What Women Should Know.
Dr. B. W. Richardson, in a lecture delivered at the Sanitary Congress, Exeter, England, on “ Woman as a Sanitary Reformer,” opens a new field for the exercise of the female talent He advocates that ladies should be sufficiently versed in anatomy and physiology to understand the construction of the human frame, as well as the nature of different foods, and the methods best adapted for making them digestible and nutritious. If women understood the effect of wellselected aliments on the growth of the body in youth, diseases such as rickets, with bowed legs and crooked spines, would, in the opinion of the eminent lecturer, disappear from the land. The sanitary “angel in the house” should understand the laws of ventilation as well as the methods of house-warming and the effects of heat and cold. She should also be familiar with the position of the drains and knov something about the principles of drainage ; she should be able to detect the hue of wall-paper which indicates the presence of arsenic, and be sufficiently informed concerning the water supplied to the household ; to direct if necessary, how impure water may be made wholesome and potable. A knowledge of the use of disinfectants should also constitute a part of her education, and, in short, a fair information concerning the enemies of the health of the household, with the weapons which would drive them from the door, would be not the least valuable of her accomplishments.
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What Women Should Know., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 272, 18 February 1881
What Women Should Know. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 272, 18 February 1881
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