Sunday, September 14, 2008

Health and Longevity by JG Richardson, MD

I've had this old medical hygiene book around for several years. It's called 'Health and Longevity' by Joseph G. Richardson, Professor of Hygiene at the University of Pennsylvania. It was published in 1911 and is long. Long to the tune of about 1500 pages. The book is in shambles. The cover and binding has been ripped completely off. Pages have been falling out for years and it's just a general eyesore. Why have I kept it? Because it's a goldmine of comedy.

This weekend, among other things, I went through and pulled the color plates out of it. I figure I may be able to come up with something cool to do with them eventually, but in the short term, I decided to scan in a few of the more interesting ones, depicting the extremely wide variety of topics covered in the book as well as the wide variety of remedies and treatment methods used in the 'good ol days' as well as some much-needed insight into what the real problems of the day were. Here's a couple snippets:






















3 comments:

engrbecca said...

The "cure for constipation" is one of the moves on the Winsor Pilates DVD. No wonder I'm so regular!

Rebecca said...

i hope i don't get scald-head anytime soon...it looks painful...or confusing. I'm not sure what the kid's expression is supposed to be.

Lucas said...

I'm relieved to see that the bluetooth headset that all these loser businessmen wear cover the destructiveness part of their brain.