The Scientific American cyclopedia of formulas: partly based upon the 28th ed. of Scientific American cyclopedia of receipts, notes and queries
Albert Allis Hopkins
Munn & co., inc., 1910 - Health & Fitness - 1077 pages
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A book is like a movie, or possibly a book. It is a treasure to those looking for it, and a waste of time and money to those seeking something else. This is a collection of the best scientific formulas and general purpose formulas available in the US in 1910. It contains the best and most scientific medical information, very dangerous, as we know much more now. Formulas for cleaning and solvents and making foods, many ingredients now no doubt illegal as food additives. Formulas for mixed drinks, wine making, which are good. Methods and comments for raising poultry, treating animal diseases, etc. Possibly of some use. If you just like to know how grandpa did things, it is a fun book. If you want to know how to do things yourself, it should be read with caution. Of particular value are probably the section on beverages, the section on chemical manipulations, the section on agriculture. I would avoid much in the section on first aid, though some would stand the test of time. Read carefully, it is useful for research and looking for old ideas which might provide alternatives to newer methods, but you should know what you are doing.