Skip to content
Russell Thacker Trall, M.D.: Publications
  • Trall, R. T. (1853). The new hydropathic cook-book : with recipes for cooking on hygienic principles containing also a philosophical exposition of the relations of food to health: the chemical elements and proximate constitution of alimentary principles: the nutritive properties of all kinds of aliments: the relative value of vegetable and animal substances: the selection and preservation of dietetic materials. New York: Fowlers and Wells. https://archive.org/details/62421040R.nlm.nih.gov
    • Dr. Trall’s words in his Hydropathic Cook Book (1853) are still valid: “However strange may seem the assertion, it is nevertheless true, that the philosophy of diet has never been taught in medical schools! Physicians, generally, are as profoundly ignorant of the whole subject as are the great masses of people.” Confirming this statement in 1916, Dr. Richard C. Cabot, one of the outstanding physicians of the world, wrote: “Almost nothing is known about diet. There are numerous books on the subject, many of which are only helpful for pressing leaves but not for what they contain.”
  • Trall, R. T. (1854). Uterine diseases and displacements: a practical treatise on the various diseases, malpositions, and structural derangements of the uterus and its appendages. New York: Fowler and Wells. https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/011596490
  • Trall, R. T. (1861). Nervous debility: the nature, causes, consequences, and hygienic treatment of invalids suffering from prematurely exhausted vitality. State Library of Pennsylvania, Davies & Kent. https://archive.org/details/nervousdebilityn00tral
  • Trall, R. T. (1862). Diphtheria. New York: Fowler and Wells. https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100141997
    • Diptheria is perhaps a relic of the past in this age of mass vaccination. However, there are many places where modern medicine is not practiced or not available. 
  • Trall, R. T. (1864).The true temperance platform, or, An exposition of the fallacy of alcoholic medication : being the substance of addresses delivered in the Queen’s Concert Rooms, Hanover Square, and in Exeter Hall, London, during the session of the International Temperance Convention, September 2, 3 and 4, 1862. New York, R.T. Trall & Co. https://archive.org/details/63850650R.nlm.nih.gov
  • Trall, R. T. (1869).The new hydropathic cook-book: with recipes for cooking on hygienic principles: containing also a philosophical exposition of the relations of food to health; the chemical elements and proximate constitution of alimentary principles; the nutritive properties of all kinds of aliments; the relative value of vegetable and animal substances; the selection and preservation of dietetic materials.  New York: published by Samuel R. Wells. https://archive.org/details/b21528263/page/n3/mode/2up
  • Trall, R. T. (1873). The new hydropathic cook-book: with recipes for cooking on hygienic principles: containing also a philosophical exposition of the relations of food to health. 
  • New York: Published by Samuel R. Wells. https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008902789
    • Initially published in 1854, it contains the philosophical exposition of the relations of food to health; The chemical elements and proximate constitution of alimentary principles; The nutritive properties of all kinds of ailments; and The relative value of animal and vegetable substances….The leading objects of this work are to present, in the smallest possible compass, a summary of the principles and facts in chemistry and physiology that apply to the philosophy of diet; and to furnish such as are not familiar with the details of cooking on hygienic principles, plain formulas for preparing an ample variety of dishes, with due regard for the laws of life and health. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900’s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. 
  • Trall, R. T. (1873). The hygienic hand-book is intended as a practical guide for the sick room, arranged alphabetically, with an appendix illustrative of the hygeio-therapeutic movements. New York, Wells. https://archive.org/details/63820600R.nlm.nih.gov
  • Trall, R. T. (1874). The mother’s hygienic hand-book : for the normal development and training of women and children, and the treatment of their diseases with hygienic agencies. New York, S.R. Wells. https://archive.org/details/mothershygienich00tral
  • Trall, R. T. (1874). The hygeian home cook-book; or, Healthful and palatable food without condiments. New York, S. R. Wells. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/07033845/.
    • With mid-nineteenth-century advances in scientific studies of health and nutrition, diet-based cookbooks like Dr. Russell Trall’s proliferated. Trall founded the New York Hydropathic and Physiological School in 1854, and his New Hydropathic CookBook was one of the first to subscribe to the school’s advocacy of the water cure, using baths and drinking pure water to combat disease and maintain health. The diet proposed in the cookbook consists almost entirely of fruits, grains, and vegetables, with a few animal-based recipes for those who demand a broader diet. More than just a list of recipes, the cookbook presents the basis of Trall’s diet—the belief that all nutritive material comes from vegetables. Thus, animal foods are inferior because they are derivative and likely to be impure. It also includes a discussion of digestion and an exhaustive catalog of vegetable foods. This edition of The New Hydropathic Cookbook was reproduced by permission from the volume in the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts collection. Founded in 1812 by Isaiah Thomas, a Revolutionary War patriot, and successful printer and publisher, the society is a research library documenting the lives of Americans from the colonial era through 1876. 
  • Trall, R. T. (1875). Popular physiology : a familiar exposition of the structures, functions, and relations of the human system, and their application to the preservation of health. 

New York, S. R. Wells & Co https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/011825983

  • Trall, R. T. (1881). Uterine diseases and displacements : a practical treatise on the various diseases, malpositions, and structural derangements of the uterus and its appendages. New York: Fowler & Wells. https://archive.org/details/67131410R.nlm.nih.gov
  • Trall, R. T. (1882). The human voice: its anatomy, physiology, pathology, therapeutics, and training: with rules of order for lyceums. New York, Fowler & Wells. http://resource.nlm.nih.gov/67830790R
  • Trall, R. T. (1883). Water-Cure for the Million – The processes of water-cure explained: popular errors exposed; hygienic and drug medication contrasted; rules for bathing, dieting, exercising, etc.; recipes for cooking; directions for home treatment. New York, Fowlers, and Wells.
Welcome to the new home of the National Health Association!
If you are an existing member, you will need to reset your password in order to log in and take advantage of all the great benefits being a member provides—which now includes the ability to update your own contact information (address, phone number, email, upload a picture and much more). Please start by clicking the Register/Log In button and follow the instructions on that page. Once your password is reset, you will use your email address as your username. You no longer have or need a Member Number. Please contact us if you have questions—and thanks for your support!