House Sanitation - A Manual for Housekeepers

House Sanitation - A Manual for Housekeepers

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UNDER the wise and inspiring guidance of Mrs. Ellen H. Richards, a group of young college wopiennni E. AlIen, Alice Stone Blackwell, Sarah Louise Day, Alla W. Foster, Edith Talbot Jackson, Alice Peloubet Norton, and the undersigned-formed, in 1883, a Sanitary Science Club, one of the first organized activities of the Association of Collegiate Alumnae. After careful study of sanitary problems, they published a little book, entitled Home Sanitation, which, in the twenty-five years that have passed, has been widely used and has proved even more helpful than the authors anticipated. During these years, however, very important and far reaching changes have taken place in sanitary theory and a considerable number of the practical suggestions in Home Sanitation have become out-of-date. Mrs. Richards had been urging a revision of the book for some time prior to her death in 1911. The surviving editor believed, however, that it would be more truly in accord with Mrs. Richardss scientific and progressive spirit to rewrite the book. This she has done, drawing freely from the older text, using the results of studies made by advanced students in the Department of Household Administration of the University of Chicago, and endeavoring to replace out-worn theories and useless practices with such modern views and practical suggestions as will best help the progressive housekeeper in her efforts to maintain her household in health and physical efficiency with the least expenditure of money, time, and strength. Defiartmerzt of Household Adnzittistration Tlze University of Chicago conservation of national resources is a term which is gradually coming to include human life as well as timber and coal. Needless waste of national vitality is taking its place among the wrongs which are of national concern. Conservation of human life is to be accomplished in large part through the practice of sanitary measures. To be effective in the best sense, this practice must be carried on with the least possible expenditure of time, effort, and money. If, with intelligence and skill, one housekeeper can do the work of ten health officers or one dollar accomplish as much as ten dollars in the hands of a sanitary inspector, the larger expenditure is sheer waste and the net result in conservation is so much the smaller. It is, therefore, well worth while for those interested in the promotion of public and private health occasion ally to survey the field of sanitary practice and to learn whether the methods in use are in accord with the advance of science, or whether modern theory calls for changes in practice in the interests of effective and economical results. This is particularly true of housekeepers, for, on the whole, the sanitation of the home is in their keeping, and as the famous sanitarian, Dr. B. W. Richardson, said, If in the centers called home the foundations of the science of health are laid, the rest on a larger scale will necessarily follow. The idea of considering the house as a unit of health is essentially modern. It was, indeed, an impossible one until the knowledge was available which has been acquired in recent years. The fact that it is so generally accepted today shows that our views have changed materially in respect to two points, the relation of private to public . rights and the causation of disease. In the first place, a mans house is no longer considered his castle, to use as he pleases regardless of the welfare of other people...This is particularly true of housekeepers, for, on the whole, the sanitation of the home is in their keeping, and as the famous sanitarian, Dr. B. W. Richardson, said, If in the centers called home the foundations of the science of health ...


Title:House Sanitation - A Manual for Housekeepers
Author: Marion Talbot
Publisher:Sedgwick Press - 2008-10-06
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