Mind and Body

Stephen P. Rice

in Minding the Machine

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780520227811
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926578 | DOI:
Mind and Body

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This chapter focuses on health and human physiology education in America during the 1800s. Like proponents of manual labor schools, writers and lecturers on health and physiology encouraged Americans to improve their bodies as well as their minds. They argued that a healthful state, which was necessary not only for personal happiness but for the important work of serving God and securing the nation, depended upon a balance among mental, moral and bodily functions. Many of the leading antebellum popular physiologists and health reformers also responded in various ways to the social tensions accompanying the market and manufacturing transformations of the period.

Keywords: health; human physiology; America; manual labor schools; bodies; mind; social tensions; manufacturing transformations

Chapter.  8934 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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