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April 14, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(15):943. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460150049010

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A somewhat celebrated Boston philosopher says he has lived according to the following rules: he always sits in a draft when he can find one, wears the thinnest underclothes he can find, winter and summer, and prefers to work in a cold room, 55 to 60 F. He works the largest part of the twenty-four hours, day or night indifferently, eats when hungry, rarely tastes wine but drinks two or three quarts of beer daily and smokes a pipe all the time when he is at work. He evidently considers himself a pattern of health, and apparently publishes his rules of living in a sort of spirit of bravado, and to make himself a monument of the futility of ordinary hygienic rules of life. There is a streak of vanity in the announcement, but great men are often vain and may even be foolish in regard to their personal qualities.

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