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where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. INVALIDISM. Needed Ambition for Perfect Health.?Danger of Becoming a Race of Invalids.?Perfect Health Exceptional in Women.?The Dawn of Better Things.?Dress, Food and Physical Culture.? Effects of Efforts of Married Women to Escape Maternity.?Suggested Studies for Young Wives.? The Interest of the Race in the Keeping of Faithful Mothers. Sir James Paget, in a lecture on national health says, We want more ambition for health. I should like to see a personal ambition for health as keen as that for bravery, for beauty, or for success in our athletic games or field sports. I wish there were such an ambition for the most perfect national health, as there is for national renown in war, in art or in commerce. All women ought to know that invalid- ism, speaking generally?there are, of course, exceptions to this rule, ?is a carefully cultivated condition, quite as truly as the magnificent condition of the prize-fighter, the racehorse or the gymnast. In this imaginative age of disease and nervousness, and ailing, and surgery, and quackery, there is great danger of our becoming a race of invalids. It is already a fad to yield submissively to all the little ailments incident to our carelessness, and thus cultivate invalidism in ourselves and children. Read the countless advertisements of remedies, ?often, be it said to our shame, in our so-called religious papers, ?for diseases possible and impossible, which appear for the purpose of supplying the demand, and which in large measure have been responsible for the demand which they so eagerly supply. It has become a rare thing, to-day, to find a woman who counts herself perfectly healthy. Is it possible that womankind has become so susceptible to influence, that she imagines herself ill when she is not ? We a.