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The Old Man's Guide to Health and Longer Life

The Old Man's Guide to Health and Longer Life

by John Hill
     
 

First published in the mid-18th century, The Old Man's Guide to Health and Longer Life is a lifestyle guide to longevity and good health for old men. Written in an age when the majority of the population didn't live to see their 40th birthday, it provides practical advice on diet, exercise, and lifestyle, including sleep and emotional health. Written

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First published in the mid-18th century, The Old Man's Guide to Health and Longer Life is a lifestyle guide to longevity and good health for old men. Written in an age when the majority of the population didn't live to see their 40th birthday, it provides practical advice on diet, exercise, and lifestyle, including sleep and emotional health. Written by experienced physician John Hill, it provides an illuminating insight into the thinking on health and longevity in the mid-18th century, and reveals surprising similarities with modern-day health advice. Some of the more prescriptive advice has the hysterical tone expected from 18th-century guides and manuals: "—tho' vegetables may be thought innocent, there are many cases in which they prove hurtful," "Carrots are to be avoided, for no old stomach can digest them," "The pine-apple, the most pleasant of all fruit, is the most dangerous," "Cold air chills the blood—this is the air at the tops of hills and such situations all old men should avoid." But more surprising is how full of genuinely good advice the book is, and how much of it reads like modern-day health literature. "A warm bath and a glass of wine if you are having difficulty getting to sleep," "Use medicines only as a last resort—address diet and lifestyle first to resolve illness," "Quiet, good humor, and complacency of temper will prevent half the diseases of old people; and cure many of the others."

Editorial Reviews

Washington Post - Maggie Fazeli Fard
The Old Man’s Guide to Health and Longer Life shows that interest in healthy aging is not exactly new. First published in the mid-18th century, the book offers advice to a population its author, physician John Hill, described as ‘the ancient.’. . . Amid discussions of fluxes and humours, there are tidbits of still sage advice: controlling one’s temper, taking warm baths before bed, going for walks and staving off disease through diet and lifestyle rather than medicine.”
York Press
“This amusing, informative little piece of history is highly entertaining and the helpful advice is still fit for today’s older members of society. The black and white period illustrations are simply wonderful.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780712358989
Publisher:
British Library, The
Publication date:
05/15/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
1,147,288
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

John Hill was a mid-18th century physician and actor, who published prolifically on the natural sciences.

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