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Health Without Medicine. A Treatise On The Laws Of The Human System | by L. B. Coles



This work has been written during irregular and interrupted intervals, which have occurred amidst the pressure of other cares, and has passed through but one manuscript to the press; yet the ideas contained in it are the result of many years' experience, observation, and study; not particularly the study of books and others' theories, but the study of natural law, and the philosophy of facts. And although its leading motto is "Health without Medicine," yet it is not expected that no medicines are ever needed; it is sometimes necessary to take medicine to remove disease -- assist nature to throw off her incumbrances, and restore herself to health and strength...

TitleHealth Without Medicine. A Treatise On The Laws Of The Human System
AuthorLarkin B. Coles
PublisherWilliam D. Ticknor & Company
Year1848
Copyright1848, L. B. Coles
AmazonPhilosophy Of Health

L. B. Coles, M. D. Fellow Of The Massachusetts Medical Society, And Member Of The Boston Medical Association.

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-Preface
This work has been written during irregular and interrupted intervals, which have occurred amidst the pressure of other cares, and has passed through but one manuscript to the press; yet the ideas con...
-Introduction
There is scarcely any subject so universally neglected as a knowledge of the laws of health and life. We naturally love to be well, and dread to be sick; yet take little or no pains to economize our h...
-Philosophy Of Health. The Digestive Organs
There is no part of the human system which has such controlling influence over the whole body, as respects health or disease, as the Digestive Organs. Any derangement in these, especially the stomach,...
-The Mouth
The mouth, with its teeth and glands, commences the digestive process. The teeth are to masticate the food. The salivary glands give important aid, too, in digestion. There are three pairs of glan...
-The Stomach
The stomach is the most important organ of digestion. It has three coats; that which has most to do with digestion is the mucous coat, which lines it. This coat is supposed to furnish by its gland...
-The Liver
The liver has to do with digestion. This organ furnishes the bile. It is the largest gland in the body. Its office seems to be to gather from and carry out of the system substances which, if retai...
-The Bowels
The bowels contain the absorbent vessels, which take up the nutritious part of food and carry it into the circulation of the blood for the support of the system. They also convey the refuse part o...
-Mastication
Mastication, or chewing, is the first step in the process of digestion. When food is taken, it should be thoroughly masticated before it is suffered to pass into the stomach. Without chewing, the ...
-Chymifaction
Chymifaction, or the transformation of food into chyme, is the next important step in the process of digestion. The food, after mastication, passes into the stomach: here it is formed into a homog...
-Chylifaction
Chylifaction, or the formation of chyle, is the next great step in the process of digestion. This takes place in the duodenum. The chyme from the stomach is let into this intestine little by littl...
-Evacuation
Evacuation, or the discharge of the refuse part of food through the bowels, is another, and the last step in the process of digestion. This part of the subject has a very important bearing upon th...
-Dietetic Rules. Time For Eating
Time for eating has claims for attention. If persons intend to have health, their meals should be regularly timed and distanced. There is much importance to be attached to the kind of food which we al...
-Time For Digesting
Time for digesting what is eaten, demands of every one who values health, a most serious consideration. Ignorance on this topic, and inattention to its importance even when understood, have involved t...
-Time For Exercise
Time for exercise has an important connection with digestion, and is indispensable to health. It is important to the healthy state of body and mind. Bodily health cannot be secured without doe attenti...
-Time For Labor
Time for labor, taken in its relation to the time of taking food, makes an important item in the scale of means for preserving health. This matter has been considerably anticipated and superseded whil...
-Food And Drinks. Vegetable Food
All our nutrition comes primarily from the vegetable kingdom. If we eat flesh, the nourishment which made that flesh came from vegetables. The nutrition from the corn on which the hog is fatted become...
-Animal Food
No strenuousness on this subject is intended; it is better to let each one choose for himself: yet it may not be improper that some suggestions should be made, some facts stated, and the results of ex...
-Stimulating Drinks
If we would enjoy health, all stimulants should be avoided as common drinks. They may be useful as medicines when nature falters and droops, and cannot rise and resuscitate herself; but, as a beverage...
-Stimulating Drinks. Continued
Dr. Cottereau says, I have seen some young persons who have taken excessive doses of coffee to excite them to labor, fall into a state of stupidity, lose their appetite, and grow thin in an astonishi...
-Nourishing Drinks
As it has been said before, so let it be repeated -- which should be, at all times in health, a standing rule -- -give to nature a sufficient nutrition, and she will furnish her own stimulus, far bett...
-Particular Directions To Parents And Guardians
Parents have a responsibility in regard to their offspring originating prior to their birth. Their own state of health -- the health of father and mother- -- has a very important bearing upon the cons...
-Particular Directions To Parents And Guardians. Continued
Babes should be nursed but three times a day. This may seem a preposterous rule; but let us reason together upon it. The food which Nature has provided for the child is adapted to its age and capacity...
-To Literary Institutions
There is no class of persons who are under higher obligations to observe the laws of health, than those who are connected, whether as teachers or pupils, with literary institutions. Thousands have bee...
-To Professional Men
Those who accustom themselves to intellectual labor require habits of living somewhat different from those who are engaged in pursuits of a physical character. Though all should strictly obey the laws...
-To Laboring Men
Remarks under the head, Time for Labor, supersede the necessity of extended remarks under the present one. If laboring men would endure long and accomplish much, they must work and live, temperately...
-General Directions On Sleeping
Sleep is as important to body and mind as food is for the general system. Without it, the health of the most robust would fail, and even life itself in time wither away. Some need more sleep than ...
-On Bathing
Cleanliness is a very important means of health. Some persons in low life, and some foreigners, are practically great lovers of dirt; and at the same time they have good health and sound constitutions...
-On Amusements
All amusements for recreation should of course be innocent and free from a tendency to any kind of dissipation. The periods daily allotted to exercise and relaxation may be more or less occupied in am...
-On Indulgences
Under this head it is intended to speak of things which are inexpedient and unlawful. While honest and innocent amusements, used with judgment and temperance, are very important by way of giving elast...
-Mental Affections
The sympathy existing between the mind and the body is so great, that when one is affected, both are affected. If a person imagine even that he is sick, he is pretty sure to be sick. If, while in heal...
-Cheerfulness
This state of mind has much to do with the healthy action of the physical system. A cheerful and happy mind gives a free and easy circulation in the nervous system; it aids in the generation of animal...
-Melancholy
This affection of mind has an opposite effect, on the general health, to that of cheerfulness. Melancholy deadens the circulation in the bloodvessels and nerves; and also retards the action of the liv...
-Benevolence
Human sympathy is a quality of our natures which the Creator has implanted in us; and whoever cultivates and exercises it, yields to a law of his social character -- obeys a law of his nature; and who...
-Malevolence
This affection of mind is contrary to every law of our social being. Willing evil to our fellow-beings is contrary to the moral law of God, to the law of human brotherhood, and the law of our mental c...
-Obligations To Law. Physical Obligations
A man who would enjoy perfect health is obliged to obey physical law; and from this physical obligation he cannot free himself; for if he transgress physical law, he must endure the infliction of a ph...
-Moral Obligations
Next to our obligations to God, are our obligations to ourselves. If we are under obligation to treat our Creator right, we are also, next to him, under obligation to treat ourselves right. The second...
-Personal Obligations
Obedience to the laws of health should he made a matter of individual and personal duty. It is every individual's duty to study the laws of his being and to conform to them. Ignorance or inattention o...
-Social Obligations
In addition to our own personal obligations to physical law, we are under additional obligations in consequence of our relations to society. We are under obligations to law for the sake of posterity. ...
-Appendix. Philosophy Of Healthy Reproduction
The attention of the public has of late been called to this subject, and a considerable amount of information, in the form of books and lectures, has been disseminated. And certainly that must be a ve...
-The Paternal Principle Of Reproduction
This consists in the germinating principle; which contains probably the entire infinitesimal rudiment of the future being. This germ, when examined by the aid of the microscope, is found to contain an...
-Paternal Responsibility
In view of these facts, just adduced, the responsibilities which fall on those who are now liable, or may at some future period become liable, to be fathers, are incalculable. That man who practically...
-The Maternal Principle Of Reproduction
This consists in what is called the ovum, or egg, which bears a close resemblance in character to that of the oviparous or egg-bearing animals. This is the natural element for the reception of the pri...
-Maternal Eesponsibility
In anticipation of coming responsibilities, every young woman is bound to look well to herself. She can but know that the grand arrangement of nature is that she shall become a mother. Let her also kn...
-Conclusion
The preceding pages were written with the sincere hope of doing good to humanity. There is no subject belonging to this life more important than the true science of health. The standard of general hea...
-Reviews
[From the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal.] This is a small treatise on a great subject. Its title is, Philosophy of Health, or Health without Medicine -- a Treatise on the Laws of the Human Sys...







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