Excerpt from Health and Beauty: An Explanation of the Laws of Growth and Exercise; Through Which a Pleasing Contour, Symmetry of Form, and Graceful Carriage of the Body Are Acquired; And the Common Deformities of the Spine and Chest Prevented
It is the part of a cautious observer, unbiassed by individual caprices and wayward impulses, to note and record the succession of movements and chan ges, which may be said to constitute events, in the human body, from birth to death; and to study care fully the modifications produced by all the external agencies to which it is subjected. The result of Ob servations thus cautiously and honestly made proves, that there are laws, part Of the general ones of na ture, to which man is subjected, as fixedly, despite his false philosophy and perverse fashions, as are the planets to the laws of attraction and repulsion by which they move and are kept in their orbits. He cannot break through, with impunity, the laws of human nature, by abuses and excesses, no matter whether the motive be pure or vicious, more than he could interrupt those of general nature, by trying to arrest the earth in its course, or make it submit to oscillatory retarding movements. A person, who, without prior training of his vocal organs, or whose lungs have suffered from recent disease, should ia dulge in loud and protracted speech, or vociferation, will, assuredly, pay the penalty for such rashness.
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