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March 26, 1910

Vital Economy.

JAMA. 1910;LIV(13):1081. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550390063034

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This small book is full of meat. It is a protest against the careless taking of general principles—even though those principles be excellent in most cases—as rules to be followed by every patient. In other words, it is a plea for exceptions as careful judgment indicates to the individual. Among the subjects treated in this iconoclastic way are exercise, bathing, outdoor sleeping, etc. The book is primarily written, however, to aid the near-strong and the near-well to remove some small defect in habit or environment which prevents the realization of the highest physical possibilities. The use of coffee, tea and other stimulants are set forth as full of harm.

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