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The catechism of health, 1798

In 1794 Bernard Christian Faust (1755–1842), a court physician in the German principality of Schaumberg-Lippe, published a short book designed to teach children the principles of healthy living. This American edition, written in a question and answer format, is full of interesting precautions regarding eating, drinking, sleeping, hygiene, and clothing. Many provide insight into 18th-century beliefs, such as warm rooms make people "weak, simple, stupid, and sick." Signs of diseases such as smallpox, measles, and dysentery are also covered.

Courtesy National Library of Medicine

Title page of a book.
  • Topic:

    Healthy Living
  • Creator:

    Bernhard Christoph Faust (1755–1842)