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Harriet N. Austin, M.D.: Publications
  • Austin, Harriet. (1853). Women’s Present and Future“; Harriet N. Austin publications Water-Cure Journal No 16. (September 1853):57. https://documents.alexanderstreet.com/d/1000670758
    • Dr. Austin writes in this article that a woman’s sphere cannot be elevated until she learns and claims her first great right to health. Then will she seek, by a righteous life, to ensure it, and all the blessings which belong to the possession of a sound mind, in a sound body, will become hers. 
  • Austin, Harriet. (1860). “Sickness Is Always Caused by Wrong Doing.” Eternal Health Truths of a Century Ago, no. June, 1960, pp. 106-113. Out of Print. Edited by Christopher Gian-Cursio.
    • This article was written by Harriet Austin in 1860 for the journal The Laws of Life. It was incorporated into the book Eternal Health Truths of a Century Ago in 1960.
    • In this article, Dr. Austin shares that people need to learn that the natural condition of human beings is one of health; and that every instance of sickness and suffering, unless caused by an accident, is caused by some wrongdoing, either on the part of the suffers or others.
    • She discusses the need for women to reform their dress, as it restricts exercise and movement, which she believes is necessary for maintaining good health. She also discusses the need for pure air and sunlight, which was feared during the 1800s.
    • Dr. Austin believed that diseases are but the energies of the system opposing abnormal conditions. Pain is one of our most faithful friends and indicates something wrong in the body. This is strictly curative, and if the vitality is not too far, exhausted, and the wrong is not repeated, health will assuredly be reestablished. She states, “We should not complain, disease, but of the habits which provoke disease.”

In this publication, Dr. Austins describes how baths are used as treatment and the patient’s needs during the bath and ends with a discussion of various forms of bathing treatments. She shares that baths should be mild and given at infrequent intervals. Before bathing, the room should be prepared to a comfortable temperature. The water should be soft (as opposed to hard mineral water) and at the right temperature, as a thermometer indicates. A person suffering from an acute disease may often be significantly refreshed and soothed by administering a bath. However, those taking a course of treatment for chronic ailments or cleanliness should never take their baths when tired. Baths are always most beneficial in their effects when taken with the body at its highest point of vigor. Upon completion of a bath, the body should be rubbed down vigorously. (12 pages).

Austin, Harriet N. (1867). Dr. Harriet N. Austin’s New Method of Treatment of “Female Diseases,” at Our Home on the Hillside, Dansville, N.Y., no ebook available. ​​F.W. Hurd, https://books.google.com/books/about/Dr_Harriet_N_Austin_s_New_Method_of_Trea.html?id=SbGXHAAACAAJ

Austin, Harriet N., editor; (1874). The Laws of Life, A Family Health Journal. Volume 17 (No. 1). Dansville, N.Y. The Sanatorium Publishing Company. Internet Archive –

https://archive.org/details/McGillLibrary-osl_laws_of_life_journal-jan-1874-18487. (40 pages). 

The journal focuses on all subjects relating to life and health and embodies the experience of years of practice by the largest Hygienic Institution in America. It aimed to advocate improved ways of living. It taught how to live in good health and to make health the basis for the growth and development of a symmetrical character. These journals also included articles about health and social change. 

  • Austin, Harriet N., editor; (1887). The Laws of Life, A Family Health Journal. Volume 30 (No. 1,3,4,7,8,9,10,11). Dansville, N.Y. The Sanatorium Publishing Company. Internet Archive – https://archive.org/details/lawslifevolume00sidegoog/page/n8/mode/2up (227 pages)
    • The journal focuses on all subjects relating to life and health and embodies the experience of years of practice by the largest Hygienic Institution in America. The aim is to advocate improved ways of living. It taught how to live in good health and to make health the basis for the growth and development of a symmetrical character. These journals also included articles about health and social change. 
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