The Human Betterment Course: Personal Lessons in Body and Brain Building for Health and Efficiency:... The Human Betterment Course: Personal Lessons in Body and Brain Building for Health and Efficiency:... The Human Betterment Course: Personal Lessons in Body and Brain Building for Health and Efficiency:...

The Human Betterment Course: Personal Lessons in Body and Brain Building for Health and Efficiency

Brennan, John

Published by Bureau of Human Betterment Inc., New York, 1919
Condition: Good Soft cover
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This is a very scarce item which I have been researching on and off for months. It's a nine lesson course written by the former editor of Popular Culture magazine in which he wrote articles about birth control when it was highly controversial. That topic and the title of this course in body building brought up the dark story of E. S. Gosney and his The Human Betterment Foundation located in Pasadena, California in 1928. Gosney's goal seemed to envision America and apple pie, but it was really all about eugenics and the involuntary sterilizations of Californians considered lacking by the standard of the Gosney's organization. Gosney also was linked with Nazi Germany. However, iIf there is a conenction between these two entities I can't find it. Brennan's course came out in 1919 and Gosney's Foundation began in 1928. The course appears benign - much like Swoboda's - body building, positive thinking and mind over matter. There are nine lessons pesented simply, again just as Swoboda's were. Everything is clean and nice, but I think this was at one time in a portfolio. Both the front cover and foreword have been trimmed down (doesn;t affect text) and there is no back cover. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 27667

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Title: The Human Betterment Course: Personal ...

Publisher: Bureau of Human Betterment Inc., New York

Publication Date: 1919

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Presumed First.

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