sleeping
attitude can easily be reversed to the opposite side. It has one
advantage over pillow-sleeping, that of not tending to round shoulders.
This prone position is often used now for infants, but is seldom enjoyed
by adults.

[Sidenote: Type of Bed]

A modern "hard" bed is far preferable to the old-fashioned soft (and
hot) feather bed.

[Sidenote: Character of Thoughts]

The character of sleep depends largely on the mental attitude on going
to bed. One should get into the habit of absolutely dropping work and
cares at bed-time. If then one suggests to himself the pleasantest
thought which memory or imagination can conjure up, his sleep is likely
to be far more peaceful and restful than if he takes his worries to bed,
to keep him awake until sleep comes in spite of them, and to continue to
plague him in his dreams. If one is worried, it is a good plan to read
something diverting, but not exciting, just before retiring.

Section II--Serenity and Poise

As we have seen, not only the body but the mind needs its due activity
and rest. As to the mind, the important question is the quality of the
activity rather than the quantity. If we are to be really healthy, our
mental attitude must be healthy. A healthy mental attitude implies many
elements, but they are all roughly summed up in the word "serenity."
Probably no other one hygienic requirement is of greater importance than
this. Moreover, the attitude of "healthymindedness" should be striven
for not only in order to produce health, but as an end in itself, for
which, in fact, even health itself is properly sought. In short the
health of the body and the health of the mind act and react on each

[Sidenote: Influence of the Health on the Character]

We may generally keep serene through following the other measures
already described. Discontent is undoubtedly very often the consequence
of wrong conditions in the body, and though melancholy, worry,
peevishness, fear generally appear as arising from outward conditions,
there are usually real physical sources, existing within the body
itself. These are at times most difficult of recognition. A person who
is physically ill is likely to be ill-satisfied with everything, without
suspecting the fundamental cause of the discontent. When the apparent
"cause" is removed, the discontent remains none the less, and fastens
itself on the next thing that comes along.

[Sidenote: The "Cause"]

Although some little event such as the mistake of a tradesman or a cross
word of a friend may seemingly "cause" a disagreeable reaction in a man
if he is ill (whether he knows he is or not), the same "cause" does not
necessarily produce that same reaction at all times. When he is in a
healthy mood, the "cause" may be entirely inadequate to bring about the
same result.

[Sidenote: Approach of Menstrual Period]

The near approach to the menstrual period in women is often accompanied
by mental depression and physical fatigue which it is almost impossible
for the sufferer to recognize at the time as caused by anything but
"real" or outside misfortunes.

[Sidenote: Hidden Causes]

Other physical conditions act in the same way. The hidden cause may be
constipation, eye-strain, or the effects of alcohol or other drugs, a
sedentary life, a bad posture, or weak abdominal muscles; and the proper
remedy may be an enema, a pair of glasses, a vigorous swim, deep
breathing exercises or an abdominal supporter, an erect carriage or a
general change of daily habits. A young man returning from a surveying
trip in the mountains of Colorado in which an ideal hygienic out-of-door
life was lived, said, "I never saw so good-natured a crowd of rough men.
Nothing ever seemed to make them angry. They were too full of exultant

[Sidenote: Mental Rewards from Health]

Health for the body awakens mental capacities where they exist. Failure
in mental work can often be traced to failure in physical health; and
the restoration of bodily health is often essential to success in the
tasks of the mind. This is especially true of the artistic professions,
where the kind of product is dependent so largely upon the state of the
emotions, upon exhilaration and enthusiasm. A noted sculptor who, a
number of years ago, was "down and out" in the artistic world, after a
period of years "came back" with a masterpiece, having adopted a more
hygienic life.

Epictetus taught that no one could be the highest type of philosopher
unless in exuberant health. Expressions of Emerson's and Walt Whitman's
show how much their spiritual exaltation was bound up with their health
conditions and ideals. "Give me health and a day," said Emerson, "and I
will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous."

[Sidenote: Influence of the Mind on Health]

But what most concerns us in this section is that the mind has an
important influence over the condition of the body. A Kansas poultryman,
who owns a hen which he claims to value at $10,000 because of her
qualities as a breeder, a few years ago knew a great deal more about how
to maintain the health of his poultry than he did about how to maintain
his own health. Long and bitter experience had taught him that he
obtained freedom from sickness among hens only by being very careful to
feed them on a special diet; to give them drinking water at regular
intervals--warmed in winter; to supply them with well ventilated and
cleanly houses, and so on. But, after all this, he found there was one
condition, which, if unfulfilled, still precluded the realization of
maximum possibilities. "A discontented hen won't lay eggs," was the
startling discovery. "When I see a man go into the yard and 'holler'
loudly at the hens, and wave his arms, making them scatter, frightened,
in all directions, I say to that man: 'You call at the office and get
your pay and go.' But when I see a man go into the yard, and call gently
to the hens, so that they all gather around him and coo and cluck and
eat out of his hand, I raise that man's pay."

[Sidenote: Physical Manifestations]

It can not be too much emphasized that mental perturbation affects the
body in many ways. Shame fills our cheeks with blood. Fear drives the
blood away. Excitement quickens the heart-beat. Grief brings tears, the
reaction of glands about the eyes, and sighs, the disturbances of
regular breathing. A great shock to the mind may cause fainting, the
rush of blood from the head into the abdomen. Worry will interfere with
digestion and sleep. The X-ray has detected the arrest of the
peristaltic movement of the stomach and intestines because of a strong
emotion. Some peculiarly constituted people, who take their work and
obligations with a kind of seriousness that amounts almost to fear, can
not eat anything of consequence until their day's work is ended. The
digestive processes seem to be at a standstill until then. A curious
fact is that strong emotion may lead to a great increase in the sugar in
the blood, sometimes enough to cause its appearance in the urine as
though the person had diabetes. One man expresses this by saying,
"bitterness of soul banishes sweetness even from the body."

[Sidenote: The Demands on the Mind]

It is doubtless on account of such influences of the mind on the body
that some persons who have attempted to improve their health by what
they call "thoroughly masticating" their food--but who have interpreted
this phrase as having a purely mechanical meaning--have wondered why
they were not benefited when they forcibly held their food in their
mouths until they performed a certain number of chews, while in fact
they were making a bore of eating and were forgetting to taste and
enjoy. The mind and the emotions refuse to be ignored in this way, and
exact due penalty from the body when they are not satisfied. To attain
the desired results from any hygienic measure, it is apparently
necessary, in some degree at least, to satisfy the mind along with the

[Sidenote: Hypochondriacs]

There is in fact a danger to which some people are especially
subject--the danger of becoming hypochondriacs from paying too much
attention to physical hygiene. Such a person becomes fearful lest he is
not doing exactly the right thing. He looks suspiciously at every
article of food and fears that it will disagree. He fears that he has
strained his heart; he worries over the loss of an hour's sleep; he
chafes because his employer has not given him a vacation at the right
time or of the right length. The hypochondriac thus neutralizes
practically all the benefit of other hygienic measures by disregarding
this special measure of keeping serene. It might, in many cases, be
better to disregard some rules of hygiene than to worry over them.

[Sidenote: "Mind-cure"]

On this theory the devotees of mind-cure cults have derided every
hygienic measure but one--their "mind-cure." They sometimes succeed in
the "real cure of imaginary ailments," and the "imaginary cure of real
ailments." In the latter case, the mental contentment lasts only until
the real ailment becomes too aggressive to be ignored. But it is a great
mistake to stake everything on the simple resource of mental
equanimity. In some cases it is criminal, as for instance to refuse
surgery for cancer, or outdoor living for tuberculosis.

In its proper place, "mind-cure" is an essential part of individual
hygiene. In order to get the benefit of the other rules, there must be
no worrying or watching of symptoms. After the regimen of exercise,
baths, diet, etc., has been selected, it must be followed as a matter of
course, with confidence that it will help, and with patience as to the
rate of improvement which will follow.

[Sidenote: Worry]

It would seem that incessant, even if mild, worry is more exhausting
than occasional fits of intense anger or fright or overexcitement, just
as we waste more water from a spigot left slightly open all the time
than from one which is alternately closed and wide open. Worry, if
unceasing, will often drain away the largest store of nervous energy.
Worry seems, as it were, to short-circuit nerve currents in the brain,
which normally form a long circuit through the body. One man, with this
simile before him, has found he can stop worrying almost at will, avoid
the supposed continuous short circuit and save up his nervous energy
until it is needed.

[Sidenote: Rejoice at Things as They Are]

We must rejoice at things as they are; they might be worse! If we should
count up we should be surprised to find how seldom the things we fear or
worry about really happen. It is a true proverb that "half the trouble
never comes."

[Sidenote: Serenity an Art]

Each must learn for himself how best to avoid anger, fear, worry,
excitement, hate, envy, jealousy, grief, and all depressing or abnormal
mental states. To do so is an art which must be practised, like skating
or bicycle-riding. It can not be imparted merely by reading about it.

[Sidenote: "One Day at a Time"]

When, as unfortunately is often the case, the difficulty of maintaining
one's serenity seems insuperable, the battle can often be won by "living
one day at a time." Almost any one in ordinary conditions of adversity
has it within his or her power, for merely one day or at any rate one
hour, or one minute, to eliminate the fear, worry, anger, or other
unwholesome emotions clamoring to take possession. At the expiration of
say the hour, or minute, the same power can be exercised for the next
ensuing period, and so on until one is caught napping, after which he
must pick himself up and patiently try again.

[Sidenote: The Hurry Habit]

In modern life, which has been gradually speeded to the breaking-point,
many people are suffering from a constant oppressive sense of hurry.
Most people have "so much to do," that they can not do it. This fact is
of much annoyance and at the same time spurs them on in the vain
endeavor to catch up. When once it is realized that the sense of hurry
actually reduces the effective speed of work--in other words, that "the
more haste, the less speed"--the situation has been reached in which the
individual can teach himself some practical philosophy.

[Sidenote: Religion and Philosophy]

An immense help in the field of mental hygiene is to be obtained from
religion and philosophy, although this is not the place to advocate any
particular form of either, and from the standpoint of hygiene, it does
not greatly matter! One may get his chief help from the Bible, from
faith-healing cults, from writers like Emerson, from Tagore and other
Orientals, or from Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus.

[Sidenote: "Religion of Healthymindedness"]

Professor William James commends the adoption of a "religion of
healthymindedness" in which we renounce all wrong or diseased mental
states, cultivating only the healthy ones, such as courage, patience,
optimism, and reverence.

[Sidenote: The Habit of Happiness]

When the mind turns from shadow to sunshine, the body will tend also to
assume the radiance of health. Stevenson said that there is no duty we
so much underrate as the duty of being happy. The habit of being happy
enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of
outward conditions. Though the trait is apparently totally lacking in
some, while existing to a high degree in others, experience has shown
that conscious cultivation will develop it to an appreciable degree,
even in very stubborn cases. As in little Pollyanna's "Glad Game," it is
possible to find something to be glad about in every situation in life.

[Sidenote: Control of Attention]

The secret of equanimity consists not so much in repressing the fear or
worry, as in _dropping_ or ignoring it--that is, diverting and
controlling the attention. It does no good to carry a mental burden.
"Forget it!" The main art of mental hygiene consists in the control of
attention. Perhaps the worst defect in the Occidental philosophy of life
is the failure to learn this control. The Oriental is superior in such
self-training. The exceptional man in Western civilization who learns
this control can do the most work and carry the most responsibility. On
much the same principle as the Indians used when their young men were
trained to endure pain self-inflicted, we might well devote a few
minutes each day to the difficult task of changing at will our attention
from the thing which is engrossing it to anything else we choose; or,
what is more difficult still, to blank nothingness. When we have
sufficiently strengthened this power, we can turn off the current of our
thoughts as we turn off the lights and lie down to sleep in peace, as a
trained sailor does in a storm.

[Sidenote: Making Up One's Mind]

If a person's work is drudgery but has to be endured, the making up of
the mind to endure it cheerfully, the relinquishment of the doubtful but
fascinating pleasure of dwelling upon one's misery, is found to largely
obviate the burden. It is the making up of the mind which presents the
difficulty. The truth is that we instinctively shrink from making,
_without reservation_, important decisions as to our future course of
conduct. We balk even at really committing ourselves not to worry. A man
who, when he complained of his lot, was advised to "grin and bear it,"
replied that he'd have to bear it, but he'd be hanged if he'd grin!

[Sidenote: Intensity of Desires]

The decision which is perhaps the hardest to make and, at the same time,
the most important from the standpoint of health and working-power, is
the decision _not to care too much_ about the objects we are seeking to
achieve. We need not subscribe to the Nirvana philosophy. A certain
intensity of desire is normal, but modern life tends to a morbid
frenzied intensity. Most of us need, in the interest of mental health or
sanity, to moderate our desires. A business man who had set his heart on
fulfilling a large responsibility nearly wrecked his health from worry
over the outcome. His wise physician prescribed that, before sitting
down to his desk each day, he should spend five minutes repeating and
impressing on his mind the words, "I don't give a hang! I don't give a
hang!" The truth is many people fail because of over-anxiety lest they
fail. Some invalids die from an exaggerated desire not to die.

[Sidenote: Ruling Ourselves]

A helpful precept, when one is failing in some crucial undertaking from
his very over-anxiety to succeed, is to replace the ambition to succeed
by a determination to pass the crisis unruffled, whether one succeeds or
fails, "He that ruleth himself is greater than he that taketh a city,"
and incidentally if we rule ourselves we are far more likely than
otherwise to take the city, if that be possible at all.

An ideal course of conduct implies a constant readiness, after all has
been done which can be done, to renounce one's feverish desires and
accept whatever higher powers decree, even if it be death. This is one
of the supreme aims of every great philosophy or religion. Job (13:15)
said, "Though He slay me, yet will I put my trust in Him," and Christ
exclaimed, "If it be possible let this cup pass from me; nevertheless,
not as I will, but as Thou wilt."



Section I--The Fifteen Rules of Hygiene

The aids to health discussed in the preceding chapters may be summarized
in specific formulas classified under the four heads, Air, Food,
Poisons, and Activity, corresponding to the four chapters, and under
fifteen sub-heads, corresponding to the fifteen sections.

  I. AIR.
    1. Ventilate every room you occupy.
    2. Wear light, loose and porous clothes.
    3. Seek out-of-door occupations and recreations.
    4. Sleep out, if you can.
    5. Breathe deeply.

    6. Avoid overeating and overweight.
    7. Eat sparingly of meats and eggs.
    8. Eat some hard, some bulky, some raw foods.
    9. Eat slowly.

    10. Evacuate thoroughly, regularly and frequently.
    11. Stand, sit and walk erect.
    12. Do not allow poisons and infections to enter the body.
    13. Keep the teeth, gums and tongue clean.

    14. Work, play, rest and sleep in moderation.
    15. Keep serene.

The application of these rules to one's daily life must be varied with
each individual. The most practical method is for the individual to
begin the improvement he would seek by constructing a typical day's
program in which time is provided for, say, breathing and other
exercises in bed, bath, toilet, walk to business, meals, amusement,
etc., with special notes and memoranda as to the particular faults of
omission and commission to be corrected. One might also, as Benjamin
Franklin records in his autobiography, keep a daily record for a week as
to how nearly the program is lived up to. By dint of such and other
stimuli, the transition in habits can be made, after which the "rules"
cease to be rules, as carrying any sense of restriction, and become
automatic like putting on or taking off one's clothes.

Section II--The Unity of Hygiene

[Sidenote: The Rules Interrelated]

The above rules embody our preachment on individual hygiene. We have
stated them as fifteen separate kinds of procedure. In actual life,
however, our acts can not be so separated. The neglect or observance of
one rule carries with it, to some extent, the neglect or observance of
other rules. For instance, one can not take muscular exercise without,
to some extent, taking breathing exercises. Swimming serves as a means
of cleanliness, of skin gymnastics, of general exercise and of
amusement. A game of tennis implies the practise, to some extent, of at
least five of the fifteen rules.

The human body is a "harp of a thousand strings," which are intended to
harmonize. If one of them is out of tune, it is likely to cause discord
throughout, while to tune up one helps the harmony of all.

[Sidenote: Medical Specialists]

Any one ailment has a far-reaching effect throughout the system. It is
because of this far-reaching effect that the "one idea" specialist in
medicine has so often thought his particular specialty to be the one and
only gateway to all therapeutics and hygiene. The oculist is liable to
look at all ailments as related to the eyes; the dentist as related to
the teeth; the mental hygienist as related to wrong attitudes of mind.
If we examine their claims, we find that they are usually right in their
affirmations, though wrong in their denials. It is their affirmations in
which we are here interested. They find that the ailments within their
own special province extend in unsuspected ways, and to a surprising
degree into seemingly remote fields; and that to remedy the special
defect which they can treat, will often go a long way toward remedying
numerous other ailments.

[Sidenote: Remote Effects of Ailments]

It has already been noted that eye-strain leads to an astonishing number
of serious nervous affections, and that corrective eyeglasses will often
work wonders for remedying those ailments and improving the general
health. There may be other unhygienic conditions equally responsible for
these symptoms, and the correction of which may produce equally
wonderful improvement. Vertigo may be due to eye-strain, or it may be
due to wrong posture or to pressure of wax on the ear-drum. Diabetes may
be aggravated by too much sugar, by infected tooth-sockets, or by too
much worry. Tuberculosis may be due jointly to indoor-living, lack of
exercise, wrong diet, wrong posture, sexual excess, alcohol,
nerve-strain, and numerous other preconditions, besides infection with
the tubercle bacillus. The social evil can be fought not only directly
by attack on prostitution, and by appeals to self-control and moral
ideals, but also indirectly by diminishing the consumption of alcohol
and other drugs, for alcohol not only produces abnormal sexual desire
but reduces the strength of will by which that desire is repressed.
Forel asserts that the social evil can not be controlled until the use
of alcohol as a beverage is abolished.

[Sidenote: Popular Delusions]

It is not uncommon for people to attribute their ailments to the less
important rather than the more important cause, and so fail to get the
best benefits of hygiene. Many people bemoan the fact that they sat in a
draft and "therefore" caught cold, when what they most needed was not to
keep out of drafts but to keep in such condition that drafts would do
them good, not harm. Benjamin Franklin, a century ago, believed, what we
now know to be true, "that people who live in the forest, in open barns,
or with open windows, do not catch cold, and that the disease called 'a
cold' is generally caused by impure air, lack of exercise, or

[Sidenote: So-called "Overwork"]

Most people who are "overworked" are, more properly speaking, simply the
victims of bad air, bad diet, poisons, or worry. They believe that
because they are tired it must be work which is hurting them. The man
who breaks down in middle life commonly imagines that he has ruined his
health by overwork. The college girl thinks she has ruined her health by
study. All these "overworked" people prove their case by showing that
they improve in health when given a vacation. This simply shows that a
bad condition can often be remedied by improving the general health in
any way whatever, even if the primary source of the difficulty is not
reached. They are undoubtedly working beyond their working capacity; but
their working capacity is only a fraction of what it would be if they
took exercise, were not constipated, did not eat too much, abjured
alcohol, or ceased to worry continually. If they lived hygienically in
these respects, the work which was a drag might be an inspiration. A
physician of wide experience says that every day men come to him broken
down in health, invariably telling him that they have overworked; and
yet upon questioning them he finds that none of them works as hard as
he. Their breakdown was due to the terrible load of unphysiological
habits which they had been carrying--a load so great that scarcely any
work could be carried in addition.

[Sidenote: An All-round Regime]

Other examples might be given of ascribing ailments and disabilities to
the less important instead of the more important causes. The error is
almost always made of resting the blame on only one cause. In
consequence most health-seekers make the mistake of making only one
correction in their daily regime of life. One will cease alcohol
drinking, another will give up tobacco smoking, another will give up
coffee; a third will cease using all "red meats," another turns
vegetarian, another adopts a raw food diet; another takes up outdoor
sleeping; another adopts a daily game of golf; another embraces a mental
healing cult; another takes up mastication. But great and permanent
results require the adoption of an all-round, well-balanced regime.

Section III--The Obstacles to Hygiene

[Sidenote: Effort of the Will]

It is not enough that the individual should know how to live. Knowledge
is of no avail without practise. Mr. Moody, the evangelist, once said of
religious conversion, "Merely to know is not to be converted. I once
boarded a train going in the wrong direction. Some one told me my
mistake. I then had knowledge, but I did not have 'conversion' until I
acted on that knowledge--seized my traveling-bag, got off that train,
and boarded one going in the opposite direction." Many people are on the
wrong train in hygiene, as in religion, and know it. They are traveling
fast to that kind of perdition which in the end unhygienic living always
brings. In fact, a great many people practise unhygienic habits more
through indifference than through ignorance. Most people have acquired,
by imitation of their neighbors, a great number of unhygienic habits and
have continued in these habits for so many years, that they can not get
rid of them, except through a great effort of will. This effort they are
usually unable or unwilling to put forth unless very strong incentives
are brought to bear. Often--in fact, if the truth were known,
usually--they wait until ill health supplies the incentive. The man who
is most receptive on the subject of health conservation, is, in the
majority of cases, the man who has just had some ominous warning of
coming ill health; although there is now a small but increasing number
who do not wait so long, men who pride themselves on keeping "in the
pink of condition." These are the men who are rewarded for their efforts
by enjoying the highest reaches of working-power.

[Sidenote: Cost of Good Health]

The ordinary man, in ordinary good health, does not want or thinks he
does not want to live hygienically. He sees all sorts of imaginary
objections to adopting a hygienic life, and closes his eyes to its real
and great advantages. One of the objections often trumped up is that the
practise of hygiene costs too much--that it can only be a luxury of the
rich. It is quite true that here, as elsewhere in human life, wealth
confers great advantages. The death-rate among the rich is always less
than that among the poor. And yet the rich have unhygienic temptations
of their own, while the poor, on their part, are far from living up to
their opportunities.

[Sidenote: Missionaries]

There are really only two material disadvantages from which the poor
suffer in their opportunities to live a healthy life: One is unhygienic
housing, both at home and at work; the other is unhygienic toil. It must
be admitted that millions of unfortunates are unable individually to
remedy these two disadvantages in their lot in life. Yet they can, even
in these two respects, accomplish much if they take an intelligent
interest in hygiene. The graduates of tuberculosis sanatoria are largely
among the poor and they are doing much good missionary work in securing
better ventilation, both in the home and in the workroom. They find this
possible partly by insisting on more open windows in home and workshops,
partly by changing their home to one better equipped with windows or
situated in the suburbs instead of in the city, partly by changing their
occupations, partly by getting the cooperation of their employer or
simply by cooperating with him when he is ready to do his part. The
workman can also accomplish something through the Trades Unions,
especially in regard to hours of work. Employers will increasingly
cooperate in this movement, as they come to realize that the securing of
efficiency in their workmen is to their interest, and that monotony,
long hours, and other unhygienic elements which are now, through sheer
carelessness, often imposed on their workmen, bring back in the end big
financial losses on themselves.

Except for the evils mentioned--those of housing and working
conditions--there are few people so poor that they can not buy the means
of living a healthy life. In fact, hygiene is one of the few precious
gifts which can be had almost for the asking. Most people can sleep
out-of-doors, if they will--if in no other way than by the so-called
indoor window-tent--or can take deep-breathing exercises without cost.
It costs nothing to stand, sit, and walk erect, to evacuate thoroughly,
regularly, and frequently. It costs less than nothing to avoid
overeating and overweight, and to be totally abstinent from alcohol and

[Sidenote: Cost of Food]

Almost all can allow enough time for meals to eat slowly. Coarse and raw
foods are always to be had and are usually cheaper than the
conventional soft, concentrated cooked foods. In fact, meat, eggs, and
like foods are among the most expensive and the least desirable. If we
compare the cost of flour and of the other cheapest food materials, with
the cost of oysters, one of the dearest, we find that the latter is
fifty times as expensive as the former for the same food value. This
takes no account, of course, of the expenses involved in cooking either
of them. It has been proved by actual experience that one can live in
the best of health on food costing as low as ten cents a day, exclusive
of the labor of preparing, cooking and serving. Mrs. Richards, in her
"Cost of Food," says that this is possible anywhere in America within
fifty miles of a railroad. The only real objection to living on this
minimum expense is the lack of variety. The following is a brief list of
foods in ascending order of cost per 100 calories of food value, the
cheapest being at the beginning and the dearest at the end: glucose,
corn-meal, wheat-flour, oatmeal, cane-sugar, salt pork, rice, wheat
bread, oleomargarine, beans, peas, potatoes, butter, milk, cheese,
beef-stew, ham, mutton-chops, beef, eggs, and oysters. If the foods in
this list be looked up in the table given in the SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES for
their protein, fat, and carbohydrate contents, it will be seen that a
well-balanced ration is possible without the use of expensive foods. In
fact, among the cheap foods are some consisting mostly of protein, some
consisting mostly of fat, and some consisting mostly of carbohydrate.
For instance, cheap sources of protein are skim milk, beans, cheese, and
peanuts. Cheap sources of fat are oleomargarine and cottonseed-oil.
Cheap sources of carbohydrate, i.e., starch and sugar, are bread,
bananas, potatoes, glucose, and even ordinary sugar. If a diet, selected
for cheapness, is not at first well balanced, a judicious admixture of
one or more of the foods just mentioned, will restore equilibrium. A
cheap bulky food is cabbage.

[Sidenote: Repaid Cost]

Most of the rules of hygiene cost nothing to observe. But even when
hygiene is costly at first, the cost is usually repaid in the end many
times over. To ventilate a house in winter always costs a certain
additional expenditure for coal, but it is better to pay the coal bill
than the doctor's bills. To sleep out-of-doors costs some extra
blankets, bedding, clothing, and roll curtains, but these not only save
the cost of heating an indoor sleeping-room, but save also the cost of
ill-health. There is no better economy than to keep one's working-power.
To lose it means to lose its earnings and to have, in addition, the
heavy expenses of medical attendance, medicines, and nursing, and often
to lose life itself with its potential earnings of every sort. In short,
an unhygienic life, for the sake of economy, is "penny-wise and

[Sidenote: "I Have No Time"]

Many busy men object to hygiene because, they say, they have no time for
it. They imagine that to devote an hour each day to exercise or
relaxation is a waste of time and that they are really economizing their
time by working that hour instead. We are here referring, not to those
who can not control their working-time, but to those who deliberately
choose to work when hygiene would require them to play. It is often
those who fix their own working-hours, rather than those whose
working-hours are fixed for them, who overwork the most. If these could
know the suffering which sooner or later follows inevitably as the
consequence of this mistaken policy, they would not pursue it for a
single day. A slight loss of working-power comes immediately. A careful
observer of mental workers found that an hour invested in exercise in
the afternoon often pays for itself within a day, by rendering possible
more rapid work. He also found an improvement in the quality of his
work. The razor-edge of the mind needs daily honing through physical
exercise. The same principle applies to all work. It is just as
necessary to stop, at intervals, our physical and mental machinery for
oiling and repairs, as to stop the machinery of a factory.

[Sidenote: "Too Much Trouble"]

Another objection is that the practise of hygiene is "too much trouble."
It is undoubtedly true, that no one who has unhygienic habits can
overcome them without a certain amount of "trouble." The people who get
the best results are those who are never deterred by trouble so long as
the trouble is worth while. For those who have not the necessary
enthusiasm or self-control to break their unwholesome habits by sheer
will power, the best advice is to so arrange their lives as to make the
practise of hygiene inevitable. One physician in Chicago deliberately
got rid of his automobile and other means of locomotion in order to
force himself to walk to all his patients, and so secure enough physical
exercise. Another man in New York City, with the same object in view,
selected the location for his dwelling so that there was no rapid
transportation available to take him to his office, making the walking
back and forth a necessity from which he could not escape.

[Sidenote: Simplicity of Hygienic Living]

The only difficulty lies in overcoming the inertia of acquired habits.
After one has changed his habits, it is just as easy to live rightly as
to live wrongly. The rules of hygiene are not restrictive, but
liberating. They may seem at first restrictive, for they prohibit many
things which we have been in the habit of doing; but they are really
liberating, for the things we were doing were unrealized restrictions on
our own power to work, to be useful, or even to enjoy life. The "rules"
of hygiene are thus simply the means of emancipating us from our real
limitations. These so-called rules, when tried, will prove to be not
artificial but natural, not difficult but easy, not complicated but
simple. They are almost as simple as the direction to bathe in the river
Jordan. It is, in fact, their very simplicity and availability to which
is largely due their deplorable neglect and the failure to realize the
wonderful benefits following their careful and continued observance.

[Sidenote: The Evil of Romancing]

Not only a healthy mental attitude toward life, but a healthy mental
attitude toward one's own unhygienic habits is essential. It is a very
common thing for a man to romance over his shortcomings, or his
unhealthy physical conditions, to make humor of them to his friends.
Very often the first step toward a better physical condition is a change
in this mental attitude.

Section IV--The Possibilities of Hygiene

[Sidenote: The Preventability of Disease and Death]

Certain it is that more people would practise hygiene if they could be
made to realize in some vivid way how much they needed it. Few persons,
even when they read and accept the statistics on the subject, really
have a picture of the imperative need of hygiene as an integral part of
every human life. It is not brought home to them how widespread is
illness, how numerous are preventable deaths, how many are the
tendencies toward individual and racial deterioration.

The report of the Roosevelt Conservation Commission on National
Vitality, indicates that annually there are in the United States over
600,000 deaths which might be prevented if existing knowledge of hygiene
were properly applied; that at least half of the 3,000,000 and more
sick-beds constantly kept filled in the United States are unnecessary;
that the financial loss from earnings cut off by preventable disease and
premature death amounts to over $1,500,000,000 annually; and that over
15 years are lost to the average life through the lack of application of
knowledge which already exists but which simply has not yet been
disseminated and applied.

[Sidenote: Impairments Unsuspected]

The health examinations of the Life Extension Institute have revealed
unsuspected ailments in persons who considered themselves well, and to
an extent which has astonished even those who have long been familiar
with these subjects. Among large groups of clerks and employes of banks
and commercial houses in New York City with an average age of 27 and all
supposedly picked men and women, only 1 per cent. were found free of
impairment or of habits of living inviting impairment. Of those with
important physical impairments, 89 per cent. were, prior to the
examination, unaware of impairment; 16 per cent. of the total number
examined were affected with organic heart trouble, 42 per cent. with
arterial changes, ranging from slight thickening to advanced
arteriosclerosis, 26 per cent. with high or low blood pressure,
40 per cent. had sugar, casts, or albumin in the urine, 24 per cent. had
a combination of urinary and other serious impairment, 47 per cent. had
decayed teeth or infected gums, 31 per cent. had faulty vision

Among industrial groups, not exposed to any special occupational hazard
or poisoning, the figures were as follows: With an average age of 33,
none were found to be free of impairment or habits of living inviting
impairment. Of those with important physical impairments, 89 per cent.
were, prior to the examination, unaware of impairment; 3 per cent. of
the total number examined were affected with organic heart trouble;
53 per cent. with arterial changes, ranging from slight thickening to
advanced arteriosclerosis; 23 per cent. with high or low blood
pressure; 45 per cent. had sugar, albumin or casts in their urine;
26 per cent. had a combination of urinary and other serious impairment;
69 per cent. had decayed teeth or infected gums; 41 per cent. had faulty
vision uncorrected.

[Sidenote: Minor Ailments]

There are few persons in America to-day who reach the age of forty sound
and normal in every part of the body, especially if we include among
abnormalities the minor ailments. The extent to which minor ills are
prevalent among those who pass for "well" people is not generally
appreciated. Once we penetrate beneath conventional acquaintance we
almost invariably learn of some functional trouble, such as impairment
of heart, circulation, liver, kidneys, stomach; or gallstones,
constipation, diarrhea; or insomnia, neurasthenia, neuritis, neuralgia,
sick-headache; or tonsillitis, bronchitis, hay fever, catarrh, grippe,
colds, sore throat; or rupture, enlarged glands, skin eruptions; or
rheumatism, lumbago, gout, obesity; or decayed teeth, baldness,
deafness, eye ailments, spinal curvature, flat foot, lameness; or sundry
other "troubles."

These ailments, though regarded as "minor," should be recognized
promptly and accepted as the signal that the person is moving in the
wrong direction. There is no need for alarm provided this warning is
heeded. Otherwise disaster is almost certain sooner or later to follow.
The laws of physiology are just as inexorable as the laws of physics.
There is no compromising with Nature. No man can disobey the laws of
health to which he has been bred by Nature without paying for it--any
more than a man can sign a check against his bank account without
reducing the amount. He may not be immediately bankrupt, and until he
exhausts his account he may not experience any inconvenience from his
great extravagance, but Nature keeps her balances very accurately, and
in the end all claims must be paid.

[Sidenote: The Personal Equation]

It is true, of course, that some persons have greater resistance than
others. If we had a convenient barometer by which to measure daily the
state of our vitality, we might register the effect of every unhygienic
act. But it is so seldom that endurance is accurately measured that few
people appreciate the enormous differences in people and the variations
of the same person at different times. These differences and variations
have a range of many hundred per cent. Some people can not walk upstairs
or run across the street without being out of breath, while others will
climb the Matterhorn without overstrain. The fact that certain people
have lived to the century-mark in spite of unhygienic living is
sometimes cited to prove that hygiene is ineffective. One might as well
cite the fact that certain trees are not blown down in a gale or are not
quickly destroyed by insect-pests to prove that gales have no tendency
to blow down or insects to destroy trees.

[Sidenote: Over-confidence]

The truth is that a person who has so much vitality as to lead him to
defy the laws of health and to boast that he pays no price no matter how
he lives, is likely to be the very man to exhaust his account of health
prematurely. There was, a few years ago, a famous American, possessed of
prodigious bodily vigor. He ought to have lived a century. Unfortunately
he had this "insolence of health." He was warned several times against
overwork, lack of sleep, and abuse of his digestion. But he merely
smiled and claimed that such warnings were for others, not for him. He
met an untimely end, due as his physicians believed and as he himself
acknowledged, when too late, to his abuse of the great powers with which
Nature had endowed him and to the neglect of personal hygiene.

[Sidenote: Possible Health Attainment]

Conversely, an observance of the laws of hygiene affords wonderful
results in producing vitality and endurance. Insurance companies are
discovering that even weak and sick people, will, if they take good care
of themselves, outlive those with robust constitutions who abuse them.

To those unfamiliar with the subject in its larger aspects, the
possibilities seem almost beyond belief. As an example of the wonderful
gains which can be secured by obeying the laws of hygiene may be cited
the case of a young man who a few years ago was scarcely able to drag
himself into the sun in Colorado, where he was endeavoring to rid
himself of tuberculosis. He not only succeeded, but subsequently, by
dint of following substantially all of the rules of hygiene here laid
down, became an athlete and capable of running twenty-five miles for
sheer love of sport and apparently without the overstrain experienced by
"Marathon" runners. Kant and Humboldt are cases typical in different
fields of achievement of many of the world's most vital men who have
actually made over their constitutions from weakness to strength.
Cornaro says that it was the neglect of hygienic laws which made him all
but a dead man at thirty-seven, and that the thoroughgoing reform of his
habits which he then effected made him a centenarian. His rules, drawn
up four hundred years ago and described in his interesting work "The
Temperate Life," are, so far as they are explained, almost identical
with those given in this book. It is difficult to assign a limit to the
good which can be accomplished by practising these rules and so
minimizing the poisons which usually narrow and shorten our lives.

[Sidenote: Immortal Animal Cells]

So far as science can reveal, there seems to be no principle limiting
life. There are many good and bad reasons why men die, but no underlying
necessary reason why they must die. The brilliant Carrel has kept tissue
cells of animals alive outside of the body for the past three years.
These cells are multiplying and growing, apparently unchanged by time,
to all appearances immortal so long as they are periodically washed of
poison and nourished in a proper medium. If we could at intervals
thoroughly wash man free of his poisons and nourish him, there seems to
be no reason why he should not live indefinitely.

Section V--Hygiene and Civilization

In view of the vast extent of human misery from ill health, the question
naturally arises, How does it happen that the world is burdened with so
colossal a load? Is it no more than is biologically normal? Is it true
that in other organisms, animals and plants, ill health is the rule
rather than the exception? Are all races of men subject to the same
heavy load?

[Sidenote: Natural Adjustments Upset]

These questions have not yet received sufficient attention. The answer
seems to be that man is suffering from his own mistakes made
unconsciously and in ignorance. He has upset the equilibrium which
Nature had established among the various powers and activities of his
body, and between himself and the outside world. Man has done mischief
for his own body similar to what he has done for the natural resources
on which he lives. In Professor Shaler's epoch-making little book, "Man
and the Earth," he shows, for instance, that the little layer of soil
on the surface of the earth from which plants and animals derive their
nutriment was, before the advent of man, replenished quite as fast as it
was washed away, but that after man had put his plow into it and had
taken off the protective mat of vegetation, he unconsciously despoiled
the accumulation of ages. "In a plowed field, an hour's torrential rain
may wash off to the sea more than would pass off in a thousand years in
the slow process of erosion which the natural state of the earth
permits." He also shows that the constant croppings of the soil rob it
of nitrogen, phosphorus, and other elements faster than Nature restores
them. The problem of conservation is to reestablish the balance which
has been lost through the depredations of man, for instance, to lessen
soil-wash by terracing, and to restore to the soil the lost elements by
supplying nitrates and phosphates and by other methods of scientific

In the same way man has upset his pristine animal mode of living and
needs to find scientific ways to restore the equilibrium. Most of the
present-day problems of hygiene arise from introducing, uncompensated,
the effects of certain devices of civilization. The inventions of
civilization have done so much for man that he is apt to unduly glorify
them and to overlook the injurious by-products. These by-products are
often of prodigious significance to the race. The invention of houses
introduced the problem of house hygiene; the invention of clothing, the
problem of clothing hygiene; that of cooking, the problem of food
hygiene; that of division of labor, the problem of industrial hygiene;
and so on. To make these statements more concrete, we may consider some
of them in more detail.

[Sidenote: Houses Artificial]

The invention of houses has made it possible for men to live in all
climates, yet this indoor living is responsible for much disease. The
houses give comfortable shelter and warmth and protect us from the
elements and from wild animals. But the protection has been overdone.
Like his cousin, the anthropoid ape, man is biologically an outdoor
animal. His attempt at indoor living has worked him woe, but so
gradually and subtly has it done so that only recently have we come to
realize the fact. At first, dwellings were really outdoor affairs,
caves, lean-tos, tents, huts with holes in the roof and the walls.
These holes served to ventilate, though they were not intended for that
purpose. The hole in the roof was to let out the smoke and the holes in
the walls to let in the light. Gradually the roof-hole developed into a
chimney with an open fireplace, which, in turn, gradually changed into a
small flue for stoves whereupon it almost ceased to serve any
ventilating function. The stove in turn has largely gone and is replaced
in many cases by the hot-water or steam radiator, without any attempt at
ventilation. The holes in the wall gave way, after the invention of
glass, to windows which let in the light without letting in the air.
Weather-strips, double windows, vestibule-doors, interior rooms,
completed the process of depriving man of his outdoor air, shutting him
into a cell in which he now lives--a sickened but complaisant
prisoner--often twenty hours of the twenty-four. Tuberculosis, one of
the worst scourges of mankind, is primarily a house disease. It is
prevalent as indoor living is prevalent, and reaches its maximum in the
tenement quarter of a great city.

[Sidenote: Effects on Different Races]

Only by generations of natural selection could we expect to make man
immune to the evils of bad air. The robust Indian and the Negro, whose
races, until the last generation or two, roamed in the open, fell easy
prey to tuberculosis as soon as they adopted the white man's houses and
clothes. The Anglo-Saxons who have withstood the influence of indoor
living for several generations have, probably by the survival of the
fittest, become a little better able to endure it, while the Jews, a
race which has lived indoors longer than any other existing race, are
now, probably by the same law of survival, the least liable to
tuberculosis, except when exposed to especially unfavorable conditions
of life.

[Sidenote: Compensation for Civilization]

But we, of this generation, can not afford to wait for natural selection
to fit the race to an indoor environment; hence the supreme importance
to us of air hygiene. We must compensate for the construction of our
houses by insisting on open windows, or forced drafts, or electric fans,
or open-air outings, or sleeping porches, or the practise of deep
breathing, or all of these things.

[Sidenote: Clothing Artificial]

In the same way, clothing has protected our bodies from the cold but
enervated or constricted them as well. The aboriginal tribes, even in
cold climates, seldom used clothing. The Eskimo is an exception. The
tribes toward the South Pole in similarly cold climates often have
little more clothing than a blanket which they hang over their shoulders
toward the wind. The weak, pale skin--to whose lack of adaptability we
owe the chilling preceding a cold--the bald head, the distorted foot,
the corns upon it, the cramped waist, are among the results of clothing
ourselves wrongly. Hence we are discovering the need of restoring, as
far as we can, the original conditions by making our clothes more light,
more loose, and more porous, and, when possible, by taking the "barefoot
cure," or the air bath.

[Sidenote: Cooking Artificial]

We come next to foods, and note that civilization has invented cooking
and artificial foods. These inventions have greatly widened the variety
of man's diet, but the foods of civilization are largely responsible for
the decay of our teeth and the abuse of our digestive and eliminating

[Sidenote: Soft Foods Artificial]

Judging from man's teeth and digestive apparatus as well as his general
kinship to the anthropoid ape, it is reasonable to believe that, before
fire was discovered, man was primarily a frugivorous animal, whose
ordinary diet consisted of fruits, nuts, and tender shoots. While man
still uses these fruits, nuts, and salads, his chief reliance is on
prepared food, bread, butter, meat, and cooked vegetables. The diet of
our progenitors must have been largely one requiring chewing,
consisting, as it did, of hard fruits and stalks and perhaps also grains
and flesh. Observation of manlike apes shows that they chew their food
more thoroughly than man. Doubtless nuts constituted a considerable part
of primitive food and required cracking by the teeth. The work we now do
in flour-mills or the kitchen or with the knife and fork, was then done
with the teeth. We even have our cook mash our potatoes and make
puddings and pap of our food after it reaches the kitchen. Having
already shirked most of the task of mastication by softening and cutting
our food before it reaches our mouths, we shirk the rest of it by
washing it down with water, or worse. An Italian dentist, who has had a
wide range of observation, says that the knife and fork have committed
"unpardonable crimes" by robbing the front teeth of their work of
cutting. He sometimes prescribes for loose teeth the task of cutting a
pound of bread daily. Whether any of it is swallowed or not is not
important, but he insists that it must be cut by the teeth.

[Sidenote: Concentrated Food Artificial]

The deplorable lack of residue in modern food is one of the consequences
of civilized life, for the bulky foods have been crowded out by
concentrated foods, and, in many cases, the concentrated foods have been
formed by getting rid of residue. Instead of chewing the sugar-cane, we
use sugar, a concentrated extract which leaves no residue. We crush the
juices from our fruits and throw away the pulp. We take the bran out of
our grain and with it the vitamins essential to health. The bulky
foods--fruits and fibrous vegetables--are often dropped from our menus.

[Sidenote: Hurry Artificial]

The hurry habit, another unfortunate by-product of civilized life, is
one of the chief promoters of indigestion. In civilization we live by
the clock. We schedule our trains and crowd our meal-time to catch them.
We make engagements in neglect of the requirements of digestion. We
have, in consequence, as one of the institutions of civilization, the
"quick-lunch counter." At first we bolted a meal purposely and
consciously. Later we formed the habit of food-bolting, and it now seems
quite natural.

[Sidenote: Use of Flesh Food]

[Sidenote: Misled Appetites]

To the door of the hurry habit may also be laid the excessive use of
flesh foods. Carnivorous animals bolt their food. Frugivorous animals,
to which class the human race properly belongs, eat slowly. But when,
through the perversions of civilized life, frugivorous man is forced to
eat as fast as the carnivores, he instinctively adopts a similar diet.
As someone has expressed it "when we eat as fast as a dog, we naturally
crave the food of a dog." Our apelike progenitors had few, if any, flesh
foods and only those which they could catch with the hand and eat raw.
Our eliminating organs, the liver and the kidneys, have been framed to
meet the demands of man's natural diet, but not adapted to handle the
diet of civilized men in the excessive use of flesh foods and the use of
alcohol. These organs are, fortunately or unfortunately, provided with a
large factor of safety and can stand a great deal of abuse, but the
cumulative effect of this abuse, especially when combined with an
unhygienic life in general, sooner or later leads to disaster. Our
tastes have also been perverted. The appetite is very likely to be
innocently misled by the delicacies which civilization has invented, as
well as by the tricks of cooking, seasoning, and preparing. For this
reason, we can not trust, as thoroughly as we would like, the ordinary
leadings of taste. The solution of this problem of nutrition, like the
solution of the housing problem, must be sought by retaining the
advantageous food customs which we now find about us and substituting
scientific customs for the disadvantageous ones.

[Sidenote: Other Evils of Civilization]

It would be impossible to enumerate all the inventions of civilization
which have brought us difficult problems of individual hygiene. We shall
name only a few more. The invention of chairs, though adding to human
convenience, has tended to produce wrong posture, from which spinal,
nervous and digestive disturbances follow. The invention of the alphabet
and of printing has made possible the accumulation of knowledge, but has
promoted eye-strain with a great train of attendant evils. The device of
division of labor has created much wealth, but destroyed the normal
balance of mental and physical work, recreation and rest. From this
follow occupational diseases of overstrain, bad posture, industrial
poisons, and a craving for narcotics. A combination of conditions has
lessened the opportunities for prompt discharge of the body waste, and
so led to dulling of the reflex which promotes defecation. We are only
just beginning to realize how serious are the consequences.

[Sidenote: "Remedies" that are Worse than the Evils]

We have described many of the unhygienic practises common to-day as
direct results of upsetting Nature's equilibrium. Others are indirect
results. These latter practises may be described as attempts to remedy
the evils of the former, the "remedies," however, being often worse than
the diseases. Much of our drugging, some of our wrong food habits and
not a little of our immorality are simply crude and unscientific
attempts to compensate for disturbances or deviations from a normal
life. We wake ourselves up, as it were, with caffein, move our bowels
with a cathartic, induce an appetite with a cocktail, seek rest from the
day's fatigue and worries in nicotin, and put ourselves to sleep with an
opiate. In these practises we are evidently trying in wrong ways to
compensate respectively for insufficient sleep, insufficient
peristalsis, indigestion, overfatigue, and insomnia--evils due, as
previously explained, to upsetting Nature's balance, between work,
play, rest and sleep.

So also our overeating is largely an unscientific effort to compensate
for overconcentration of diet,--that is, an effort to get bulk. Again,
too much protein is in large measure due to the need of compensating for
rapid eating, for as has been remarked, protein is the one kind of food
which can be eaten fast with impunity.

Again, a large part of our moral derelictions is due to an unbalanced
life from which amusements are largely omitted. The "bad" boy in the
city streets is usually following his instinct for amusement, of which
the lack of playgrounds has deprived him. Dissipations of many kinds are
explained in a similar way. It is largely because workmen are so often
drudges and lack normal recreations that they seek amusement in the
concentrated form they find in saloons, gambling places, dives and dance

Finally those economic and social conditions of civilization which have
resulted in deferring marriage beyond the best physiological age, lie
behind prostitution and its terrible train of consequences including the
venereal diseases.

The worst of it is that these wrong remedies, instead of helping,
aggravate the disease. They become part of a vicious circle, which
continues in an endless round.

[Sidenote: Shortened Human Life]

The combined effects of all the unhygienic modes of living are
undoubtedly greatly to shorten human life. Most other mammals live about
five times the growing period. In man, this would mean that the normal
life-span should be about a century and a quarter, an age which is now
reached only in one case out of millions.

[Sidenote: No Return to Nature]

Yet it would be foolish, even if it were possible, to attempt a complete
"return to Nature" by abolishing all the ways and conventions of
civilization. This would be throwing away our social inheritance and
returning to barbarism. We must go forward, not backward. Just as the
cure for the evils of Democracy is said to be more Democracy; so the
cure for the evils of civilization must be more civilization. The
equilibrium of Nature having been upset by civilization, science, one of
the great products of civilization, must now work out the remedies. Just
as the waste of the soil which civilization has brought is to be
compensated by that great product of civilization, scientific
agriculture, so the waste of vital resources is to be compensated by
scientific hygiene. The saving of civilization depends on following not
those who repudiate it, like Thoreau, but those who make use of it, like
Pasteur. What the world needs is not to abolish houses, but to ventilate
them; not to go naked, but to devise better clothes, which have all the
advantages and none of the disadvantages of those we now wear; not to
return to the diet of the anthropoid apes, but to remodel that which we
have; not to give up chairs, but to improve the form of chairs; not to
abandon reading, but to employ corrective eyeglasses and clear printing;
not to abrogate division of labor, but to shorten the hours of labor and
provide wholesome recreations and special compensating advantages when
needed. When, in future centuries, these come to be reckoned among the
great triumphs of civilization, we may expect human life to be longer
and perhaps stronger than in any primitive state of Nature, just as
where modern scientific forestry has been applied we find longer lived
and better trees than ever grew in Nature's jungles.

Section VI--The Fields of Hygiene

[Sidenote: Public Versus Individual Hygiene]

The object of this book is primarily to instruct the individual as to
what he can do to maintain his own individual health. But individual
hygiene is only one particular branch of hygiene, and it is well for the
individual, partly out of public spirit, partly in self-defense, to have
some idea of the other important branches, namely, public hygiene, the
hygiene practised by the health officer, semipublic hygiene, the hygiene
of schools, institutions, and industrial establishments, and race
hygiene or eugenics, the most important of all.

All these branches are so closely related that it is impossible to mark
any exact dividing-line. But, in a general way, there is a broad
distinction between eugenics, which is the hygiene of future
generations, and the other two, which relate to the present generation,
as also between these two themselves. Thus public hygiene is that which
is practised by the government for its citizens, while individual
hygiene is that which is practised by the citizens for themselves.
Public hygiene consists chiefly in efforts by the government to
maintain a wholesome environment in which to live, including good
outdoor air--without smoke or foul odors--clean streets, pure water,
good sewers, quarantine, and legal regulations concerning houses,
schools, prisons, hospitals, and other public institutions, foods sold
in markets, and conditions of employment. It is chiefly useful in
preventing _acute_ or infectious diseases, such as typhoid fever,
scarlet fever, measles, whooping-cough, small-pox, yellow fever, and
diphtheria, and in preventing accidents and occupational diseases.
Individual hygiene is chiefly useful in preventing the _chronic_ or
degenerative diseases, that is, diseases of nutrition and of
circulation, such as heart and kidney affections, nervous prostration,

Public hygiene has made much progress during recent years. In
consequence, the number of deaths from the acute or infectious diseases
has been greatly diminished. Health officers are beginning to
demonstrate the truth of Pasteur's words, "It is within the power of man
to rid himself of every parasitic disease."

It is this work which has reduced the general death-rate in civilized
countries and sometimes cut it in two, as at Panama. The United States
Public Health Service, on invitation of the Peruvian Government,
recently cut the death-rate in two in one of Peru's disease-ridden

Individual hygiene, on the other hand, has been greatly neglected,
especially in the United States, and, doubtless largely as a
consequence, the death-rates from the chronic or degenerative diseases
are increasing rapidly. A further consequence is that, in the United
States, while the death-rate in the early years of life (when infectious
diseases do most of the killing) has been decreasing, the death-rate in
later life (when the chronic diseases do most of the killing) is
increasing. In Sweden, on the other hand, where individual hygiene is
more generally applied, the death-rate is declining at all times of
life. (See "Signs of Increase of the Degenerative Diseases,"

Both public and individual hygiene are being invoked in the fight
against tuberculosis, a disease at once infectious and chronic, due to
germs and to wrong methods of living.

[Sidenote: Cooperation Necessary]

No matter how thoroughly an individual attempts to care for his own
health, he will find it almost impossible to avoid infections, at
times, without the organized help of the community in which he lives. A
man may do his best to keep his windows open, to breathe deeply, to eat
hygienically, to hold his activities within the limits of overfatigue,
to screen his house against flies and leave no tin cans about his
kitchen door to breed mosquitoes; but if the city in which he lives has
no good air for him to breathe, if his city's water supply is
contaminated, if neighboring malarial swamps are not drained or covered
with oil, if flies alight on the food before it comes to his own house,
if the food contains disease germs or dangerous preservatives, or if his
next-door neighbor visits him and leaves infection behind him, mere
personal defenses will hardly be adequate.

Even in so private a matter as moving the bowels, sometimes the fault
lies partly with circumstances beyond the control of the individual.
Unfortunately in most of our cities and small towns "Comfort Stations"
are rare or unknown, and when they are available they are often in such
an insanitary condition as to be a source of danger through the spread
of communicable disease. Constipation, as we have seen, is a far more
serious matter than it is sometimes thought to be.

It is therefore incumbent on the individual to contribute his share to
the hygienic work of society as a whole, in particular to take an active
interest in health legislation and administration. A man can not live to
the best advantage in a life isolated from all social obligations, any
more than could Robinson Crusoe, who was unable to launch his canoe in
the ocean, after he had been at great pains to construct it, because he
had no one to help him. Each man should take part in the great social
hygienic struggle, if he is to reap the highest rewards in his own
personal hygienic struggle. And he can do a great deal if he will be
patient and persistent. If, for instance, he would always insist on
suitable air conditions in public buildings, electric cars, theaters,
and churches, and encourage others to do so, it would not take long to
make air reform general.

[Sidenote: The Consumer's Duty]

In fact, it is the common public, constituting the consumer, who has it
in his power to bring about most of the necessary reforms in public
hygiene. When the consumer really values hygienic environment, the
producer will supply it. The great improvement in recent years in
drinking water was brought about through the appreciation, by the
consumer, of the danger from impure water. His complaints produced the
change. Hotels found it profitable to provide and advertise pure water.
So also the education of the public as to the dangers of a common public
drinking cup led to the invention of bubbling fountains and cheap
individual cups and to the introduction of these conveniences in railway
stations and other public places.

We need to concern ourselves particularly with the character of our
public water supply, air supply and food supply, the number of bacteria
in milk, the fitness for human consumption of the meat, fowl, fish, and
shell-fish sold in the public markets, and the use of adulterants and
preservatives in canned and bottled goods.

[Sidenote: Quacks and Quackery]

Quacks and quackery should be vigorously fought by laymen as well as
physicians. Quacks live by lying and misleading advertisements. Every
one should cooperate to encourage the movement by which newspapers and
magazines are giving up quack and immoral advertisements and the
advertisements of alcoholic beverages. Especially should we refuse to
patronize the quack advertiser. When no one is deceived by him, he will
cease to advertise. A more immediate method is to change from the
newspaper containing such advertising to one which does not. We should
also appeal to the editors to reform their advertising, as many of them
are now doing.

[Sidenote: Vaccination]

Vaccination is now a known preventive against smallpox, typhoid fever,
and other germ maladies. Its use should be advocated and the ignorant
prejudice against it should be overcome.

[Sidenote: Social Evil]

Last but not least, the individual should cooperate in the great
movement against the social evil.

As soon as an individual becomes interested in caring for his own health
and for the health of his family, his interest will not cease at
individual hygiene; he will wish to improve the efficiency of the public
health service by increased appropriations, improved equipment and
personnel; and to cooperate with the health officer.

[Sidenote: Eugenics]

Race hygiene or eugenics, which has been mentioned as the third and most
important branch of hygiene, aims to conserve the health of _future_
generations, through the action of those now living. Hygiene (individual
and public) teaches us how to create for ourselves healthful conditions
of living, but on every side we see evidences of the fact that we cannot
entirely control conditions of health through hygiene only. Not all
maladies by any means can be attributed to unnatural or unhygienic
conditions of living. It is true that if followed out faithfully, the
rules of hygiene will enable a man to live out his maximum natural
life-span, with the maximum of well-being, and to run no risk of
allowing any inherent weakness to be brought out. But some persons, even
if they followed what is very nearly the normal code for the human
being, would scarcely be able to avoid dire physical and mental fates.
In short, we find that besides the hygienic factor in life which we may
call environment, there is something else on which the health of the
individual depends. This something else is heredity, or "the nature of
the breed." Back of all the individual can do by hygiene lies his
inheritance. To change this the individual can do nothing, but the
parents of the individual can affect his inheritance, and we as parents
can affect the inheritance of our offspring.

[Sidenote: Trustees of the Racial Germ-plasm]

First, we can carry through life uninjured the essential germ plasm
which has been entrusted to our care. We should never forget that this
germ plasm, which we receive and transmit, really belongs, not to us,
but to the race; and that we have no right, through alcoholic or other
unhygienic practises, to damage it; but that, on the contrary, we are
under the most solemn obligation to keep it up to the highest level
within our power. We are the trustees of the racial germ plasm that we

[Sidenote: Wise Combinations of Germinal Traits]

Second, we can affect the life of our offspring by our choice in
marriage. The basis of the development of desirable or undesirable
tendencies or traits lies, of course, in the mating from which the
individual springs. On the kind of combinations of germinal traits that
are made by marriage depends whether or not undesirable traits shall
reappear in the offspring. For instance, a man may inherit a defect from
his father because his father married a certain type of woman. Had the
father selected a different type, the children might not have inherited
the father's defect. The importance of choice in marriage results from
certain laws of inheritance, which make it clear that by proper
combinations of individuals certain bad traits may be entirely "bred

[Sidenote: Choice in Marriage]

As soon as men and women acquire the knowledge that their choices in
marriage largely determine whether or not their physical and mental
faults and virtues will reappear in children, they feel a sacred
responsibility in that act of choosing. A little conscious knowledge of
what kind of combinations of traits bring about their reappearance in
offspring can not help but modify a person's taste, and thus
automatically direct the choice of a mate, which choice will still be,
and rightfully, an instinctive one. Upon the wisdom with which choices
in marriage are now made depends in large degree the health and
efficiency of all the individuals who will constitute society in the
coming generations. As the science of eugenics gathers a greater wealth
of evidence and subjects it to vigorous analysis, its ability to guide
the race to higher levels will become more positive and far-reaching.
This can be done without surrendering the general principle of
individual freedom. It will not reduce but increase the number of
natural love-marriages. The errors of crude and superficial or
overenthusiastic eugenists should not obscure the enormous possibilities
of the science for the human race. Eugenic knowledge is, therefore, not
only a personal advantage but a social necessity.

[Sidenote: Social Progress]

For society as a whole, a thoroughgoing eugenic program must include:

(1) The prevention of reproduction by the markedly unfit, such as the
feeble-minded, by sterilization of the most unfit and by segregating the
remainder in public institutions.

(2) The enactment of wise marriage laws.

(3) The development of an enlightened sentiment against improper
marriages and the putting at the disposal of individuals contemplating
marriage the data accumulated and principles worked out by eugenic

The Eugenics Record Office of Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, N. Y., is
now engaged in collecting such material.

For us of the present generation, hygiene is of immediate concern; but
if we are to build for future generations, hygiene must give way to, or
grow into, eugenics. The accomplishment of a true eugenic program will
be the crowning work of the health movement and the grandest service of
science to the human race. (For further comments on this subject see




[Sidenote: Balancing the Diet]

It will help to balance the ration and to avoid an excess of protein and
also to avoid a deficiency of either fat or carbohydrate, if we take a
bird's-eye view of the various common foods in respect to the protein,
fat and carbohydrate they contain. For this purpose the following table
has been constructed.

[Sidenote: Common Foods Classified]

                 |     Poor in     |   Rich in   | Very rich in
                 |       Fat.      |     Fat.    |     Fat.
   Very high in  | White of Eggs   |             |
    Protein      | Cod Fish        |             |
                 | Lean Beef       |             |
                 | Chicken         |             |
                 | Veal            |             |
   High in       | Shell-fish      | Most Fish   |
    Protein      | Skim Milk       | Most Meats  |
                 | Lentils         | Most Fowl   |
                 | Peas            | Whole Egg   |
                 | Beans           | Cheese      |
   Moderate or   | Most Vegetables | Peanuts     | Fat Meats
    Deficient in | Bread           | Milk        | Yolk of Eggs
    Protein      | Potatoes        | Cream Soups | Most Nuts
                 | Fruits          | Most Pies   | Cream
                 | Sugar           | Doughnuts   | Butter

The foods given in the uppermost compartment are those "very high" in
protein (above 40 per cent. of their total calories, or food value,
being protein). Those in the two compartments next below are merely
"high" in protein (20 to 40 per cent.), while the lowest three
compartments contain those "moderate or deficient" in protein (zero to
20 per cent.).

The compartment farthest to the right contains a list of those foods
"very rich in fat." The two compartments next to the left contain those
"rich in fat," and the three compartments to the extreme left contain
those "poor in fat."

With reference to carbohydrates (starch or sugar), we can say that the
foods in the lower left compartment are very rich in carbohydrate. Those
in the two neighboring compartments (the one beginning "shell-fish" and
the one beginning "peanuts") are moderate, and those in the remaining
compartments are those poorest in carbohydrate.

Thus, practically, the nearer the name of any food is to the upper
corner of this triangular table, the more protein that food contains;
the nearer it is to the right hand corner, the more fat; and the nearer
to the remaining corner (lower left), the more carbohydrate (starch and

[Sidenote: Ideal Food Proportions]

An ideal proportion of the three food elements is to be had only in the
middle compartment of the lowest row. But it is by no means necessary or
advisable to confine one's diet to the few foods which happen to fall in
that compartment, provided foods chosen from other compartments
_balance_ each other. Thus, fruit and nuts balance each other, the one
being at the left and the other at the right of the ideal compartment.
In the same way, potatoes and cream balance each other, as do bread and
butter. Instinctively these combinations have been chosen, especially
bread and butter. This combination is, however, slightly too low in
protein, and a better balance is obtained by adding a little from the
compartment vertically above the ideal. In this way we obtain the
familiar meat-, egg-, or cheese-sandwich, constituting of itself a
fairly well-balanced meal.

In short, in order to maintain a diet correct as to protein, it is only
necessary to make our main choices from the lowest row and, in case the
foods so chosen are near the bottom, to supplement these by a moderate
use from the row above and a still more sparing use of those in the top

The following more detailed and specific table of food values will prove
helpful to those who desire intelligently to balance their diet or to
provide balanced menus for their families. A very little attention to
this subject will enable one to acquire sufficient knowledge of dietetic
needs to successfully govern the diet in a general way without weighing
or measuring the food. In the following table the number of calories
available in ordinary food portions is stated. Such a table should not,
of course, be memorized, but an occasional reference to it will enable
one soon to acquire a working knowledge of the food values of the main
articles in the dietary.


                               | "Portion"      |Wgt. of 100|   Percent of
         Name of Food          | Containing     | Calories  |
                               | 100 Calories   +-----+-----+-----+----+-------
                               | Roughly        |     |     |Pro- |Fat |Carbo-
                               | Described      |Gram |Ounce|tein |    |hydrate
  *Artichokes, as purchased,   |                |     |     |     |    |
    average, canned            |                |430  |15.  | 14  | 0  |  86
  *Asparagus, as purchased,    |                |     |     |     |    |
    average, canned            |                |540  |19.  | 33  | 5  |  62
  *Asparagus, as purchased,    |                |     |     |     |    |
    average, cooked            |                |206  | 7.19| 18  |63  |  19
  *Beans, baked, canned        |Small side dish | 75  | 2.66| 21  |18  |  61
  *Beans, Lima, canned         |Large side dish |126  | 4.44| 21  | 4  |  75
  *Beans, string, cooked       |Five servings   |480  |16.66| 15  |48  |  37
  *Beets, edible portion,      |                |     |     |     |    |
    cooked                     |Three servings  |245  | 8.7 |  2  |23  |  75
  *Cabbage, edible portion     |                |310  |17.  | 20  | 8  |  72
  *Carrots, edible portion,    |                |     |     |     |    |
    average, fresh             |                |215  | 7.6 | 10  | 8  |  82
   Carrots, cooked             |Two servings    |164  | 5.81| 10  |34  |  56
  *Cauliflower, as purchased,  |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                |312  |11.  | 23  |15  |  62
  *Celery, edible portion,     |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                |540  |19.  | 24  | 5  |  71
   Corn, sweet, cooked         |One side dish   | 99  | 3.5 | 13  |10  |  77
  *Cucumbers, edible portion,  |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                |565  |20.  | 18  |10  |  72
  *Egg plant, edible portion,  |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                |350  |12.  | 17  |10  |  73
   Lentils, cooked             |                | 89  | 3.15| 27  | 1  |  72
  *Lettuce, edible portion,    |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                |505  |18.  | 25  |14  |  61
  *Mushrooms, as purchased,    |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                |215  | 7.6 | 31  | 8  |  61
  *Onions, fresh, edible       |                |     |     |     |    |
    portion, average           |                |200  | 7.1 | 13  | 5  |  82
  *Onions, cooked              |Two large       |     |     |     |    |
                               | servings       | 240 | 8.4 | 12  |40  |  48
  *Parsnips, edible portion,   |One and a half  |     |     |     |    |
    average                    | servings       | 152 | 5.3 | 10  | 7  |  83
   Parsnips, cooked            |                | 163 | 5.74| 10  |34  |  56
  *Peas, green, canned         |Two servings    | 178 | 6.3 | 25  | 3  |  72
  *Peas, green, cooked         |One serving     |  85 | 3.  | 23  |27  |  50
   Potatoes, baked             |One good sized  |  86 | 3.05| 11  | 1  |  88
  *Potatoes, boiled            |One large sized | 102 | 3.62| 11  | 1  |  88
  *Potatoes, mashed (creamed)  |One serving     |  89 | 3.14| 10  |25  |  65
  *Potatoes, steamed           |One serving     | 101 | 3.57| 11  | 1  |  88
  *Potatoes, chips             |One-half serving|  17 |  .6 |  4  |63  |  33
  *Potatoes, sweet, cooked     |Half of average |     |     |     |    |
                               | potato         |  49 | 1.7 |  6  | 9  |  85
  *Pumpkins, edible portion,   |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                | 380 |13.  | 15  | 4  |  81
   Radishes, as purchased      |                | 480 |17.  | 18  | 3  |  79
   Rhubarb, edible portion,    |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                | 430 |15.  | 10  |27  |  63
  *Spinach, cooked, as         |Two ordinary    |     |     |     |    |
    purchased                  | servings       | 174 | 6.1 | 15  |66  |  19
  *Squash, edible portion,     |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                | 210 | 7.4 | 12  |10  |  78
  *Succotash, canned, as       |Ordinary serving|     |     |     |    |
    purchased, average         |                | 100 | 3.5 | 15  | 9  |  76
  *Tomatoes, fresh, as         |Four average    |     |     |     |    |
    purchased, average         | tomatoes       | 430 |15.  | 15  |16  |  69
  *Tomatoes, canned            |                | 431 |15.2 | 21  | 7  |  72
  *Turnips, edible portion,    |Two large       |     |     |     |    |
    average                    | servings       | 246 | 8.7 | 13  | 4  |  83
   Vegetable oysters           |                | 273 | 9.62| 10  |51  |  39
                                FRUITS (FRESH OR COOKED)
  *Apples, as purchased        |Two apples      |206  | 7.3 |  3  | 7  |  90
   Apples, baked               |                | 94  | 3.3 |  2  | 5  |  93
   Apples, sauce               |Ordinary serving|111  | 3.9 |  2  | 5  |  93
  *Apricots, edible portion,   |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                |168  | 5.92|  8  | 0  |  92
   Apricots, cooked            |Large serving   |131  | 4.61|  6  | 0  |  94
  *Bananas, yellow, edible     |                |     |     |     |    |
    portion, average           |One large       |100  | 3.5 |  5  | 5  |  90
  *Blackberries, as purchased, |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                |170  | 5.9 |  9  |16  |  75
   Blueberries                 |                |128  | 4.6 |  3  | 8  |  89
  *Blueberries, canned, as     |                |     |     |     |    |
    purchased                  |                |165  | 5.8 |  4  | 9  |  87
   Cantaloupe                  |Half ordinary   |     |     |     |    |
                               |serving         |243  | 8.6 |  6  | 0  |  94
  *Cherries, edible portion,   |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                |124  | 4.4 |  5  |10  |  85
  *Cranberries, as purchased,  |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                |210  | 7.5 |  3  |12  |  85
  *Grapes, as purchased,       |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                |136  | 4.8 |  5  |15  |  80
   Grape fruit                 |                |215  | 7.57|  7  | 4  |  89
   Grape juice                 |Small glass     |120  | 4.2 |  0  | 0  | 100
   Gooseberries                |                |261  | 9.2 |  5  | 0  |  95
  *Lemons                      |                |215  | 7.57|  9  |14  |  77
   Lemon juice                 |                |246  | 8.77|  0  | 0  | 100
   Nectarines                  |                |147  | 5.18|  4  | 0  |  96
   Olives, ripe                |About seven     |     |     |     |    |
                               | olives         |37   | 1.31|  2  |91  |   7
  *Oranges, as purchased,      |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |One very large  |270  | 9.4 |  6  | 3  |  91
   Oranges, juice              |Large glass     |188  | 6.62|  0  | 0  | 100
  *Peaches, as purchased,      |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |Three ordinary  |290  |10.  |  7  | 2  |  91
   Peaches, sauce              |Ordinary serving|136  | 4.78|  4  | 2  |  94
   Peaches, juice              |Ordinary glass  |136  | 4.80|  0  | 0  | 100
  *Pears                       |One large pear  |173  | 5.40|  4  | 7  |  89
   Pears, sauce                |                |113  | 3.98|  3  | 4  |  93
  *Pineapples, edible portion, |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                |226  | 8.  |  4  | 6  |  90
   Raspberries, black          |                |146  | 5.18| 10  |14  |  76
   Raspberries, red            |                |178  | 6.29|  8  | 0  |  92
  *Strawberries, as purchased, |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |Two servings    |260  | 9.1 | 10  |15  |  75
  *Watermelon, as purchased,   |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                |760  |27.  |  6  | 6  |  88
                                COOKED MEATS
  †Beef, round, boiled (fat),  |                |     |     |     |    |
    1099‡                      |Small serving   | 36  | 1.3 | 40  |60  |  00
  †Beef, round, boiled (lean), |                |     |     |     |    |
    1206‡                      |Large serving   | 62  | 2.2 | 90  |10  |  00
  †Beef, round, boiled (med.), |                |     |     |     |    |
    1188‡                      |Small serving   | 44  | 1.6 | 60  |40  |  00
  †Beef, 5th right rib,        |                |     |     |     |    |
    roasted, 1538‡             |Half serving    | 18.5|  .65| 12  |88  |  00
  †Beef, 5th right rib,        |                |     |     |     |    |
    roasted, 1616‡             |Small serving   | 32  | 1.2 | 25  |75  |  00
  †Beef, 5th right rib,        |Very small      |     |     |     |    |
    roasted, 1615‡             | serving        | 25  |  .88| 18  |82  |  00
  †Beef, ribs, boiled, 1169‡   |Small serving   | 30  | 1.1 | 27  |73  |  00
  †Beef, ribs, boiled, 1170‡   |Very small      |     |     |     |    |
                               | serving        | 25  |  .87| 21  |79  |  00
  *Calves foot jelly, as       |                |     |     |     |    |
    purchased                  |                |112  | 4.  | 19  |00  |  81
  *Chicken, as purchased,      |                |     |     |     |    |
    canned                     |One thin slice  | 27  |  .96| 23  |77  |  00
  *Lamb chops, boiled, edible  |                |     |     |     |    |
    portion, average           |One small chop  | 27  |  .96| 24  |76  |  00
  *Lamb, leg, roast            |Ordinary serving| 50  | 1.8 | 40  |60  |  00
  †Mutton, leg, boiled, 1184‡  |Large serving   | 34  | 1.2 | 35  |65  |  00
  †Pork, ham, boiled (fat),    |                |     |     |     |    |
    1174‡                      |Small serving   | 20.5|  .73| 14  |86  |  00
  †Pork, ham, boiled, 1192‡    |Ordinary serving| 32.5| 1.1 | 28  |72  |  00
  †Pork, ham, roasted (fat),   |                |     |     |     |    |
    1484‡                      |Small serving   | 27  |  .96| 19  |81  |  00
  †Pork, ham, roasted (lean),  |                |     |     |     |    |
    1511‡                      |Small serving   | 34  | 1.2 | 33  |67  |  00
  *Turkey, as purchased,       |                |     |     |     |    |
    canned                     |Small serving   | 28  |  .99| 23  |77  |  00
  †Veal, leg, boiled, 1182‡    |Large serving   | 67.5| 2.4 | 73  |27  |  00
                                CAKES, PASTRY, PUDDING AND DESSERTS
  *Cake, chocolate layer, as   |Half ordinary   |     |     |     |    |
    purchased                  | square piece   | 28  |  .98|  7  |22  |  71
  *Cake, gingerbread, as       |Half ordinary   |     |     |     |    |
    purchased                  | square piece   | 27  |  .96|  6  |23  |  71
  *Cake, sponge, as purchased  |Small piece     | 25  |  .89|  7  |25  |  68
   Custard, caramel            |                | 71  | 2.51| 19  |10  |  71
   Custard, milk               |Ordinary cup    |122  | 4.29| 26  |56  |  18
   Custard, tapioca            |Two-thirds      |     |     |     |    |
                               | ordinary       | 69.5| 2.45|  9  |12  |  79
  *Doughnuts, as purchased     |Half a doughnut | 23  |  .8 |  6  |45  |  49
  *Lady fingers, as purchased  |                | 27  |  .95| 10  |12  |  78
  *Macaroons, as purchased     |                | 23  |  .82|  6  |33  |  61
   Pie, apple, as purchased    |One-third       |     |     |     |    |
                               | ordinary piece | 38  | 1.3 |  5  |32  |  63
  *Pie, cream, as purchased    |One-fourth      |     |     |     |    |
                               | ordinary piece | 30  | 1.1 |  5  |32  |  63
  *Pie, custard, as purchased  |One-third       |     |     |     |    |
                               | ordinary piece | 55  | 1.9 |  9  |32  |  59
  *Pie, lemon, as purchased    |One-third       |     |     |     |    |
                               | ordinary piece | 38  | 1.35|  6  |36  |  58
  *Pie, mince, as purchased    |One-fourth      |     |     |     |    |
                               | ordinary piece | 35  | 1.2 |  8  |38  |  54
  *Pie, squash, as purchased   |One-third       |     |     |     |    |
                               | ordinary piece | 55  | 1.9 | 10  |42  |  48
   Pudding, apple sago         |                | 81  | 3.02|  6  | 3  |  91
   Pudding, brown betty        |Half ordinary   |     |     |     |    |
                               | serving        | 56.6| 2.  |  7  |12  |  81
   Pudding, cream rice         |Very small      |     |     |     |    |
                               | serving        | 75  | 2.65|  8  |13  |  79
   Pudding, Indian meal        |Half ordinary   |     |     |     |    |
                               | serving        | 56.6| 2.  | 12  |25  |  63
   Pudding, apple tapioca      |Small serving   | 79  | 2.8 |  1  | 1  |  98
   Tapioca, cooked             |Ordinary serving|108  | 3.85|  1  | 1  |  98
                                FRUITS (DRIED)
  *Apples, as purchased,       |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                | 34  | 1.2 |  3  | 7  |  90
   Apricots, as purchased,     |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                | 35  | 1.24|  7  | 3  |  90
  *Dates, edible portion,      |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |Three large     | 28  |  .99|  2  | 7  |  91
  *Dates, as purchased         |                | 31  | 1.1 |  2  | 7  |  91
  *Figs, edible portion,       |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |One large       | 31  | 1.1 |  5  | 0  |  95
  *Prunes, edible portion,     |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |Three large     | 32  | 1.14|  3  | 0  |  97
  *Prunes, as purchased        |                | 38  | 1.35|  3  | 0  |  97
  *Raisins, edible portion,    |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                | 28  | 1.  |  3  | 9  |  88
  *Raisins, as purchased       |                | 31  | 1.1 |  3  | 9  |  88
  *Bread, brown, as purchased, |Ordinary thick  |     |     |     |    |
    average                    | slice          | 43  | 1.5 |  9  | 7  |  84
  *Bread, corn (johnnycake)    |                |     |     |     |    |
    as purchased, average      |Small square    | 38  | 1.3 | 12  |10  |  72
  *Bread, white, home made, as |Ordinary thick  |     |     |     |    |
    purchased                  | slice          | 38  | 1.3 | 13  | 6  |  81
   Corn flakes, toasted        |Ordinary cereal |     |     |     |    |
                               | dishful        | 27  |  .97| 11  | 1  |  88
  *Corn meal, granular,        |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                | 27  |  .96| 10  | 5  |  85
  *Corn meal, unbolted,        |                |     |     |     |    |
    edible portion, average    |                | 26  |  .92|  9  |11  |  80
  *Crackers, graham, as        |                |     |     |     |    |
    purchased                  |Two crackers    | 23  |  .82|  9  |20  |  71
  *Crackers, oatmeal, as       |                |     |     |     |    |
    purchased                  |Two crackers    | 23  |  .81| 11  |24  |  65
  *Hominy, cooked              |Large serving   |120  | 4.2 | 11  | 2  |  87
  *Macaroni, average           |                | 27  |  .96| 16  | 2  |  83
  *Macaroni, average, cooked   |Ordinary        |     |     |     |    |
                               | serving        |110  | 3.85| 14  |15  |  71
  *Oatmeal, average, boiled    |One and a half  |     |     |     |    |
                               | serving        |159  | 5.6 | 18  | 7  |  75
  *Popcorn, average            |                | 24  |  .86| 11  |11  |  78
  *Rice, uncooked              |                | 28  |  .98|  9  | 1  |  90
  *Rice, boiled, average       |Ordinary cereal |     |     |     |    |
                               | dish           | 87  | 3.1 | 10  | 1  |  89
  *Rice, flakes                |Ordinary cereal |     |     |     |    |
                               | dish           | 27  |  .94|  8  | 1  |  91
  *Rolls, Vienna, as           |                |     |     |     |    |
    purchased, average         |One large roll  | 35  | 1.2 | 12  | 7  |  81
  *Shredded wheat              |One biscuit     |  27 |  .94| 13  | 4.5|  82.5
  *Spaghetti, average          |                |  28 |  .97| 12  | 1  |  87
  *Wheat flour, entire wheat   |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                |  27 |  .96| 15  | 5  |  80
  *Wheat flour, graham,        |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                |  27 |  .96| 15  | 5  |  80
  *Wheat flour, patent roller  |                |     |     |     |    |
    process, family and        |                |     |     |     |    |
    straight grade spring      |                |     |     |     |    |
    wheat, average             |                |  27 |  .97| 12  | 3  |  85
  *Zwieback                    |Size of thick   |     |     |     |    |
                               | slice bread    |  23 |  .81|  9  |21  |  70
                                DAIRY PRODUCTS
  *Butter, as purchased        |Ordinary pat or |     |     |     |    |
                               | ball           | 12.5|  .44|   .5|99.5|  00
  *Buttermilk, as purchased    |One and a half  |     |     |     |    |
                               | glass          |275  | 9.7 | 34  |12  |  54
  *Cheese, American, pale, as  |One and a half  |     |     |     |    |
    purchased                  | cubic in       | 22  |  .77| 25  |73  |   2
  *Cheese, cottage, as         |                |     |     |     |    |
    purchased                  |Four cubic in   | 89  | 3.12| 76  | 8  |  16
  *Cheese, full cream, as      |One and a half  |     |     |     |    |
   purchased                   | cubic in.      | 23  |  .82| 25  |73  |   2
  *Cheese, Neufchatel, as      |One and a half  |     |     |     |    |
    purchased                  | cubic in.      | 29.5| 1.05| 22  |76  |   2
  *Cheese, Swiss, as           |One and a half  |     |     |     |    |
    purchased                  | cubic in.      | 23  |  .8 | 25  |74  |   1
  *Cheese, pineapple, as       |One and a half  |     |     |     |    |
    purchased                  | cubic in.      | 20  |  .72| 25  |73  |   2
  *Cream                       |One quarter     |     |     |     |    |
                               | ordinary glass | 49  | 1.7 |  5  |86  |   9
   Kumyss                      |                |188  | 6.7 | 21  |37  |  42
  *Milk, condensed, sweetened, |                |     |     |     |    |
    as purch.                  |                | 30  | 1.06| 10  |23  |  67
  *Milk, condensed,            |                |     |     |     |    |
    unsweetened (evap. cream)  |                |     |     |     |    |
    as purchased               |                | 59  | 2.05| 24  |50  |  26
  *Milk, skimmed, as           |One and a half  |     |     |     |    |
    purchased                  | glasses        |255  | 9.4 | 37  | 7  |  56
  *Milk, whole, as purchased   |Small glass     |140  | 4.9 | 19  |52  |  29
   Whey, as purchased          |Two glasses     |360  |13   | 15  |10  |  75
                                SWEETS AND PICKLES
  *Catsup, tomato, as          |                |     |     |     |    |
    purchased, average         |                |170  | 6.  | 10  | 3  |  87
  *Honey, as purchased         |4 teaspoonfuls  | 30  | 1.05|  1  | 0  |  99
  *Marmalade (orange peel)     |                | 28.3| 1.  |   .5| 2.5|  97
  *Molasses, cane              |                | 35  | 1.2 |   .5| 0  |  99.5
  *Olives, green, edible       |                |     |     |     |    |
    portion                    |Seven olives    | 32  | 1.1 |  1  |84  |  15
  *Olives, ripe, edible        |                |     |     |     |    |
    portion                    |Seven olives    | 38  | 1.3 |  2  |91  |   7
  *Pickles, mixed, as          |                |     |     |     |    |
    purchased                  |                |415  |14.6 | 18  |15  |  67
  *Sugar, granulated           |3 teaspoonfuls  |     |     |     |    |
                               |or one and a    |     |     |     |    |
                               |half lumps      | 24  |  .86|  0  | 0  | 100
  *Sugar, maple                |4 teaspoonfuls  | 29  | 1.03|  0  | 0  | 100
  *Sirup, maple                |4 teaspoonfuls  | 35  | 1.2 |  0  | 0  | 100
  *Almonds, edible portion,    |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |About eight     | 15  |  .53| 13  |77  |  10
  *Beechnuts                   |                | 14.8|  .52| 13  |79  |   8
  *Brazil nuts, edible         |Three ordinary  |     |     |     |    |
    portion                    | size           | 14  |  .49| 10  |86  |   4
  *Butternuts                  |                | 14  |  .50| 16  |82  |   2
  *Cocoanuts                   |                | 16  |  .57|  4  |77  |  19
  *Chestnuts, fresh, edible    |                |     |     |     |    |
    portion, average           |                | 40  | 1.4 | 10  |20  |  70
  *Filberts, edible portion,   |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |Ten nuts        | 14  |  .48|  9  |84  |   7
  *Hickory nuts                |                | 13  |  .47|  9  |85  |   6
  *Peanuts, edible portion,    |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |Thirteen double | 18  |  .62| 20  |63  |  17
  *Pecans, polished, edible    |                |     |     |     |    |
    portion                    |About eight     | 13  |  .46|  6  |87  |   7
  *Pine nuts (pignolias),      |                |     |     |     |    |
    edible portion             |About eighty    | 16  |  .56| 22  |74  |   4
  *Walnuts, California,        |                |     |     |     |    |
    edible portion             |About six       | 14  | .48 | 10  |83  |   7
  *Eggs, hen's, boiled         |One large egg   | 59  | 2.1 | 32  |68  |  00
  *Eggs, hen's whites          |                |181  | 6.4 |100  | 0  |  00
  *Eggs, hen's, yolks          |Two yolks       | 27  |  .94| 17  |83  |  00
  *Omelet                      |                | 94  | 3.3 | 34  |60  |   6
  *Soup, beef, as purchased,   |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |                |380  |13.  | 69  |14  |  17
  *Soup, bean, as purchased,   |                |     |     |     |    |
    average                    |Very large plate|150  | 5.4 | 20  |20  |  60
  *Soup, cream of celery, as   |                |     |     |     |    |
    purch., average            |Two plates      |180  | 6.3 | 16  |47  |  37
  *Consomme, as purchased      |                |830  |29.  | 85  |00  |  15
  *Clam chowder, as purchased  |Two plates      |230  | 8.25| 17  |18  |  65

[A] Abstracted from A Graphic Method of Practical Dietetics, Irving
Fisher, Journal of A. M. A., Vol. xlviii, pp. 1316-1324.

[*] Chemical Composition of American Food Materials. Atwater and Bryant.
U. S. Department of Agriculture Bulletin, No. 28.

[†] Experiments on Losses in Cooking Meats. (1900103, Grindley, U. S.
Department of Agriculture Bulletin, No. 141.)

[‡] Laboratory number of specimen, as per Experiments on Losses in
Cooking Meat.

[Sidenote: Cost of Ready to Serve Foods]

The following table, adapted from one compiled by Gephart and Lusk
("Analysis and Cost of Ready to Serve Foods"), shows in convenient form
the relative energy values and cost of the more commonly used articles
of food.

A brief glance at this table will show how easily one might slowly
starve on very expensive food, and yet how easily the energy food needed
can be secured at a very low cost.

It would, of course, be a great mistake to regulate the diet solely with
regard to fuel value. Digestibility, as well as protein, mineral and
vitamin requirements, must also be considered. Nevertheless, the main
requirement is for fuel, and this, as the table shows, can be secured at
a surprizingly low cost.

                                             |  No. of       |  Cost of One
   Name of Food.                             |  Calories in  |  Order "Quick
                                             |  One Order.[B]|    Lunch"
                                             |               |  Restaurant.
      Napoleon                               |     418.6     |     $0.05
      Crullers                               |     416.6     |       .05
      Cabinet pudding and vanilla sauce      |     416.6     |       .05
      Cocoanut pie                           |     357       |       .05
  CD--Roast beef sandwich with roll          |     357       |       .05
      Bath buns                              |     357       |       .05
      Bread custard pudding                  |     357       |       .05
      Pineapple pie                          |     357       |       .05
      Corn muffins                           |     357       |       .05
      Apple pie                              |     357       |       .05
      New England pudding with vanilla sauce |     312.5     |       .05
      Chocolate spiced cakes.                |     312.5     |       .05
      Walnut layer cake with marshmallow     |               |
       icing                                 |     312.5     |       .05
      Milk crackers                          |     312.5     |       .05
      Bread pudding with vanilla sauce       |     312.5     |       .05
      Pumpkin pie                            |     312.5     |       .05
   D--Lamb croquettes and mashed potatoes    |     833.3     |       .15
      Coffee cake                            |     277.7     |       .05
      Rhubarb pie                            |     277.7     |       .05
   D--German meat cakes and French fried     |               |
       potatoes                              |     833.3     |       .15
      Old-fashioned molasses cake            |     277.7     |       .05
      Lemon pie                              |     277.7     |       .05
  CD--Vienna roast with French fried potatoes|     833.3     |       .15
      Butter cakes                           |     277.7     |       .05
      Minced ham sandwich                    |     277.7     |       .05
      Pork and Boston beans                  |     833.3     |       .15
      Cornmeal cakes with maple cane sirup   |     500       |       .10
   D--Ham croquettes                         |     500       |       .10
      Cold rice pudding                      |     277.7     |       .05
      Ham sandwich with roll                 |     250       |       .05
      Banana layer cake                      |     250       |       .05
  CD--Creamed chipped beef on toast          |     833.3     |       .15
      Cocoa                                  |     250       |       .05
  CD--Roast beef cutlet with tomato sauce    |     833.3     |       .15
  CD--German meat cakes with lyonnaise       |               |
       potatoes                              |     833.3     |       .15
  CD--Swiss cheese sandwich                  |     250       |       .05
  C --Boston baked beans                     |     500       |       .10
   D--Vienna roast, spaghetti and potatoes   |     625       |       .15
      Chocolate cornstarch with cream        |     227.2     |       .05
      Wheat cakes with maple cane sirup      |     500       |       .10
      Milk crackers and milk                 |     500       |       .10
  CD--American cheese sandwich               |     227.2     |       .05
  C --New York baked beans                   |     500       |       .10
      Hot corn bread                         |     416.6     |       .10
  CD--Country sausage                        |     227.2     |       .05
      Indian pudding with maple sauce        |     227.2     |       .05
  CD--Minced tongue sandwich with tea        |               |
       biscuits                              |     227.2     |       .05
      Cream roll                             |     227.2     |       .05
   D--Beef cakes with brown gravy and        |               |
       macaroni                              |     625       |       .15
  C --New York beans, on the side            |     227.2     |       .05
      Graham crackers                        |     227.2     |       .05
   D--Broiled ham                            |     833.3     |       .20
   D--Roast beef hash, browned               |     625       |       .15
      Oyster pie                             |     625       |       .15
  CD--Minced chicken sandwich                |     227.2     |       .05
      Apple tapioca pudding                  |     227.2     |       .05
      Potato salad                           |     416.6     |       .10
      Chocolate layer cake                   |     208.3     |       .05
  CD--Breaded veal cutlet and tomato sauce   |     833.3     |       .20
      Egg plant fried in butter              |     625       |       .15
      Buckwheat cakes with maple cane sirup  |     417.6     |       .10
   D--Roast beef croquettes with macaroni    |     625       |       .15
   D--Fried bacon with French fried potatoes |     833.3     |       .20
   D--Sardine sandwich                       |     208.3     |       .05
  CD--Minced ham sandwich with olives        |     208.3     |       .05
  CD--Ham and New York Beans                 |     625       |       .15
      Vanilla cornstarch with cream          |     208.3     |       .05
  CD--Roast beef cutlet and mashed potatoes  |     625       |       .15
   D--Lamb cutlet and mashed potatoes        |     625       |       .15
      Cocoanut cake                          |     208.3     |       .05
      Cream cheese walnut sandwich           |     208.3     |       .05
  C --New York baked beans with tomato sauce |     416.6     |       .10
   D--Ham and Boston beans                   |     625       |       .15
   D--Liver and onions with French fried     |               |
       potatoes                              |     833.3     |       .20
  CD--Beef stew                              |     625       |       .15
  CD--Pork and New York beans                |     625       |       .15
  CD--Ham sandwich                           |     192.3     |       .05
      Rice croquette with bacon              |     625       |       .15
      Baked apple with cream                 |     416.6     |       .10
   D--Frankfurters and potato salad          |     625       |       .15
      Baked beans with macaroni              |     625       |       .15
      Cup of coffee (containing cream and    |               |
       sugar)                                |     192.3     |       .05
   D--Mince pie                              |     417.6     |       .10
  CD--Lamb stew                              |     625       |       .15
  CD--Broiled salt mackerel with mashed      |               |
       potatoes                              |     833.3     |       .20
      Cherry pie                             |     357       |       .10
      Pound cake                             |     357       |       .10
   D--Chicken cutlet and mashed potatoes     |     625       |       .20
  CD--Shredded wheat and milk                |     357       |       .10
      Cream tapioca pudding                  |     192.3     |       .05
      Soda crackers and milk                 |     357       |       .10
      Strawberry pie                         |     357       |       .10
      Chocolate eclair                       |     192.3     |       .05
  CD--Baked lamb pie (individual)            |     625       |       .15
  CD--Corned beef sandwich                   |     192.3     |       .05
   D--Broiled bacon                          |     833.3     |       .20
      Rice cakes with maple cane sirup       |     625       |       .15
   D--Cold ham                               |     500       |       .15
   D--Roast beef croquettes and spaghetti    |     500       |       .15
  CD--Chipped beef and scrambled egg         |     833.3     |       .20
   D--Minced ham with scrambled eggs         |     833.3     |       .20
      Peach pie                              |     357       |       .10
   D--Baked macaroni and cheese              |     357       |       .10
      Huckleberry pie                        |     357       |       .10
      French toast with maple cane sirup.    |     625       |       .15
  CD--Corned beef and New York beans         |     500       |       .15
      Blackberry pie                         |     357       |       .10
  CD--Veal pot pie with dumplings            |     500       |       .15
  CD--Creamed codfish on toast               |     500       |       .15
   D--Vienna roast with stewed tomatoes      |     500       |       .15
  CD--Tomato omelet                          |     625       |       .20
   D--Small oyster fry                       |     625       |       .20
      Hot rice with cream                    |     500       |       .15
   D--Plain oyster fry with bacon            |     625       |       .20
  CD--Hamburger steak                        |     625       |       .20
   D--Corned beef hash, browned in pan       |     500       |       .15
   D--Corned beef hash, steamed              |     500       |       .15
      Cream                                  |     500       |       .15
  CD--Chicken wings on toast                 |     625       |       .20
   D--Country sausage and French fried       |               |
       potatoes                              |     500       |       .15
  CD--Corned beef and Boston beans           |     500       |       .15
  CD--Two fried eggs                         |     500       |       .15
  CA--Ham omelet                             |     625       |       .20
  CD--Plain omelet                           |     500       |       .15
  CA--Fried liver and mashed potatoes        |     500       |       .15
  CD--Creamed chipped beef                   |     500       |       .15
   D--Large oyster fry                       |     833.3     |       .25
      Apple fritters with fruit sauce        |     312.5     |       .10
   D--Fish cakes with tomato sauce           |     500       |       .15
      French fried potatoes, extra order     |     312.5     |       .10
      Chocolate cornstarch with whipped cream|     156.25    |       .05
      Shredded wheat and cream               |     416.6     |       .15
   D--Chicken croquette and French fried     |               |
       potatoes                              |     500       |       .15
  CD--Corned beef hash with poached egg      |     625       |       .20
  CD--Ham and eggs                           |     833.3     |       .25
   D--Ham and potato salad                   |     625       |       .20
  CD--Baked shad and dressing                |     625       |       .20
  CD--Hamburger steak with Spanish sauce     |     625       |       .20
      Charlotte russe                        |     156.25    |       .05
  CD--Creamed eggs on toast                  |     625       |       .20
   D--Bacon and eggs                         |     833.3     |       .25
      Strawberry fruit jelly with whipped    |               |
       cream                                 |     156.25    |       .05
  CD--Buckwheat cakes with country sausage   |     625       |       .20
   D--Oyster sandwich                        |     312.5     |       .10
  C --Chicken giblets on toast               |     625       |       .20
      Hot rice with butter                   |     312.5     |       .10
      Pimento olive cheese sandwich          |     156.25    |       .05
  CD--Liver and bacon with lyonnaise potatoes|     833.3     |       .25
  CD--Corned beef hash, browned, with two    |               |
       poached eggs                          |     833.3     |       .25
      Buttered toast                         |     312.5     |       .10
  CD--Liver and bacon                        |     833.3     |       .25
  CD--Chicken hash                           |     416.6     |       .15
   D--Two scrambled eggs                     |     416.6     |       .15
  CD--Milk                                   |     277.7     |       .10
      Apple sauce with whipped cream         |     147.05    |       .05
      Hot rice with poached egg              |     416.6     |       .15
  CD--Corned beef with potato salad          |     416.6     |       .15
      Fish cakes with poached egg            |     625       |       .20
  CD--Cold roast beef                        |     416.6     |       .15
   D--Hot rice with milk                     |     277.7     |       .10
  CD--Small steak                            |     833.3     |       .30
      Baked apple                            |     138.8     |       .05
      Baked apple with ice cream             |     277.7     |       .10
   D--Two lamb chops                         |     833.3     |       .30
   D--Chicken salad sandwich                 |     277.7     |       .10
  CD--Corned beef hash, steamed, with        |               |
       poached egg                           |     500       |       .20
  C --Boston beans on side                   |     131.57    |       .05
      Tomato sandwich                        |     131.57    |       .05
   D--Lamb chops, breaded, with mashed       |               |
       potatoes                              |     500       |       .20
  CD--Maple flakes with milk                 |     277.7     |       .10
  CD--Corned beef                            |     416.6     |       .15
  CD--Bulgarzoon                             |     131.57    |       .05
   D--Spanish omelet with French fried       |               |
       potatoes                              |     625       |       .25
      Baked apple custard with whipped cream |     250       |       .10
      Boiled rice, side order                |     131.57    |       .05
  CD--Fried egg sandwich                     |     250       |       .10
  CD--Onion omelet                           |     500       |       .20
  CD--Baked weak fish with dressing          |     500       |       .20
  CD--Sirloin steak                          |    1250       |       .50
      Fresh cooked oatmeal with cream        |     416.6     |       .15
  CD--Fish cakes with macaroni               |     500       |       .20
      Sliced bananas with cream              |     250       |       .10
  C --Macaroni, side order                   |     125       |       .05
  CD--Roast sirloin of beef and mashed       |               |
       potatoes                              |     500       |       .20
   D--Tomato omelet with potatoes            |     625       |       .25
  CD--Two boiled eggs                        |     357       |       .15
  CD--Fish cakes with spaghetti              |     500       |       .20
  CD--Macaroni omelet and tomato sauce       |     625       |       .25
  CD--Small steak with onions                |     833.3     |       .35
  CD--Fish cake sandwich                     |     227.2     |       .10
  CD--Egg salad                              |     500       |       .20
  CD--Parsley omelet                         |     500       |       .20
      Green split pea soup                   |     227.2     |       .10
      Vanilla ice cream                      |     227.2     |       .10
  CD--Tenderloin steak with onions           |    1250       |       .55
  CD--Cornflakes and milk                    |     227.2     |       .10
      Strawberry tart                        |     227.2     |       .10
  CD--Tuna fish salad                        |     500       |       .25
  CD--Sirloin steak with onions              |    1250       |       .55
      Pineapple fruit jelly with whipped     |               |
       cream                                 |     108.69    |       .05
  CD--Cup custard                            |     227.2     |       .10
  CD--Roast beef with potato salad           |     500       |       .25
  CD--Tenderloin steak                       |    1250       |       .60
   D--Milk toast                             |     312.5     |       .15
      Strawberry cornstarch with whipped     |               |
       cream                                 |     104.16    |       .05
      Strawberry ice cream                   |     208.3     |       .10
  CD--Clam chowder                           |     416.6     |       .20
  C --Chicken soup                           |     312.5     |       .15
  CD--Crab meat salad                        |     416.6     |       .20
      Vegetable soup                         |     192.3     |       .10
      Stewed rhubarb                         |      92.59    |       .05
  CD--Creamed chicken on toast               |     357       |       .20
      Strawberries with cream                |     277.7     |       .15
      Strawberry short cake                  |     277.7     |       .15
  CD--Chicken omelet                         |     416.6     |       .20
  CD--Deviled crab                           |     277.7     |       .20
      Sliced bananas                         |      89.28    |       .05
  CD--Spaghetti and cheese                   |     178.57    |       .10
  CD--Fried ham                              |     416.6     |       .25
   D--Minced chicken sandwich with lettuce   |     166.66    |       .10
  C --Bean soup with croutons                |     166.66    |       .10
  CD--Hot roast beef sandwich                |     250       |       .15
  CD--Club sandwich                          |     416.6     |       .25
  CD--Sliced chicken sandwich                |     156.25    |       .10
  CD--Poached eggs on toast                  |     500       |       .20
      Strawberries with ice cream            |     192.3     |       .15
  C --Cream of wheat                         |     125       |       .10
      Blackberries and cream                 |     113.63    |       .10
      Stewed corn                            |      52.08    |       .05
  C --Creamed asparagus on toast             |     192.3     |       .20
      Watermelon                             |     125       |       .15
  C --Tomato soup with rice                  |      73.52    |       .10
      Sliced pineapple                       |      35.21    |       .05
      Grape Fruit                            |      78.12    |       .15
  CD--Raw oysters                            |      55.55    |       .15
      Sliced tomatoes with lettuce           |      50       |       .15
  C --Sliced tomatoes                        |      30.48    |       .10
      Tomatoes and lettuce with dressing     |      53.19    |       .20
      Cantaloupe                             |      36.23    |       .15
      Champagne[E]                           |      357      |      1.00

[B] These values cover the whole portion as served, including bread and

[C] Contains 15 per cent. or over of heat in protein.

[D] Contains the protein of meat, milk, eggs or cheese.

[E] Not purchased in the restaurant.

[Sidenote: The Minimal Cost of Food]

Professor Graham Lusk has very kindly contributed the following comments
and additional table, derived from this material:

"The above are analyses of 350 different samples of foods purchased over
the counters of a company which maintains a chain of restaurants in New
York City, and obtained without knowledge on the part of these
restaurants that the analyses were contemplated.

"One may reliably assume that for the man of ordinary size, who lives
without doing any special muscular exercise, the fuel requirement of the
body each day amounts to 2,500 calories of heat. Translated into common
terms, this is the quantity of heat which would be required to raise
about 25 quarts of water from the freezing to the boiling point. Miss
Cauble, a special investigator of the Association for the Improvement of
the Condition of the Poor, kindly estimated the cost at wholesale prices
of the ingredients of different portions sold in the restaurants. These
are given in Table 9 beginning on page 64 of the pamphlet from which the
above table was derived. The data enable one to construct a new table
which gives the estimated wholesale cost of 2,500 calories in the
various familiar forms of food sold in the restaurant. This represents
the minimum cost of fuel for the support of an adult during twenty-four
hours without taking into consideration labor, fuel or rent which, in
the case of the restaurant, must be included in the cost of the foods
when they are eaten. It represents the minimal cost of food in the home.

"It appears from the table given below that the cost of 2,500 calories
in the wholesale market varies from $.04 in the case of boiled rice to
$.61 for shad. About half of the dishes can be obtained at wholesale at
a price less than $.25 for 2,500 calories, or less than a cent per
hundred calories, a cost which is the standard striven for in school
lunches. The table is given on the next page.

   Apple tapioca pudding                                $.04
   Rice, boiled (side order)                             .04
   Bath buns                                             .06
   Pie, apple                                            .07
   Pie, rhubarb                                          .08
   Apple, baked                                          .09
   Pie, strawberry                                       .09
   Cocoa                                                 .09
   Crullers                                              .10
  *Fish cakes with tomato sauce                          .13
   Muffins, corn                                         .13
  *Lamb croquette and mashed potatoes                    .14
  *Beans, Boston baked                                   .15
  *Beef, corned                                          .15
   Pie, lemon                                            .15
   Chicken wings on toast                                .16
   Napoleon                                              .16
  *Salad, potato                                         .16
   Toast, buttered                                       .16
   Cream roll                                            .17
  *Beef, creamed, chipped, on toast                      .18
   Cakes, butter                                         .19
  *Roast, Vienna, and spaghetti and potatoes             .19
   Pudding, tapioca, creamed                             .20
   Sandwich, oyster                                      .20
  *Veal cutlet, breaded and tomato sauce                 .20
  *Beef, corned, hash browned in pan                     .21
  *Liver and bacon                                       .21
  *Roast, Vienna, with French fried potatoes             .21
  *Stew, lamb                                            .21
  *Beans, New York, baked                                .22
   Cakes, buckwheat, with maple cane sirup               .22
   Coffee, cup of (contained cream and sugar)            .22
   Pudding, bread, with vanilla sauce                    .24
  *Beef, corned, hashed, steamed                         .25
   Oatmeal, fresh cooked, with cream                     .25
  *Stew, beef                                            .25
   Pie, oyster                                           .26
   Potatoes, French fried, extra order                   .26
  *Sandwich, ham                                         .26
  *Beef, creamed, chipped                                .27
  *Sandwich, corned beef                                 .27
  *Beef, corned, hashed, steamed, with poached egg       .28
  *Mackerel, broiled salt, with mashed potatoes          .28
   Milk                                                  .29
   Pudding, rice, cold                                   .29
  *Rice, hot, with poached egg                           .29
   Soup, bean, with croutons                             .29
  *Sandwich, minced chicken                              .30
   Cornstarch, chocolate, with cream                     .31
   Ice cream, strawberry                                 .31
  *Omelet, ham                                           .32
   Sandwich, cream cheese walnut                         .32
  *Omelet, plain                                         .33
   Cornstarch, vanilla, with cream                       .34
  *Omelet, onion                                         .34
  *Oyster fry, small                                     .34
  *Eggs, fried (2)                                       .35
  *Sandwich, fried egg                                   .35
   Sausage, country                                      .35
  *Chicken croquette and French fried potatoes           .36
  *Eggs, creamed, on toast                               .36
  *Omelet, parsley                                       .37
  *Omelet, Spanish, with French fried potatoes           .37
  *Sandwich, tomato                                      .39
  *Eggs, scrambled (2)                                   .40
  *Lamb chops (2)                                        .40
   Sandwich, club                                        .40
  *Salad, tuna fish                                      .41
   Custard                                               .43
  *Sandwich, chicken, sliced                             .43
  *Steak, tenderloin                                     .43
  *Ham, fried                                            .44
  *Sandwich, roast beef, hot                             .44
   Strawberries with cream                               .44
   Toast, milk                                           .45
  *Eggs, boiled (2)                                      .47
  *Omelet, chicken                                       .47
  *Sandwich, minced chicken with lettuce                 .49
  *Eggs, poached on toast (2)                            .59
  *Shad, baked, and dressing                             .61

[*] These orders contained bread and butter, which are figured in the
food values. Of the orders containing bread the fractional part of the
nutritional energy of the order from this source averaged 43.7 per cent.
of the total.

"Contemplation of these results may be made after the housekeeper has
carefully gone through the monthly hills for food, divided the cost of
the total food by the number of days in the month and then divided this
figure by the number of people in the family, counting children between
five and fifteen years of age at two-thirds of an adult.

"It would be interesting to know whether the cost of food for the adult
as determined in this fashion was $.25, $.50 or $1.00 per day. Wherever
the higher values are reached it is certain that extravagant profits are
paid to middlemen or great waste exists in the kitchen.

"The theme might still further be elaborated, but the essential data for
those interested in food economics can be obtained from the table
itself. Wholesale prices are used for the reason that retail prices are
subject to great variation. The fluctuation of retail prices does not
make it feasible to give their equivalents for the wholesale list, but
the relationship can be judged by noting the equivalents for the
extremes. In this table, for example, the retail price of 2500 calories
of rice would be about 13 cents as against 4 cents wholesale, and for
shad about $1.50, retail as against 61 cents wholesale."


[F] _Skandinavisches Archiv für Physiologie_ XXXI. Band. 1., 2 u. 3.
Heft, Leipzig, Verlag Von Veit & Comp., 1914.

The following table is derived from data produced by Becker and
Hamalainen of the University of Helsingfors, Finland, from actual
experiment with individuals alternately resting and working at their
respective trades while in the "respiration calorimeter."

                |    |         |     |      During     | During | Total
                |    |         |     |       Rest      |  Work  | Calories
                |    |         |     +-----------------+--------+ per Day
  Occupation    | Age| Height  | Wgt.|Calories|Calories|Calories| (8 Hrs.
                |    | Ft.-Ins.| Lbs.|per Hour|per Hour|per Hour| Work.
                |    |         |     |        |per Lb. |        | 16 Hrs.
                |    |         |     |        |of Body |        | Rest)
                |    |         |     |        |Weight  |        |
  Shoemaker     | 56 | 5-0     | 145 |   73   |  .50   |  172   | 2544
  Shoemaker     | 30 | 5-8     | 143 |   87   |  .60   |  171   | 2760
  Tailor        | 39 | 5-5     | 141 |   72   |  .50   |  124   | 2144
  Tailor        | 46 | 5-10½   | 161 |  102   |  .63   |  135   | 2712
  Bookbinder    | 19 | 6-0     | 150 |   87   |  .58   |  164   | 2704
  Bookbinder    | 23 | 5-4½    | 143 |   85   |  .59   |  163   | 2664
  Metalworker   | 34 | 5-4     | 139 |   81   |  .58   |  216   | 3024
  Metalworker   | 27 | 5-5     | 130 |   99   |  .76   |  219   | 3336
  Painter       | 25 | 5-11    | 154 |  104   |  .67   |  231   | 3512
  Painter       | 27 | 5-8     | 147 |  111   |  .79   |  230   | 3616
  Joiner        | 42 | 5-7     | 154 |   81   |  .50   |  204   | 2928
  Joiner        | 24 | 5-5½    | 141 |   85   |  .60   |  244   | 3312
  Stone-worker  | 27 | 5-11    | 156 |   90   |  .57   |  408   | 4704
  Stone-worker  | 22 | 5-8     | 141 |   85   |  .60   |  366   | 4288
  Sawyer        | 42 | 5-5     | 167 |   86   |  .50   |  501   | 5384
  Sawyer        | 43 | 5-5     | 143 |   84   |  .59   |  451   | 4952
  Hand-sewer    | 53 | 5-3     | 139 |   75   |  .54   |   83   | 1864
  Hand-sewer    | 35 | 5-6     | 143 |   64   |  .45   |   88   | 1728
  Machine-sewer | 53 | 5-3     | 139 |   75   |  .54   |  103   | 2024
  Machine-sewer | 19 | 5-3     | 110 |   64   |  .58   |  119   | 1976
  Wash-woman    | 43 | 5-3     | 125 |   75   |  .60   |  285   | 3480
  Wash-woman    | 19 | 5-3     | 110 |   64   |  .58   |  186   | 2512
  Waitress      | 43 | 5-3     | 125 |   75   |  .60   |  228   | 3024
  Waitress      | 19 | 5-3     | 110 |   64   |  .58   |  143   | 2168
  Bookbinder    | 22 | 5-4     | 105 |   70   |  .65   |   98   | 1904
  Bookbinder    | 22 | 5-3     | 112 |   61   |  .54   |  127   | 1992

For example, for sawyers (an active occupation), the heat production and
consequent requirement in calories worked out as follows:

  During rest 84 calories × 16 h.    1344
  During work 451 calories × 8 h.    3608
           Total calories            4952

The tailor (sedentary occupation) showed the following heat production
and calorific requirement:

   72 calories × 16 h.               1152
  124 calories ×  8 h.                992
           Total calories            2144

These figures show the wide variation in food requirements according to
age, weight and occupation.

[Sidenote: Basal Metabolism]

Francis G. Benedict and his co-workers at the Nutrition Laboratory of
the Carnegie Institution of Washington, and Prof. Graham Lusk of Cornell
University, have also made a large number of experiments to ascertain
what is termed the basal metabolism or heat production of the body at
perfect rest, and also that under varying degrees of activity. The
results are closely in agreement with the above.

Benedict has lately produced evidence to show that the basal metabolism,
or heat production, at rest is not governed entirely by such factors as
body weight and body surface, but by the amount and activity of the
active protoplasmic cells of the body--the cells that compose the organs
and muscles and blood. The condition of these cells when the
measurements are taken (which may be influenced by age, sleep, previous
muscular exercise and diet) materially affects the amount of heat
production and the requirements in energy food. Such experiments show
why a man must literally burn up his own body, if he takes in no fuel in
the form of food. Benedict's views also account for the higher energy
requirement of men as compared to women, who, as a rule, have more fat
and less muscular tissue than men.

[Sidenote: Diet and Endurance]

We have quoted Rubner (_vide_ page 38) as condemning the very old
popular idea that meat is very "strengthening." Actual experiments on
this point have shown exactly the opposite to be the case. Meat eating
and a high-protein diet instead of increasing one's endurance, have been
shown, like alcohol, to actually reduce it.

An experiment was made by one of the authors to determine this question.
The experiment consisted of endurance tests made on 49 persons
representing the two types of dietetic habits. The persons experimented
upon constituted three classes: first, athletes accustomed to
high-protein and full-flesh dietary; second, athletes accustomed to a
low-protein and non-flesh dietary; third, sedentary persons accustomed
to a low-protein and non-flesh dietary. The subjects consisted of Yale
students and instructors, a Connecticut physician, and several other
physicians and nurses. All of the low-protein and non-flesh subjects
except one had abstained from flesh foods for periods of 4 to 20 years,
and 5 of them had never eaten such foods.

The experiments furnished a severe test of the claims of the
flesh-abstainers. Two comparisons were planned, one between flesh-eating
athletes and flesh-abstaining athletes, and the other between
flesh-eating athletes and flesh-abstaining sedentary workers. The
results would indicate that the users of low-protein and the non-flesh
dietaries have far greater endurance than those who are accustomed to
the ordinary American diet.

In the absence of any exact mechanical method of measuring endurance,
simple endurance tests were employed, such as holding the arms
horizontally as long as possible and deep knee bending. The tests were
made before witnesses.

The comparison for arm holding shows a great superiority on the side of
the flesh-abstainers. Only 2 of the 15 flesh-eaters succeeded in holding
their arms out over a quarter of an hour, whereas 22 of the 32
abstainers surpassed that limit. None of the flesh-eaters reached half
an hour, but 15 of the 32 abstainers exceeded that limit. Of these 9
exceeded an hour, 4 exceeded 2 hours and 1 exceeded 3 hours.

In respect to deep knee bending, if we take the number 325 for
reference, we find that, of the 9 flesh-eaters only 3 surpassed this
figure, while of the 21 abstainers, 17 surpassed it. Only 1 of the 9
flesh-eaters reached 1,000 as against 6 of the 21 abstainers. None of
the former surpassed 2,000 as against 2 of the latter.

Similar results have been found in other investigations. It is probable
that the inferiority of meat-eaters in staying power is due primarily to
high protein, not to meat _per se_.

In 1906, nine Yale students under the direction of one of the authors
experimented with Mr. Horace Fletcher's method of thorough mastication
and instinctive eating. The experiment began with an endurance test on
January 14, and consisted mainly of two parts, each of which lasted
about ten weeks.

The object of the first half of the experiment was to test the claims
which have been made as to the effects upon endurance of thorough
mastication combined with implicit obedience to appetite. Our conclusion
in brief is that these claims, so far as they relate to endurance, are

The method may be briefly expressed in two rules.

1. _Mastication._--Thorough mastication of all food up to the point of
involuntary swallowing, with the attention directed, however, not on the
mechanical act of chewing, but on the tasting and enjoyment of the food;
liquid foods to be sipped and tasted, not drunk down like water. There
should be no artificial holding of food in the mouth beyond the time of
natural swallowing, even if, as is to be expected at the start, that
swallowing is premature. It is not intended to "count the chews," or to
hold the food forcibly in the front of the mouth, or to allow the tongue
muscles to become fatigued by any unnatural effort or position, or in
any other way to make eating a bore. On the contrary, every such effort
distracts one from the natural enjoyment of food. Pavlov has shown that
without such attention and enjoyment of the taste of food, the secretion
of gastric juice is lessened. The point of involuntary swallowing is
thus a variable point, gradually coming later and later as the practise
of thorough mastication proceeds, until the result is reached that the
food remains in the mouth without effort and becomes practically
tasteless. Thus the food, so to speak, swallows itself, and the person
eats without thought either of swallowing or of not swallowing it;
swallowing is put into the same category of physiological functions as
breathing, which ordinarily is involuntary.

2. _Following instinct._--Never to eat when not hungry, even if a meal
(or more than one, for that matter) is skipped. And when a meal is
taken, not to be guided by the quantity of food offered, or by past
habit, or by any theories as to the amount of food needed. The natural
taste or appetite is alone consulted, and the subject selects, from the
food available, only those kinds and amounts which are actually craved
by the appetite. After practise, the appetite gradually becomes more
definite and discriminating in its indications.

During the second half of the experiment the two rules above mentioned
were continued in force, but a third rule was added, namely, when the
appetite was in doubt, to give the benefit of that doubt to low-protein
and non-flesh foods. In other words, the influence of suggestion was
invoked to hasten the change which had been inaugurated by arousing the
natural appetite. Suggestion was introduced merely because the
experiment was limited in time. In no case was it allowed to override
the dictates of appetite.

Careful records of the amount of food taken and the constituents in (1)
protein, (2) fats and (3) starches and sugars, were kept for each man
for each day. In order to avoid weighing the food at the table and the
annoyance which such a procedure involves, the food was all weighed in
the kitchen and served in definite portions of known food value. From
the records thus supplied, it was easy, by means of a "mechanical diet
indicator" devised for the purpose, to find the proportions of food
elements. The first result of the experiment was a reduction in the
amount of protein consumed.

During the first four weeks, the men consumed an average of from 2,760
to 3,030 calories per day, of which 120 to 240 were in the flesh foods,
such as meats, poultry, fish and shell-fish, and that 2.4 to 2.7
calories of protein were ingested for each pound of body-weight.
Translating Professor Chittenden's figures for the physiological
requirement of ingested protein, we find it to be from 1.3 to 1.7
calories per pound of body-weight. Thus the men were at this time
consuming nearly double the Chittenden allowance. During the last four
weeks of the experiment all these magnitudes were lower. The per capita
calories ranged from 2,220 to 2,620, of which only 40 were in flesh
foods, and the protein had fallen to 1.4 to 1.9 calories per pound of
body-weight, which corresponds closely to the Chittenden standard.

Gymnasium tests were made at the beginning, middle and end of the
experiment. These tests were of two kinds--tests of strength and tests
of endurance.

During the first period there was a slight increase in strength (from an
average "total" strength of 1,076 to 1,118), and during the second
period a slight fall to 995, which is about 12 per cent. from the
mid-year's 1,118, and about 8 per cent. from the original 1,076. Thus
the strength of the men remained nearly stationary throughout the

It is fortunate that the strength of the men remained so nearly
stationary; for it demonstrates the more clearly that the increase in
endurance which will be shown below was an increase in endurance
_per se_, and not in any degree due to an increase in strength. Strength
and endurance are entirely distinct and should be separately measured.
The strength of a muscle is measured by the utmost force which it can
exert _once_; its endurance by the number of times it can repeat a given
exertion _well within its strength_.

After much consideration and consultation it was decided not to place
reliance on the ordinary ergographs as a means of measuring endurance.
Instead, seven simple gymnastic tests of physical endurance were
employed, and one of mental endurance. The seven physical tests were:

(1) Rising on the toes as many times as possible.

(2) Deep knee bending, or squatting as far as possible and rising to the
standing posture, repeating as often as possible.

(3) While lying on the back, raising the legs from the floor to a
vertical position and lowering them again, repeating to the point of
physical exhaustion.

(4) Raising a 5-lb. dumb-bell (with the triceps) in each hand from the
shoulder up to the highest point above the head, repeating to the point
of physical exhaustion.

(5) Holding the arms from the sides horizontally for as long a time as

(6) Raising a dumb-bell (with the biceps) in one hand from a position in
which the arm hangs down, up to the shoulder and lowering it again,
repeating the motion to the point of physical exhaustion. This test was
taken with four successive dumb-bells of decreasing weight, viz., 50,
25, 10 and 5 lbs. respectively.

(7) Running on the gymnasium track at a speed to suit the subject, to as
great a distance as possible.

The mental test consisted of adding specified columns of figures as
rapidly as possible, the object being to find out whether the rapidity
of performing such work tended to improve during the experiment.


              B   Lq.  Lw.   M   P    R    T     W
  Jan.-Mar.  33+  36    50  --  26   18+  66+   33
  Jan.-June  84+  84+  181  29  56+  89+  80+  107+

The figures of this table show an undoubted increase in endurance, both
for the first half and more especially for the whole period of the

Three methods of estimating the increase of endurance between January
and June were used. These may be put together in the following table:


   B    E   Lq.   Lw.    M     P     R    T    W
  85   13   194    95   212   56+   73   66   109

  84+  ...   84+  181    29+  56+   89+  80+  107+

  ...  ...   62   ...    50   ...  170  200   100+

The first line of this table tells us the average of the recorded
improvement in endurance shown for each man. The average of these
averages is 101 per cent. for the entire club, and is probably within
the truth; for most of the individual figures which go to make up this
result are understatements, not overstatements.

The second line shows the average improvement in tests in which there is
no doubt that the figure is at least not too high, though it may be too
low. The average of these is 89 per cent., and is therefore certainly
too low an estimate of the average improvement for the eight men who
improved at all.

The third line shows the increase of _pure_ endurance (that is,
endurance considered apart from strength) for the five men for whom the
figures were available. The average of these is 116 per cent.

We are quite safe in saying, therefore, that the average improvement of
the eight men who improved was 90 per cent.

The phenomena observed during the experiment may be summarized as a
slight reduction of total food consumed, a large reduction of the
protein element, especially of flesh foods, a lessened excretion of
nitrogen, a reduction in the odor, putrefaction, fermentation and
quantity of the feces, a slight loss of weight, a slight loss of
strength, an enormous increase of physical endurance, a slight increase
in mental quickness. These phenomena varied somewhat with different
individuals, the variations corresponding in general to the varying
degree in which the men adhered to the rules of the experiment.

That we are correct in ascribing the results, especially in endurance,
to dietetic causes alone, cannot reasonably be doubted when it is
considered that no other factors of known significance were allowed to
aid in this result.

While the results of the present experiment lean toward "vegetarianism,"
they are only incidentally related to its propaganda. Meat was by no
means excluded; on the contrary, the subjects were urged to eat it if
their appetite distinctly preferred it to other foods.

The sudden and complete exclusion of meat is not always desirable,
unless more skill and knowledge in food matters are employed than most
persons possess. On the contrary, disaster has repeatedly overtaken many
who have made this attempt. Pavlov has shown that meat is one of the
most and perhaps the most "peptogenic" of foods. Whether the stimulus it
gives to the stomach is natural, or in the nature of an improper goad or
whip, certain it is that some stomachs which are accustomed to this
daily whip have failed, for a time at least, to act when it was

Nor is it necessary that meat should be permanently abjured, even when
it ceases to become a daily necessity. The safer course, at least, is to
indulge the craving whenever one is "meat hungry," even if, as in many
cases, this be not oftener than once in several months. The rule of
selection employed in the experiment was merely to _give the benefit of
the doubt_ to the non-flesh food; but even a _slight_ preference for
flesh foods was to be followed.


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How many people after age 35 have a conformation of body that is in
accord with proper ideals of health and symmetry? The average
individual, as age progresses, gains weight until he reaches old age,
when the weight usually decreases.

This movement of weight is so universal that it has been accepted as
normal, or physiological, whereas it is not normal, and is the result of
disease-producing and life-shortening influences.

The standards for weight at the various ages and heights have been
established by life insurance experience, but these standards, which
show an increase in weight as age advances, by no means reflect the
standards of health and efficiency. They merely indicate the average
condition of people accepted for life insurance, whose death rate--while
covered by life insurance premiums--is yet far above that obtaining
among people of the best physical type, who live a thoroughly hygienic

  Experience of 43 American Companies--1885-1908.[G]
  Number of Policyholders 186,579
   Ages  |   Overweight  |  Overweight   |  Overweight   |  Overweight
    at   |  5 to 10 lbs. | 15 to 20 lbs. | 25 to 45 lbs. | 50 to 80 lbs.
   Entry |               |               |               |
         | Death | Death | Death | Death | Death | Death | Death | Death
         | Rate  | Rate  | Rate  | Rate  | Rate  | Rate  | Rate  | Rate
         | Below | Above | Below | Above | Below | Above | Below | Above
         |Std.[H]| Std.  | Std.  | Std.  | Std.  | Std.  | Std.  | Std.
   20-24 |   4%  |  ...  |   4%  |  ...  |  ...  |   1%  |  ...  |   3%
   25-29 |   7   |  ...  |  10   |  ...  |  ...  |  12   |  ...  |  17
   30-34 |   1   |  ...  |  14   |  ...  |  ...  |  19   |  ...  |  34
   35-39 |   0   |  ...  |  ...  |   1%  |  ...  |  31   |  ...  |  55
   40-44 |   6   |  ...  |  ...  |  10   |  ...  |  40   |  ...  |  75
   45-49 |  ...  |   3%  |  ...  |   9   |  ...  |  31   |  ...  |  51
   50-56 |  ...  |   2   |  ...  |  21   |  ...  |  24   |  ...  |  49
   57-62 |  ...  |   2   |  ...  |  25   |  ...  |  12   |  ...  |  38

The heaviest mortality (75 per cent. above the standard), is found among
those aged 40 to 44 who are 50 to 80 pounds overweight.

[G] _Medico-Actuarial Mortality Investigation_, Volume II, page 13,
compiled and published by The Association of Life Insurance Medical
Directors and The Actuarial Society of America.

[H] The standard death rate is that experienced by average insurance
risks of the same age, according to the Medico-Actuarial Committee.

It seems reasonable to deduce from these figures that the usual gain in
weight with advancing years is not an advantage but a handicap. We
should endeavor to keep our weight at approximately the average weight
for age 30, the period of full maturity, as experience shows that those
so proportioned exhibit the most favorable mortality. This weight, for
the various heights, is shown in the following table:

  AGE 30--MEN
    Height.  |  Pounds. ||  Height.  |  Pounds. ||   Height.  |  Pounds.
   Ft.   In. |          || Ft.   In. |          ||  Ft.   In. |
   5         |   126    ||  5     7  |    148   ||   6     1  |    178
   5     1   |   128    ||  5     8  |    152   ||   6     2  |    184
   5     2   |   130    ||  5     9  |    156   ||   6     3  |    190
   5     3   |   133    ||  5    10  |    161   ||   6     4  |    196
   5     4   |   136    ||  5    11  |    166   ||   6     5  |    201
   5     5   |   140    ||  6        |    172   || .......... | .........
   5     6   |   144    ||  .......  |  ......  || .......... | .........

    Height.  |  Pounds. ||  Height.  |  Pounds. ||  Height.   |  Pounds.
   Ft.   In. |          || Ft.   In. |          ||  Ft.   In. |
   4     8   |   112    ||  5     2  |    124   ||   5     8  |    146
   4     9   |   114    ||  5     4  |    127   ||   5     9  |    150
   4    10   |   116    ||  5     4  |    131   ||   5    10  |    154
   4    11   |   118    ||  5     5  |    134   ||   5    11  |    157
   5         |   120    ||  5     6  |    138   ||   6        |    161
   5     1   |   122    ||  5     7  |    142   || .......... | .........

In fat people, the number of working cells is relatively less in
proportion to the weight than in thin people, as fat cells do not work.
Also, there is less body surface exposed in proportion to the body
weight, and consequently less heat loss. Likewise, fat people are less
active, and their little cell-engines do not call for so much fuel; but
in most cases the fuel is furnished right along in the ordinary diet,
and what is not burned up is stored up.

[Sidenote: Diet for Overweight]

For extreme overweight, diet should be prescribed accurately by the
physician to suit the needs of each individual case. Certain general
principles may be stated, however, as applicable to the average case.

Meals should be light and frequent, rather than hearty and infrequent. A
little fruit may be taken on rising and a glass of hot water.

A light breakfast is advisable; one or two poached eggs, no sugar, bread
and butter in small quantity.

For dinner, choice may be made of chicken, game, lean meat, fish not
cooked in fat, in moderate portions, and of such vegetables as celery,
spinach, sea-kale, lettuce, string beans, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes,
cabbage, Brussels sprouts, turnips, bulky vegetables of low food value.
Tapioca or similar pudding may be used for desserts, and melon, and
other cooked unsweetened fruits.

A glass of hot water on retiring is advisable.

It is surprising what an enormous fuel value certain foods have which
are eaten very carelessly, and what a very low fuel value others have
which are quite satisfying to hunger. For example: One would have to eat
$9.00 worth of lettuce and tomato salad to furnish 2,500 calories, the
amount of fuel for the day's requirements (Lusk), while about 30 cents'
worth of butter, or 10 cents' worth of sugar would furnish the same
amount of energy. No one would think of feeding exclusively on any one
of these foods, but it is easy to see how the elimination of butter and
sugar and the introduction of such foods as lettuce, tomatoes, celery,
carrots, spinach and fruits, all of which have a low fuel value, would
enormously reduce the available energy and therefore the fat-forming
elements in the diet, yet fill the stomach and satisfy the
hunger-craving. Hunger is largely dependent upon the contractions of the
empty stomach and not upon a general bodily craving for food.

[Sidenote: Fat Forming Foods That Should, as a Rule, be Avoided by

Foods to avoid, in cases of overweight, are sugar, fats, milk as a
beverage, salmon, lobster, crabs, sardines, herring, mackerel, pork and
goose, fat meats, nuts, butter, cream, olive oil, pastry and sweets,
water at meals. Alcohol, which is not a food, although often so called,
should be avoided, as it is a fuel. It is good to burn in a stove, but
not in the human body.

[Sidenote: Exercise for Overweight]

Walking, swimming, golf, billiards, hill-climbing, are all beneficial
forms of exercise for the middle-aged and elderly, who are chiefly
affected by overweight.

Irksome and monotonous forms of exercise, while difficult to follow
regularly, are usually of more benefit, as they are less likely to
create an appetite. Simple exercises, if repeated from twenty to forty
times, night and morning, will accomplish much. No apparatus is
required, and any movements that bring into play the entire muscular
system, and especially the muscles of the trunk, with deep breathing,
are sufficient. (See "Setting-up" exercises described in the "Notes on
Posture," page 221.) The main reliance should be upon dietetic
regulation rather than upon exercise. A very moderate increase of
exercise and a persistent adherence to a proper diet will work wonders
in weight reduction.

[Sidenote: Avoidance of Sudden Reduction]

It is unwise to attempt a sudden reduction in weight. Profound nervous
depression may be caused by too rapid reduction in people of nervous
temperament, especially if they have long been overweight. By gradually
modifying the diet and moderately increasing the exercise, the results
can be obtained with mathematical precision and without undue hardship.
It may be necessary to forego certain pet dietetic indulgences, but such
indulgences, are, after all, a mere matter of habit and a liking for new
forms of food can usually be acquired. One can not have the cake and
penny too. One can not safely reduce one's weight by any mysterious
method that will leave one at liberty to continue the indulgences,
whether of sloth or of appetite, that are responsible for its

[Sidenote: Summary]

The reduction of weight is really a very simple matter. No mysterious or
elaborate "systems" or drugs are needed.

If a reduction in the amount of energy food and an increase in the
amount of exercise is made, no power on earth can prevent a reduction in

Even a sedentary worker uses up about 2,500 calories a day. By reducing
the food to 1,200 calories (this can be done without decreasing its
bulk) and increasing the exercise to the point of burning up
3,000 calories, the tissues are drawn upon for the difference, and a
reduction in weight must be experienced just as surely as a reduction
in a bank account is made by drawing checks on it.


  Experience of 43 American Companies
  Duration of Experience, 1885-1908
  Number of Policyholders, 530,108[I]

          |    Underweight,   ||    Underweight,   ||    Underweight,
          |    5 to 10 lbs.   ||   15 to 20 lbs.   ||   25 to 45 lbs.
    Ages  |-------------------||---------+---------||---------+---------
     at   |  Death  |  Death  ||  Death  |  Death  ||  Death  |  Death
   Entry. |  Rate   |  Rate   ||  Rate   |  Rate   ||  Rate   |  Rate
          |  Below  |  Above  ||  Below  |  Above  ||  Below  |  Above
          |  Std.[J]|  Std.   ||  Std.   |  Std.   ||  Std.   |  Std.
   20-24  |   ...   |    7%   ||   ...   |   15%   ||   ...   |   34%
   25-29  |    1%   |   ...   ||   ...   |    8    ||   ...   |   16
   30-34  |   ...   |    4    ||   ...   |    0    ||   ...   |    8
   35-39  |    9    |   ...   ||   ...   |    3    ||   ...   |    2
   40-44  |   15    |   ...   ||   13%   |   ...   ||    3%   |   ...
   45-49  |    3    |   ...   ||    1    |   ...   ||   11    |   ...
   50-56  |   10    |   ...   ||    8    |   ...   ||    9    |   ...
   57-62  |    7    |   ...   ||   18    |   ...   ||   19    |   ...

[I] Medico-Actuarial Mortality Investigation, Volume 11, page 10.

[J] The standard death rate is that experienced by average insurance
risks of the same age, according to the Medico-Actuarial Committee.

The most favorable mortality (19 per cent. below the average) is found
among those aged 57 to 62 who are extremely light in weight, compared
with the average weight for those ages. The next lowest mortality in any
other age group (15 per cent. below the average) is among those aged 40
to 44 who are 5 to 10 pounds under the average weight.

[Sidenote: Diet for Underweight]

Thin people lose heat more readily than stout people, as they have a
larger percentage of active tissue and expose more skin surface in
proportion to the body weight. They require, therefore, an abundant
supply of energy food, or fuel foods, fats, starch and sugar. Butter
and olive oil are better than other fats and less likely to disturb the
digestion. Sugar is a valuable fuel food, but should not be taken in
concentrated form into an empty stomach. Sweets are best taken at the
end of a meal, but in such cases the teeth should be well cleansed.
Fruit at the end of a meal tends to prevent any injury to the teeth from
sugar and starches.

Potatoes, cereals, bread and all starchy vegetables are fattening, but
should be well chewed and tasted before swallowing. Thin, anemic people
derive much benefit from egg lemonade or egg-nogs (without alcohol) made
from the yolks, which contain fat, iron and other valuable elements.

[Sidenote: Exercise for Underweight]

Overfatigue and exhausting physical exertion should be avoided.

Moderate systematic exercises, with deep breathing, and sleeping out of
doors, or approaching as near to it as one can, are advisable. At middle
life and after, underweight, unless extreme or accompanied by evidence
of impaired health, should not give any concern. Other things being
equal, the old motto "A lean horse for a long race," holds good.



[Sidenote: Corrective Exercises for Faulty Posture]

Among simple exercises recommended for strengthening the abdominal
muscles and restoring the organs to normal position are the following:

Lie flat on the back and rise to a sitting posture; squat until the
thighs rest upon the calves of the legs. Lie flat on the back, head
downward on an inclined plane (an ironing board, uptilted, will do) and
make a bridge at intervals by arching the abdomen and resting on
shoulders and heels.

From the fundamental standing posture described in this section, a
number of exercises can be developed.

1. _Yard-arm._--While deeply inhaling (through the nose) slowly raise
the arms to horizontal position, straight out from the sides; let the
arms fall slowly to the sides while exhaling. The chest should be well
arched forward, hips drawn backward and arms hung back of thighs while
performing this exercise.

These movements should be performed at the rate of about 10 per minute.

3. _Tree-swaying._--While in the standing position, thrust the arms
straight above the head, then sway from side to side, moving from the
hips upward, the arms loosely waving like the branches of a tree.

4. _Leg-lifting._--Assume the standing position, but with hands resting
on the hips. Raise the right thigh until at right angles with the body,
leg at right angles with thigh, thrust the leg straightforward to a
horizontal position, then sweep the leg back to standing posture. Repeat
with the left leg. (Sargent.)

5. _Signal Station._--Assume the standing posture with hands on hips.
Thrust the right arm straight upward, while lifting the left leg outward
and upward and rigidly extended. Lower the limbs and repeat on other
side. (Sargent.)

6. _Crawling Position._--Rest on hands and knees, thighs and arms at
right angles to the body, spine straight. Reach forward with arm and
follow with thigh and leg of same side; repeat on other side. Knee
protectors can be worn during this exercise.

[Sidenote: Corrective Exercises for Flat Foot]

Draw two parallel chalk lines about three-fourths the length of one foot
apart and practise walking on them until the habit of toeing straight is

When standing, do not keep the heels together and toes out, as in the
ordinary attitude prescribed by athletic manuals, and the military
attitude of "attention." Correct posture is more like the military
attitude "at rest"--namely, heels apart, toes straight forward, the
sides of the feet forming two sides of a square. This attitude gives
stability and poise and insures a proper distribution of the weight of
the body upon the structures of the feet.

This straightforward direction of the feet with heels apart is also
noted in Spartan sculpture.

Those who stand a great deal should avoid distorted positions, such as
resting the weight on the sides of the feet, or on one foot with the
body sagging to one side. The body weight should be kept evenly
supported on both feet.

[Sidenote: Consult Specialist]

When the condition of flat foot is found, the advice of an Orthopedic
surgeon (specialist on bone deformities, etc.) should be sought, as
often a plaster cast of the foot is required in order that a proper
brace be adjusted to assist in the cure. In some cases, operative
treatment may be needed.

The condition is one which should be treated by a physician or surgeon,
and not by a shoemaker. The ordinary arch supports supplied by
shoemakers do not cure flat foot. Shoes for such feet should be made to
order, and have a straight internal edge.

All such measures must be supplemented by proper exercises, and the
correction of faulty position of the feet while walking.

Unless "toeing out" is corrected by exercise and a proper shoe, an arch
brace will do more harm than good.

The disturbances of health due to weak feet are manifold, just as are
those due to eye-strain. Pain in the feet, legs and back, often mistaken
for rheumatism, and improperly treated with drugs and liniment, chronic
general fatigue and nervous depression are often due to this rather
common affection.

[Sidenote: Detecting Weak Feet]

To detect weak feet, note whether there is a tendency to toe out when
walking, and a bending inward of the ankles when standing or walking,
or a disposition to walk on the inner side of the feet, as shown by the
uneven wearing of the shoe. This condition may be present with a high
instep, and no evidence of flat foot. As flat foot develops the inward
bend of the ankle is easily apparent. The inner hollow of the foot
disappears and the entire sole rests flat upon the ground when the shoes
are removed.

The earlier in life this condition of weak feet is detected, the better
for the individual. After middle life, a cure, especially in extremely
heavy people, may be difficult or impossible, if the arches are
completely broken down. Much relief, however, can be afforded by proper
braces, fitted scientifically, by means of a plaster cast.

In young people, a cure can almost invariably be effected, and after a
time braces and supports are not needed.

It is a very grave mistake to suppose that in such cases so-called arch
supports will either cure flat foot or that people with weak feet are
necessarily condemned to wear such supports throughout life.

The cure is sometimes effected in a short time, but it may take a year
or two, and with proper management it can usually be accomplished,
unless there is some unusual complication.

The prevention of flat foot consists largely in affording due exercise
of the leg and foot muscles and tendons by plenty of walking and
running, especially in childhood, and especially on rough ground. Flat
pavements are, indirectly, one cause of flat foot.



The influence of alcohol on longevity can be most satisfactorily
determined by the records of life insurance companies wherein the
death-rates among those abstaining from alcohol have been computed as
compared to those of the general class of insured lives. In considering
such figures it is well to bear in mind that the general or
non-abstaining class comprises only those who were accepted as standard
healthy risks and so far as could be determined were moderate in their
use of alcohol. Such experiences have been carefully compiled by the
following companies:

United Kingdom Temperance and General Provident Institution of
London;[1][K] The Sceptre Life;[2] The Scottish Temperance Life of
Glasgow;[3] The Abstainers and General Life of London;[4] The
Manufacturers' Life of Canada;[5] Security Mutual Life of Binghamton,
N. Y.[6]

[K] The notes ("[1]" etc.) refer to the publications listed at the close
of the section.

[Sidenote: Comparative Mortality Among Abstainers and Non-Abstainers]

The comparative mortality among abstainers and non-abstainers in several
of these companies is shown in the charts exhibited in this section.

It is probable that the heavier mortality among non-abstainers as
compared to abstainers is not wholly due to the chemical effect of
alcohol on the tissues, but in some degree to collateral excesses
(especially those resulting in infection from the diseases of vice) and
a more careless general manner of living engendered by alcoholic
indulgence; that, furthermore, those who indulge in so-called moderation
are open to greater temptation to increased indulgence and final excess
than those who abstain altogether.

It has often been alleged, however, that the lower mortality among
abstainers was due solely to a more conservative habit of living, and
that this class is largely composed of people in favorable or preferred
occupations, such as clergymen and teachers.

The experience of the Security Mutual of Binghamton, N. Y., does not
support such a postulate. During a twelve years' experience the
mortality among the abstainers was one-third that of the tabular
expectation, and their occupations were classified as follows:

  Clergymen                                       4 per cent.
  Farmers                                        19  "    "
  Clerks                                         15  "    "
  Miscellaneous (earning $15 to $25 per week)    62  "    "

Mr. Roderick McKenzie Moore, Actuary of the United Kingdom Temperance
and General Provident Institution,[7] has this to say regarding the
abstainers' class in that company:

    The total abstainer class was not "nursed" or favored to produce
    a low mortality. So far as could be determined (and many of the
    risks came in personal contact with the officers) they were of the
    same general class as the non-abstainers. They were written by the
    same group of agents, for the same kind of policies, for the same
    average amounts, _and were in the same general walks of life_, and
    of the same general financial condition. They were almost equal in
    numbers to the general class and did not form a small high grade
    section of the policyholding body. On the contrary, greater care was
    exercised in the selection of the non-abstainers because of the less
    favorable experience anticipated on them, and many borderline risks
    were accepted in the abstaining class because of a feeling that
    their abstinence would neutralize some unfavorable factor.


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Now that accurate laboratory evidence is available regarding the
physiological effect of alcohol in so-called moderate doses the
insurance experience seems consistent, and the higher mortality among
so-called moderate drinkers is only what we would naturally expect to
find in the light of the most recent knowledge regarding its effects
upon the human organism, not only in the direct causation of disease,
but in lowering the defense to disease and increasing the liability to
accident, and the tendency to careless living.

[Sidenote: Medico-Actuarial Mortality Investigation]

In the recent medico-actuarial investigation[8], including forty-three
American life insurance companies, the combined experience on users of
alcohol has been compiled, with very interesting results. It may be
subdivided as follows:

First: Those who were accepted as standard risks but who gave a history
of occasional alcoholic excess in the past. The mortality in this group
was 50 per cent. in excess of the mortality of insured lives in general,
equivalent to a reduction of over four years in the average lifetime of
the group.

Second: Individuals who took two glasses of beer, or a glass of whisky,
or their alcoholic equivalent, each day. In this group the mortality
was 18 per cent. in excess of the average.

Third: Men who indulge more freely than the preceding group, but who
were considered acceptable as standard insurance risks. In this group
the mortality was _86 per cent._ in excess of the average. In short, we
find the following increase of mortality over the average death rate
among insured risks generally:

  Steady moderate drinkers but accepted
      as standard risks                     86 per cent.
  Having past excesses                      50  "    "
  Very moderate drinkers                    18  "    "

This means that steady drinkers who exceed two glasses of beer or one
glass of whisky daily are not, on the evidence, entitled to standard
insurance, but should be charged a heavy extra premium.

In these groups, the death rates from Bright's disease, pneumonia and
suicide were higher than the normal.

[Sidenote: Consumption of Alcohol]

The per capita consumption of alcohol has greatly increased in the
United States in recent years, while in the United Kingdom it has
materially decreased, as shown in the following table. This factor must
be considered in assigning a cause for the increasing mortality from
degenerative diseases in this country as compared to a decreasing
mortality from these maladies in Great Britain.

  COUNTRIES[9] 1896-1912

          |           1896-1900.         |           1908-1912.
          | Beer.| Wine.|Spirits.| Total.| Beer.| Wine.|Spirits.|  Total.
  Germany | 25.4 |  1.37|  1.66  | 28.43 | 22.4 |  1.09|  1.29  | 24.78
  U. K.   | 31.6 |   .39|  1.05  | 33.04 | 26.65|   .26|   .71  | 27.62
  France  |  5.5 | 19.9 |  1.7   | 27.1  |  8.6 | 24.7 |  1.42  | 34.72
  U. S.   | 13.01|  .30 |   .81  | 14.12 | 16.62|   .52|  1.02  | 18.16

#Laboratory and Clinical Evidence Relating to the Physiological Effects
of Alcohol#

To interpret correctly the mortality statistics relating to moderate
drinkers and total abstainers, one must have some knowledge of the
physiological effects of alcohol in so-called moderate doses, a
knowledge which is often lacking in those who assume to interpret such

For example: If it could be shown that small doses of alcohol produce no
ascertainable ill effects upon the human organism, the higher mortality
among the moderate drinkers as compared to total abstainers might have
to be explained as due to some as yet unrecognized cause or causes
other than alcohol. But if laboratory and clinical evidence shows that
alcohol in so-called moderate quantities (social moderation) produces
definite ill effects, such as lowering the resistance to disease,
increasing the liability to accident and interfering with the efficiency
of mind and body and thus lessening the chances for success in life, to
say nothing of any toxic degenerative effect upon liver, kidneys, brain
and other organs, the excess mortality that unquestionably obtains among
moderate drinkers as compared to total abstainers must be ascribed
chiefly to alcohol.

It is not possible here to give all the evidence, but the following
items will serve to clarify these questions.

[Sidenote: Effect on Brain and Nervous System]

Kraepelin[10] and his pupils have contributed most extensively to our
knowledge on this subject. According to such authorities, a half to a
whole liter of beer is sufficient to lower intellectual power, to impair
memory, and to retard simple mental processes, such as the addition of
simple figures. Habitual association of ideas, and free association of
ideas are interfered with.

As far back as 1895, Smith demonstrated the influence of small doses of
alcohol in impairing memory, and these results have been confirmed by
Kraepelin and quite recently by Vogt[11] in experiments on his own
person--15 cc. (about 4 teaspoonfuls) of whisky on an empty stomach, or
25 cc. with food, being sufficient to distinctly impair the power to

Careful and exact experiments have shown the influence of moderate doses
of alcohol in lessening the amount of work performed by printing
compositors. There has also been shown a disturbance in the sequence of
ideas. The time that elapses between an irritation and the beginning of
a responsive movement can be measured within one one-thousandth of a
second. According to Aschaffenburg,[12] under the influence of even very
small doses of alcohol this reaction period is disturbed and shortened.
It is below the normal, the acceleration being attained at the expense
of precision and reliability. Indeed, the reaction is often premature,
and constitutes a false reaction--"the judgment of the reason comes
limping along after the hasty action."

It is now conceded that alcohol is not a real brain stimulant, but acts
by narrowing the field of consciousness. By gradually overcoming the
higher brain elements the activities of the lower ones are released,
hence the so-called stimulation and the lack of judgment and common
sense often shown by those even slightly under the influence of alcohol.
The man who wakes up under alcohol is really going to sleep, as far as
his judgment and reason are concerned. Complete abolition of
consciousness is brought about by sufficient doses as when ether or
chloroform is taken.

Under moderate doses, muscular efficiency is at first increased a little
and then lowered, the total effect being a loss in working power, as
shown by the experiments of Dubois, Schnyder,[13] Hellsten,[14] and

[Sidenote: Influence on Bodily Resistance to Disease]

Muller, Wirgin and others[15] have shown that alcohol restricts the
formation of antibodies (the function of which is to resist infection in
the blood) in rabbits, and Laitinen[16] has shown that the prolonged
administration of small doses in men (15 cc.) is sufficient to lower
vital resistance, especially to typhoid fever.

Rubin[17] has demonstrated that alcohol, ether and chloroform, injected
under the skin, render rabbits more vulnerable to streptococcus (blood
poison) and pneumnococcus infection (pneumonia); Stewart,[18] that small
amounts lower the resistance to tuberculosis and streptococcus
infection; Craig and Nichols,[19] that moderate doses of whisky were
sufficient to cause a negative Wassermann reaction in syphilitic
subjects; Fillinger[20] found the resistance of red blood cells much
reduced after the administration of champagne to healthy human subjects.
Similar results were found in dogs and rabbits.

Weinburg[21] confirmed these results by the same methods, showing that
20 per cent. of the red cells lose their resistance after the
administration of 450 cc. of champagne.

Parkinson,[22] in a series of careful tests, failed to establish any
influence on phagocytosis (capacity of the white blood cells to destroy
bacteria), except when large doses or continuous moderate doses were

[Sidenote: Effect on Circulation]

On the heart and circulation, alcohol acts as a depressant, increasing
the rate, but not the force, of the pulse. It causes depression of the
nerve center controlling the blood vessels and thus lowers blood
pressure. Large doses cause paralysis of these nerves and of the heart.

Miller and Brooks[23] found from small doses (6 to 12 cc. absolute
alcohol) an increase in blood pressure in conscious (unanesthetized)
animals, contrary to the findings of Crile,[24] Cabot,[25] Dennig,[26]
Hindelang and Grünbaum, Alexandroff[27] and others, _in man_; but the
amounts were small and variable, according to individual susceptibility,
_thus showing the drug to be, even on such evidence, uncertain and
unserviceable as a heart stimulant_.

[Sidenote: Food Value]

Atwater and Benedict,[28] and Beebe[29] and Mendel,[30] have shown that
alcohol is a "protein sparer," and can, to some extent, take the place
of fats and carbohydrates. This is what is meant by calling alcohol a
"food." Always, however, it fails to pass some test by which true foods
are measured. Apart from its effect on the nervous system, among which
must be figured its action on the blood vessels which causes a _loss of
body heat_, Mendel has shown that in moderate doses (96 cc. daily) it
increases the output of uric acid and allied (purin) bodies derived from
the tissues, a fact which distinguishes it from all other foods. These
poisonous or drug effects must always be considered, together with any
alleged nourishing effects. Alcohol is still used by some as a rapidly
available fuel-food in fevers, and when ordinary foods cannot be readily
digested and made available. But this is done to a much less degree than
formerly, now that its narcotic and poisonous effects are more fully
understood. Sugar and water often serve quite as useful a purpose.

It seems reasonable, on the evidence herein presented, to class alcohol
among the narcotic or "deadening" drugs, such as ether or chloroform.
Indeed, Aschaffenburg[31] has recently called attention to the growth of
the ether habit in eastern Germany, where this drug is used as a
so-called stimulant, while in reality the effects are well known to be
narcotic, or deadening.

The laboratory and the life insurance records simply give exact
expression to what has long been a matter of common knowledge to the
employer of labor and to leaders and commanders of men; to wit, that the
influence of alcohol on any large group of men, whether they be artisans
or soldiers, is harmful and lowers the efficiency of the group.
Individual susceptibility varies, but the man who thinks he is an
exception and can indulge with safety may find that he is mistaken only
after serious damage to the body has been done and perhaps a definite
loss sustained in happiness and achievement.

[Sidenote: Effect on Offspring]

Stockard,[32] in his experiments on animals, has demonstrated
conclusively that the germ cells of males can be so injured by allowing
the subjects to inhale the fumes of alcohol that they give rise to
defective offspring, although mated with vigorous untreated females. The
offspring of those so treated when reaching maturity are usually nervous
and slightly undersize. These effects are apparently conveyed through
the descendants for at least three generations. Such evidence
establishes at least the probability of the transmission of serious ill
effects to human offspring through alcoholic indulgence of the male

Much of the statistical evidence that has been produced on both sides of
this question of the transmissibility of the effect of alcohol is
misleading unless very critically analyzed, but the results of exact
laboratory experiments can hardly be gainsaid.

Those who trifle with alcohol should at least take the precaution to be
periodically examined in order to detect the earliest signs of
ill-effect. One's own feelings are not safe guides, and may fail to
warn of danger until serious damage has been done.

In 1914, at the annual meeting of the National Council of Safety, at
which there were present representatives from several hundred large
industries, the members unanimously voted to abolish liquor from their
plants. It has been well stated by Quensel[33] that "work and alcohol do
not belong together, especially when the work demands wideawakeness,
attention, exactness and endurance."

The restrictive and prohibitive measures of the French and Russian
governments, the well known opposition of the Kaiser to alcohol and the
warnings uttered by Lord Kitchener and leading British statesmen, are
sufficient evidence that the condemnation of alcohol represents the
deliberate judgment of the world's strong men.


[1] United Kingdom Temperance and General Provident Institution of
London, Annual Report, 1910.

[2] Sceptre Life Association, Annual Report, 1912.

[3] Scottish Temperance Life Assurance Company, Annual Report, 1912.

[4] The Abstainers and General Insurance Company, Ltd., Annual Report,

[5] McMahon, T. F.: _The Use of Alcohol and the Life Insurance Risk._
Proceedings of the Association of the Life Insurance Medical Directors
of America, 1911, Twenty-second Annual Meeting, p. 473; Medical Record,
LXXX, p. 1121.

[6] Lounsberry, R. L.: Proceedings of the Life Assurance Medical
Directors. October, 1913.

[7] Moore, Roderick McKenzie: _On the Comparative Mortality Among
Assured Lives of Abstainers and Non-Abstainers from Alcoholic
Beverages._ Transactions of the Institute of Actuaries, 1913, XXXVIII,
pp. 248-272.

[8] Report of Medico-Actuarial Mortality Investigation, IV, pp. 11-13.

[9] Statistical Abstract for the United Kingdom, Sixty-first Number,
1809-1913 (Wyman & Sons), London, 1914, p. 173; Statistical Abstract for
the Principal and Other Foreign Countries, 1901-1912, Thirty-ninth
Number, pp. 505, 506, 507; Statistical Abstract of the United States,
Thirty-sixth Number, 1913, p. 516.

[10] Kraepelin, Emil: _Ueber die Beeinflussung einfacher psychischer
Vorgänge durch einige Arzneimittel_, Verlag von Gustav Fisher, Jena,
1892; Aschaffenburg, Gustav: _Praktische Arbeit unter Alkoholwirkung,
Psychologische Arbeiten_, 1896, I, pp. 608-626; Kurz, Ernest, and
Kraepelin, Emil: _Ueber die Beeinflussung psychischer Vorgänge durch
regelmässigen Alkoholgenuss, Psychologische Arbeiten_, 1901, III,
pp. 417-457; Mayer, Martin: _Ueber die Beeinflussung der Schrift durch
den Alkohol, Psychologische Arbeiten_, 1901, III, pp. 535-586; Rudin,
Ernst: _Ueber die Dauer der psychischen Alkoholwirkung, Psychologische
Arbeiten_, IV, pp. 1-44.

[11] Vogt, R.: _Om virkningen af 15-50 cm3 koncentrert spiritus paa
erindringsevnen_, Norsk. Mag. f. Laegevidensh., 1910, LXXI, pp. 605-626;
The Lancet (London), 1910, II, p. 1040.

[12] Aschaffenburg, Gustav: _Crime and Its Repression_, Little, Brown &
Company, Boston, 1913, p. 84.

[13] Schnyder, L.: _Alkohol und Muskelkraft_, Archiv für
Physiologie, 1902-3, XCIII, p. 451.

[14] Hellsten, A. F.: _Ueber den Einfluss von Alkohol, Zucker und Thee
auf die Leistungsfähigkeit des Muskels_, Munchen Med. Wchnschr., 1914,
LI, pp. 18-94.

[15] Bastedo, Walter A.: _Materia Medica Pharmacology and Therapeutics_,
W. B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia and London, 1913, p. 333.

[16] Laitinen, T.: The Norman Kerr Lecture on _The Influence of Alcohol
on Immunity_, Med. Rec., LXXVI, 1909, pp. 445-446. Read before the
Twelfth International Anti-Alcoholic Congress, held in London, July,
1909; _Uber die Einwirkung der kleinsten Alkoholengen auf die
Widerstandsfähigkeit des tierischen Organismus mit besonderer
Berücksichtigung der Nachkommenschaft_, _Ztschr. f. Hyg. u.
Infections-krankheiten_, LVIII, 1907-8, p. 139.

[17] Rubin, George: _The Influence of Alcohol, Ether, and Chloroform on
Natural Immunity in its Relation to Leucocytosis and Phagocytosis_,
Jour. Infct. Dis., 1904, I, pp. 425-444.

[18] Stewart, Chas. E.: _The Influence of Alcohol on the Opsonic Power
of the Blood_, Mod. Med., 1907, XVI, pp. 241-246. Read before the
American Society for the Study of Alcohol and Drug Neuroses, Atlantic
City, June 4, 1907, and published in the Jour. of Inebriety.

[19] Craig, Chas. F., and Nichols, Henry J.: _The Effect of the
Ingestion of Alcohol on the Result of the Complement Fixation Test in
Syphilis_, Jour. A. M. A., 1911, LVII, pp. 474-76.

[20] Fillinger, F. V.: _Weitere Mitteilungen über Resistenzverminderung
der Erythrozyten nach Alkoholgenuss_, Deutsch. Med. Wchnschr., 1912,
XXXVIII, p. 999.

[21] Weinburg, W. W.: _The Lowering of Stability of Erythrocytes in
Alcoholic Intoxication_, Russky Vratch, 1912, II, p. 1324; New York Med.
Jour., 1912, XCVI, p. 1040.

[22] Parkinson, P. R.: _The Relation of Alcohol to Immunity_, The Lancet
(London), 1909, VII, pp. 1580-82.

[23] Brooks, Clyde: _The Action of Alcohol on the Normal Intact
Unanesthetized Animal_, Jour. A. M. A., 1910, LV, pp. 372-73. Read in
the Section on Pathology and Physiology of the A. M. A. at the
Sixty-first Session, St. Louis, June, 1910.

[24] Crile, George W.: _Blood Pressure in Surgery_, J. B. Lippincott
Company, Philadelphia, 1903. Cartwright Prize of the Alumni Ass'n of the
College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City.

[25] Cabot, Richard C.: _Studies of the Action of Alcohol in Disease,
Especially upon the Circulation_, Med. News, LXXXIII, 1903, pp. 145-153.
Read before the Association of American Physicians, May 13, 1903.

[26] Dennig, Hindelang und Grünbaum: _Uber den Einfluss des
Alkohols auf den Blutdruck und die Herzarbeit in pathologischen
Zuständen_, Namentlich beim Fieber, Deutsch. Arch. f. klin. Med., 1909,
XCVI, pp. 153-162.

[27] Alexandroff, Emilie: _Ueber die analeptische Wirkung des Alkohols
bei pathologischen Zuständen_, Cor. Bl. f. schweiz. Aerzte., 1910, XL,
pp. 465-475; Action of Alcohol During Febrile and other Pathologic
Conditions, Jour. A. M. A., 1910, LV, p. 174.

[28] Atwater, W. A., and Benedict, F. G.: _An Experimental Inquiry
Regarding the Nutritive Value of Alcohol_, National Academy of Science,
1902, Sixth Memoir.

[29] Beebe, L. B.: _The Effect of Alcohol and Alcoholic Fluids Upon the
Excretion of Uric Acid in Man_, Amer. Jour. Physiol., 1904, XII,
pp. 13-37.

[30] Mendel, L. B., and Hilditch, Warren W.: _The Influence of Alcohol
Upon Nitrogenous Metabolism in Men and Animals_, Amer. Jour. Physiol.,
1910, XXVII, pp. 1-23.

[31] Aschaffenburg, _Ibid._

[32] Stockard, C. R.: _A Study of Further Generations of Mammals from
Ancestors Treated with Alcohol_, Proc. Soc. Exper. Biol. and Med., 1914,
XI, p. 136.

[33] Quensel, Ulrik: _The Alcohol Question from a Medical
Viewpoint--Studies in the Pathology of Alcoholism_, Year Book, United
States Brewers' Association, 1914, p. 168.

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Bastedo, Walter A.: _Materiel Medico, Pharmacology and Therapeutics_,
W. B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia and London, 1913, p. 318.

Bertillon, Jacques: _On Mortality and the Causes of Death According to
Occupations_, Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Congress on
Hygiene and Demography, Washington, 1912, I, p. 345.

Boos, William F.: _The Relation of Alcohol to Industrial Accidents and
to Occupational Diseases_, Proceedings of the Fifteenth International
Congress on Hygiene and Demography, Washington, 1912, I, p. 829.

Cabot, Richard C.: _The Consumption of Alcohol and of Other Medicines at
the Massachusetts General Hospital_, Boston Med. Jour., CLX, 1909,
pp. 480-81.

Dixon, W. E.: _Alcohol in Relation to Life_, The Nineteenth Century,
1910, LXVII, pp. 516, 523.

"Ethyl Alcohol," _The Dispensatory of the United States of America_,
J. B. Lippincott & Company, Philadelphia, 19th edition, p. 102.

Ewald: _Alcohol in Relation to Infectious Diseases_, Med. Rec., 1913,
LXXXIV, p. 75. Read before the Fourth National Congress on
Physiotherapy, Berlin, March 26, 1913.

Horsley, Sir Victor: _Discussion on Alcohol in Therapeutics_, Med. Rec.,
1912, LXXI, p. 951. Read before the Hunterian Society.

Hunter, Arthur: _Can Insurance Experience be Applied to Lengthen Life?_
Proceedings of the Association of Life Insurance Presidents, Eighth
Annual Meeting, 1914, pp. 27-37.

Kelynak, T. M.: _The Drink Problem_, London, Methuen & Company, 1907.

Landau, Anastazy: _Beitrage zur hehre vom Purinstoffwechsel und zur
Frage über den Alkoholeinfluss auf die Harnsaureausscheidung_, Deutsch.
Arch. f. klin. Med., XCV, 1908-9, pp. 280-328.

Miller, Joseph L.: _The Physiologic Action, Uses and Abuses of Alcohol
in the Circulatory Disturbance of the Acute Infection_, Jour. A. M. A.,
1910, LV, pp. 2034-2037. Read in the joint session of the Sections of
Practice of Medicine and Pharmacology and Therapeutics of the A. M. A.,
Sixty-first Annual Session, held at St. Louis, June, 1910.

Neff, Irwin H.: _The Problem of Drunkenness_, Proceedings of the
Fifteenth International Congress on Hygiene and Demography, Washington,
1912, IV, p. 510.

Phelps, Edward Bunnell: _The Mortality from Alcohol in the United
States_, Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Congress on Hygiene
and Demography, Washington, 1912, Vol. I, p. 813.

Proceedings: Association of Life Insurance Medical Directors, October,

Report of the Committee of Fifty on: Physiological Aspects of the Liquor
Problem, Houghton, Mifflin & Company, two volumes, 1903.

Togel, O., Brezina, E., and Durig, A.: _Ueber die kohlenhydratsparende
Wirkung des Alkohols_, Biochem. Ztschr., 1913, I, 296; Editorial, Jour.
A. M. A., 1913, LXI, p. 967.

Williams, Henry Smith: _Alcohol, How it Affects the Individual, the
Community and the Race_, The Century Company, New York, 1909.

Woods, Robert A.: _The Prevention of Inebriety: Community Action_,
Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Congress on Hygiene and
Demography, Washington, 1912, IV, p. 517.

#Additional Notes on Alcohol#

[Sidenote: Nutrition Laboratory Experiments]

There has lately been undertaken at the Nutrition Laboratory of the
Carnegie Institution at Washington a very broad and comprehensive study
of the effect of moderate doses of alcohol on the healthy and normal
human body. The immense scope of the investigation planned may be judged
by the fact that under the physiological division of the research, as
laid out by Professors Raymond Dodge and E. C. Benedict, there are seven
main sections and one hundred and sixty subdivisions. The program has
been arranged after conferences, either in person or by letter, with the
leading physiologists of the world, and may take ten years to complete.

[Sidenote: Psychological Effects]

The psychological program, carried out with the co-operation of Dr. F.
Lyman Wells, has already been completed and the results recently
published.[34] These results must be accepted as the testimony of pure
science, free from all bias or even remote suggestion of propaganda.
They were based upon experiments with moderate doses of alcohol
(30 cubic centimeters, or about 8 teaspoonfuls, and 45 cubic
centimeters) upon ten normal subjects, very moderate users of alcohol,
and may be summarized as follows:

[Sidenote: Lower Levels Spinal Cord]

A very simple reflex act, the "knee-jerk," a nervous mechanism
controlled by a center at the lower level of the spinal cord, was
markedly depressed, the time of response being increased 10 per cent.
and the thickening of the muscles concerned in the act decreased
45 per cent. In some subjects the larger dose, 45 cubic centimeters,
practically abolished the knee-jerk.

The eye-lid reflex, elicited by a sudden noise, showed the next largest
effect, the time of response being increased 7 per cent. and the degree
of movement decreased 19 per cent.

[Sidenote: Higher Levels]

Other nervous mechanisms, or reflex arcs, at the higher levels of the
cord, were next investigated: (1) eye-reaction to suddenly appearing
stimulus, and (2) speech reaction to visual word stimuli. Dose A
(30 cubic centimeters), accelerated the eye-reaction, while dose B
(45 cubic centimeters) positively depressed it, agreeing with the simple
reaction experiments of Kraepelin. This was the only instance of
acceleration of movement of the voluntary muscles through alcohol, all
the other tests showing it to be a consistent depressant. The speech
reaction showed a positive depressant effect of 3 per cent.

[Sidenote: Memory]

Free association of ideas and memory tests were also made, and showed
practically no effect from alcohol, but, unfortunately, the smaller dose
only was used in these tests.

The sensitiveness to electrical stimulation was decreased 14 per cent.

Motor co-ordination, as evidenced by eye-movements in fixating seen
objects, was next investigated. The velocity of these movements was
decreased 11 per cent. Finger-movements, measured in an exceedingly
delicate way, were reduced in speed 9 per cent.

[Sidenote: Heart and Pulse]

The effect on the pulse while these tests were made was observed, and
electrocardiograms taken. The pulse was found to be accelerated, but not
increased in force, that is, the "brake" was taken off the heart, but no
driving force supplied by alcohol. The condition of the circulation was
impaired by the narcotic effect of alcohol on the cardio-inhibitory
center which holds the heart action in check.

[Sidenote: Decreases Organic Efficiency]

According to the investigators, the effect is to "decrease organic
efficiency." This should shut off such little debate as still persists
with respect to alcohol having any value as a heart stimulant.

[Sidenote: Always a Depressant]

While these investigations only confirm in part the contention of the
Kraepelin school that alcohol first acts by depressing the higher
centers, and tend to show that its first and most profound effect is on
the lower levels of the spinal cord and the simpler nervous mechanisms,
it confirms the view of these and other investigators, that the total
effect of alcohol is that of a narcotic, depressing drug, even in the
smallest doses usually taken as a beverage.

[Sidenote: Resistance of Higher Brain Function]

The possible reactions are more complex than those supposed by
Kraepelin, and there is evident in the higher centers (the effect on
highest brain functions, were not measured by Dodge and Benedict) a
power of "autogenic reinforcement," which is well exemplified by the
ability of a half-intoxicated person to sober up under some shock or
strong incentive. When social conditions do not stimulate this
reinforcement, but, on the contrary, dull and retard it, as in convivial
company, there is reinforcement of the lower, more animal mechanisms of
the nervous system, and we have exhibited revolting and foolish
reactions to alcohol, which are consistent with these findings.

[Sidenote: Explanation of Memory Effects]

The slight effect on memory and free association is explained partly by
the methods used in the laboratory (difference in time of recognizing
words suddenly exposed a second time), which are more in the nature of
"short cuts" and perhaps not so accurate a reproduction of normal
memorizing as those employed by Kraepelin and Vogt (memorizing numbers
and verse), and partly by the power of "autogenic reinforcement," which
it is difficult to eliminate in a laboratory test.

This, the latest contribution of science to the study of alcohol, gives
added proof that the higher mortality among so-called moderate users of
alcohol is largely due to the unfavorable effect on the protective
mechanism of the body.

[Sidenote: Lower Resistance]

This has been further emphasized by the studies of Reich[35] at the
University of Munich, who found that the resistance of blood cells to
salt solution and to typhoid bacilli was less among alcohol users than
among total abstainers.

Konrádi[36] has found that comparatively few antibodies against cholera
germs develop in persons who consume alcohol daily in fairly large
quantities and who had been inoculated against cholera. Pampoukis[37]
has observed that alcoholics are not favorable subjects for inoculation
against rabies. The Pasteur Institute in Budapest has made similar
observations, based on twenty-five years' experience.

#Additional References#

[34] Benedict, E. C.: _The Psychological Effects of Alcohol_, The
Carnegie Institution, Washington, D. C., 1916.

Benedict, E. C.: _The Psychologic Effect of Alcohol on Man_, The Journal
A. M. A., 1916, lxvi, p. 1424.

[35] Reich, H. W.: _Ueber den Einfluss des Alkoholgenusses auf
Bakterizidie, Phagozytose und Resistenz der Erythrocyten, beim
Menschen_, Arch. f. Hyg., 1916, lxxxiv, 337.

[36] Konradi: _Ueber den Wert der Choleraschutzimpfungen_, Centralbl. f.
Bakteriol., I. O., 1916, lxxvii, 339.

[37] Alcohol and Immunity, Jour. A. M. A., 1916, lxvi, p. 962, p. 1122.



It is the purpose of this section to present as fairly as possible the
evidence relating to the effects of tobacco on the human body, so that
those who smoke may correctly measure the probable physical cost of the
indulgence. The extremes of opinion on this subject are well expressed
in the following verses:

    "Hail! Social Pipe--Thou foe to care,
    Companion of my elbow chair;
    As forth thy curling fumes arise,
    They seem an evening sacrifice--
    An offering to my Maker's praise
    For all His benefits and grace."
                                      DR. GARTH.

   "A custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to
   the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to
   the lungs, and the black stinking fume
   thereof nearest resembling the horrible
   Stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless."
                                        JAMES I.

[Sidenote: What it Is]

Tobacco is a plant, Nicotiana Tabacum of the order Solanaceæ, which
includes Atropa Belladonna, or "Deadly Nightshade," Hyoscyamus, or
"Henbane," Solanum Dulcamara, or "Bitter Sweet," all powerful poisons,
and likewise the common potato and tomato, which are wholesome foods.
The cured leaves are used for smoking and chewing, or when powdered, as

[Sidenote: History]

Prior to the middle of the 16th Century, the use of tobacco was confined
to the American Indians. In 1560 the Spaniards began to cultivate
tobacco as an ornamental plant, and Jean Nicot, the French Ambassador at
Lisbon, introduced it at the court of Catherine de Medici in the form of
snuff. Smoking subsequently became a custom which spread rapidly
throughout the world, although often vigorously opposed by Governments.
In the 17th Century, smoker's noses were cut off in Russia.

[Sidenote: Composition]

Tobacco contains a powerful narcotic poison, nicotin, which resembles
prussic acid in the rapidity of its action, when a fatal dose is taken.

The percentage of nicotin present varies according to the brand and the
conditions under which it is cultured.

The following figures have been given by the various authorities.

  London Lancet[38]                                 .64 to  5.3  per cent.
  French Dept. of Agriculture[39]                   .22 to 10.5    "   "
  Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station[40]           2.89   "   "
                     (Home grown--after fermentation.)
  U. S. Dept. of Agriculture[40]                    .94 to  5.     "   "

Aside from nicotin it also contains small quantities of related
substances--nicotellin, nicotein, a camphoraceous substance termed
nicotianin, said to give tobacco its characteristic flavor, and likewise
a volatile oil developed during the process preparation. On heating,
pyridin (a substance often used to denature alcohol), picolin, collidin,
and other bases are formed, as well as carbolic acid, ammonia, marsh
gas, cyanogen and hydrocyanic acid, carbon monoxide (coal gas) and
furfural. Furfural is a constituent of fusel oil, which is so much
dreaded in poor whisky. The smoke of a single cigaret may contain as
much furfural as two ounces of whisky.

The complex constitution of tobacco and the smoke from its combustion
has caused much debate as to the substances that are responsible for its
charm and its ill effects, which are to be described. No one can doubt
the serious injurious effects from such a powerful poison as nicotin if
taken in any but the most minute quantities (one to three milligrams
have produced profound poisoning in man).

It has been maintained by some that nicotin is practically destroyed in
the process of smoking, and that the effects of tobacco are limited to
the decomposition products resulting from the burning tobacco,
especially pyridin. But pyridin is also formed in the burning of cabbage
leaves, and cabbage leaves do not possess any attractions for smokers,
neither do they produce the well-known effects that smoking and chewing
tobacco produce. No doubt pyridin and furfural are factors in the drug
effects of tobacco, but recent painstaking experiments by high
authorities have shown the presence of nicotin in tobacco smoke, and
when we reflect that there is sometimes sufficient nicotin in an
ordinary cigar to kill two men, it is not strange that enough of it may
be absorbed from the smoke passing over the mucous membranes of the
nose, throat and lungs to produce a distinct physiological effect.

Investigators who claim to show by experiments the absence of nicotin
from tobacco smoke must explain why the palpable effects of smoking, in
those who have not established a "tolerance," are those of nicotin
poisoning, and why the symptoms produced by chewing tobacco are
identical with those following the smoking of tobacco, which are: mild
collapse, pallor of the skin, nausea, sweating, and perhaps vomiting,
diarrhea, muscular weakness, faintness, dizziness, and rise in blood
pressure followed by lowered blood pressure.

Nicotin is undoubtedly decomposed by burning, but it may become
volatilized by heat and a certain amount absorbed before decomposition
takes place.

Lehmann,[41] in 1908, found in tobacco smoke the following percentages of
the nicotin contained in the tobacco:

  Cigaret smoke                     82 per cent.
  Cigar smoke                 85 to 97  "    "

The London Lancet[42] (1912) gives the following figures:

  Cigaret smoke                            3.75 to 84 per cent.
  Pipe mixture smoke, smoked as cigarets           79   "    "
  Pipe smoke                                 77 to 92   "    "
  Cigar smoke                                31 to 63   "    "

The United States Department of Agriculture[43] found in tobacco smoke
about 30 per cent. of the nicotin originally present in the tobacco.

Contrary to general opinion, Havana cigars contain less nicotin than the
cheaper brands, which augurs ill for the large class of people who
cannot afford to smoke higher priced brands. Many of the cheaper grades
do, however, show a low percentage of nicotin.

[Sidenote: Effects on Animals and Man]

By means of an ingenious apparatus, Zhebrovski,[44] a Russian
investigator, compelled rabbits to smoke cigaret tobacco for a period of
6 to 8 hours daily. Some died within a month, and showed changes in the
nerve-ganglia of the heart. Others established a tolerance similar to
that exhibited by habitual smokers, but upon being killed at the end of
five months, degenerative changes similar to those produced by the
injection of nicotin were found, viz., hardening of the blood vessels.
There is, indeed, no difficulty in producing the characteristic effects
of nicotin by administering tobacco smoke, either in man or in

Nicotin causes brief stimulation of brain and spinal cord, followed by
depression. There is an increased flow of saliva, followed by a
decrease (large doses diminish it at once) and often nausea, vomiting
and diarrhea. The heart action is at first slowed and the blood pressure
increased. Subsequently there is a depression of the circulation, with
rapid heart action and lowered blood pressure. In habitual smokers, this
preliminary stimulation may not occur. The stimulating effect on the
brain is so brief that tobacco can not properly be termed a stimulant.
Its effect is narcotic or deadening. Those who fancy that their thoughts
flow more readily under the use of tobacco are in the same case with any
other habitué whose thoughts can not flow serenely except under his
accustomed indulgence. That a sound healthy man, who has never been
accustomed to the use of tobacco, can do better mental or physical work
with tobacco than without it has never been shown. Indeed, such
experiments as have been made on students and others show to the

The statistics presented by Prof. Fred. J. Pack are of interest in this

In six educational institutions the students competing for places on the
football team were grouped as follows:

                          |  Number   |  Number   | Per Cent.
        Institution.      | Competing |Successful.|Successful.
                          |for Places.|           |
     _Institution A._     |           |           |
   Smokers                |    11     |     2     |   18.2
   Non-smokers            |    19     |    11     |   57.9
     _Institution B._     |           |           |
   Smokers                |    10     |     4     |    40
   Non-smokers            |    25     |    17     |    68
     _Institution C._     |           |           |
   Smokers                |    28     |     7     |    25
   Non-Smokers            |    17     |    14     |    82
     _Institution D._     |           |           |
   Smokers                |    28     |    11     |   39.3
   Non-smokers            |    15     |    10     |   66.6
     _Institution E._     |           |           |
   Smokers                |    10     |     7     |    70
   Non-smokers            |    15     |    12     |    80
     _Institution F._     |           |           |
   Smokers                |     6     |     0     |     0
   Non-smokers            |    26     |    15     |   57.7


   Institu-|Smoker.| Non-  ||Institu-|Smoker.| Non-
    tion.  |       |smoker.|| tion.  |       |smoker.
      A    | 65.2  | 69.8  ||   G    | 74.0  | 75.0
      B    | 64.7  | 74.6  ||   H    | 75.2  | 79.4
      C    | 78.8  | 81.1  ||   I    | 81.6  | 88.4
      D    | 75.8  | 77.6  ||   J    | 78.5  | 81.3
      E    | 84.6  | 84.8  ||   K    | 74.0  | 84.6
      F    | 69.6  | 71.3  ||   L    | 77.3  | 77.6

The following table shows the relative scholastic standing of smokers
and non-smokers:

              |   Number     |   Total   |   Average
              |   of Men.    |   Mark.   |    Mark.
   Smokers    |      81      |   6,034   |    74.5
   Non-smokers|     101      |   8,021   |    79.4

Twelve institutions reporting:

              |   Number     |  Highest  |   Lowest
              |   of Men.    |  Marks.   |   Marks.
   Smokers    |      81      |      4    |     12
   Non-smokers|     101      |     11    |      6

           Number of         |  Highest  |   Lowest
             Men.            |  Marks.   |   Marks.
   101 non-smokers furnish   |     11    |      6
   101 smokers would furnish |      5    |     15

              |   Number   |     Total      |
              |   of Men.  |   Conditions   | Average.
              |            | and Failures.  |
   Smokers    |     82     |       70       |   .853
   Non-smokers|     98     |       48       |   .439

[Sidenote: Tobacco Smoking Athletes]

Prof. Pack's conclusions were as follows:

    1. Only half as many smokers as non-smokers are successful in the
       "try outs" for football squads.

    2. In the case of able-bodied men smoking is associated with loss of
       lung capacity amounting to practically 10 per cent.

    3. Smoking is invariably associated with low scholarship.

There have of course been many notable instances of high scholarship and
prodigious mental achievement by heavy smokers. Such exceptions,
however, do not affect conclusions derived from the study of average

Hitherto figures on smoking and athletics have been open to question
because comparisons were made between groups that are not of necessity
of the same physical and mental type, having no important difference
except in the use of tobacco. But Prof. Pack has sought to avoid this
objection. As he points out, the football squad is probably as nearly a
homogeneous group as it is possible to find. It seems reasonable to
account for the inferior physical and mental work of these particular
groups of smokers on the theory that in the main the well known toxic
effects of tobacco are sufficient to create this difference.

Dr. George J. Fisher,[47] in a series of careful tests found:

    1. Cigaret smoking caused an increase in the heart rate.

    2. Cigaret smoking maintained a blood pressure which, under the
       circumstances of the experiment, would otherwise have dropped.

    3. Cigar smoking caused a considerable increase in heart rate and
       blood pressure.

    4. In a number of instances, in the cigar test, the heart was
       unable to maintain, with a vertical position, the increased blood
       pressure found in the horizontal position, showing a disturbance of
       the control of the blood vessels. This latter effect was more
       pronounced in tests taken on non-smokers.

    5. It was also noted that smoking was not conducive to concentration
       upon the reading, which the men attempted during the tests.

Bush,[48] in a series of tests on each of 15 men in several different
psychic fields found the following conditions among smoking students
immediately after the period of smoking was completed:

    1. A 10½ per cent. decrease in mental efficiency.

    2. The greatest actual loss was in the field of imagery,
       22 per cent.

    3. The three greatest losses were in the fields of imagery,
       perception and association.

    4. The greatest loss, in these experiments, occurred with cigarets.

Bush ascribed these effects to pyridin, claiming that his experiments
failed to reveal nicotin in the tobacco smoke, except in a very small
proportion in that of cigarets.

Tests for nicotin in smoke are beset with many difficulties and possible
fallacies which have in the past misled investigators into apparently
determining that tobacco smoke contained no nicotin, but simply
decomposition products.

Pyridin is unquestionably present in tobacco smoke, and is a poisonous
substance, although less so than nicotin. It is not found, however, in
chewing tobacco, and as the clinical effects of chewing tobacco are
apparently identical with those of smoking tobacco, very strong and
universally accepted chemical proof of the absence of nicotin from
tobacco smoke must be awaited before accepting such a conclusion.
(See([41]), ([42]), ([43]) in bibliography.)

Cigaret smoking is a time waster; that is, it breaks up the power of
attention, as few smokers are satisfied with one cigaret and the mere
physical act of lighting a fresh cigaret disturbs the continuity of
thought and work. Dr. W. J. Mayo[49] calls attention to the fact that
according to his observations research scholars who smoke cigarets have
not done well.

[Sidenote: Insurance Experience on Tobacco Smokers]

Only one insurance company, the New England Mutual,[50] has published
any experience on tobacco users. This covered a period of 60 years and a
body of 180,000 policyholders, as follows:


   Tobacco, 59% |     71%     |    84%     |     93%
   Alcohol, 57% |     72%     |    84%     |    125%

[M] The standard here used is the American Experience Table, which is
largely an artificial table upon which premiums are based, but which
provides for a much higher mortality than the average companies sustain.
For example, the actual mortality of the New England Mutual in 1913 was
57 per cent. of the expected.

[Sidenote: Interpretation]

Fifty-nine per cent. of the expected mortality means that where,
according to the premium tables, 100 were expected to die, only 59
actually died.

The general class of risks in this company were of excellent quality, as
the figures show. Nevertheless, the abstainers exhibited a far lower
mortality than that experienced by the general class.

Dr. Edwin Wells Dwight, who presented the figures, urged caution in
their interpretation, suggesting that the low mortality among
abstainers, both from alcohol and tobacco, might well be due to a more
conservative habit of living. Furthermore, as the abstainers from
alcohol were not separated from the abstainers from tobacco in this
analysis a perfect comparison can not be made; but our knowledge of the
toxic effects of both these narcotics and the preceding statistics of
Doctor Pack justify us in assigning to tobacco a positively unfavorable

[Sidenote: Poisonous Effects]

Experiments on animals with nicotin extracts from tobacco and inhalation
of tobacco smoke have produced hardening of the large arteries. Clinical
observation by some of the world's best authorities indicates that the
same conditions are brought about in man by heavy smoking.[51]

Disturbance of the blood pressure, rapid heart action, shortness of
breath, palpitation of the heart, pain in the region of the heart, are
important effects. Tobacco heart is often lightly spoken of because the
abandonment of the habit will often restore the heart to its normal
condition, but tobacco heart sometimes causes death, especially under
severe physical strain or in the course of acute disease, such as
typhoid or pneumonia. Surgeons[52] have noted failure to rally after
operation in tobacco users, who are, of course, deprived of their
accustomed indulgence immediately before and after operation. It is
probable that many such cases pass unrecognized, although the alcoholic
is usually supplied the narcotic his system demands.

Cannon, Aub, and Binger[53] have also shown that nicotin stimulates the
adrenal glands, small organs adjacent to the kidneys, which secrete a
substance that in excess powerfully affects the blood vessels,
constricting them and temporarily increasing the blood pressure. This
influence may be partly responsible for the change in the blood vessels
noted in heavy smokers.

Excessive smoking is often an important factor in causing insomnia.

Blindness or tobacco amblyopia, a form of neuritis, is not an uncommon
affection among smokers. There is also often an irritant effect on the
mucous membranes of eyes from the direct effect of the smoke.

Catarrhal conditions of the nose, throat and ear have also been noted.

Acid dyspepsia is a common affection among smokers.

Few people realize that so many ingredients in tobacco and tobacco smoke
are deadly poisons. Few people know that one drop of nicotin on the
unbroken skin of a rabbit will produce death.[54] Two drops on the
tongue of a dog or cat will prove fatal; moreover, fatal poisonings
have occurred in man from swallowing tobacco and even from external
application of strong solutions. A case was recently reported from New
Haven of fatal poisoning in a baby,[55] who had been fed from a milk
bottle and milk-mixture in which some tobacco had been accidentally


From the mass of evidence and opinion with which medical literature is
loaded, a few salient facts stand out:

First: Tobacco and its smoke contain powerful narcotic poisons.

Second: It has never been shown to exert any beneficial influence on the
human body in health, and it is not even included in the United States
Pharmacopœia as a remedy for disease, notwithstanding the claims that
are made for its sedative effects and its value as a solace to mankind.
If these benefits are real and dependable, they should be made available
in exact dosage and applied therapeutically. If they are not real and
dependable in a medical sense, they are not real and safe as a mere
drug indulgence.

Third: The symptoms following tobacco-smoking are identical with the
effects of tobacco-chewing among those not accustomed to its use; hence,
any collateral psychic effect, such as the sight of smoke, the
surrounding, etc., are of minor importance in establishing the habit.
The main charm to the smoker is the drug effect, as in any other similar
indulgence. Nicotinless tobacco is not popular, notwithstanding the
efforts of the French and Austrian Governments to make it so.

Fourth: Fortunately, the sedative drug effect is so slight, as compared
to that of other narcotics--opium, alcohol, cocaine, etc.--that the
tobacco habit is less seductive and may be broken with comparative ease
and is therefore less harmful morally. Men who have smoked or chewed
steadily for 40 years have been known to give up the habit without
experiencing much physical discomfort. Like any other habit, however,
there is a tendency to increasing indulgence, and this is a risk that
the smoker takes, just as does the alcohol user or the opium habitué who
begins with so-called moderate indulgence.

Fifth: The well-known effects of tobacco on the heart and circulation
should lead one to pause and consider the possible cost of this
indulgence, especially as--

Sixth: It is difficult to determine, years in advance, whether or not
one is endowed with sufficient resistance to render so-called moderate
smoking comparatively harmless.

Seventh: The vital statistics show that diseases of the heart and
circulation are rapidly increasing in this country in which--

Eighth: The per capita consumption has rapidly increased in recent
years, while--

Ninth: In the United Kingdom, where these diseases are decreasing, there
has been no material increase in the use of tobacco, and the per capita
consumption is less than one-third that of the United States.

[Sidenote: Increase of Smoking]

In 1880 the annual per capita consumption of tobacco in the United
States was about 5 lbs., while in 1914 it had risen to more than 7 lbs.
In the United Kingdom the per capita consumption is about 2 lbs., and
there has been no material increase in recent years.

The cigaret bill, in particular, has grown enormously, having more than
doubled in the past five years, while there has been a slight increase
in the consumption of cigars, smoking tobacco, chewing tobacco and
snuff, as shown in the following table:[56]

   Fiscal |                |                |    Tobacco,   |
   Year   |     Cigars     |   Cigarets     |  Chewing and  |   Snuff
          |                |                |    Smoking    |
    1910  |  8,213,356,504 |  7,884,748,515 |   436,608,898 |  31,969,111
    1911  |  8,474,962,786 |  9,254,351,722 |   380,794,673 |  28,146,833
    1912  |  8,350,119,103 | 11,239,536,803 |   393,785,146 |  30,079,482
    1913  |  8,732,815,703 | 14,294,895,471 |   404,362,620 |  33,209,468
    1914  |  8,707,625,230 | 16,427,086,016 |   412,505,213 |  32,766,741
   Total  | 42,478,879,326 | 59,100,618,527 | 2,028,056,550 | 156,171,635

Tenth: The poetic effusions of the lovers of the weed are no safer guide
than the exaggerated and intemperate denouncements of people who have
idiosyncrasies against tobacco and simply hate it.

Eleventh: Those who now smoke should have a thorough physical
examination to determine the condition of the heart and blood vessels.
This examination should be repeated at least annually, in order to
detect any adverse influence on the circulation.


[38] _The Toxic Factor in Tobacco_, The Lancet (London), 1912, I,
p. 944.

[39] French Department of Agriculture, Compt. Rend. Acad. de Science,
CLI, p. 23.

[40] Garner, W. W.: _The Relation of Nicotin to the Burning Quality of
Tobacco_, U. S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry,
Bulletin No. 141, Sept. 30, 1909, p. 15; _A New Method for the
Determination of Nicotin in Tobacco_, U. S. Department of Agriculture,
Bureau of Plant Industry, Bulletin No. 102, July 6, 1907, p. 12.

[41] Lehmann, K. B.: _Untersuchungen über das Tabakrauchen_, Munchen,
med. Wchnschr., 1908, LV, pp. 723-25; _The Physiological Action of
Tobacco Smoke_, Med. Rec., 1908, LXXIII, pp. 738, 739.

[42] _The Toxic Factor in Tobacco_, The Lancet (London), 1912, II,
pp. 944-947.

[43] Garner, W. W.: _The Relation of Nicotin to the Burning Quality of
Tobacco_, U. S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry,
Bulletin No. 141, Sept. 30, 1909, p. 15.

[44] Zhebrovsky, E. A.: _The Effect of Tobacco Smoke upon the Blood
Vessels of Animals_, Russky Vratch, 1907, VI, p. 189; 1908, VII,
pp. 429-431; Med. Rec, 1908, LXXXIV, pp. 408, 409.

[45] John, H.: Editorial, Jour. A. M. A., 1914, LXII, pp. 461-2; _Ueber
die Beeinflussung des systolischen und diastolischen Blutdrucks durch
Tabakrauchen_, Ztschr. f. exper. Path. u. Therap., 1913, XIV,
pp. 352-365; Pawinski, J.: _Ueber den Einfluss unmassigen Rauchens (des
Nikotins) auf die Gefässe und das Herz_, Ztsch. f. klin. Med., Berl.,
1914, LXXX, pp. 284-305.

[46] Pack, Frederick J.: _Smoking and Football Men_, Popular Science
Monthly, 1912, LXXXI, p. 336.

[47] Fisher, George J. [Monograph not yet published.]

[48] Bush, Arthur D.: _Tobacco Smoking and Mental Efficiency_, N. Y.
Med. Jour., 1914, XCIX, pp. 519, 529.

[49] Mayo, Wm. J.: Personal communication.

[50] Dwight, Edwin Wells: Proc. Assoc. Life Ins. Med. Dir., Oct., 1911,
II, p. 474.

[51] Favarger, Heinrich: _Experimentelle und klinische Beiträge zur
chronischen Tabakvergiftung_, Wien. klin. Wchnschr., 1914, XXVII,
pp. 497-501; _Experimental and Clinical Study of Chronic Tobacco
Poisoning_, Jour. A. M. A., 1914, LXII, p. 1764; Pekanovits. _Effects of
Tobacco Smoking_, Jour. A. M. A., 1914, LXXII, p. 1907.

[52] Bangs, L. Bolton: _Some Observations on the Effects of Tobacco in
Surgical Practice_, Medical Record, LXXIII, March 4, 1908,
pp. 421-23-51.

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[Sidenote: Infection]

Bacteria play a part in most colds. In some cases there is a general
infection, with local symptoms, as in grippe; in others there is a local
infection, with mixed classes of bacteria. It is probable that these
various forms of bacteria are constantly present in the nasal
secretions, but do not cause trouble until the local resistance or the
general resistance is in some way lowered.

[Sidenote: Nasal Obstruction]

In many, the susceptibility to colds is due to abnormalities in the nose
or throat. Nasal obstruction is a very common condition. The nose, like
the eye, is usually an imperfect organ. These obstructions are often the
result of adenoids in childhood, which interfere with the proper
development of the internal nasal structures. Malformation of the teeth
and dental arches in childhood are frequent and often neglected causes
of nasal obstruction. Such malformations are caused by the arresting of
the growth of the upper jaw and nasal structures. Correction of the
deformity of the arches often renders nasal surgery unnecessary. Such
conditions not only predispose to colds, but increase their severity and
the danger of complicating infection of the bony cavities in the skull
that communicate with the nose. They also increase the liability to
involvement of the middle ear and of the mastoid cells which are located
in the skull just behind the ear. The importance, therefore, of having
the nose and throat carefully examined, and of having any diseased
condition of the mucous membrane or any obstruction corrected must be
apparent. All who suffer from recurrent colds should take this
precaution before winter sets in.

[Sidenote: General Resistance]

If the nasal passages are put in a healthy condition, strict obedience
to the rules of individual hygiene will almost wholly prevent colds. In
fact, except where actual nasal defects exist, the frequency of colds is
usually a fair indication of how hygienically a person is living. The
following points need especial emphasis, though they repeat in some
cases what has already been said in the text.

[Sidenote: Skin Training]

It is a familiar fact that exposure and chilling will often produce a
cold. This is usually due to the fact that the nerve centers
controlling the circulation of the skin are over-sensitive, and exhibit
a sort of hair-trigger reaction to exposure, causing a disturbance of
the circulation, and of the heat-regulating machinery of the body of
which the spongy shelf-like turbinated bones in the nose are an
important part. Skin training, then, appears to be the first hygienic
steps toward establishing a resistance to colds.

Such training for the skin may be secured by various means. One should
first accustom himself to a gentle draft.

Cool bathing, to a point that produces a healthy reaction, is another
important feature of skin training.

Cold bathing, by those affected with kidney trouble, is not advisable,
but delicate individuals, who cannot react well to the cold bath, can
greatly increase their resistance by graduated cool bathing performed as
follows: Standing in about a foot of hot water, one may rub the body
briskly with a wash cloth wrung out of water at about 80 degrees F. and
reduced day by day until it is down to 50 degrees F. Following this the
cold douche or affusion may be taken (water quickly dashed from a
pitcher) beginning at 90 degrees F. and daily reducing until
50 degrees F. is reached, or just before the point where an agreeable
reaction ceases to follow.

[Sidenote: Light Clothing]

The wearing of loose, porous clothing, and the air bath--exercise in a
cool room without clothing--are also valuable measures in skin training.
Very heavy wraps and fur coats should be worn only during unusual
exposure, as in driving or motoring. Outer clothing should be adapted to
the changes in the weather, and medium-weight underclothing worn
throughout the winter season. Office-workers and others employed indoors
are, during the greater part of the day, living in a summer temperature.
The wearing of heavy underclothing under such conditions is debilitating
to the skin and impairs the resisting power.

Overheated rooms should also be avoided for the same reason. In rooms
where people are moving about, the temperature should not be allowed to
rise above 65 degrees. In ordinary offices or dwelling rooms, the
temperature should not be allowed to rise above 68 degrees and adequate
ventilation should be provided.

[Sidenote: Fresh Air]

Living out of doors, especially sleeping out, gives the skin exercise,
and further keeps fresh air in the lungs. It is one of the foremost
methods of prevention against colds. Army men remark that so long as
they are out of doors, even if exposed to bad weather, they almost never
catch cold, but do so often as soon as they resume living in houses.

Long breaths taken slowly and rhythmically, say ten at a time and ten
times a day are helpful.

[Sidenote: Constipation]

Constipation predisposes to colds, and should be vigorously combated by
proper diet and exercise, and regular habits of attention to the bowel

[Sidenote: Overeating]

Overeating frequently leads to nasal congestion. Eat lightly, using
little meat or other high protein foods such as white of eggs, and
thoroughly masticate the food.

[Sidenote: Fatigue]

Avoiding undue fatigue will help greatly in preventing colds.

[Sidenote: Nasal Toilet]

The regular use of nasal douches is not advisable. The mucous membrane
of the nose is intolerant of watery solutions, and a chronic congested
condition or even infection of air cavities in the skull can be brought
about by the constant use of sprays and douches. Where special
conditions render it necessary, these should be used only on the advice
of a physician. When the nose is clogged with soot or dust, a very
gentle spray of a warm, weak solution of salt and water, in the anterior
nostrils, may do no harm. Picking of the nose should be strictly
avoided. This is a fertile cause of infection. In blowing the nose care
should be taken to close one nostril completely and to blow through the
other without undue force. Otherwise, infection may be carried into the
ear passages or the cavities communicating with the nose and give rise
to serious trouble. When suffering from a cold, gauze or cheese-cloth
should be used instead of a handkerchief and burned after use. Sneeze
into the gauze, and thus avoid spraying infection into the surrounding

[Sidenote: Emergency Treatment of Colds]

After one has actually caught cold the rules above given for preventing
a cold are in most particulars reversed. One should then avoid drafts,
variable temperature and any severe "skin gymnastics." The paradox, that
exposure to drafts is preventive of colds, but is likely to add to the
cold after it is caught, is not more surprizing than the paradox that
exercise keeps a man well, but that when he is sick it is better to

After a cold has actually been contracted, the great effort should be to
keep the body thoroughly warm, especially the feet. To accomplish this
it is often the wisest course for one who has a cold to remain in bed a
full day at the outset.

Medical treatment by a physician can always mitigate and shorten the
duration of a cold and lessen the danger of complications, the symptoms
of which can not always be appreciated by the patient.

Among the most effective home remedies for a cold are the hot foot-bath,
110-115 degrees F., a hot drink (e.g. hot flaxseed tea), a thorough
purge, and rubbing the neck and chest with camphorated oil. The hot
foot-bath should usually last 20 minutes, and be taken in a very
thorough manner, the body enveloped in a blanket. After taking the bath,
the patient should go directly to bed, and not move about and neutralize
its good results.

A general neutral bath not above 100 or below 95 degrees is very restful
to the skin and nerves as they have absolutely nothing to do to cope
with temperatures above or below that of the body, since the neutral
bath has the same as that of the body. One can remain in such a bath
even for hours, if one has the time, but in getting out, it is very
important to be in a very warm room and to dress quickly. In fact there
is very considerable danger of catching cold at this time if great care
is not taken.

If one does not remain in bed, it is generally safer to keep indoors.
The air of the room should be kept as fresh as possible without
subjecting one's self to a draft and should also be kept humidified,
especially in winter when it is apt to be exceedingly dry. Either
excessive dryness or excessive moisture is a strain on the mucous
membrane, which is the directly diseased organ in the case of a cold. If
the day is still and sunny, being out of doors, if well protected from
any chill, may help to get rid of one's cold, but on a damp windy day
the chances are one will add to the cold.

As to eating, it is sometimes wise to absolutely fast by skipping a meal
or two, using nothing but water or water with agar-agar, or food which
has bulk but little food value, such as green vegetables or fruit. The
common idea that one should "stuff a cold and starve a fever" is most
erroneous and comes apparently from a misunderstanding of the meaning of
this adage which, originally, it would appear, was not meant in the
imperative sense at all, but as follows: "If you stuff a cold, you will
have to starve a fever."

It should be added that whisky and heavy doses of quinine are distinctly
deleterious and should be avoided, as should all quack remedies and
catarrh cures; there are more effective remedies which carry no
possibilities of harm.

When one is getting over a cold it is a good time to resolve to avoid
catching colds altogether, which for the average person can be
substantially accomplished by following the above suggestions. The tax
on one's time thus required is far less than the tax required by the
colds themselves. The authors of this book know of persons who have
scarcely lost a day's work from colds or other ailments for decades at a
time simply by using a little self-control and common sense at critical



The fact that in the United States the general death rate has steadily
fallen for the past several decades, a phenomenon common to all
civilized countries, is accepted by many as evidence of a steady gain in
National Vitality. That there has been a gain in vitality in the younger
age groups is unquestionably true, but this gain has served to mask a
loss in vitality at the older age periods.

This latter phenomenon, a rising mortality in elderly life, is something
almost peculiar to the United States. It is not exhibited in the
mortality statistics of the leading European countries. In those
countries the fall in the death rate has not been due solely to a
reduction of mortality in infancy and adult life through the conquest of
diseases of children, tuberculosis and other communicable diseases.
England and Wales, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Prussia show improved
mortality at every age period.

The charts in this section show the trend of mortality in this country
during 30 years at the various ages of life, and also the trend of
mortality in the two great classes of diseases: the communicable, which
affect more emphatically the young lives, and the degenerative or
regressive class of diseases, which affect chiefly those in middle life
and old age.

It seems evident that unless this increased mortality is due to some
unknown biologic influence or to the amalgamation of the various races
that constitute our population, it must be ascribed, in a broad sense,
to lack of adaptation to our rapidly developing civilization.

Whether or not there is one principal cause that determines the
unfavorable trend of mortality in this country as compared to other
civilized nations has not yet been conclusively shown.

  MASS. & N.J. 1880-1910
  L.E.I. Inc.

This chart exhibits the trend of the death rate from all causes, by age
periods. The decreases are below the center line and the increases above

It will be noted that the American decreases in the younger ages were
not as great as in England and Wales, that they changed to _increases_
about age 45 and continued to increase in each age group thereafter,
while in England and Wales the decline _occurred at all ages_.

    NOTE.--Massachusetts and New Jersey are used as a basis because they
    were the only States in 1880 where sufficiently reliable comparative
    statistics could be had. These records were accepted by the national
    government, and these States really constituted the registration
    area in that year. There were also fifteen cities outside these
    States where comparisons were possible.

  (PER 10,000 LIVING)
  L.E.I. INC

This chart shows that in the United States registration area, the
mortality from diseases of the heart, blood vessels and kidneys
increased 41 per cent. during the period 1890-1910, while in England and
Wales (shown by the dotted lines) during the same period there was a
decrease in the mortality from these maladies.


This chart comparing 1900 with 1890 (1900-1910 not yet available) shows
the sharp upward trend in the mortality from organic disease among males
in gainful occupations, and the downward trend in the mortality from
communicable disease in the same group. This heavy and increasing loss
from chronic disease occurs among our most valuable lives--those of the



  |       |      |              |              |              |              |
  |       | U. S.|   PRUSSIA    |    FRANCE    |    ITALY     |   SWEDEN     |
  |       | Reg. |   1900-01    |  1899-1902   |   1899-1902  |   1891-00    |
  | Ages  | Area |              |              |              |              |
  |       | 1900 |              |              |              |              |
  |       |P'sons|--------------+------+-------+------+-------+------+-------+
  |       |      | Males| Fem.  | Males| Fem.  | Males| Fem.  | Males| Fem.  |
  |Under 1|165.4 | 221.8| 189.4 |  ... |  ...  | 174.8| 158.3 |  ... | 101.6 |
  |1      | 46.6 |  ... |  ...  |  ... |  ...  |  ... |  ...  |  ... |  ...  |
  |2      | 20.5 |  ... |  ...  |  ... |  ...  |  ... |  ...  |  ... |  ...  |
  |3      | 13.2 |  ... |  ...  |  ... |  ...  |  ... |  ...  |  ... |  ...  |
  |4      |  9.4 |  ... |  ...  |  ... |  ...  |  ... |  ...  |  ... |  ...  |
  |Under 5| 52.1 |  24.3|  23.4 |  56.9|  48.5 |  38.4|  39.8 |  ... |  36.9 |
  | 5-9   |  5.2 |   4.9|   5.1 |   4.6|   4.6 |   6.1|   6.7 |  ... |   5.9 |
  |10-14  |  3.3 |   2.7|   3.0 |   2.9|   3.5 |   3.2|   3.8 |  ... |   3.6 |
  |15-19  |  5.2 |   4.2|   3.7 |   4.9|   5.2 |   4.6|   5.4 |   4.6|   4.7 |
  |20-24  |  7.5 |   5.8|   4.7 |   7.8|   6.4 |   6.8|   7.0 |   6.7|   5.7 |
  |25-29  |  8.6 |   5.8|   6.0 |   8.0|   8.0 |   6.7|   7.6 |   6.6|   6.1 |
  |30-34  |  9.4 |   6.7|   6.7 |   8.5|   7.8 |   6.7|   7.9 |   6.7|   6.5 |
  |35-39  | 11.0 |   9.0|   7.8 |  10.5|   8.8 |   7.5|   8.6 |   7.6|   7.2 |
  |40-44  | 12.2 |  12.1|   8.6 |  12.7|   9.7 |   9.3|   9.1 |   8.8|   7.9 |
  |45-49  | 15.2 |  15.9|  10.0 |  15.1|  10.9 |  11.4|   9.6 |  10.7|   8.6 |
  |50-54  | 19.1 |  21.2|  13.8 |  19.1|  14.5 |  15.7|  12.9 |  13.7|  10.9 |
  |55-59  | 26.3 |  28.3|  20.4 |  26.6|  20.5 |  21.0|  17.7 |  18.6|  14.3 |
  |60-64  | 35.1 |  39.5|  31.4 |  37.4|  30.5 |  33.5|  30.9 |  26.1|  21.3 |
  |65-69  | 52.2 |  57.8|  50.3 |  54.5|  47.1 |  50.2|  48.8 |  39.5|  33.8 |
  |70-74  | 75.2 |  87.0|  78.9 |  86.9|  77.7 |  85.4|  87.4 |  62.0|  54.8 |
  |75-79  |110.5 | 132.5| 125.3 | 130.7| 120.6 | 134.3| 138.5 | 101.3|  90.1 |
  |80-84  |165.8 | 199.3| 186.6 |  ... |  ...  | 214.5| 215.6 |  ... |  ...  |
  |85-89  |241.3 | 283.6| 271.4 | 221.9| 219.8 | 317.1| 307.3 | 197.8| 179.6 |
  |90-94  |339.2 | 395.2| 345.6 |  ... |  ...  |  ... |  ...  |  ... |  ...  |
  |95-over|418.9 | 404.8| 402.1 |  ... |  ...  | 391.7| 369.1 |  ... |  ...  |

NOTE: In 1900 or thereabouts, the death rates at the middle ages of life
were heavier in the United States than in Prussia, France, Italy, and
Sweden. Since then the death rates in the United States at these ages
have grown even greater.

In the foreign countries the death rate by persons can be approximated
by adding the rates for males and females of same age and dividing by

[N] 12th Census. U. S., 1900, iii. _Vital Statistics_, p. LXXIX.

[O] _F. Prinzing Medizinische Statistik_, Verlag von Gustav Fischer in
Jena, 1906.


  Annual Standardized Death Rates, Death Rates at Twelve Groups of Ages,
  and Infant Mortality, 1841-1910.[P]
       |All |
       |(S  |         DEATHS PER 1,000 PERSONS AT SUBJOINED AGES
       | t  |
       | a  |
       | n  |
       | d  |----+----+----+----+----+----+----+----+----+----+-----+-----
  Year | a  |0-  |5-  |10- |15- |20- |25- |35- |45- |55- |65- |75-  |85
       | r  |  -5| -10| -15| -20| -25| -30| -45| -55| -65| -75|  -85|and
       | d  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |up-
       | i  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |wards
       | z  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |
       | e  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |
       | d) |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |
  1841-|20.6|63.7| 8.7| 5.0| 7.2| 8.8| 9.7|12.1|16.1|28.7|62.0|137.1|295.3
   45  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |
  1846-|22.4|68.7| 9.4| 5.6| 7.7| 9.8|10.9|13.6|18.1|31.4|65.9|145.8|306.6
   50  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |
  1851-|21.7|68.9| 8.6| 5.2| 7.4| 9.0|10.1|12.7|17.2|29.6|62.9|143.2|299.5
   55  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |
  1856-|20.7|66.9| 8.3| 4.7| 6.7| 8.3| 9.4|12.0|16.1|28.4|60.9|136.6|293.4
   60  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |
  1861-|21.4|69.1| 8.4| 4.7| 6.6| 8.4| 9.8|12.6|17.1|30.2|62.4|139.1|298.8
   65  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |
  1866-|21.2|68.1| 7.6| 4.3| 6.2| 8.0| 9.9|12.9|17.6|30.6|63.2|141.7|294.3
   70  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |
  1871-|20.9|64.9| 6.9| 4.0| 5.8| 7.7| 9.6|13.1|18.0|31.6|65.3|141.6|305.2
   75  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |
  1876-|19.8|61.9| 6.1| 3.5| 4.9| 6.5| 8.4|12.3|17.5|31.6|64.7|142.9|311.5
   80  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |
  1881-|18.7|56.6| 5.7| 3.2| 4.6| 6.0| 8.0|11.8|17.2|31.0|63.5|136.1|277.7
   85  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |
  1886-|18.5|56.9| 4.9| 2.8| 4.1| 5.3| 7.2|11.1|17.1|31.8|66.3|139.0|290.3
   90  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |
  1891-|18.5|57.8| 4.6| 2.6| 4.0| 5.0| 6.8|11.0|17.3|32.5|67.3|140.8|274.1
   95  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |
  1896-|17.6|57.6| 4.1| 2.4| 3.5| 4.5| 6.0|10.1|16.2|30.5|64.1|133.6|267.5
   1900|    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |
  1901-|16.0|50.2| 3.7| 2.2| 3.1| 4.0| 5.4| 8.9|14.9|28.7|59.4|127.3|258.6
   05  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |
  1906-|14.4|41.7| 3.4| 2.0| 2.9| 3.6| 4.8| 7.8|13.7|27.5|58.1|127.0|262.4
   10  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |

    Year     | Deaths of Infants
             | under 1 yr. of Age
             | per 1,000 Births
   1841-45   |     148
   1846-50   |     157
   1851-55   |     156
   1856-60   |     152
   1861-65   |     151
   1866-70   |     157
   1871-75   |     153
   1876-80   |     145
   1881-85   |     139
   1886-90   |     143
   1891-95   |     151
   1896-1900 |     156
   1901-05   |     138
   1906-10   |     117

Note improvement since 1890 in death rate at every age period of life.

[P] Seventy-fifth Annual Report of the Registrar General of the Births,
Deaths, and Marriages in England and Wales, 1912, p. 28.

  STATE: 1900 AND 1910[Q]

            |   Native White.   |      Foreign      |      Colored.
            |                   |    Born White.    |
      Age   |  1900   |  1910   |  1900   |  1910   |  1900   |  1910
    Period. |  Death  |  Death  |  Death  |  Death  |  Death  |  Death
            |  Rate.  |  Rate.  |  Rate.  |  Rate.  |  Rate.  |  Rate.
   All ages |   18.6  |   17.3  |   20.6  |   17.0  |   27.9  |   26.5
   Under 1  |  180.3  |  154.9  |  166.6  |  104.6  |  410.5  |  313.2
   1-4      |   23.0  |   17.5  |   31.6  |   21.7  |   57.0  |   46.6
   5-9      |    5.0  |    4.0  |    5.3  |    3.4  |   11.0  |    7.4
   10-14    |    3.0  |    2.3  |    2.5  |    2.5  |    8.1  |    7.1
   15-19    |    4.6  |    3.9  |    4.9  |    4.3  |   10.2  |   11.3
   20-24    |    7.4  |    5.9  |    6.8  |    5.2  |   13.8  |   11.2
   25-29    |    9.4  |    7.5  |    7.9  |    5.6  |   14.0  |   11.8
   30-34    |   11.3  |    9.6  |    9.3  |    6.9  |   15.5  |   19.6
   35-39    |   12.4  |   12.3  |   12.2  |    9.8  |   15.1  |   19.8
   40-44    |   13.6  |   13.7  |   15.0  |   13.2  |   19.3  |   23.9
   45-49    |   14.7  |   16.6  |   19.8  |   17.7  |   30.9  |   28.7
   50-54    |   17.2  |   19.6  |   26.0  |   23.6  |   32.0  |   32.4
   55-59    |   22.3  |   27.0  |   34.3  |   35.4  |   43.8  |   45.3
   60-64    |   31.0  |   37.4  |   43.4  |   46.9  |   40.5  |   57.4
   65-69    |   46.3  |   53.5  |   61.9  |   65.6  |   72.4  |   76.5
   70-74    |   67.5  |   72.3  |   82.2  |   85.2  |   90.2  |   77.5
   75-79    |  109.4  |  118.1  |  119.4  |  115.7  |  125.0  |  130.6
   80-84    |  156.1  |  163.9  |  182.4  |  190.7  |  163.1  |  163.5
   85-89    |  243.8  |  246.0  |  239.0  |  243.3  |  122.8  |  183.7
   90 & over|  366.7  |  394.9  |  351.0  |  367.6  |  280.0  |  263.2

[Q] Willcox, Walter F., Special Report on Vital Statistics, 33d annual
report, State Department of Health, State of New York, 1912.

            |   Native White.   |      Foreign      |      Colored.
            |                   |    Born White.    |
      Age   |  1900   |  1910   |  1900   |  1910   |  1900   |  1910
    Period. |  Death  |  Death  |  Death  |  Death  |  Death  |  Death
            |  Rate.  |  Rate.  |  Rate.  |  Rate.  |  Rate.  |  Rate.
   All ages |   16.1  |   14.4  |   19.7  |   16.2  |   24.7  |   21.7
   Under 1  |  149.7  |  128.7  |  160.1  |   92.0  |  335.6  |  265.0
   1-4      |   21.0  |   16.3  |   30.5  |   18.6  |   49.6  |   40.1
   5-9      |    4.8  |    3.8  |    5.0  |    3.9  |   10.1  |    8.6
   10-14    |    2.9  |    2.3  |    2.7  |    2.4  |   12.3  |    7.2
   15-19    |    4.5  |    3.2  |    3.6  |    3.2  |    8.8  |    9.7
   20-24    |    6.8  |    4.9  |    5.8  |    4.0  |    8.8  |   10.9
   25-29    |    8.1  |    6.1  |    7.6  |    5.3  |   10.1  |   10.4
   30-34    |    8.9  |    7.0  |    9.3  |    6.6  |   12.4  |   11.4
   35-39    |    9.3  |    7.7  |   11.0  |    7.9  |   15.1  |   14.3
   40-44    |   10.1  |    9.6  |   13.3  |    9.9  |   19.7  |   20.2
   45-49    |   12.4  |   11.3  |   16.9  |   13.5  |   19.1  |   20.8
   50-54    |   14.9  |   15.0  |   22.2  |   19.1  |   25.4  |   29.8
   55-59    |   19.4  |   19.8  |   31.3  |   28.8  |   39.3  |   36.4
   60-64    |   25.4  |   27.5  |   41.7  |   41.0  |   52.2  |   49.8
   65-69    |   38.2  |   42.7  |   57.0  |   59.4  |   62.0  |   69.6
   70-74    |   58.7  |   64.5  |   83.1  |   85.2  |   86.3  |   49.7
   75-79    |   93.4  |   96.0  |  117.5  |  115.0  |  110.7  |   96.0
   80-84    |  148.7  |  152.7  |  167.5  |  170.2  |  136.8  |  131.7
   85-89    |  224.2  |  223.9  |  246.9  |  242.1  |  117.6  |  175.8
   90 & over|  326.4  |  339.0  |  355.0  |  348.5  |  183.3  |  222.2

The tables on this and the opposite page show the same general trend of
mortality in New York State that is exhibited in the Registration States
generally and wherever reliable statistics are obtainable. It will be
noted, however, that there is little change in the mortality rate among
women until age sixty, when a decidedly increased mortality rate is
shown comparing 1910 with 1900. It will also be noted that this
unfavorable trend in mortality in later life is manifested among native
whites, foreign born and colored citizens alike.


           |  New York City[R] ||    England and    ||     London[S]
           |    1909-1911.     ||     Wales[S]      ||     1911-1912.
     Ages  |                   ||    1910-1912.     ||
           |  Males  | Females ||  Males  | Females ||  Males  | Females
   At birth|  44.55  |  48.8   ||  51.50  |  55.35  ||   ...   |   ...
   10      |  46.95  |  50.4   ||  53.08  |  55.91  ||   ...   |   ...
   20      |  38.26  |  41.7   ||  44.21  |  47.10  ||  42.35  |  46.71
   30      |  30.34  |  33.6   ||  35.81  |  38.54  ||  33.87  |  37.94
   40      |  23.34  |  26.2   ||  27.74  |  30.30  ||  26.03  |  29.67
   50      |  17.11  |  19.1   ||  20.29  |  22.51  ||  19.09  |  22.17
   60      |  11.71  |  12.9   ||  13.78  |  15.48  ||  13.09  |  15.39
   70      |   7.66  |   8.2   ||   8.53  |   9.58  ||   8.17  |   9.57
   80      |   4.66  |   4.9   ||   4.90  |   5.49  ||   4.79  |   5.39
   90      |   2.24  |   2.8   ||   2.87  |   3.16  ||   2.75  |   3.10

The above tables show, both among males and females, that the
expectation of life is greater at every ago period in England and Wales
and in London than in New York.

[R] Annual Report, Department of Health, City of New York, 1912,
pp. 176-177.

[S] Supplement to the Seventy-Fifth Annual Report of the
Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages in England and Wales.
Part I--Life Tables, pp. 56-85.

  1875-80 TO 1901-1910
       |  1875-1880.[T]  |  1881-1890.[T]  |  1891-1900.[T]  |  1901-1910.[U]
  Ages |-------+---------+-------+---------+-------+---------+-------+---------
       | Males | Females | Males | Females | Males | Females | Males | Females
  1-2  | 71.8  |  69.1   | 70.2  |  68.0   | 58.0  |  55.5   | 45.3  |  43.1
  2-3  | 37.1  |  36.1   | 36.3  |  34.6   | 24.7  |  23.8   | 16.5  |  16.0
  3-5  | 22.2  |  21.7   | 20.8  |  20.7   | 14.2  |  13.9   |  8.9  |   8.8
  5-10 |  9.3  |   9.2   |  8.8  |   9.0   |  5.9  |   6.1   |  4.2  |   4.4
  10-15|  3.9  |   4.3   |  3.8  |   4.3   |  2.9  |   3.3   |  2.4  |   2.7
  15-20|  5.1  |   4.6   |  4.8  |   4.5   |  4.3  |   3.8   |  4.0  |   3.6
  20-25|  7.7  |   6.3   |  7.0  |   5.8   |  6.0  |   5.1   |  5.2  |   4.6
  25-30|  8.6  |   8.2   |  7.6  |   7.5   |  6.1  |   6.1   |  5.3  |   5.5
  30-40| 10.9  |  10.3   | 10.6  |   9.7   |  8.3  |   7.9   |  7.0  |   6.7
  40-50| 16.7  |  12.3   | 16.3  |  11.7   | 14.3  |  10.0   | 12.5  |   8.6
  50-60|  27.6 |   20.7  |  26.9 |  19.8   | 24.2  |  17.5   |  23.5 |  16.0
  60-70|  53.0 |   46.3  |  51.4 |  44.8   | 48.7  |  42.0   |  45.5 |  37.4
  70-80| 113.3 |  106.2  | 110.2 | 113.9   |102.5  |  97.1   | 100.6 | 102.0
  80 & |       |         |       |         |       |         |       |
   over| 236.4 |  227.2  | 238.2 | 229.0   |233.1  | 223.3   | 214.4 | 202.6

Note that in both sexes there was a steady and substantial decline in
the death rate at all age periods of life after 1875.

[T] _Königlich Statistisches Bureau in Berlin Preussische Statistik_.
Hft. 184, p. iv. ff., Berlin.

[U] _Zeitschrift des Königlich Preussichen Statistichen Landesamts_,
Berlin, 1912, p. xvii.

  DEATH RATE PER 1000 IN DENMARK BY AGE GROUPS 1880-1889--1890-1900
          |     1880-1889     ||     1890-1900
    Ages  +---------+---------++---------+---------
          |  Males  | Females ||  Males  | Females
   0-5    |   53.1  |   46.0  ||   48.5  |   40.8
   5-10   |    7.2  |    7.7  ||    5.6  |    6.0
   10-15  |    4.4  |    5.6  ||    3.6  |    4.6
   15-20  |    4.9  |    5.8  ||    4.5  |    4.7
   20-25  |    7.0  |    6.1  ||    6.0  |    4.9
   25-30  |    6.5  |    7.4  ||    5.5  |    5.6
   30-35  |    6.8  |    7.9  ||    6.1  |    6.5
   35-40  |    7.8  |    8.4  ||    7.7  |    7.5
   40-45  |    9.8  |    9.3  ||    9.3  |    8.2
   45-50  |   12.6  |   10.2  ||   11.6  |    9.1
   50-55  |   16.8  |   12.2  ||   15.7  |   11.8
   55-60  |   22.6  |   17.0  ||   22.0  |   16.4
   60-65  |   33.3  |   26.1  ||   30.7  |   24.2
   65-70  |   46.9  |   39.2  ||   44.7  |   36.7
   70-75  |   70.0  |   58.3  ||   74.5  |   65.0
   75-80  |  104.9  |   92.9  ||  115.0  |   98.9
   80-85  |  178.7  |  157.4  ||  169.4  |  151.6
   85-90  |  246.7  |  210.9  ||  250.1  |  226.5
   90-over|  392.3  |  350.1  ||  425.6  |  373.2

Note the improvement in mortality at nearly every age period of life, in
both sexes.

_Befolkningsforholdene i. Denmark_ i. 19. Arrhundrede, p. 125. Denmark
_Statistiske Tabelvaerk_, Ser. 5, Litra A. no. 5.

  1801-10 to 1891-00
   Ages  | 0-5  | 5-10 | 10-15 |15-25 |25-35 | 35-45 | 45-55 | 55-65 |65 over
   Years |      |      |       |      |      |       |       |       |
  1801-10| 79.0 | 12.1 |  7.2  | 8.5  | 11.0 | 14.9  | 22.7  | 40.8  | 111.4
  1811-20| 76.0 |  9.7 |  5.6  | 7.2  |  9.9 | 14.3  | 21.0  | 37.6  | 102.9
  1821-30| 63.1 |  7.6 |  4.5  | 6.1  |  9.4 | 13.6  | 20.1  | 35.4  |  96.9
  1831-40| 60.3 |  7.5 |  4.7  | 6.0  |  9.8 | 14.3  | 20.8  | 35.6  | 102.1
  1841-50| 56.8 |  7.8 |  4.4  | 5.5  |  8.0 | 12.2  | 18.1  | 31.8  |  97.1
  1851-60| 60.5 | 10.9 |  5.5  | 6.1  |  8.4 | 11.9  | 17.9  | 32.1  |  91.6
  1861-70| 57.3 |  9.1 |  4.4  | 5.4  |  7.2 | 10.1  | 15.1  | 28.7  |  87.2
  1871-80| 52.3 |  8.5 |  4.2  | 5.3  |  7.4 |  9.3  | 13.1  | 23.6  |  79.4
  1881-90| 43.6 |  7.7 |  4.0  | 5.2  |  6.6 |  8.2  | 11.5  | 21.1  |  71.4
  1891-00| 36.9 |  6.0 |  3.6  | 5.4  |  6.5 |  7.8  | 10.9  | 19.7  |  71.3

Note the pronounced fall in the death rate at every age period during
the past century.

[V] _F. Prinzing Medizinische Statistik_, Verlag von Gustav Fischer in
Jena, 1906.

[Sidenote: The Remedies]

The remedies, however, are plainly indicated:

1. Eugenics, to improve the stock.

2. Periodic physical examinations to detect the earliest signs of
   disease, and especially infective foci in the head, such as diseased
   gums, tooth sockets, tonsils, nasal cavities, etc.

3. The practice of personal hygiene along the lines of ascertained
   individual needs.

Cancer, another disease heavily on the increase in all civilized
countries, may be combated by similar measures.



"How to Live" deals mainly with personal hygiene, that is, the proper
care of the individual. Hygienic improvement is limited, however, to the
attainment of the best of which an individual is capable. Eugenics deals
with the even more vital subject of improving the inherent type and
capacities of the individuals of the future. It has been but briefly
touched upon in this volume.

Eugenic improvement is attainable through the control of heredity. By
heredity is meant the action of elements which control the development
of the individual, and determine his constitution or makeup. The laws of
Nature governing this action are now known in part, so that advantage
can be taken of them to bring about the hereditary improvement of the
race, generation by generation.

[Sidenote: What Eugenics is Not]

Eugenics is not simply sex hygiene, as many have come to consider it,
owing to the liberal use of the word Eugenics by the sex hygienists.
Sex hygiene is, of course, one of the considerations in eugenic

Eugenics is not, furthermore, the science of improving the physical
organism only, as has been erroneously assumed by certain uninformed
publicists, a point of view which has been promoted by cartoonists, who
find it good sport for their pens.

Eugenics does not require the old Spartan practise of infanticide, nor
does Eugenics propose to do violence in any other way to humanitarian or
religious feeling.

Eugenics does not mean, as some have imagined, compulsory or
government-made marriages.

Nor is Eugenics the science of improving the human stock by matings that
are academically ideal, but which lack the element of individual
attraction and instinctive love.

[Sidenote: Discovery of Hereditary Laws]

There was a time when the inherent personality of a man, the color of
his eyes, the capacity of his mind, the quality of his character, seemed
clearly subject to the caprice of forces beyond the reach of mortal
perception. In attempting to trace the source of a personality,
hereditarily, no constancy could be detected in its relation to the
lives from which it arose. A child was never absolutely like brother,
sister, mother, father or grandparent.

An epoch-making discovery in 1865 by an Austrian monk named Mendel,[57]
and later discoveries by a number of other scientists, revealed the
subdivisibility of each individual into many distinct units or traits,
the hereditary sources of which were clearly traceable, leading to
various individuals of the family line, and not to one individual alone.
Furthermore, it was found that the lack of a certain trait sometimes
appears as a trait in itself, just as darkness seems like a condition in
itself rather than as an absence of light.

These discoveries changed the whole current of thought regarding
heredity, and the constancy of its action, as well as its
controllability. It also emphasized the fact that it does make a
difference whom one marries as to the character of the resulting
offspring. Their makeup is not subject to the caprice of forces beyond
human perception, but is in some degree subject to control.

Out of these discoveries has arisen the science of Eugenics. Sir Francis
Galton, of England, was the first to start a world movement for its
application toward conscious betterment of the human stock.

[Sidenote: Rules of Eugenics]

From the known laws governing the inheritability of unit-traits, it is
apparently necessary, in the betterment of the race, to follow a few
important rules:

1. Learn to analyze individuals into their inheritable traits--physical,
mental and moral.

2. Differentiate between socially noble and ignoble traits, between
social and educational veneer and sterling inherent capacity.

3. Do not expect physical, mental and moral perfection in any one
individual, but look for a majority of sterling traits.

4. Observe the presence or absence of specific traits in individuals at
all ages of successive generations and fraternities of a family line.

5. Learn how to estimate the inheritability of such traits in a family
line, upon specific mating with another family line.

6. Join your family line to one which is strong in respect to the traits
in which yours is weak.

7. But remember also that injuries can be inflicted on offspring by
unhygienic living.

[Sidenote: Inheritable Traits]

Some of the characteristics in Man's complex known to act hereditarily
and to be traceable to distinct sources on family lines are as

_Physical Traits._--Character of the facial features, color of the eyes,
hair and skin, stature, weight, energy, strength, endurance, quickness,
commanding presence, vivacity of manner, general bodily soundness; also
defects of many kinds, such as those of the nervous system, of the
speech, eyes, ears, skin, also baldness, defects of the muscular system,
blood, thyroid glands, vascular system, respiratory system, digestive
system, reproductive organs; also defects and peculiarities of the
skeleton, etc. This does not mean that all shortcomings are inherited.
It does mean, however, that the type of organism is inheritable which
lacks resistance to the germs and other precipitating factors in
bringing about the disease.

_Mental Traits._--Among the mental characteristics known to arise from
traceable hereditary sources may be mentioned factors in musical
ability, artistic composition, literary ability, mechanical skill,
calculating ability, inventive ability, memory, ability to spell,
fluency in conversation, aptness in languages, military talent,
acquisitiveness, attention, story-telling, poetic ability; and, on the
other hand, insanity, feeble-mindedness of many types, epilepsy. These
are suggestive of the inheritability of many other mental traits not yet

_Moral Traits._--Among the moral traits known to possess inheritable
elements are generosity, piousness, independence, industry, will-power,
faithfulness, fairness, sociability, reliability, self-reliance,
tendency to work hard, perseverance, carefulness, impulsiveness,
temperance, high-spiritedness, joviality, benignity, quietness,
cheerfulness, hospitality, sympathy, humorousness, love of fun,
neighborliness, love of frontier life, love of travel and of adventure.
The same may be said of immoral traits, such as criminality, pauperism,
delinquency, irascibility, lying, truancy, superstition, clannishness,
secretiveness, despondency, slyness, exclusiveness, vanity, cunning,
cruelty, quickness to anger, revengefulness, etc.

[Sidenote: Distribution of Traits]

These physical, mental and moral peculiarities are not scattered evenly
through the population, but exist on certain family lines only.

For instance, one-tenth of the deaths that occur in the United States
are from tuberculosis. But this does not mean that one-tenth of all
families die of the disease. On the contrary, some families lose more
than half their numbers from it, while other families lose almost none
at all. The 10 per cent. is simply the average of all. The percentage is
high among the Irish, and low among the Jews. Life insurance companies
take consideration of this fact in examining applicants for insurance. A
family history of tuberculosis counts against even a healthy applicant,
not because of a belief that tuberculosis is directly inheritable, but
because non-resistant types, especially light-weights, are known to be
transmitted. A profound influence toward checking this malady would
evidently be exerted if the matings on the family lines exhibiting the
characteristic of susceptibility were to cease, and thus the
perpetuation of susceptible types checked.

The same is true of crime. The 80,000 prisoners constantly supported in
the United States are recruited not evenly from the general population,
but mainly from certain family breeds.[59] Criminality among "The
Jukes" is a rule, among Jonathan Edwards' descendants, the exception.
The same is true of mental abilities of different kinds. Galton showed
that the prominent English judges, statesmen, chancellors, etc., were
furnished by certain family lines only, and were not drawn evenly from
all families.[60] The same is true of feeble-mindedness.[61]

[Sidenote: Socially Noble and Ignoble Traits]

The question of what traits are desirable and what traits are
undesirable might seem, on first thought, rather a difficult matter to
determine. Few of us would like to have our neighbor's taste in the
matter constituted as a standard of judgment upon our own traits. There
is one standard of judgment, however, that is so broad and impersonal
and so founded on the elements in society to which all individuals are
subject, that it can justly serve as a line of division between the
desirability and undesirability, broadly speaking, of individual traits
for perpetuation. This is the measurement by the standard of social
worth and service commonly designated as "fitness."[62] Above this
dividing line may be roughly grouped the genius, the specially skilled,
the mediocre, who are a service to society, or at least not a burden.
Below this line may be grouped those feeble-minded, paupers, criminals,
insane, weak and sick, who are a burden, economically and socially. That
is, a person's traits are desirable of perpetuation if so balanced as to
render the individual not a burden to others.

It must undoubtedly be true that many families possess, inherently,
traits of ability which have never had an opportunity to exhibit
themselves. This may account for the apparently sudden appearance of
great men and women without obvious hereditary background. It is plainly
possible, furthermore, to bring about a special combination of two
family lines, the mental traits on neither of which exhibit
remarkableness, but which, when combined, bring an extremely happy

Mental ability does not depend upon education. Education can only enable
an individual to utilize more fully his inherent ability; it cannot
increase capacity.

The same is true, of course, of physical capacity. Sandow has an
extraordinary muscular ability, developed by certain exercises. Similar
exercises will not, however, develop all men into Sandows, no matter
how constant their faith and persistent their efforts. Sandow was, we
may assume, hereditarily gifted with a superior muscular capacity, which
his exercises have enabled him to fully develop. It is true, however,
that few people ever realize their full physical and mental capacities,
owing to lack of opportunity, inclination, etc., and that there
generally exist untold possibilities for improvement for those who wish
to get the most out of themselves.

[Sidenote: A Majority of Sterling Traits]

It is apparent that the make-up of an individual is the result of a very
complex combination of traits. For this reason, the makeup is not likely
to fall heir to all "bad" traits, any more than it is to all "good"
traits. Even the feeble-minded, who have fallen heir to such an
intensely undesirable trait--or rather, to the lack of intensely
desirable traits--in many instances have simultaneously inherited many
desirable traits, such as kindness, gentleness and generosity, often
lacking in those possessed of scholarly capacities. Many women of the
border-line type of feeble-mindedness, where mental incapacity often
passes for innocence, possess the qualities of charm felt in children,
and are consequently quickly selected in marriage. If a mentally able
man possess as an ideal of womanhood other traits than mental capacity,
no amount of schooling for his child can make up for the difference
between the mental capacity of the offspring of such a mating, and the
offspring of a mating with an able-minded woman. Although the trait of
able-mindedness is dominant, so that the mating of an able and a feeble
mind will result in fairly able-minded offspring, who may even be above
the average, mentally, such offspring carry in their own germ plasm the
defect derived from their feeble-minded parent, which defect may then be
passed on to future generations through the germ plasm from which their
children get their inheritance. A mother's hereditary influence on the
child is just as important a factor as the father's, generally speaking.
Where feeble-mindedness exists on a family line, care should be
exercised by the able-minded members of that line not to mate with
another line possessing cases of feeble-mindedness, lest the offspring
then fall heir to feeble-mindedness, which can skip a generation. An
appreciation of what is feeble-minded, and a realization of its
inheritability can not help but modify a man or a woman's admiration
for the traits or lack of traits which it embraces.

Persons possessing weak physical makeups may possess strong mental
capacities, and vice-versa. Persons of superior mental capacities may
lack loftiness of character. It might happen that in so mating as to
prevent the perpetuation of an undesirable trait, physical, mental or
moral, a desirable trait would be lost along with it. In any mating
transaction, therefore, choice must necessarily compromise upon the
favorable hereditary action of a majority of the traits on the two
family lines. One must relinquish any quest for perfection. After
eliminating the individuals possessing the grossly unsocial traits below
the dividing line of social fitness, one must choose with respect to a
majority of socially fit traits, in addition to the elements of personal
congeniality and affinity. The two last-named elements, however,
generally serve as useful narcotics in blinding the mating individuals
to the existence of the compromise, and the real becomes the ideal.

[Sidenote: Successive Generations and Fraternities]

Each trait in the mosaic of one person is transmitted or not transmitted
to a child according to the mating of that particular trait--mating
with trait or lack of trait--rather than according to the mating of the
two persons as a whole. That is, when a man and woman marry and bear
offspring, it is not the mating of two units, but it is the mating of
myriads of pairs of units--the units being the constituent traits and
lack of traits (contained in some mysterious way in the germ plasm),
each trait-mating producing its own trait-offspring. The collection of
these trait-offspring makes up the child.

It has been observed that traits differ with respect to their action in
mating. Given a specific type of trait-mating, say of a trait with like
trait, or trait with the lack of that trait, some types always reappear
in the next generation or else are lost entirely from the family line
unless reinfused, whereas other types of traits may not reappear in the
next generation, but still appear in a generation further removed.
Another type of trait is transmissible only by one sex of a family line,
and can not be transmitted by the other sex.

From these facts, it is readily understandable how important becomes the
consideration of the marriage of relatives, such as cousins,[63] who
are, of course, individuals of the same family line, whose mating
brings together like groups of traits, thus strengthening the existence
of these traits, whether desirable or undesirable. Cousin marriages,
when the family possess traits of mental ability, may result in children
who are geniuses; but cousin marriages, when the family line possesses
traits of mental inability, may result disastrously with respect to
offspring. Family lines possessing traits of mental weakness should most
assuredly join only to family lines possessing traits of strength in
those regards.

In calculating the inheritability of traits, it is also necessary to
consider that certain physical, mental and moral traits flower at the
arrival of certain ages only. It is necessary to look along the whole
line of a life, as traits may exist at one age and not at another. A
boy's beard does not appear until puberty. Likewise, other physical and
mental and moral traits sometimes do not manifest themselves until
specific ages, according to the type of the family breed. Because a
parent dies before the development of the trait does not preclude its
transmissibility to his offspring. Huntington's chorea, an extremely
undesirable trait, does not develop until middle life, but is
transmissible to offspring even though the father dies from some other
cause before the period when the disease in his own person would be
expected to appear.

[Sidenote: Results of Specific Matings]

[Sidenote: Andalusian Fowl]

We can best understand the laws governing the inheritance of traits by
taking a few concrete cases. The first case is that of an Andalusian
fowl. We shall consider the two species, pure bred black and pure bred
white, and confine ourselves to observing the inheritance of the single
characteristic, plumage _color_. Of course, as long as the black mate
only with the black their children will be black, and as long as the
white mate with white the children will be white. But if a white mates
with a black, the children will not be either black or white, but blue.
All will be blue. But the most interesting facts appear in the next
generation, when these hybrid blue fowls mate with black or white, or
with each other. The original of the cross between the white and the
black is an entirely new color blue, which may be considered a sort of
amalgam of black and white. But a cross between the blue and the black
will not be any new color, but will be either black or blue--and the
chances are even. That is, in the long run about half of the children
of the blue and black parents will be blue and half will be black. None
of the children will be white. So also crossing the blue with the white
will result in half of the children being blue and half, white. Still
more curious is the result of mating blue with blue. One might imagine
that in this case all the children would be blue, but only half will be
blue, while a quarter will be black and a quarter white.

[Sidenote: Laws of Chance]

These laws are a curious mixture of chance and certainty. In certain
circumstances, as we have seen, we can predict with certainty that the
offspring will be black, white, blue, or whatever the case may be. In
other circumstances we can only state what the _chances_ are. But these
chances can be definitely stated as one in two, one in four or whatever
it may be, and where there are large numbers of offspring this amounts
to a practical certainty that definite proportions will have this or
that color, or other characteristics.

Two parents are like two baskets or bundles of traits from which the
child takes its traits at random. In the wonderful play of
Maeterlinck's, called the "Bluebird," we are taken to the "land before
birth," where the children are waiting to be born, having selected
their parents to be. Of course, this is only a pleasant fancy, like the
advice of Oliver Wendell Holmes to children to choose good grandparents,
but it is a useful fancy which will help us to understand the laws of
heredity. The child of the Andalusian fowl takes its color from its two
parents on the same principle as a lottery in which it would take two
beans, white or black as the case might be, from each of two baskets.
Every individual is a sort of basket containing two beans, as it were.
It took one of these two beans from each parent and will give one to
each child.

With this picture of a bean lottery before us it is very easy to
understand how the colors of Andalusian fowls are inherited. When two
black fowls mate, the offspring must be black, because in this case each
parent basket contains a pair of black beans, so to speak, so that the
child taking one black bean from each basket will necessarily have a
black pair. For the same reason the child of two white fowls must be
white, but when a black and white fowl mate, the child takes a white
bean from one parent and a black from the other, its own color being
resultant or amalgam of the two, which in the case of the Andalusian
fowl is blue. Since every such hybrid child has this same combination of
a white and a black bean, all these hybrids are alike. All are blue. It
is important to remember that this hybrid blue is only a sort of
mechanical mixture of black and white, and that the black and white are
still separate beans, as it were.

But now suppose a hybrid or blue fowl to mate with a white. This means
that the child takes from the white parent or basket one of the two
white beans and from the blue parent or basket, one of the two beans, of
which one is white and the other, black; the bean taken from the first
or white basket must be white, but that taken from the second or blue or
hybrid basket may be either white or black. It is a lottery with an even
chance of drawing white or black. In the long run, half of the children
will draw white and half, black. Those which draw the white will, since
they also drew white from the other parent, be wholly white, but those
which drew the black will be blue, since they will have one black and
one white bean. We see, too, that the white child is just as truly white
as though it had not had a hybrid parent; for of the two elements or
beans which the hybrid carried, the black one was left behind untaken.
We see that the blue child is a hybrid exactly like its hybrid parent,
and not any new kind of cross between the blue and the white. In short,
the children of a blue and white are either the one or the other and not
a mixture. In the same way if a blue mates with a black, half of the
children will be black and half blue.

Finally we come to the mating of a blue with a blue. Here the lottery is
to pick a bean from two baskets, each basket containing both white and
black beans in equal numbers. When at random one is taken from either of
these two baskets there is an even chance that the bean from the father
is white or black and an even chance that the bean from the mother is
white or black.

Now, what is the chance that the child draws a white bean from both
baskets? Evidently it is one chance in four; for there are four ways
equally probable in which you can take these beans, viz.: (1) black from
the father basket and black from the mother, (2) white from the father
and white from the mother, (3) white from the father and black from the
mother, (4) black from the father and white from the mother. So the
children could draw both white once in four times, both black once in
four, and a white and a black in the other two cases. And that is why
from two blue Andalusian fowls, on the average you will have one-quarter
of the children black, one-quarter white, and the other two-quarters,
blue. Again let us stop to emphasize the fact that the black children of
these hybrids are just as pure blooded as their black grandparent, and
will mate with other pure-blooded black in exactly the same way as
though there had never been any white in their ancestry. The white
strain has been left behind, or been "bred out."

We have spoken of one character or characteristic--color. The same laws
apply to other characters. Often different characters are inherited
quite independently of one another. Each of us is a basket or bundle of
very many qualities, each quality being a little compartment of the
basket with two beans in it. There is, as it were, a pair of beans for
every unit trait, whether that trait relates to color, to musical
ability, or to any one of hundreds of other kinds.

To summarize the laws of inheritance of the unit character called color,
in Andalusian fowl, we have really six ways in which we can consider
mating of the three colored fowls (black, white, blue): (1) black may
mate with black, in which case all the offspring will be black, (2)
white may mate with white, in which case all the offspring will be
white, (3) a black may mate with a white, in which case the offspring
will all be blue--a hybrid containing both black and blue elements, (4)
blue may mate with a black, in which case half the offspring will be
pure bred black, and half hybrid blue, (5) a blue may mate with a white,
in which case half the offspring will be white and half blue, (6) blue
may mate with blue in which case a quarter of the offspring will be
white, a quarter black and a half blue.

[Sidenote: Guinea Pigs]

These results are the fundamental laws discovered by Mendel. But the
results are not always as clear as in the case of the Andalusian fowl.
In that case the hybrids were not like either parent, but were a new
color, blue, so that they were labeled at once and recognizable as
hybrids--but this is not generally the case. Take, for instance, guinea
pigs. What will be the result of mating an "albino" white with a black
guinea pig? Quite exactly the same principle applies as in the case of
the Andalusian fowl, but the principle is not as clear to see. All the
offspring are hybrid, but they will not be blue: they will be black.
They will look like the black parent, but they are different. The black
color predominates; i.e., black is "dominant" over white, while the
white recedes out of sight, or is "recessive." This hybrid black guinea
pig is like the hybrid blue Andalusian fowl. It is a hybrid, a
combination of white and black, but in the guinea pig the black covers
up the white so that _nothing_ in the color reveals the fact that it is
a hybrid. Now if the hybrid black offspring of these black and white
guinea pigs mate with each other, the result will follow exactly the
same Mendelian law as applied to the Andalusian fowl. But this will not
be so clear, because now we have two kinds of black instead of a black
and a blue. One child in four will be _pure bred_ black like the
grandparent and two out of the four will be _hybrid_ black. So to the
eye we shall simply have, out of four children, one white and three
black. But those three black are not all alike. One is a thoroughbred
and two are half-breeds.

But how then are we to distinguish between the one pure bred black, the
thoroughbred, and the two blacks that are hybrids so that we can be sure
which is which? The only way they can be distinguished is to wait to see
what their offspring will be in the next succeeding generations.

The one that is a thoroughbred will behave like a thoroughbred. For
instance, if mated with white they will have nothing but black children.
But if one that is hybrid black mate with one that is white, only half
of the children will be white; these white children reveal the fact that
their black parent was a half breed. Then we can put a tag on that black
parent. If proper tags are put on the blacks so as to distinguish
between the pure-blooded and the half-blooded--say a blue tag on the
hybrids and a black on the thoroughbreds--we shall get exactly the same
results as described in the case of the Andalusian fowl, in the six
cases mentioned. The same principles apply to qualities of the guinea
pigs other than color. Thus, if a long-haired guinea pig mates with a
short-haired guinea pig, all the offspring will be short-haired, because
short hair is dominant over long hair. Again, if a smooth-coated guinea
pig mates with a rough-coated one, the result will be rough coated,
because a rough coat is dominant over a smooth coat.

[Sidenote: "Thoroughbred" Humans]

The same principles undoubtedly apply to the human race, although as yet
only a few traits have been carefully studied. Eye color is one of
these. Imagine a marriage of a thoroughbred, black-eyed Italian with a
thoroughbred, blue-eyed Irish. What will be the result? All the children
will be black-eyed, black being dominant over blue; but these black eyes
are not the genuine article that the Italian parent possessed. They are
a blend, and it is only because the black element dominates over or
conceals the blue element that we can not see on the surface that there
is any blue there. But it may come out in the next generation; for, if
these half-blooded individuals marry among themselves one-quarter of
their children on the average will be blue-eyed. The other
three-quarters will be black-eyed, but only one-quarter will be "really
and truly" black-eyed, i.e., black-eyed like the Italian. The remaining
half are hybrid black, like the parents. It is only a sort of imitation
black so to speak.

The appearance of blue eyes in the second generation is the long
observed but formerly mysterious "atavism," or reversion to the

Suppose the children of an Italian and an Irish parent intermarry with
pure bred Italians. We immediately know what will be the result. All the
children will be black-eyed, but among a large number only half will be
thoroughbred black-eyed. The other half will be "imitation" black-eyed.
The case is just like the mating of hybrid black guinea pigs with
thoroughbred black guinea pigs, or of the blue fowl with the black.
Similarly, if the Irish-Italian hybrids marry with pure Irish, half the
offspring will be blue-eyed and half will be hybrid black-eyed.

[Sidenote: Dominants and Recessives]

Black eyes are "dominant" over blue eyes because the black color is due
to a pigment, while the blue color is due to the absence of this
pigment. In general a quality which is due to the presence of some
positive element is dominant over a quality due to the absence of that
element. A child inheriting from a blue-eyed person simply draws a blank
from that side in the lottery.

In order to understand how these principles of Mendel apply in any given
case we need first to know what traits are "dominant" and what are

Among traits known to be "dominant" are, besides pigmentation of the
eye, certain peculiarities of the skeleton, such as short-fingeredness
(two phalanges only on each digit), Huntington's chorea, presenile
cataract, congenital thickening of the skin, early absence of hair,
diabetes insipidus, stationary night-blindness, liability to periodic
outbreak of temper, etc.

Among traits known to be "recessive" are albinism (or lack of
pigmentation), a certain degenerative disease of the eye, deafmutism,
imbecility, insanity of certain types, certain nervous diseases; also
mental traits, such as musical ability.

Suppose now that a normal or "strong-minded" person, if we may use that
term as distinct from feeble-minded, marries a feeble-minded person.
Assuming that the "strong-minded" person is a "thoroughbred" all of the
children will be apparently normal. None will be feeble-minded.
"Strong-mindedness" is dominant over weak-mindedness. Yet all these
children that seem to be perfectly normal lack something in their
bodies. This deficiency is simply covered up but can crop out in later
generations. If two of these hybrids between the weak-minded and the
strong-minded marry each other, one-quarter of the children will be
feeble-minded, one-quarter thoroughbred strong-minded and the remaining
half, though apparently strong-minded, will carry the taint in them just
as their parents did. They are half-breeds. On the other hand, if two
feeble-minded people marry, all of the children will be feeble-minded.
Certainly we can and ought to forbid and prevent such marriages.

But feeble-mindedness is a recessive quality, so that if the
feeble-minded marry only with normal individuals, the feeble-mindedness
does not blight the next generation, and if these apparently normal
children of such marriages take pains to marry only really normal
individuals, avoiding not only the feeble-minded but even those like
themselves who have feeble-mindedness on one side of their family tree,
there will be no feeble-mindedness cropping out in future generations.

[Sidenote: Instances of Eugenic Improvement]

But not all human abnormalities are recessive. Thus Huntington's chorea
is dominant, so that every child of the unfortunate victim of this
malady will contract it when it reaches the right age. Marriages of such
people should, therefore, never be allowed, even with normal

But when we propose to restrict marriages or mating of those unfit to
marry, people are apt to say, "That is a dream. It can't be done." But
it can be done and it has been done. Every one has heard of the cretins
in Switzerland. They are a kind of idiot who are short in stature and
afflicted in all cases with goitre in the neck. Of course, many people
have goitre who are not cretins, but there is no cretin who has not
goitre. These cretins are peculiarly a feeble-minded people. They are
common still in many towns of Switzerland; they are loathsome objects,
helpless as children, with silly smiles, unable to take care of
themselves in even the simplest toilet ways, and have to be looked after
like domestic animals, or even more closely.

A gentleman very much interested in Eugenics visited Aosta, in Italy,
just outside of Switzerland, once in 1900 and again in 1910. In 1900 he
found many of these creatures among the beggars in the streets, in the
asylums, in the home, in the orphan asylum--everywhere he ran across
these awful apologies for human beings. But in 1910 he found only one!
What had happened? Simply that a few resolute intelligent reformers had
changed the entire situation. An isolation institution, or rather two
institutions, one for the men and the other for the women, were
established. In these the best care of the inmates was taken as long as
they lived, and they do not live long. But pains were taken to see that
by no possibility could marriage or mating of those people take place.
They forfeited any such rights in return for the care that they received
from the State.

Thus is it possible to apply the laws of heredity as laid down by Mendel
in a thoroughly practical way and to get results _immediately_ in one
short generation. It seems, and it is, a colossal task to change average
human nature one iota. Yet in the light of modern eugenics we could make
a new human race in a hundred years if only people in positions of power
and influence would wake up to the paramount importance of what eugenics
means. And this could be done quietly and simply without violence to
existing ideas of what is right and proper. It could be done by
segregation of the sexes for defectives, feeble-minded, idiots,
epileptics, insane, etc. By this kind of isolation we can save the
blood-stream of our race from a tremendous amount of needless

And it is being done. The growing tendency to put defectives in
institutions, though originally with no such object, will reduce the
transmission of defects, especially when it is recognized that the sexes
must be separated and that the inmates should be kept at the institution
through the reproductive period of life.

[Sidenote: Educational Influence]

It is inconceivable that the average individual will deliberately and
consciously make his calculations regarding the character of possible
offspring before he allows himself to fall in love to the point of
desiring marriage. Yet unconsciously an educational influence on love
and on marriage selection has been operating through centuries. The
sick, the feeble-minded, the immoral, and members of their families,
have at all times been socially handicapped, and have always been the
first to be eliminated in marriage selection. And it is conceivable that
this already developed wisdom in mate-choosing can easily be augmented
by a further knowledge of heredity which is now available. It
unconsciously favorably modifies the individual taste.

Certain races of men, without consciousness of their action, have varied
in the character of their choices (sex selection) in such a way as to
bring about varied conditions in their races, with respect to resistance
to disease, of mental capacity and to moral quality. The Mongolian
differs from the Hebrew, the Anglo-Saxon differs from the African.

It depends largely upon the action of those now upon the earth, who are
now making their choices of marriage, as to whether the races of the
future shall be physical, mental or moral weaklings, or whether they
shall be physically brave and hardy, mentally broad and profound, and
morally sterling.

[Sidenote: Summary]

To summarize: There are three main lines along which eugenic improvement
of the race may be attained:

(1) Education of all people on the inheritability of traits; (2)
segregation of defectives so that they may not mingle their family
traits with those on sound lines; (3) sterilization of certain gross and
hopeless defectives, to preclude the propagation of their type.

There would seem to be great need of State Eugenic Boards, to correlate
and to promote these activities, in the interests of the future
population, and to give expert advice as to how to legislate wisely, and
individual advice as to how to mate wisely. The latter function now
falls entirely upon the Eugenics Record Office at Cold Spring Harbor,
where the work is being carried on with great efficiency with the funds
at command.


[57] Darbishire, A. D.: _Breeding and the Mendelian Discovery_, Cassell
& Company, Ltd., London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne, 1911.

[58] Davenport, Chas. B.: _Heredity in Relation to Eugenics_, Henry Holt
& Company, New York, 1911.

[59] Dugdale, Robert L.: _The Jukes_, G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York and
London, 1910.

[60] Galton, Francis: _Hereditary Genius_, D. Appleton & Company, New
York, 1870.

[61] Goddard, Henry H.: _The Kallikak Family_, The Macmillan Company,
New York, 1912.

[62] Kellicott, William E.: _The Social Direction of Human Evolution_,
D. Appleton & Company, New York and London, 1911.

[63] Huth, Alfred Henry: _Marriage of Near Kin_, Longmans, Green &
Company, London, 1887.

[64] Darwin, Charles: _The Descent of Man_, Thomas Y. Crowell & Company,
New York, 1874.

For further bibliographic lists, see bulletins entitled "Books and
Journals," and "Publications" issued by the Eugenics Record Office, Cold
Spring Harbor, N. Y.


  Abdominal muscles, beneficial effects of erect posture on, 57.

  Acids, excess of, from overabundance of animal proteins in diet, 39;
    fruit and vegetable, in a mixed diet, 43.

  Activity, necessary to living a hygienic life, 89;
    work and play the two great forms, of, 89.

  Adulterants in foods, harmful, 65.

  Advertising, measures of reform in, 162-163.

  Agar-agar, a preventive of constipation, 52-53;
    for use in colds, 279.

  Air, the first necessity of life, 7;
    motion, coolness, humidity, and freshness of, important features
          of ventilation, 7;
    the matter of drafts, 8-9, 123-124, 274, 277;
    securing fresh, through windows, 9-10;
    prevention of stagnation of, by air-fans, 10;
    action of different heating systems, 10;
    importance of coolness of, 10-11;
    securing proper degrees of dryness and humidity, 11-12;
    lighting systems and, 13;
    evils of tobacco smoke and of dust, 13;
    bacteria in, carried by dust particles, 13-14;
    benefits of sunlight, 14;
    wearing of clothing which admits, 14-15, 275;
    benefits of out-of-door, 18-20, 276;
    outdoor sleeping, 20-24, 104, 220, 276;
    deep breathing, 24-27.

  Air-baths, taking of, 15-16, 148.

  Air-fans, use of, 10.

  Alcohol, modern movement against, 3;
    poisons in, 65, 241;
    ill effects of, 67-68;
    resistance to infectious diseases weakened by, 68;
    social evil traceable to, 123;
    to be avoided in cases of overweight, 216;
    statistics of influence of, on longevity, 227-235;
    per capita consumption of, in various countries, 235-236;
    laboratory and clinical evidence relating to physiological effects
          of, 236 ff.;
    effect on brain and the nervous system, 237-239;
    influence on bodily resistance to disease, 239-240;
    effect on heart and circulation, 240-241;
    food value of, 241-242;
    effect on offspring, 243;
    attitude of National Council of Safety toward, 244;
    condemnation of, shown by restrictive and prohibitive measures of
          governments, 244;
    references on subject of, 244-249.

  Alkaline dentifrices, 86.

  Amusements. See Recreation.

  Andalusian fowl, illustration from, of action of hereditary traits,

  Anglo-Saxon race, effects of indoor living upon, 147.

  Animal cells, apparent immortality of, 142-143.

  Apoplexy, death rates from, 284, 285.

  Appetite, misleading of, by delicacies of civilization, 151-152.

  Apples, food value of, 30, 177, 179.

  Arch supports for flat foot, 224, 225.

  Arteries, tobacco and diseases of the, 69, 263.

  Arthritis deformans, caused by focal infection, 82.

  Asparagus, food value of, 41, 175.

  Asthenic droop, cause of, 58.

  Athletes, effects of tobacco on, 68, 69, 257-259.

  Athletics, ideals in, 96;
    injuries from college, 96.

  Attention, control of, essential to securing equanimity, 115.

  Autointoxication, meaning of, 81;
    intestinal intoxication distinguished from, 81-82.

  Avocation, practise of an, 98.

  Bacteria, carried on dust particles, 13-14;
    part played by, in colds, 272.
    _See_ Germs.

  Balanced ration, classification of foods with view to a, 171, 175-183.

  Bananas, food value of, 30, 177;
    digestibility of, 49;
    a cheap source of starch and sugar, 131.

  Bank employés, unsuspected impairments among, 136-137.

  Basal metabolism of the body, ascertaining the, 196-197.

  Baseball, value as all-round exercise, 98.

  Bathing, importance of, for avoiding disease, 75-76;
    perspiring before, 76;
    activity and relaxation combined in, 101-102;
    as a means of skin training, 274-275.

  Baths, different forms of, for different needs, 102;
    nervous relaxation induced by neutral, 102;
    for colds, 278-279.

  Beans, baked, food value of, 29, 175;
    a high-protein food, 38;
    protein in, a possible objection, 39-40;
    a cheap source of protein, 131.

  Bedbugs, diseases spread by, 74.

  Beds, hard preferable to soft, 104.

  Beets, food value of, 41, 175.

  Belts, constriction from, 16.

  Benedict, F. G., experiments by, to ascertain basal metabolism, 196-197.

  Berries, food value of, 41, 177.

  Blindness among tobacco smokers, 264.

  Blood pressure, influence of deep breathing on, 25.

  Bowels, foods the best regulators of the, 52.
    _See_ Constipation.

  Brain, effect of alcohol on, 237-239.

  Brain workers, eating habits of, 34-35.

  Bread, food value of, 29, 180;
    stale and crusty preferable to soft fresh, 41;
    a cheap source of starch and sugar, 131.

  Breathing, deep, 24-25;
    influence of muscular exercises on, 26;
    beneficial effect of singing, 26;
    relation of, to one's mental condition, 26-27.

  Bulk, a necessary quality in food, 41-42, 150.

  Bush, A. D., tests by, as to smoking and mental efficiency, 260.

  Butter, food value of, 30, 33, 181.

  Cabbage, cellulose in, 41;
    food value of, 131, 175.

  Cakes, table of food values of, 179.

  Calories, fuel-units for measuring food, 28.

  Cancer, measures for combating increase of, 292.

  Candy, over-indulgence in, 48.

  Cantaloupe, food value of, 30, 177.

  Carbohydrate, function of, as a constituent of food, 35-36;
    examples of, in common foods, 36;
    suitable proportion of, in diet, 40;
    in cheap foods, 131;
    list of foods rich, moderate and deficient in, 171.

  Card-playing, mental recreation from, in moderation, 100.

  Catarrh, sometimes caused by smoking, 264;
    avoiding quack cures for, 280.

  Cathartics, avoidance of, 53.

  Cauliflower, food value of, 41, 175.

  Celery, cellulose in, 41;
    vitamins supplied by, 42;
    food value of, 175.

  Cellulose, a necessity in diet, 41.

  Cereals, laxative quality of, 52;
    table of food values of, 180-181;
    for underweight, 220.

  Chairs, effect of, on sitting posture, 60-61;
    among the evils of civilization, 152.

  Character, posture and, 63-64;
    influence of health on, 105-107.

  Charts, showing comparative mortality among abstainers and
          non-abstainers, 230-233;
    of death rates in different countries and at different periods,

  Cheese, food value of, 29, 38, 131, 181.

  Cheeses, putrefactive, among the worst foods, 48.

  Chewing, necessitated by hard foods, 41;
    importance of thorough, 44-47.
    _See_ Mastication.

  Children, results of faulty posture in, 62;
    sleep required by, 103;
    effects of alcoholic indulgence by parents on, 243.

  Choice of foods, effect of slow eating habits on, 47.

  Cigaret smoking, special evils of, 261.

  Cigars and cigarets, nicotin in, 254-255;
    physical and mental effects of smoking, 255-267;
    increase in use of, 267-268.

  Circulation, effect of alcohol on, 240-241;
    effect of tobacco on, 256, 259-260, 263, 267.

  Circulatory system, death rates from diseases of the, 284, 285.

  Civilization, hygiene and, 143-156.

  Cleanliness, importance of, for avoiding infections, 75-76.

  Clerks, unsuspected impairments among, 136-137.

  Clothing, relation of, to ventilation, 14;
    hygiene of, 14;
    desirability of porous, 14-15, 275;
    evils of tight, 16;
    choice of cotton, linen, and woolen, 17;
    color of, 17-18;
    artificial conditions as to, resulting from civilization, 147-148.

  Cocktail drinking, a harmful habit, 67.

  Colds, popular exaggeration of danger of, from drafts, 8, 123;
    usual origin of, in germs, 8-9, 70-71;
    measures for avoiding, 9;
    sometimes indirectly caused by constipation, 51;
    popular delusions concerning, 123-124;
    means of infection, 272;
    sometimes due to abnormalities in nose or throat, 272-273;
    prevention of, by attention to rules of individual hygiene, 273;
    chief preventive measures, 273-277;
    emergency treatment of, 277-280;
    possibility of avoiding, altogether, 280.

  Color of clothes, 17-18.

  Concentrated foods, objection to, 41, 150.

  Condiments, hot, to be used sparingly, 48.

  Constipation, evils of, 51-52;
    effects of water-drinking habits on, 52;
    foods which prevent, 52;
    use of mineral oils for, 53;
    avoidance of drugs, 53;
    an enema a temporary expedient, 53;
    value of massage of the abdomen, 53-54;
    favored by high-seated water closets, 54;
    importance of establishing proper habits, 55;
    poisoning from decomposition of protein in the colon, and remedies,
    produced by a slouching posture, 57;
    mental effects of, 106-107;
    effects of, ascribed to overwork, 124;
    predisposition to colds caused by, 276.

  Consumptive stoop, ill effects of, 57.

  Cooking, loss caused in certain foods by, 42;
    necessary for some foods, 43.

  Corn, food value of, 29, 175;
    cellulose in, 41.

  Cornaro, "The Temperate Life" by, 142.

  Corsets, constriction from, 16.

  Cost, of food, 129-131, 184-190;
    wholesale, of uncooked ingredients of standard foods, 192-193.

  Cotton, use of, in clothing, 17.

  Cottonseed oil, a cheap source of fat, 131.

  Country life, advantages of, 18.

  Cousins, marriage of, 305-306.

  Crawling exercise for faulty posture, 222-223.

  Cream, food value of, 30, 33, 181.

  Crime, laws of heredity applied to, 299-300.

  Cucumbers, cellulose in, 41;
    food value of, 175.

  Daily rhythm, observance of a, 89-90.

  Dairy products, table of food values of, 181.

  Dampness of air, exaggeration of evils of, 19.

  Dancing, question of hygienic value of, 99-100;
    an obstacle to efficiency when overdone, 100.

  Death rate, lowering of, by public hygiene, 158-159;
    statistics of overweight, 213;
    influence of alcohol on, 228-235, 262;
    influence of tobacco on, 262;
    fall of, in younger age groups, and rise at older age periods, in
          United States, 281;
    cause of increase in, 282;
    charts showing trend of, 283-285;
    comparison of, among different nations, 286-291.

  Defectives, segregation and sterilization of, 321-322, 323.

  Degenerative tendencies among nations, comparison of, 286-292.

  Delusions, certain popular, concerning diseases, 123-125.

  Denmark, mortality statistics of, 291.

  Dental clinic, beneficial results of, 88.

  Dental decay, process of, 79.

  Dental floss, use of, 85.

  Desires, controlling intensity of one's, 117-118.

  Desk, posture in sitting at a, 61.

  Despondency, sometimes caused by a slouching posture, 57.

  Desserts, table of food values of, 179.

  Diabetes, in relation to focal infection, 82;
    aggravations of, 123.

  Discontent, physical sources of, 105-106.

  Diseases, caused by absence of vitamins from food, 42;
    carried by mosquitoes and flies, 71;
    caused by focal infection, 82;
    preventability of, 135-136;
    relation between consumption of alcohol and increase in degenerative,
    effect of alcohol on bodily resistance to, 239-240;
    caused by smoking, 263-264;
    signs of increase of the degenerative, 281-285.

  Disinfection of foods, 43.

  Drafts, unreasonable prejudice against, 8;
    exaggeration of idea that colds are derived from, 8-9;
    popular delusions concerning, 123-124;
    exposure to, a means of skin training, 274;
    avoidance of, after catching cold, 277.

  Drugs, avoidance of, for constipation, 53;
    habit-forming, as poisons, 65;
    alcohol to be classed among, 242.

  Dryness of air, 11, 19;
    question of ill effects from extreme, 12.

  Duodenum, ulcer of, caused by focal infection, 82.

  Dust, air vitiation from, 13;
    methods of removing, 13;
    bacteria carried by, 13-14.

  Dusty trades, morbidity and mortality rates in, 13.

  Dyspepsia among smokers, 264.

  Eating, before retiring, 103;
    in case of colds, 279-280.

  Eating habits. _See_ Food.

  Education on inheritability of traits, need of, 323.

  Eggs, food value of, 29, 38, 183;
    for underweight, 220.

  Emetin, use of, in treating pyorrhea, 85-86.

  Emotions, exercise of the, 97.

  Endurance, experiments to determine effect of different diets on,
    experiments with mastication, and instinctive eating, 200-209.

  Enema, use of, for constipation, 53.

  England and Wales, trend of death rate in, 283-284;
    mortality statistics of, 287;
    expectation of life in, 290.

  Enjoyment of food, desirability of, 46-47, 201-202.

  Enthusiasm in exercise, 95-96.

  Equanimity, secret of, 115.

  Ether, habit of using, as a stimulant, 242.

  Eugenics, importance of, 157;
    distinction between other branches of hygiene and, 157;
    aim of, 163-165;
    implies right care of racial germ-plasm, 165;
    and wisdom of choice in marriage, 165-166;
    ability of science of, to guide race to higher levels, 166-167;
    knowledge of, both a personal advantage and a social necessity, 167;
    main features of thoroughgoing program of, 167;
    importance for future generations, 167;
    grandest service of science to the human race, 167-168;
    a remedy for degenerative tendencies, 292;
    scope of, 293;
    correction of popular misconceptions, 293-294;
    discovery of hereditary laws, resulting in science of, 294-295;
    rules of, 296;
    instances of improvement from application of principles, 319-322;
    three main lines of eugenic improvement, 323;
    need of State Eugenic Boards, 323-324;
    references on, 324.

  Exercise, times for taking, and benefits, 16;
    necessity for, to offset evils of a sedentary life, 94;
    different forms of, 94;
    after eating, 94;
    outdoor, in winter, 95;
    question of enthusiasm in, 95-96;
    ideals in, 96;
    of mind, will and emotions, 97-98;
    dancing as, 99-100;
    for overweight, 217;
    for underweight, 220.

  Exercises, breathing, 25-26;
    breathing, for correcting evils of bad posture, 58;
    corrective, for faulty posture, 62, 221-223;
    for flat foot, 223.

  Expectations of life, comparison of, in different localities, 290.

  Eye-strain, evils resulting from, 93;
    preventive measures, 93-94;
    remote effects of, 122.

  Fads, avoidance of, in matter of diet, 50.

  Fans for keeping air in motion, 10.

  Fat, function of, as a constituent of food, 35-36;
    examples of, in common foods, 36;
    suitable proportion of, in diet, 40;
    as laxative food, 52;
    in cheap foods, 131;
    list of foods poor and rich in, 171;
    fat-forming food to avoid in cases of overweight, 216;
    forms of, for underweight, 220.

  Fatigue, cautions regarding eating in a state of, 35;
    relation of posture to, 57;
    connection between colds and, 70, 276;
    relaxation a remedy for, 101;
    value of baths, for, 102;
    avoidance of, in cases of underweight, 220.

  Feet, misdirected, 59-60;
    correct position of, in standing and walking, 60;
    exercises for the, 223;
    disturbances of health due to weak, 224;
    means of detecting weak, 224-225.

  Figs, laxative quality of, 52;
    food value of, 179.

  Fires, ventilation by wood or grate, 10.

  Fish, a high-protein food, 38;
    special objections to an abundance of, 39.

  Fisher, George J., smoking tests conducted by, 259-260.

  Flat foot, cause of, 59-60;
    toeing-in and exercise of leg muscles as remedies for, 60;
    corrective exercises for, 223;
    consulting a specialist for, 223-224;
    means of detecting, 224-225;
    prevention of, 226.

  Fleas, as spreaders of disease, 74.

  Flesh eaters versus flesh abstainers, tests of, 197-199.

  Fletcher, Horace, interest in mastication revived by, 46;
    experiment with method of, of thorough mastication, 200-209.

  Flies, diseases carried by, 71;
    guarding against typhoid germs carried by, 73;
    methods of destroying, 73-74.

  Focal infection, as a cause of disease, 81;
    diseases traceable to, 82;
    caution necessary in accepting principle too literally, 83;
    physical examinations to detect, 292.

  Food, quantity of, 28;
    measurement of, by calories, 28;
    values of common foods, 29-30;
    the daily amount needed per person, 30;
    precautions regarding, in case of overweight, 32-33, 215-216;
    rules regarding, in case of underweight, 33, 219-220;
    diet in middle life, 33-34;
    diet in hot weather, 34;
    comparative amount needed by brain-workers, 34-35;
    eating when fatigued, 35;
    protein foods, 35-40;
    advantages of hard foods, 40-41;
    bulk a necessity in, 41-42, 148-150;
    objection to concentrated, 41;
    value of raw foods, 42;
    cooking necessary for some, 43;
    thorough mastication of, important, 44-47;
    enjoyment of, desirable, 46-47;
    choice of foods influenced by slow eating, 47;
    "good" and "bad" foods, 47-48;
    digestibility of so-called indigestible, 49;
    avoidance of fads as to, 50;
    consultation of physician regarding, 50;
    regulation of bowels by, 52;
    harmful preservatives and adulterants in, 65;
    comparative cost of, 129-131;
    drawbacks of civilization illustrated by, 148;
    soft and concentrated foods artificial, 148-150;
    the hurry habit and eating of, 150-151;
    misleading of appetites for, 151-152;
    tabular classification of common foods, 171;
    ideal proportion of the three elements in, 173;
    tabular list of values of, in daily diet, 175-183;
    relative energy value and cost of ready-to-serve foods, 184-190;
    minimal cost of, 190-194;
    calories consumed daily by different classes of workers, 195;
    experiments with mastication and instinctive eating, 200-209;
    references on, 209-211;
    negative value of alcohol as, 241-242.

  Fowl, a high-protein food, 38;
    special objections to too great an amount of, 39.

  France, consumption of alcohol in, 236;
    mortality statistics of, 286.

  Franklin, Benjamin, views of, concerning colds, 124.

  Fruit, to be eaten in middle life, 33;
    suitable for eating when fatigued, 35;
    cellulose supplied by fibrous, 41;
    vitamins supplied by, 42;
    acids supplied by, 43;
    among the best foods, 48;
    a laxative food, 52;
    value to teeth at end of a meal, 220.

  Fruit acids, cleansing the mouth with, 86.

  Fruits, table of food values of, 177, 179.

  Fuel value, of common foods, 171, 175-183;
    of ready-to-serve foods, 184-190.

  Galton, Sir Francis, identified with eugenic movement, 295.

  Game as food, 48.

  Games, for giving exercise, 95;
    advantages possessed by, as recreation, 99.

  Garters, constriction from, 16.

  Germany, consumption of alcohol in, 236.
    _See_ Prussia.

  Germs, origin of colds in, 8-9, 70-71, 272;
    destroyed by sunlight, 14;
    clearing food of, 43;
    infections through, 69-78.

  Gladstone, W. E., noted for mastication of food, 46.

  Glucose, a cheap source of starch and sugar, 131.

  Gonorrhea, sterilizing influence of, 78.

  Grate fires as ventilators, 10.

  Greeks, high ideals of ancient, 4;
    perfect physical poise depicted in sculptures of, 59;
    ideal of, in sports, 96.

  Greens, laxative quality of, 52.

  Grippe, avoidance of exposure to infection from, 70.

  Guinea pigs, illustration from, of action of hereditary traits, 313-316.

  Gums, cleansing the, 84-85.

  Habits, as to defecation, 55;
    overcoming acquired, to lead a hygienic life, 134-135.

  "Habitus enteroptoticus," posture called, 58.

  Happiness, habit of, 115.

  Hard foods, benefits of, 40-41.

  Hats, ill effects of tight, 16.

  Headache, sometimes caused by constipation, 51;
    sometimes due to a slouching posture, 57.

  Health, present world-wide movement for conservation of, 2;
    influence of, on character, 105-107;
    mental rewards from, 107-108;
    influence of the mind on, 108-109;
    cost of good, 127-128;
    possibilities of attainment, 141-142.

  Health foods and drinks, 3.

  Heart, diseases of, due to focal infection, 82;
    common causes of troubles of, 90;
    effect of alcohol on, 240-241;
    effect of tobacco on, 250, 259-260, 263, 267;
    death rates from diseases of, 284, 285.

  Heat, enervating effect of, 11.

  Heating systems, ventilation and, 10-11.

  Hens, influence of mind on health illustrated by, 108-109.

  Heredity, dependence of health of individual on, 164-165;
    eugenic improvement attainable through control of, 293;
    discovery of laws of, resulting in science of eugenics, 293-294;
    traits influenced by, 297-298;
    distribution of traits, 298-300;
    desirable and undesirable traits, 300-301;
    illustrations of laws of, by Andalusian fowl and by guinea pigs,
    application of principles to human race, 316-322.

  Hill-climbing, as exercise, 94;
    for overweight, 217.

  Hodge, Clifton P., fly-trap invented by, 73-74.

  Home exercise, 94.

  Hookworm disease, preventive measures, 75.

  Hot weather, diet in, 34.

  Houses, disadvantages attached to invention of, 145-147.

  Housing, hygiene of, 7-14;
    disadvantages of the poor regarding, 128-129.

  Humidity of air, how to secure, 11-12.

  Hurry, habit of, in modern life, 114;
    as a promoter of indigestion, 150;
    excessive use of flesh foods due to, 151.

  Hygiene, individual, ideals implied by, 1;
    medieval views contrasted with modern ideals, 1-2;
    good, ventilation the first rule, of, 7;
    mental, 105-118;
    unity of, 121-126;
    obstacles to, 126-135;
    possibilities of, 135-143;
    and civilization, 143-156;
    public versus individual, 157-159;
    necessity for cooperation between public and individual, 159-161;
    race, 163-168;
    of immediate concern to the present generation, while eugenics is
          important for future generations, 167-168.

  Hypochondriacs, risk of becoming, 111.

  Ice-cream, comparative food value of, 33.

  Ideal food proportions, 173.

  Ideals, of individual hygiene, 1;
    contrast afforded by medieval, 1-2;
    present-day establishment of more wholesome, 2;
    as to labor, 3-4;
    still further improvement needed in American, 4-6.

  Idleness, evils of, 91.

  Impairments, unsuspected physical, 136-139.

  Inactivity, necessity for periods of, 89;
    rest and sleep the two great forms of, 89.

  Indians, bad effects of indoor living upon, 146-147.

  Indigestible foods, digestibility of so-called, 49.

  Individual hygiene, public hygiene versus, 157-159;
    practice of, a remedy for degenerative tendencies, 292.

  Indoor living, unnatural character and evils of, 145-147.

  Industrial workers, unsuspected impairments among, 137-138;
    calories of food consumed daily by different classes of, 195;
    powers of, lessened by use of alcohol, 238, 244.

  Infections of the body, by germs, 69-75;
    importance of cleanliness for avoiding, 75;
    through the mouth, 78-83;
    in colds, 272.

  Infectious diseases, power of resistance to, weakened by alcohol, 68;
    results regarding, from teeth hygiene, 88.

  Insect-borne diseases, 71.

  Insomnia, remedial measures for, 102-103;
    often caused by excessive smoking, 264.

  Instinctive eating, experiments with, 200-209.

  Intestinal intoxication, distinguished from autointoxication, 81-82.

  Intestinal poisoning, from insufficient mastication, 45.

  Introspection, one of the curses of idleness, 91.

  Iron, in vegetable foods, 40.

  Italy, mortality statistics of, 286.

  James, William, on enjoyment of life, 5;
    on religion of healthy-mindedness, 114.

  Jews, effects of indoor living withstood by, 147.

  Kidney, among the worst foods, 48.

  Kidneys, death rates from diseases of, 284, 285.

  Kipling, Rudyard, on concentrated foods, 41-42.

  Labor, modern ideals concerning, 3-4;
    turned from drudgery into play by proper development of health
          ideals, 5-6;
    division of, an evil of civilization, 152.
    _See_ Work.

  Lamb, food value of, 29, 178.

  Laxative drugs, avoidance of, 53.

  Laxative foods, 52.

  Leg-lifting exercise for faulty posture, 222.

  Lettuce, cellulose in, 41;
    vitamins supplied by, 42;
    food value of, 175.

  Lice, diseases carried by, 74-75.

  Life, no principle which limits, 142-143;
    shortening of, by unhygienic modes of living, 155.

  Life Extension Institute, purpose of, 1.

  Lighting, electric preferable to gas, 13.

  Lime, deficiency of flesh foods in, 39.

  Linen, use of, in clothing, 17.

  Literature, avoidance of morbid, 99.

  Liver, excess of acids produced by eating, 39;
    among the worst foods, 48.

  Liver diseases, death rate from, 285.

  London, expectation of life in, 289.

  Lusk, Graham, quoted on minimal cost of food, 190-194;
    experiments by, to ascertain basal metabolism of body, 196.

  Malaria, not caused by night air, 22;
    carried by mosquitoes, 71.

  Marriage, effect of health on opportunities for, 2;
    exercising wisdom of choice in, 165-166;
    enactment of wise laws of, 167;
    science of eugenics and, 293-323.

  Mastication, required by hard foods, 41;
    value of thorough, and evils of insufficient, 44-47;
    a desirable means of tooth and gum hygiene, 84;
    and mental attitude, 110;
    experiment to test effects of, on endurance and strength, 200-209.

  Meat, decrease in amount eaten in middle life and in hot weather, 33-34;
    high-protein value of, 38;
    too much, a common error of diet, 38-39;
    excess of acids produced by, 39;
    endurance tests to ascertain value of, in diet, 197-199;
    sudden and complete exclusion from diet not desirable, 208;
    indulgence of craving for, 209.

  Meats, table of food values of cooked, 178.

  Mechanical diet indicator, 202.

  Medical examination, desirable for determining one's diet, 50.

  Medical practise, modern radical revolution in, 2-3.

  Medieval indifference to matters pertaining to human body, 1-2.

  Melancholy, physical sources of, 57, 105-106.

  Mendel, discovery of laws of heredity by, 295.

  Menstrual period in women, mental effects of, 106.

  Mental condition, relation of mode of breathing to, 26-27;
    effect on sleep, 104-105;
    learning to avoid abnormal, 113.

  Milk, food value of, 30, 181;
    protein value of human, 37;
    vitamins supplied by raw, 42;
    not cooked by pasteurization, 42-43;
    among the best foods, 48;
    pasteurizing, for avoiding typhoid germs, 73;
    skim milk a cheap source of protein, 131.

  Mind, exercise of the, 97;
    activity and rest needed by, 105;
    serenity of, an important factor, 105;
    interrelation of health and, 105-118.

  Mind-cure, proper and improper employment of, 111-112.

  Mineral oils, as intestinal lubricants, 53.

  Mineral waters, not to be used habitually, 53.

  Minor ailments, as warning signals, 138-139.

  Moistening of air, methods for, 12.

  Monotony and interruption, 92.

  Moore, R. M., quoted on mortality among abstainers and
          non-abstainers, 229.

  Mortality. _See_ Death rate.

  Mosquitoes, diseases communicated by, 22, 71;
    preventive measures against, 71-72.

  Mouth, infection through the, 78-83;
    preventive measures against infection through, 83-88.

  Moving pictures, eye-strain caused by, 93;
    hygienic value, in the way of recreation, 99.

  Nasal congestion from overeating, 276.

  Nasal douches, use of, 70, 276.

  Nasal obstruction, a cause of colds, 272.

  National Council of Safety, attitude toward alcohol, 244.

  Nature, upsetting of equilibrium of, by civilized man, 143-156.

  Neckwear, constriction from tight, 16.

  Negroes, bad effects of indoor living upon, 146-147.

  Nervous system, effect of alcohol on, 237-239.

  Nervous troubles, outdoor treatment for, 21.

  Neurasthenia, sometimes caused by a slouching posture, 57.

  New York City, expectation of life in, compared with England and Wales,
          and London, 289.

  New York State, death rate statistics of, 287, 288.

  Nicotin, percentage of, in tobacco, 251-254;
    amount of, in tobacco smoke, 254-255, 260-261;
    effects of, 255-256;
    experiments with, on animals, 263.

  Night air, mistaken ideas concerning, 22.

  Nose, cleaning the, 70, 276-277.

  Nuts, vitamins supplied by, 42;
    among the best foods, 48;
    digestibility of, when properly chewed, 49;
    table of food values of, 183.

  Oatmeal, food value of, 29, 180.

  Obstacles, to hygiene, 126-135.

  Oils, as laxative food, 52;
    as intestinal lubricants, 53.

  Oleomargarine, a cheap source of fat, 131.

  Olive oil, a concentrated food, 28-29.

  Olives, food value of, 30, 182.

  Onions, cellulose in, 41;
    food value of, 176.

  Oranges, food value of, 30, 177.

  Outdoor living, benefits, of, 18-20, 276.

  Outdoor schools, 19.

  Outdoor sleeping, 20-24, 104.

  Overeating, causes of, 154;
    nasal congestion from, 276.

  Overheating of rooms, 11.

  Overnourishment, from too free use of sugar, 48.

  Overstrain, results of, 90;
    prevention of, 91-92.

  Overweight, influence of, on longevity, 30-31;
    life insurance estimates as to, 31-32, 213;
    determination of, 31;
    importance of checking tendency to, 32;
    eating-habits that cause, 32-33;
    diet for, 215-216;
    fats to avoid, 216;
    exercise for, 217;
    main reliance to be placed on dietetic regulation rather than on
          exercise, 217;
    avoidance of sudden reduction in weight, 217-218;
    reduction of weight a simple matter, 218-219.

  Overwork, popular delusions concerning, 124-125.

  Pack, Fred. J., statistics by, on effects of tobacco, 256-259.

  Paraffin oil, an intestinal lubricant, 53.

  Parsnips, food value of, 41, 176.

  Pasteurization, milk left uncooked by, 42-43.

  Pastry, table of food values of, 179.

  Patent medicines, habit-forming drugs in, 65.

  Peanuts, food value of, 30, 183;
    digestibility of, 49;
    a cheap source of protein, 131.

  Peas, a high-protein food, 38;
    protein in, a possible objection, 39-40.

  Pecans, food value of, 30, 183.

  Pepper, to be used sparingly, 48.

  Peroxide of hydrogen, for disinfecting raw foods, 43.

  Personal equation, hygienic living and the, 139-140.

  Perspiration, benefits of, 76.

  Philosophy, help to be obtained from, in field of mental hygiene, 114;
    Oriental superior to Occidental in training in control of attention,

  Physical examinations, a remedy for degenerative tendencies, 292.

  Physiological effects of alcohol, 236-244.

  Pickles, table of food values of, 182.

  Pie, food value of, 29, 179.

  Pillows, use of, in sleeping, 104.

  Plague, spread by fleas and lice, 74-75.

  Play, the halfway stage between work and rest, 100-101.
    _See_ Work and play.

  Playgrounds, outdoor, 19.

  Plays, hygienic value of, as recreation, 99.

  Pneumonia, outdoor treatment for, 21;
    trend of death rate from, 285.

  Poisons, from constipation, 51-56;
    relation of posture to, 57-64;
    habit-forming drugs and patent medicines, 65;
    substitution of milder for the more injurious, 65-66;
    alcohol, 67-68, 227-249;
    tobacco, 68-69, 250-271;
    infections with germs, 69-78;
    teeth and gums as a source of infection, 78-81;
    focal infection and autointoxication, 81-83.

  Poor, disadvantages of the, in opportunities to live a healthy
          life, 128.

  Posture, physical value of an erect, 57;
    breathing exercises for correcting evils of, 58;
    in standing and walking, 58-59;
    of the feet, 59-60;
    in sitting, 60-62;
    pains due to faulty, 62;
    effects of faulty, in children, 62;
    teaching of correct, 63;
    relation to character, 63-64;
    corrective exercises for faulty, 221-223;
    in cases of flat foot, 223.

  Potatoes, food value of, 29, 176;
    valuable because of alkalinity, 43;
    among the best foods, 48;
    a cheap source of starch and sugar, 131;
    for underweight, 220.

  Preservatives, harmful, 65.

  Preventability of disease and death, 135-136.

  Preventive dental treatment, 86-87.

  Preventive medicine, practise of, 2-3;
    application of methods by people themselves, 3.

  Program, constructing a day's, 120;
    main features of a eugenic, 167.

  Prostitutes, disease among, 77.

  Prostitution. _See_ Social evil.

  Protein, function of, as a constituent of food, 35-36;
    examples of, 36;
    question of right proportion of, 36-37;
    common error of diet in using too much, 38;
    injuries from overabundance of, 38-39;
    poisoning caused by decomposition of, in the colon, 56;
    in cheap foods, 131;
    list of foods high, moderate and deficient in, 171;
    experiments to determine value of, in diet, 197-199.

  Prunes, food value of, 30, 179;
    laxative quality of, 52.

  Prussia, mortality statistics of, 286, 290-291.

  Public hygiene, 157;
    what is included under, 157-158;
    progress made in, 158;
    various important measures of, 161-163.

  Puddings, table of food values of, 179.

  Pumpkins, cellulose in, 41.

  Purins, in flesh food, leading to production of uric acid, 39;
    found in some vegetable foods, 40.

  Pyorrhea, action of, 79-80;
    treatment for, 85-86.

  Pyridin in tobacco smoke, 260-261.

  Quack remedies, to be avoided in case of colds, 280.

  Quacks and quack advertising, movement against, 162-163.

  Quarantine, included in public hygiene, 158.

  Quensel, Ulrik, on disagreement of work and alcohol, 244.

  Quick lunches, an institution of civilization, 150;
    relative energy values and cost of different orders at, 184-190.

  Quinine, use of, deleterious in case of colds, 280.

  Race hygiene. _See_ Eugenics.

  Races, effects of indoor living on different, 146-147;
    varied conditions in different, with respect to resistance to
          disease, 323.

  Raw foods, value of, 42.

  Reading, choice of, for recreation, 99.

  Reading on trains, eye-strain caused by, 93.

  Ready-to-serve foods, analysis and cost of, 184-190.

  Recreation, outdoor, 19;
    necessity for, 89, 98;
    importance of enjoyment of, 98-99;
    forms of, 99;
    advantages possessed by games, 99;
    reading, dancing and card-playing, 99-100;
    suicidal amusements, 100.

  Régime, demand for a well-balanced, 125-126.

  Relatives, marriage of, 305-306.

  Relaxation, cultivation of power of, 101;
    bathing a help to, 102.

  Religion, as a help in field of mental hygiene, 114;
    of healthy-mindedness, 114-115.

  Reproduction, rules of, under a eugenic program, 167.

  Rest and sleep, the two great forms of inactivity, 89.

  Rheumatism, traceable to focal infection, 82.

  Rice, not a laxative food, 52;
    food value of, 180.

  Richards, Mrs., on cost of food, 130.

  Roosevelt Conservation Commission on National Vitality, report of, 136.

  Rosenau, Dr., on sex instruction, 77.

  Rowing-machine, home exercise on, 94.

  Rubner, Prof., on injuries from overabundance of protein, 38-39.

  Running, a beneficial exercise, 94.

  Saccharin, harmful in foods, 65.

  Salt, to be used sparingly, 48.

  Salts, inorganic, in mixed diet, 43.

  Sandals, benefits and risks in wearing, 17.

  School, teaching correct posture in, 63.

  Schools, outdoor, 19.

  Segregation of defective classes, 321-322, 323.

  Self-respect, relation between erect posture and, 63-64.

  Serenity, to be practised as an art, 113.

  Setting-up exercises, 221-224.

  Sex hygiene, eugenics not limited to, 293-294.

  Sex instruction, 77-78.

  Shaler, N. S., "Man and the Earth," quoted, 143-144.

  Shell-fish, a high-protein food, 38;
    special objections to too great an amount of, 39.

  Shoes, care necessary in choosing proper, 16-17.

  Shredded wheat biscuit, food value of, 29, 181.

  Signal-station exercise, for faulty posture, 222.

  Singing, as a hygienic practise, 26.

  Sitting, correct posture in, 60-62.

  Skim milk, a cheap source of protein, 131.

  Skin training, establishing resistance to colds by, 273-274;
    means of, 274-275;
    by wearing light, porous clothing, 275.

  Sleep, one of the two great forms of inactivity, 89;
    means of inducing, 102-103;
    importance of, to health, 103;
    hours of, 103;
    eating before, 103-104;
    use of pillows, 104;
    type of bed, 104;
    effect of mental attitude on, 104-105.

  Sleeping, out-of-door, 3, 20-24, 104;
    a preventive of colds, 9, 276;
    for underweight, 220.

  Sleeping porches, arrangement of, 22-23.

  Sleeping tents, 23-24.

  Social evil, remote causes of, 123;
    cooperation needed in movement against, 163.

  Soups, food values of, 183.

  Sour milk, among the best foods, 48;
    a means of reducing decomposition of protein in the colon, 56.

  Specialists, medical, "one idea" doctrines of, 122.

  Spinach, cellulose in, 41.

  Spinal curvature, sometimes caused by faulty posture, 62.

  Sponge-cake, food value of, 29, 179.

  Squash, cellulose in, 41.

  Standing, correct posture in, 58-59.

  Starch, cheap sources of, 131.

  Sterilization of defectives, 323.

  Stevenson, R. L., on duty of being happy, 115.

  Sugar, food value of, 30, 182;
    danger from overuse of, 48;
    cheap sources of, 131;
    taking of, for underweight, 220.

  Sunlight, benefits of, to air, 14.

  Sweden, American ideals of perfect manhood and womanhood inferior to
          those of, 4;
    attention to individual hygiene in, and decline in death rate, 159;
    mortality statistics of, 286, 292.

  Sweetbreads, excess of acids produced by, 39;
    among the worst foods, 48.

  Sweets, table of food values of, 182;
    time for taking, 220.

  Swimming, as exercise, 94;
    an example of healthful activity and relaxation, 101-102;
    for overweight, 217.

  Syphilis, destructive effect of, 78;
    resistance to, weakened by alcohol, 240.

  Systemic injuries from mouth infection, 80-81.

  Table, posture in sitting at a, 61.

  Tea, degree of injury from, 66.

  Teeth, benefits to, from hard foods, 41;
    evils of insufficient mastication, 44;
    infection from decayed, 78-83;
    danger from over-dentistried, 83;
    method of cleansing, 84-85;
    periodic examinations and cleanings, 86-87;
    question of saving, at expense of other parts of body, 87;
    correction of irregularities, 87-88;
    care of temporary, 88;
    results of teeth hygiene, 88;
    malformation of, a cause of nasal obstruction and colds, 272.

  Temperature of living-rooms and work-rooms, 11.

  Tents for outdoor sleeping, 23-24.

  Thinking, exercise in, 97.

  Thoughts, effect of character of, on sleep, 104-105.

  Ticks, diseases spread by, 74.

  Time, taking of, for hygienic living, 132-133.

  Tobacco, injury from poison in, 65;
    ill effects of, 68-69;
    derivation of, 250-251;
    composition of, 251-255;
    effects on animals and on man, 255-265;
    increase in use of, 267-268;
    references concerning, 268-271.

  Tobacco heart, risks accompanying, 263.

  Tobacco smoke, air vitiation from, 13;
    amount of nicotin in, 254-255, 260-261.

  Toeing out and toeing in, 60, 223.

  Tomatoes, cellulose in, 41;
    vitamins supplied by, 42;
    food value of, 176.

  Tongue, cleansing, with tooth-brush, 85.

  Tooth powders and pastes, use of, 85.

  Toxæmia, autointoxication distinguished from, 81-82.

  Traits, subdivisibility of each individual into, according to
          Mendelian discovery, 295;
    rules resulting from inheritability of, 296;
    physical, known to act hereditarily, 297;
    mental, 297-298;
    moral, 298;
    laws governing inheritance of, 293;
    distribution of, 298-300;
    socially noble and ignoble, 300-301;
    mating of, in marriages, 304-305;
    maturing of, at certain ages, 306;
    dominant and recessive, 317-319;
    need of education on inheritability of, 323.

  Tree-swaying exercise for faulty posture, 222.

  Tuberculosis, outdoor sleeping as a remedy for, 21;
    sometimes produced by the "consumptive stoop," 57;
    infection from germs of, 71;
    remote causes of, 123;
    primarily a house disease, 146;
    liability of different races to, 147;
    public and individual hygiene invoked in fight against, 159;
    resistance to, weakened by alcohol, 240;
    trend of death rate from, 285;
    application of science of eugenics to, 299.

  Typhoid fever, death rate from, 285.

  Typhoid germs, guarding against, 72-73.

  Typhus, carried by lice, 75.

  Ulcer of the stomach, sometimes caused by focal infection, 82.

  Underclothes, benefits of loose, porous, 14;
    suitable material for, 17.

  Underweight, relation of, to longevity, 30-32;
    determination of, 31;
    remedy for, 33;
    life insurance statistics as to, 219;
    diet for, 219-220;
    exercise for, 220.

  United Kingdom, consumption of alcohol in, 235, 236.

  United States, consumption of alcohol in, 235, 236;
    trend of death rate in, 281-285;
    comparison of death rate with those of other countries, 286.

  Unity of hygiene, 121-126.

  Uric acid, caused by purins in diet, 39.

  Urinary system, death rates from diseases of, 284, 285.

  Vaccination, overcoming prejudice against, 163.

  Vacuum cleaners, advantages of, 13.

  Variety, need of, in work, 92.

  Vegetables, bulky foods, 29;
    suitable diet for middle life, 33-34;
    objection to some, on account of richness in protein, 39-40;
    cellulose supplied by, 41;
    vitamins supplied by, 42;
    acids supplied by, 43;
    among the best foods, 48;
    laxative food, 52;
    table of food values of, 175-176.

  Venereal diseases, infections from, 77-78;
    resistance to, weakened by alcohol, 240.

  Ventilation, importance of, 7;
    motion, coolness, humidity, and freshness, of air chief features
          of, 7;
    overemphasis of danger from drafts, 8-9;
    by means of windows, 9;
    use of window-boards, 9-10;
    air-fans as a help in, 10;
    heating systems and, 10-11;
    importance of cool air and enervating effect of hot, 10-11;
    dryness and humidity of air, 11-12;
    relation of clothing to, 14-18;
    necessitated by conditions of civilization, 147;
    as a preventive of colds, 275.

  Vermin, diseases spread by, 74-75.

  Vertigo, causes of, 123.

  Vital resistance, increased by outdoor sleeping, 21-22.

  Vital surplus, conservation of, 5.

  Vitamins in foods, 42;
    importance of well-being of body, 42.

  Walking, correct posture in, 58-59;
    as exercise, 94;
    pleasures of, as recreation, 99;
    for overweight, 217.

  Water, drinking, with meals, 48;
    varying effects of habits of drinking, on constipation, 52;
    freeing from typhoid germs, 72;
    importance of pure supply of, 162.

  Water closets, height of seats of, 54.

  Weak feet, causes of, 60;
    disturbances of health due to, 224;
    means of detecting, 224-225.

  Weight, relation of, to longevity, 30-32;
    the correct average, 213-214;
    standards for, at various ages and heights, 214;
    avoidance of sudden reduction in, 217-218.
    _See_ Overweight _and_ Underweight.

  Wheat-bran, a preventive of constipation, 52.

  Whisky, not to be taken for colds, 280.
    _See_ Alcohol.

  Wholesale costs of uncooked ingredients of standard foods, 192-193.

  Will, exercise of the, 97-98;
    effort of, necessary to hygienic living, 126-127.

  Window-boards, use of, 9-10.

  Windows, best ventilation to be had through, 9.

  Wood fires as ventilators, 10.

  Woody fiber necessary in diet, 41.

  Wool, use of, in clothing, 17.

  Work, normal, one of the great blessings of life, 91;
    arrangement of hours for, 92;
    need of variety of, 92.
    _See_ Labor.

  Work and play, the two great forms of activity, 89;
    adjusting the proportion of, 90.

  Working conditions, disadvantages of the poor regarding, 128-129.

  Worry, physical sources of, 105-106;
    physical effects of, 112;
    practising art of serenity as an offset to, 113;
    ailments aggravated by, 123.

  Writer's cramp, cause of, 62.

  Yard-arm exercise for faulty posture, 221-222.

  Yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes, 71.

  Zhebrovski, E. A., experiments of, with cigaret-smoking rabbits, 255.

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