Life and Health

Communications Research Machines published Life and Health in 1972. I started to collect CRM's intentionally or unintentionally psychedelic publications after finding a copy of Biology Today in a bookstore's discard pile. Other early-seventies gems I plan to feature include Psychology Today and Developmental Psychology Today. (If searching for your own copies, pay attention to the dates as apparently subsequent editions are toned down.) For a fuller picture of Life and Health, see my previous posts featuring the surreal paintings of Phil Kirkland and the diagrams of Tom Lewis.

The main illustrators were Karl Nicholason and Diane McDermott, with important (for me at least) contributions by Phil Kirkland, Paul Slick, Terry Lamb, Michelle Burchard, and Masami Teraoka. Richard Oden, one of my favorite Biology Today illustrators, didn't contribute to this book. Tom Suzuki was CRM Book's overall design director; Leon Bolognese was Art Director for Life & Health.

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Cover design by Tom Lewis. Body painting by Karl Nicholason.

Preface by publisher John H. Painter:

Imagine yourself as a cave dweller whose energies are confined to collecting firewood and stalking wild animals whose bodies provide food and clothing. Your life, if you are successful in your daily tasks, allows you approximately twenty years filled with the burden of mere survival.

As a resident of fourteenth-century England, while your daily existence is less fraught with the endless search for food and fuel, you hear the village bell toll again and again, marking yet another victim of the dreaded Black Death. Your life will probably end before you are fifty.

As an American in the 1970s, you no longer face the daily need for time-consuming food gathering or dread the devastating plague; the satisfaction of your basic needs is taken for granted. Through the centuries man's foes have slowly evolved from being obvious external ones to predominantly self-inflicted ones: degenerative diseases such as atherosclerosis and emphysema; aggravating, sometimes fatal pollutants; ignorant abuse of dangerous drugs; and tremendous psychological pressures that arise out of societal and personal demands.

In a setting that overflows with phenomenal scientific advances, each man's life (and most of us can expect to live to at least seventy) is no longer a conscious quest for sheer physical survival but is focused on achieving increasingly higher degrees of well-being. But all the knowledge science has to offer is of little value in and of itself—it must be comprehended, evaluated, and applied. It is therefore the goal of this book, Life and Health, to help you determine your personal needs and values in the light of current thought in the areas of mental and emotional health, the potentials and limitations of drugs, the functioning of the human body, disease facts and theories, nutrition, ecology, and trends and techniques in current medical practice.

Life and Health is not just a book for the classroom (an endless list of dos and don'ts); it is current thought and information to be applied to individual daily lives. The purpose of this book, then, is not to suggest a list of solutions to health problems but to isolate some of the most perplexing questions and provide opinions, data, and facts that help in investigating those questions. If you want to rise above the level of the barely subsisting caveman or the disease-fearing medieval Englishman, if you are to thrive, to achieve your own personal goals, you must see yourself as having a life that you, rather than external forces, can direct and control.

Michelle Burchard

Figure 21.9 Environmental elements, such as population density, air pollution, and sanitation, are all factors that can lead to disease.

Karl Nicholason

Chapter title page: Systemic Diseases


Paul Slick

Figure 19.3 The functioning of the eye in many ways can be compared to that of a camera.

Paul Slick

Chapter title page: The Eyes and Ears


Masami Teraoka

Chapter title page: Human Sexuality

Dianne McDermott

Figure 26.1 Man's manipulation of his environment through such activities as land development has resulted in unbalance in many ecosystems.


Karl Nicholason

Chapter title: The Role of Drugs in the Good Life

Paul Slick

Chapter title page: Alcohol Abuse

The amazing arms of alcoholics

Karl Nicholason

Figure 6.5 Whether or not a person will use or abuse drugs is determined by a combination of psychological, sociological, and pharmacological (physiological) factors that vary from individual to individual.

Karl Nicholason

Chapter title page: Drugs in Perspective

Susan Anson

Figure 6.4 With habituation, denial of the drug causes the person to be irritable and nervous. As on develops tolerance to a drug, he finds that he must take larger and larger doses to achieve the desired effect. Tolerance can occur with either habituation or addiction. With addiction, denial of the drug results in a withdrawal illness.

Karl Nicholason

Figure 8.4 The psychological factors involved in the effect, use, and abuse of alcohol may include prior experience, family background, motivation, and customs and belief.

Karl Nicholason

Figure 22.5 When the skin is punctured, the alert goes out to the immune system, which reacts by sending large clumps of white blood cells to the injured area. The cells ingest the foreign material. Due to the large concentration of these cells, the injured area usually is swollen and painful from added pressure on surrounding nerves.

Karl Nicholason

Figure 6.3 Drugs and the law.

Karl Nicholason

Chapter title page: Infectious Diseases

Nude marathons!


Fig. 12. 3 Homosexuality has always been part of human existence. Although there seems to be a gradually increasing acceptance of the homosexual life style, there is still great pressure exerted on any individual who deviates from "the norm." This pressure is imposed in the form of job discrimination, legal restrictions, and social ostracism."

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Fig 28.12 The elaborate machinery pictured here typifies the facade of technological complexity displayed by quacks to their "victims."

This section begins, "A 'quack' is a pretender to medical skill, a medical charlatan. 'Quackery' is the practice of medicine by such a pretender."

The fairy godmother of Steampunk?

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