Ellen H. Richards The Cost of Living as Modifed by Sanitary Science (Classic Reprint)

The Cost of Living as Modifed by Sanitary Science (Classic Reprint)

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While appreciating the many kind words vouch-safed by the reviews in regard to this little book, the author began to feel somewhat disheartened as to the chief purpose of the work. The broad view of sanitary science, that it means a knowledge of all that physical and mental environment which leads to the highest utilization of man's powers for the progress of civilization, and not a mere study of germ diseases, seems to be lacking even in the educational world.

It was especially gratifying, therefore, to find that the meaning was not so blindly expressed but that it could be read, and the author desires to thank the unknown critic who so clearly expressed the purpose of the discussion that the quotation is here given in full.

"The 'Cost of Living' represents a departure from former methods of teaching hygiene. The teaching of hygiene as a natural science has not accomplished what was prophesied for it two decades since. The sanitarian is beginning now to treat hygiene as one phase of a social science. To that end the author of the book under discussion presents nine lectures on domestic economy.

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