During the last fifty or so years, we have witnessed a veritable explosion of magazines and other materials being offered to the public, a goodly number of these being devoted to the care of the skin.
In the earlier years the discussions and recommendations in these publications were largely aimed at the female members of the reading public, but in the last few years more and more words have been targeted for both sexes with suggested methods of skin care being accepted as scientific “truth” by many of the readers.
Why such great interest in the skin, this outer integument which holds us together and prevents the parts from scattering to the winds? It is probably because instinctively we recognize that the outer skin is the visible evidence of the condition of the inner man or woman, the mirror that reflects the health, or lack thereof, presently possessed.
Interest in the skin is nothing new, of course. Women throughout history and in all cultures have had recourse to outside agents, including herbs, chemicals, and other concoctions, all supposedly enriched with specific properties capable of enhancing personality and beauty and endowed with mysterious substances to retard the aging process.
In earlier times, when surgery was a relatively new technique on the medical scene, it was the custom in some European medical schools for budding student surgeons to demonstrate their “fitness” for the profession by draping a human skin over their shoulders and strutting around the operating theaters for all to see and admire.
Curiosity being just as much a part of scholastic life in those days as it is now, these students and other scientists, perhaps by accident and even by intent, were enabled to learn much about this very important part of the human body. They learned that the skin is not a dead bit of drapery but rather a functional part of the living body, that it housed a number of very interesting organs and parts and played host to and participated actively in a wondrous array of mind-boggling performances. Surprisingly, too, they also found that the skin itself played many roles vitally important to life itself and that it was a very complex entity, indeed.
Centuries have passed in review since the first timid advances were made to explore the intriguing mantle of man and, of course, much still remains to be learned in this day of electronic wonders.
In this lesson we will unravel some of the mystery of the skin. We will learn how to care for it and how to feed it so that it will remain always glowing and youthful looking in all climates and throughout our entire lifetimes, always remaining a thing of beauty and service.
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Natural Hygiene Represents Nutrition For The Whole Person
- 3. Structure Of The Skin
- 4. Functions Of The Skin
- 5. Some Common Diseases Of The Skin
- 6. The Hygienic Practitioner At Work
- 7. Questions & Answers
- Article #1: Skin Diseases By William Howard Hay, M.D.
- Article #2: Lupus By Louis Kuhne
- Article #3: The Skin By M. O. Garten, D.C.
- Article #4: The “Hurry-Up” Disease By Elizabeth D. McCarter, D.Sc.