Published by Harper Bros. in 1903 this useful little book has an answer to all the ills of society. One may find cures for chronic constipation,, eczema, kleptomania, excessive perspiration and "that malady so peculiarly American...nervous exhaustion, the flying signal of the nerve storm of our fashionable and business life". One of my favourite segments is titled 'moral imbecility; this pertaining to a young man, one of the descriptions of whom is "a trencher-knight of the sublions of the Tenderloin". Another chapter which could be possibly used in today's society is the "Educational use of hypnotic suggestion. Its value in the training of erratic, backward, and unmanageable children". The cases shown here are rather more extreme than that of the average over boisterous child of today who we reduce to an acceptable state of catatonia through the use of drugs.
The author John Duncan Quackenbos, 1848-1926, has interesting ideas rather than the quick fixes with which we have come to view as acceptable. The only thing that Quackenbos did not use was the all encompassing acronyms for said maladies which the pharmaceutical industry embeds in our subconscious today and without one of which we do not 'belong'.
The book is in good shape. There is very minor foxing, the worst of which I have shown in one of the pictures, The front cover shows some bubbling on the left hand side - also can be seen in first picture. The spine is clean with bright gilt lettering like the front with a very slight bumping and loss of colour - minor- at the very bottom. From the first page through pps 11 at the very top corner of the pages there is an abrasion, depth of which at its deepest is 3/16".
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