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Diagnosis From the Eye, by Henry Edward Lane, M. D., published by L. N. Fowler and Co., 7, Imperial Arcade, Ludgate Circus, London, and Kosmos Publishing Company, 765, N. Clarke Street, Chicago, Ill., U.S.A.. The title-page of this book describes it as "A Scientific Essay for the Public, and Medical Profession," and as disclosing "A new art of diagnosing with perfect certainty, from the iris of the eye, the normal and abnormal conditions of the organism in general, and of the different organs in particular." The most minute and painstaking instructions are given as to the method of diagnosis, the reader is helped with numerous original illustrations, and there is a "Key to the Diagnosis from the eye."

The Foundation of All Reform, by Otto Carqué, same publishers as above. This is an original work on Diet Reform. The author believes that food reform is the base of all reform, and that a diet of nuts, fruits, cereals, and vegetables is the natural and proper food of man. The book is vigorous in tone, and it contains many striking and original observations apart from the main idea of diet. Here is one:—"The human genius who first conceived the idea of systematically tilling the soil and sowing it with the wonderful seeds that they might multiply a hundred and a thousand-fold, certainly made one of the greatest acquisitions of intellect. The wheel may seem to us now a very simple mechanical device, yet the man who first constructed it made an invention upon which all our modern transportation and much of our civilization depends; he has likewise performed a deed which is equal to the highest achievements that the human mind will ever attain. The personalities of those master-minds are lost in the dimness and darkness of the ages." The book is illustrated with diagrams, and there are tables of food-compositions and dietaries.

Self-Healing Through Suggestion, by Henry Harrison Brown, published by "Now" Folk, 143 7, Market Street, San Francisco, Cal., U.S.A., and L. N. Fowler and Co., 7, Imperial Arcade, Ludgate Circus, London, E.C. The title of this book explains its contents. It is a book of self-suggestions for restoration to health. "Affirmations" play an important part in its pages. To some minds it will doubtless prove a good mental tonic. The author teaches that all causes in human life are mental, and that the source of health and of all disease is to be found in the mind, and that improved thinking will produce improved conditions physically. He says, "The lesson the ages are teaching us is that of self- government. Every person is compelled to admit logically that when man knows enough he will not be sick. Sickness is the result of human ignorance. But ignorance of what?...Ignorance of his own powers, for he is nature."

Crime and Common Sense, by Investigator and Arthur St. John, published by C. W. Daniel, 5, Water Lane, Ludgate Hill, London, E.C., price. This book deals with the legal and moral aspects of punishment for crime. The authors regard our criminal law as a system of "violence." But is not law the reverse of violence? The nature of law is not altered by human imperfections in its application.

Face and Physique, by R. Dimsdale Stocker, same publisher as above. The fifty-nine pages of this book are full of interest for the student of physiognomy. It is profusely illustrated.

Mind-Power and How to Get It, by K. T. Anderson, published by L. N. Fowler and Co., Ludgate Circus, London, is a little brochure on the development of strength of mind. There are some good observations on the overcoming of worry.

Modern Philosophers and The "Per Quem," by George Edward Tarner, published by Elliott Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, London, E.C. The author of this work attacks modern philosophic ideas, regarding them as incompatible with New Testament doctrine.

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