These items were culled while proofreading the text. If a statement in the book was interesting, whether it showed insight or ignorance, it may have been noted here.
Hopefully these provide good jumping off points for your own reading of the book.
"barbarous usage of corsets"
What the Lungs Are: The medical establishment rails against the barbarous usage of corsets.
surgery too dangerous for appendicitis...
Appendicitis? Maybe you should just tough it out.
Pudding and beef make Britons fight -- How nutrition conquered India.
"The Irish and the Hindo would not have submitted so supinely to the rule of England had their diet, which consists chiefly of vegetables, been more highly nutritious like that of the British."
|pg0129||Why you should take your calomel.|
|pg0202||Why vegans are wrong.|
"Troublesome corpulence may sometimes result, however, from eating too
much starchy food, and it has been supposed that attacks of diabetes, a
disease which is characterized by the presence of sugar in the urine,
are occasionally due to the same error in diet."
Starchy food causes diabetes? They thought so 100 years ago.
|pg0268||I would take Malaria, probably the only infectious disease that had an effective treatment.|
|pg0271||Cholera is not contagious.|
|pg0319||Cretinism caused by bad water and lack of sunlight.|
|pg0320||Diabetes shrinks your brain.|
Are you afflicted by Softening of the Brain?
"Softening of the Brain" was believed to be a real disease, with a variety of catastrophic neurological symptoms.
|pg0348||Bleeding to relieve congestion of the brain.|
Cerebritis - Suppressed Menstruation
The treatment is leeches. Too gross to imagine.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome was once called "Scrivener's Palsy", and one touted treatment was the "ingenious typewriter".
|pg0367||Masturbation causes epilepsy.|
|pg0393||Electric lights may give you cataracts. Well, they really weren't sure.|
|pg0405||Large ear lobes may predispose you to epilepsy.|
|pg0405||Danger from Earrings.|
|pg0450||Death from Bronchitis.|
|pg0470||The surprising reason that tongue cancer should be surgically removed.|
Syphilis: A Punishment for Immorality - Read the description, it's
not hard to see why.
Syphilis: A Punishment for Immorality. Remember, it was a devastating and incurable disease. Read the description.
The Various Ways of Transmitting Syphilis -- the toilet seat was just
The Various Ways of Transmitting Syphilis -- the toilet seat is #4. You will never feel safe again.
Transmitting syphilis by paper money circulating in a city like Philadelphia, where 50,000 syphilitics are at large.
|pg0519||The disease of spermatorrhea or involuntary emissions.|
|pg0525||Not a new idea -- Medical marijuana for painful menstruation|
|pg0530||We are barely 100 years removed from this. Woman a Constipated Animal.|
|pg0533||Calomel (mercury) for constipation.|
|pg0558||Polish Jewesses never bathe.|
|pg0559||No dancing during the menstrual period.|
|pg0568||Lack of orgasm - incurable.|
|pg0574||Cocaine as a remedy for morning sickness.|
|pg0588||Substitute for Human Milk: If someone you know is an ass, perhaps they were raised on asses' milk.|
|pg0591||Children who are prodigies in learning ... are generally destroyed by premature disease in the brain...|
|pg0600||At last! Nitro-muriatic acid treatment for the disease of freckles.|
Think the modern world hates left handed people? 100 years ago they
could get away with saying this.
Snide dig at the differently handed, by a physician who perhaps should have known better.
|pg0682||Treatment for electric shock? The mustard plaster.|
|pg0707||Soporifics, hypnotics, and insomnia: 100 year old warning that Michael Jackson should have heeded.|
|pg0731||In 1904, it had not occurred to doctors that men could be nurses, and that women could be physicians.|
|pg0748||Hate hospital food? Look what they had to put up with back then.|
|pg0780||Sulphur is a "medicine needed by the young in the spring time".|
|pg0790||Hops as a treatment for gonorrhea. Pass the lager, please.|
|pg0792||Garlic, a treatment for whooping-cough.|
|pg0806||Parsley as a treatment for gonorrhea. Nobody eats parsley.|
|pg0823||Indian Hemp -- a frequent cause of insanity in Eastern countries.|
|pg0833||Arguments in favor of moderate use of tobacco.|
|pg0835||Low T? They thought they could treat it in 1904.|
|pg0866||Tuberculosis from roller skating?|
|pg0900||Wolf's Bane for Scarlet Fever.|
|pg0951||Massage for carpal tunnel. Well, they didn't have much else except the typewriter.|
|pg0951||Massage treatment for tuberculosis.|
|pg0953||Treating tuberculosis with electricity!|
|pg0965||The passion for hunting and fighting, and the enormous annual sale of revolvers...|
|pg0979||Heredity in Man: Interesting use of a word that might be offensive today, but probably wasn't then.|
|pg0984||The Improvement of the Human Race by Careful Selection|
|pg0987||Your bumps and shapes determine who you are. Remember phrenology?|
|pg0994||The expression of the Frenchman is concentric, rapid and gay.|
|pg0997||The Elementary Hand -- These people are without aspirations; they but eat, drink, sleep and die.|
|pg1014||Ever wonder why Hitler was vegetarian? In 1900 vegetarianism was a German folk treatment for Syphilis, and just about everything else.|
|pg1019||Japanese obsession with skin color and class.|
|pg1021||Tatooing in Japan -- a barbarous custom banned.|
|pg1024||In Japan, before vaccination smallpox was regarded as a "life-tax".|
|pg1067||Bananas, so often given to young children, are very bad for them.|
|pg1068||Soda water with syrups should not be given to children.|
|pg1068||It is far more important to every child to have a sound body than for it to have an educated brain.|
|pg1069||Inherited Consumption-- Consumptives should not marry.|
|pg1070||Children of criminals are epileptics or idiots.|
|pg1070||Brain workers especially, need vacations. But you all knew that.|
|pg1078||The unsteadiness of electric light may render it harmful to vision.|
|pg1087||No Drudgery at Home --- Perspective on "woman's work" in 1900.|
|pg1092||"Breakfast without coffee is like a wedding without a bride."|
|pg1100||The beverage "Toast Water". It seems incredible, but it is not a joke. Or, try "Rhubarb Water" or "Wine Whey".|
|pg1107||Sheep's Head Soup. Not a joke, but I don't find myself pining for the lost cuisine.|
|pg1109||Recipe for eggnog, which actually might be worth trying.|
|pg1116||Sweetbreads with mushroom ketchup. Follow with tripe. Now complaining about your hospital food is not allowed.|
|pg1118||"Beef Omlet", aka meat loaf.|
|pg1149||To Purify Sinks and Drains, pour a lot of copper sulfate down.|
|pg1150||To Remove Moths from Furniture, soak it with benzine using a watering can.|
|pg1155||Bothered by freckles? Try Bichloride of Mercury. Really.|
|pg1162||Average Lifespan --- Farmers: 65, Female Factory Workers: 28. How did we ever industrialize?|
|pg1238||Cure number three for diabetes: an all milk diet.|
|pg1239||Cure for sleeplessness -- hops in the form of a pillow on which to sleep.|
|pg1245||Always better with bacon? Bacon often used as a poultice, sometimes with salt or pepper, in this case for Scarlet Fever.|
|pg1250||Spinal cord of a beef is efficacious in curing a felon.|
|pg1251||Electrical Treatment of Consumption.|
|pg1252||1904 - One dozen good reasons why a boy should not use tobacco. Spoiler - they haven't changed.|
|pg1257||Radishes as a cure for Bright's disease (kidney disease).|
|pg1261||Lemons or lemon juice "to remove tan from face".|
|pg1284||Medical prescription: Belladonna for hiccups.|
|pg1293||Look at what survived: Carter's Pills, Listerine, Phillip's MOM, Eagle Can Milk, Horlick's Malt, Nestles, etc.|
|pg1295||Philips' Milk of Magnesia -- "A mild laxative and an excellent dentifrice"|
|pg1295||KEASBEY AND MATTISON CO.'S BROMO-CAFFEINE. "A handy effervescent salt for brain workers."|
|pg1303||Sex of child is determined by the ovary.|
|pg1304||Can Parents Control the Sex of the Child?|
|pg1306||The Rythm method inferred but not explicitly taught, including 8 pages of fertility tables.|
|pg1327||Did Gramma ever tell you to chew your food 32 times? This is Gladstone's rule.|
|pg1339||An impassioned essay on addiction.|
|pg1342||Tribromide of Gold as a cure for alcoholism.|
|pg1368||The Sanmetto Treatment, alleged to increase the size of the reproductive organs. Could this be the origin of all those spams?|
|pg1369||Double your fun -- the Indian Hemp remedy for Gonorrhea.|
|pg1370||Tobacco Habit and Cure -- Even over 100 years ago, somebody wasn't listening.|
|pg1379||Onanism or Self-Pollution: Habit, disease, or crime? Why, it is all three.|
|pg1383||Solid air, at 3000 degrees below zero.|
|pg1406a||Adrenalin - a miracle drug useful for everything from cardiac arrest to hay-fever. Adrenalin is now called epinephrine, and the controversy over pricing of the Epi-Pen for severe allergic reactions is interesting in light of the fact that the drug itself is more than 100 years old.|
|pg1406d||Formaldehyde is a wonderful antiseptic that is harmless to people and should be used everywhere.|
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