Fresh Air and How to Use It

Jan 5, 2013 by

Fresh Air and How to Use it by Thomas Carrington was originally published in 1912 and was originally published during a tuberculosis outbreak. This book is as current now as it was back then – the only caveat being you have to find some fresh air on this planet of ours first!

A few lines from the introduction to give you a feel for the book:

“The Relation of Fresh Air to Health
The interiors of the majority of homes in northern countries are breeding places for disease, because of the difficulties in the way of and the objection to admitting fresh air. Foul air which is full of poisonous gases exhaled from the lungs of the inmates, is the usual atmosphere of the home, and it cannot be otherwise when our houses are built to be closed as tightly as possible.

Today fresh air is a recognized remedy for pneumonia and tuberculosis and it is also known to be a preventive of diseases generally. It is essential to good health and for this reason it is necessary to make arrangements for obtaining it in every enclosed space used as a shelter by human beings. Buildings should be ventilated so that it will be impossible for those who use them to re-breathe the air which has been expelled from their lungs. It is a common mistake to confuse heat and bad air or cold and good air. The fact is, the atmosphere may be below the freezing point and still be very bad or it may be above ninety degrees and yet be perfectly pure.

There are apparently three distinct causes which have contributed to the shut-in existence of the human family. First, the need for warmth and comfort during the long winters in northern climates; second, the fear of night,  air found among people living in warm or tropical countries; and third, the necessity during past ages of building a home that would withstand the attack of enemies. In all countries where the winters are severe, man’s ideal shelter has been one that would insure the best protection from the cold, but unfortunately this protection has been gained by excluding fresh air. Even today, with all our modern inventions, we cannot produce proper ventilation without losing a large percentage of heat; so the poor, in the attempt to prevent the waste of fuel, make their living rooms as near air-tight as they can.”

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