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HEALTH AND PERSONAL BEAUTY.
JOHN V. SHOEMAKER, A.M., M.D.,
PROFESSOR OF MATERIA MEDICA, PHARMACOLOGY, THERAPEUTICS, AND CLINICAL MEDICINE, AND CLINICAL
"The law of the wise is the fountain of life."-PROVERBS.
AM of Congress, in the year 1890, by
In the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington, D. C., U. S. A.
The Medical Bulletin Printing House, 1231 Filbert Street.
I776 555 1890
RITICS poke fun at authors by saying that the Preface is
the author's apology for his unsolicited appearance before the public. But, why is it thereby implied that authors are more than likely to be mistaken in their view that they will supply a public want, when we consider that wants follow created, as well as existing, needs?
We begin the customary apology by remarking that there is among educated persons a generally confessed need of popular instruction as to matters of health, and of all things indirectly appertaining thereto; and this, in effect, is the concession of the existence of a considerable public need. There can be no dissent from the conclusion that the want arising from this need can be increased by perceptions aroused by such treatment of the subject of well-being as we have here endeavored to employ; that, in a word, supply will increase the public demand for instruction in this branch of knowledge. If, therefore, this work prove satisfactorily to have accomplished the purpose in view, it will be gratifying, not otherwise, to find it secure of a lease of life.
There are three points touched upon, the discussion of which, it is hoped, may prove not uninteresting even to members of the medical profession. These are comprehended by the Introduction and the chapters on the complexion and the hair. Consideration of the value of August Weismann's conclusions touches at present the extremes of discussion by scientific and agricultural societies, and those conclusions, relating to questions as to the transmission of both healthy and morbid conditions, deeply concern the physician. 1519 WALNUT STREET, PHILADELPHIA, October, 1890.