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The fanciful title of this book suggests that it was intended for non-medical readers; and the foreword explains that it is based on a series of lectures delivered at Chautauqua. It appears to be designed especially to enlarge the mental horizon of those who have much leisure and little information; it treats sketchily the subjects of heredity, environment, education, infancy, childhood, the "irresponsible age," adolescence, middle age and old age. A little biology, a little physiology, a little hygienic theory and precept, liberally sprinkled with quotations from poets and men of science, make up a volume which will be found, by those who like that kind of thing, to be just the kind of thing they like. Dr. Bainbridge has an agreeable style, and says that he is not a faddist or an overzealous enthusiast, but merely an earnest advocate of common sense and moderation in all things.
Life's Day. JAMA. 1909;LII(23):1855. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540490053025
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