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Book Title: Vegetable Diet - As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages|
The author of the book: William A. Alcott
ISBN 13: 9781446060193
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Edition: Sims Press
Date of issue: April 28th 2011
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Premise of this book: William A. Alcott set out to prove that humans do not need animal flesh to live.
He asked questions in a scientific publication and people corresponded with him detailing personal experiences with a predominantly vegetable and milk diet and (in some cases) the experiences of their patients, friends, and family members.
In the book he discusses human physiology- teeth, intestines, bone structure. He speaks on biblical reasons for following this diet (citing that man did not eat flesh before the fall of man). Examples are given of groups of people with a predominantly vegetable diet (including vegetarians in India, orphanages without much money in Germany, and the Pythagoreans).
He says this diet helps to cure: scurvy, colic, intestinal problems, weak temperament, inflammatory fevers, and other maladies. It also improves mental capacity and physical endurance and strength.
Bread and other vegetable substances are main foods along with milk and water.
Foods to be avoided include animal flesh, wine and spirits, coffee, and tea. Meats and oils are hard to digest and not helpful for health.
Included at the end of the book are some very dated recipes for porridge type substances.
I find this book interesting on two levels. The first is the historical perspective on health and diet. The second is fact that books like this were being published in the mid- nineteenth century and we are still a meat-eating culture now. Alcott spoke about ending world hunger by ceasing to feed all our grain to livestock and gave figures of how many people could be fed from acreages of ground on different foods. It is sad to think that this information is nowhere near new and still pertains to our culture's everlasting problems.
If you are at all interested in the history of Vegetarianism and health in the 1800s, this would be a great book to start reading.
Where you can find this book: Amazon and Project Gutenberg
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Read information about the authorAlcott was one of the most prolific authors in early American history. He wrote frequently on the topics of education and health. In 1836 he wrote a letter to the editor of the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal titled 'The Graham System' and signed it 'M.D.'
The cause of greatest interest in Alcott throughout his life was vegetarianism. In 1850 he wrote three long letters on vegetarianism to the editor of the New York Tribune - at the request of the editor.
Alcott wrote The Physiology of Marriage in 1856. He deplored free courtship manners. He specifically deplored 'conversation which is too excitable', 'presence of exciting books', 'unnecessary heat', and many other courtship practices prevalent in 18th century America but steadily going out of fashion by 1856. He warned young people of the dangers of courtship. He is criticized by modern day feminists for his 'rigidity'.
Alcott was a founding member (in 1850) and the first president of the American Vegetarian Society. He was also the author of 'The Vegetable Diet As Sanctioned by Medical Men and By Experience in All Ages'. He also founded The American Physiological Society in 1837, the world's first physiological society.
He died of a lung infection and is buried in Newton Cemetary. He worked until the day before he died.