Boston: John P. Jewett and Co., 1860. 8vo. x, 424, pp. Pebbled cloth, decorated in blind, spine sunned, a bit worn at head and foot; some pencil annotations. Ownership inscription,“E.S. Read, Winthrop, Mass., July 11, 1879.”. Item #11572
The present work emphasizes the importance of hygiene, nutrition, rest, and exercise as well as many other areas deemed by Alcott to have an effect on one’s overall health. Alcott (1798-1859), a farmer’s son, started off his career as a school teacher. After attending Yale medical school, he enjoyed a thriving practice, and wrote on the subject of hygiene, confining his works chiefly to dietary subjects. He was also an early advocate of birth control. Like his cousin Bronson Alcott, he continued his teaching, using controversial methods which relied on involving the students in the learning process. Alcott was quite possibly an influence on Bronson’s daughter Louisa May Alcott, as books like her Little Men reflect these teaching methods.