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As stated in the preface, the author directs " attention principally, almost entirely, to personal matters under individual control; that is, to what each individual may do for himself."
The style is simple and pleasing, and not at all technical. The fault of the work grows from the fact of its unscientific nature, and from its compilation from various, often conflicting writers. This may be illustrated by the remarks on alcohol. He says it is "a stimulant in small doses, a narcotic in large doses." This is true only of certain individuals, or of certain functions of the body. The normal effect of alcohol on the healthy individual is probably always narcotic. At another page this fact is made evident by a reference to Mr. Bryant, who is quoted as saying: "I am a natural temperance man, finding myself rather confused than exhilarated by wine." And again, in a quotation from
Health and How to Promote It, from Infancy to Advanced Age.. JAMA. 1884;III(16):448. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390650028012
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