Voluminous as is the material on hygiene in all its branches in recent years, nevertheless so practical a book as "The Nervous Life" must claim a niche heretofore unfilled. Here are considered the causes of nervous disorders and the wisest means of controlling them. The author is definitely opposed to "narrow health fads, hobbies, or systems" as a remedy for the shortcomings of modern existence. In the term nervous life he includes two conditions: "First, the nervous social and industrial life, best typified by the stress and strife of our great cities; second, the nervous life as expressed in the temperament of the nervous individual." The range of subjects is wide, embracing self-knowledge, some biological laws, principles of control, the optimum life, food, the skin, exercise, sleep and rest, work, recreation, and suggestion and mental healing. The object of the work is not the discussion of nervous disorders, for the writer addresses himself rather to the well than to the sick. But "the principles of living are not different for well and ill." The book is full of helpful suggestions for the routine of daily living, and is built upon a firm foundation of common sense.
-Medical Record, Volume 80 show more