SCIENTIFIC FASTING, by Linda Burfield Hazzard - 1927


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Scientific Fasting: The Ancient and Modern Key to Health

by Linda Burfield Hazzard

Noted for her promotion of fasting as a way to restore health, Linda Burfield Hazzard (1867-1938) was at one point imprisoned for the death of patients who fasted under her care (1912), and eventually died while attempting a fast cure on herself. Written and published after her pardon (1917) and opening a "school of health" (1920), this volume is also a rare and interesting insight into the view of this doctor, and the discovery of a long-practiced yet neglected science. Asserting that fasting was the best way of ridding the body of its toxins, Hazzard presented and practised it as a cure for any ailment. This book offers a rare opportunity to delve into the science and mind of one who was mostly blamed, but then also praised by many, for her methods. 360 pages + ad pages. 5.25 x 7.75 inches.

"Fifth, revised and amplified edition of Fasting for the Cure of Disease." This edition is the earliest printing listed in WorldCat. Medical engraving inside. Includes a preface by the author, as well as three pages of ads at the end.

Very scarce early printing, published by: Grant Publications, Inc., New York, 1927.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Volume is in overall very good condition with minor aging and wear to covers and interior.
  • Red covers feature black text on front, and display minor edgewear from darkening, rubbing of corners, and some bumps to upper edges. (See photos)
  • Spine features title as well as author and publisher names in black.
  • Spine is sunned, with a scuff at middle, and general softening.
  • Binding is intact, yet has some play, with loosening visible at back hinge, which shows signs of a missing back fep. (See photos)
  • Interior is gently toned, with scarce occasional smudges and foxing.
  • Front fep displays remnants of blue ballpoint pen writing, partly torn off from rubbing/scraping the page. (See photos)
  • Inside pages are otherwise free of writing or intentional marks.
  • Text block edges are foxed and dusty along head, and gently toned on front and foot with light foxing and a small scuff to front.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
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Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard (1867-1938) received her doctor's license as a "fasting specialist" by the state of Washington. In a day of primitive medical solutions, before penicillin was discovered and even electricity was seldom used, people were eager to find and try alternatives to the general medical practice. While certain types of fasting have found to be helpful under limited circumstances, Hazzard's methods were dramatic and extreme. There were some who swore by her methods, while others pursued her as a quack until she was finally convicted of manslaughter in 1912. (smithsonian, wikipedia, murderpedia-org)

Considering the trends of popular thought through the 19th and early 20th centuries, it isn't too surprising that she caught the attention of many, even after her release from prison. In her first book Fasting for the Cure of Disease in 1908 she wrote: “Appetite is Craving; Hunger is Desire. Craving is never satisfied; but Desire is relieved when Want is supplied.” The path to true health, Hazzard wrote, was to periodically let the digestive system “rest” through near-total fasts of days or more.

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Binding: Hardcover
Original/Facsimile: Original
Special Attributes: Illustrated
Region: North America
Language: English
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Subject: Science & Medicine
Topic: Medicine
Publisher: Grant Publications Inc.
Year Printed: 1927
Author: Linda Burfield Hazzard
Place of Publication: New York
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