The Medical Intelligencer; Containing Extracts from Foreign and American Journals Volume 4

The Medical Intelligencer; Containing Extracts from Foreign and American Journals Volume 4

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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. 1827 edition. Excerpt: ... the body against the inclemency of the weather. As men advance in civilization, that which was at first a mere covering of the person, becomes also a medium for the display of taste; and the form and fashion of our clothes in boyhood are determined by our parents, often more with a view to the gratification of their ideas of elegance and grace, than for utility. In early life, the exuberance of our animal spirits, and the carelessness of our nature, would naturally make us perfectly indifferent either to the quality or the condition of our attire--but, as we rapidly catch the infection of folly, it is not uncommon to see boys of ten and twelve years of age consummate coxcombs in dress, resembling, in miniature, the most fashionable of those whose lives are spent in exhibiting themselves as paripatetic blocks to display the productions of tailors, hatters, and bootmakers. Could this gratification be always effected without calling into action that something which, more than negligence, discomposes the structure and impedes the vigor of the youthful frame, it would be of little moment whether good taste, caprice, or fashion, directed the choice; but health is too often sacrificed to taste and fashion; and it is therefore necessary to point out those circumstances connected with dress which ought to be considered in the clothing of boys. Whatever has a tendency to check the growth of the body, or to impede the free exercise of the limbs, is injurious in boyhood. Independent, therefore, of the bad moral influence of too studied an attention to dress on the youthful mind, nothing can be more injurious to health than the tight jackets buttoned up to the throat, the well fitted boots, and the stiff stocks, which characterize many of the little, more

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  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 485g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236585968
  • 9781236585967