How to Keep Well; An Explanation of Modern Methods of Preventing Disease

How to Keep Well; An Explanation of Modern Methods of Preventing Disease

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...he may meet with typhoid fever, tuberculosis, pneumonia, acute rheumatism, dyspepsia, and appendicitis. At forty-five he enters upon the period of greater tendency to heart disease, kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, alcoholism, digestive diseases, chronic rheumatism, and gout. A little later he enters the period of arterial diseases, apoplexy, and certain degenerative changes. At every age life may be cut short by the destructive forces utilized by modern civilization. A man may be electrocuted by live wires in the streets, or hurled to destruction by dynamite. He may be smothered in a fire-proof hotel, or dashed to death in a falling elevator. He may be run over by bicycles, trolley cars, or automobiles, or crushed in a railway accident. These causes of death have an appreciable effect upon the mortality tables. According to the reports of the Interstate Commerce Commission, during the ten years ending 1900, 68,837 people were killed on the railroads of the United States, and 387,803 were injured. Many cases were probably not reported. And this is but one mode of accident. After fortyfive, death by accident becomes relatively more common. In fact, after that age statistics show that a man is twice as liable to die from accident as from old age. In later life accident is one of the common causes of death. Another cause of death, more frequent now than it was formerly, is suicide. Between 1890 and 1900 the ratio per 100,000 population in the fifty largest cities of this country increased from 12 to 16.6. The Mutual Life Insurance Company reports that the proportion of suicide to all deaths has increased from 1.9 per cent. to 2.4 per cent. in the last fifty years. The popular impression that the loneliness of farm life induces suicide is disproved...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236546229
  • 9781236546227