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A Victorian Guide to Healthy Living

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 192 pages
Author: T. Allinson & A. Selby
Year: 2010
Other Data: indexes
ISBN: 9781844680764

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  • A rubdown with a wet towel is a good sleep inducer
  • Scotchmen possess vitality on account of oatmeal, pure air and hard exercise
  • The longer children are out in the open air the better for them. Frost makes them run about to keep warm
  • To miss a meal occasionally does more good than a feast

Dr Thomas Allinson was a man far ahead of this times - a healty eating visionary. He was telling his readers in his popular newspaper column "a man is what he eats" long before it became an overused slogan. Ultimately, he believed that virtually all ailments could be cured by a good diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

His criticism of the drugs of the day - opiates, mercury, arsenic were all commonplace - was eventually to get him into such disfavour with the General Medical Council that they struck him off in 1894. Today, though most of his advice is taken as a given - smoking can damage your health and cause cancer; obesity should be avoided by exercise and healthy eating, not fatty diets (he was particularly scathing about the Victorian version of the Atkins diet); and wholefoods are more healthy than processed ones.

'A Victorian Guide to Healthy Living' brings together the best of his advice and gives an extraordinary insight into how the Victorians lived their lives.


Part 1: Food
1. The Staff of Life
2. Vegetarianism
3. What to Eat
4. What Not to East - or Drink

Part 2: Health and Sickness
1. Surviving the Victorian Doctor
2. Everyday Victorian Drugs
3. Victorian Coughs and Sneezes
4. English Leprosy and Other Skin Diseases
5. Over-indulgence: Too Much of a Good Thing?
6. Being in Good Spirits

Part 3: Hygienic Living
1. Allinson's Long Walk
2. Allinson's Stage of Life
3. The Shape of Things to Come
4. Pure Water and Sunshine
5. Victorian Self-improvement

Part 4: Recipes
1. Soups and Stews
2. Savouries
3. Vegetables
4. Egg Cookery
5. Salads
6. Potato Cookery
7. Sauces
8. Puddings
9. Bread and Cakes
10. Menus

Recipe Index

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