Patricia Grady Cox
August 3, 2016
I haven’t posted in a while due to a couple of relatively minor and totally fixable (now fixed) medical issues that kept me from typing. Instead, I worked on research for my current novel-in-progress and discovered I have a book entitled “The National Farmer’s and Housekeeper’s Cyclopaedia.”
This book was published by F. M. Lupton, Publisher, at No. 63 Murray Street, New York in 1888. Apparently the book division changed its name to the Federal Book Company in 1902 and went out of business in 1904. The F. M. Lupton Publishing arm, primarily magazines and periodicals, continued. At least until, rumor has it, until Mr. Lupton offed himself with a pen knife to the neck in 1910.
His obituary claimed he died of “overwork, prolonged ill health and melancholia.” But his own Cyclopaedia offers an opinion on “ill health” after “consultation of the best authorities.” The Home Physician chapter explains “How People Get Sick.”
- Eating too much and too fast;
- Swallowing imperfectly masticated food;
- Using too much fluid at meals;
- Drinking poisonous whiskey and other intoxicating drinks;
- Repeatedly using poison [by this my guess is they mean the aforementioned whiskey] as medicines;
- Keeping late hours at night, and sleeping late in the morning;
- Wearing clothing too tight;
- Wearing thin shoes;
- Neglecting to wash the body sufficiently to keep the pores open;
- Exchanging the warm clothes worn in a warm room during the day for costumes and exposure incident to evening parties;
- Compressing the stomach to gratify a vain and foolish passion for dress;
- Keeping up constant excitement;
- Fretting the mind with borrowed troubles;
- Swallowing quack nostrums for every imaginary ill;
- Taking meals at irregular intervals, etc.
Sounds like a bit of social commentary with a large dose of judgment occurred in that list. I’m not sure what the “etc.” at the end might include, but whatever it is, rest assured that if you’re sick it’s YOUR OWN FAULT! Now I have to end this so I can check the thickness of my shoes as that may be what caused my recent medical problems. I’m certainly not going to admit to some of the other causes!
Before I do that, though, some of you might be interested in this alternative to Rogaine.
“To prevent the hair falling off, take a piece of saltpeter the size of a hickory nut, and put in a quart of water, and wet the head daily.”