Excerpt from Elementary Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene: For the Use of School and Families
The necessity for much more wide-spread and universal knowledge on the structure and functions of the human body and the causes of disease and means of avoiding them and preserving the health is admitted by every one. And it is very generally admitted, too, that these subjects should be regularly taught in the public schools. A want however has been much felt and frequently expressed, for an elementary work, suited to the masses of the people, especially the youthful portion, on the subjects of Physiology and Hygiene; and this want the author of this little book has endeavored to supply. While there are a number of excellent works on the same subjects in the hands of the public, they are, for the most part, either too large or too technical for general use, or too elementary and incomplete. And besides, we have manifold evidence on every hand that their influence has not been such as to supersede the necessity for another. In this the author has endeavored to give, on these important studies, about all that is necessary for any one, not a physician, to know, yet not more than every girl and boy, without exception, should be familiar with before leaving school or completing education: from a more elementary work the requisite knowledge could hardly be obtained. In order to present, as clearly as is desirable, the human organization in its relations to its environments, or to the essentials of life, the author has deemed it necessary to touch upon almost all parts of the subjects treated of, but he has given most attention and space to the most important and practical parts. Simple and familiar language has been used, though proper scientific names and terms have, for the most part necessarily, been retained.
The author desires critics to bear in mind that the book has been written amid the usual duties and interruptions of a practising physician and Editor of a health magazine.
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