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Book Title: The Young Mother, Management of Children in Regard to Health (Dodo Press)|
The author of the book: William A. Alcott
Edition: Dodo Press
Date of issue: April 28th 2006
ISBN 13: 9781406505979
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This book is a product of its time published in 1836. It provides detailed advice on the raising of children. Of course, much of it has been proven scientifically to be false and has changed over time. But, I was amazed to find that, on whole, much of its advice holds true to this day.
I enjoyed the book thoroughly. I seem to enjoy William Alcott's writing style, and I also enjoy perusing bits of yesteryear.
I particularly enjoyed the diet discussion. He recommended a plain, simple diet including fruits and vegetables and lots of bread because bread is so very nutritious. I'm not sure what's so nutritious about bread other than it's cheap and wheat is easily and safely stored, but it did give me insight into the typical diet of modern man. It also reminded me that fruits and vegetables were risky, dangerous foods that were difficult to get to market fresh and healthy. And, they were easily contaminated with bacteria. Food borne disease is not just a problem of our modern times. Maybe, the seemingly increase in salmonella borne disease of our modern time is more a product of our increase desire to eat fruits and vegetable rather than a decline in the FDA's practices.
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Read information about the authorAlcott was one of the most prolific authors in early American history. He wrote frequently on the topics of education and health. In 1836 he wrote a letter to the editor of the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal titled 'The Graham System' and signed it 'M.D.'
The cause of greatest interest in Alcott throughout his life was vegetarianism. In 1850 he wrote three long letters on vegetarianism to the editor of the New York Tribune - at the request of the editor.
Alcott wrote The Physiology of Marriage in 1856. He deplored free courtship manners. He specifically deplored 'conversation which is too excitable', 'presence of exciting books', 'unnecessary heat', and many other courtship practices prevalent in 18th century America but steadily going out of fashion by 1856. He warned young people of the dangers of courtship. He is criticized by modern day feminists for his 'rigidity'.
Alcott was a founding member (in 1850) and the first president of the American Vegetarian Society. He was also the author of 'The Vegetable Diet As Sanctioned by Medical Men and By Experience in All Ages'. He also founded The American Physiological Society in 1837, the world's first physiological society.
He died of a lung infection and is buried in Newton Cemetary. He worked until the day before he died.