Strengthening the eyes; a system of scientific eye training,

Catalogue Number: 1081
Strengthening the eyes; a system of scientific eye training,
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1925
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: New York
Publisher/Manufacturer: Macfadden Publications Inc
Description Of Item: 8vo, original blue cloth covers, 201 pages, diagrams and photos throughout. VOA and VCO library stamps
Historical Significance: The book has similar philosophies to those of W H Bates (1860-1931) who first published books on good eye sight without glasses in 1919, For Bates see Cat No 98 and 250. Bernarr Macfadden (1868-1955) was an influential exponent of physical culture, a combination of bodybuilding with nutritional and health theories. He additionally founded the long-running magazine publishing company Macfadden Publications. He gets 47,000 hits on Google and has entries in Encyclopedia Britannica and Wikipedia. The picture is of him posing as Michaelangelo's David (but with underpants) taken in 1905. This book had 10 ediitons from 1924 to 1942 and was preceded by 'Strengthening the eyes : a new course in scientific eye training' in 28 lesson published in 1918. This early version had a second edition in the same year in which interestingly the co-author is William Horatio Bates. Was Bates drawn to this subject by Macfadden? This book is one of quite a number that espouse alternative treatments to preventing and remedying eye conditions usually under the title of Better sight without glasses or similar: See MacFadden (1901 # 429, 1925 # 1081), Bates 1920, 1944 (#98, # 250), Benjamin 1935, 1940 (#94, # 252), Hauser c1960 (#576).
How Acquired: Ex Nathan Library
Condition: Fair (Joints breaking)
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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