Hygiène Alimentaire Des Malades, Des Convalescents Et Des Valétudinaires Ou Du Régime Envisagé Comme Moyen Thérapeutique.
Paris: J.B. Baillière, 1867.
Octavo, xxii, 670 pages. Second edition, revised and expanded. The second published work by the medical doctor and researcher, Jean Baptiste Fonssagrives, perhaps best known for his first work, Traité d'hygiène navale, (Treatise on Naval Hygiene), in which he took a look at the overall living conditions of French sailors, including their diet and quarters, and suggested a healthier living situation might produce a better fighting force. In this work, he looks broadly at what had been learned of the effect of diet on the sick, and generalized outward to the larger population to encourage a more circumspect diet for all, even the currently healthy. In this broader work, he urged a meat and milk-centered diet. He "argued that since the properties found in meat naturally corresponded to the organic tissues in need of repair, that they were ideally 'suitable for restoring the energetic forces without imposing a very laborious digestive process on the stomach.' In contrast to his strong advocacy of milk and meat, Fonssagrives treated fruits and vegetables with caution." [Deborah Neill, "Of Carnivores and Conquerors". (Setting Nutritional Standards), page 82]. Some light foxing to early pages; light pencil notes to a few pages, otherwise internally bright and clean. In half brown calf, over marbled, lavender boards. Some wear and rubbing to extremities, otherwise good or better.