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Directions and observations relative to food exercise and sleep, 1772

In this intriguing text from 1772, the unknown author provides succinct observations on the importance of regulating nutrition, habits, and exercise to restore or preserve health. Topics such as meal size and timing, food choices, alcohol consumption, and sleeping positions are discussed. Guidelines for matching certain types of foods to specific constitutions are also noted. For example, a person of moist habit, ought, for the most part, "to eat things of a dry nature."

Courtesy National Library of Medicine

Title page of a book.