Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the religion of biologic living
Doctor John Harvey Kellogg and the religion of biologic living

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    • Publication Date:
      2014
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    • Abstract:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-232) and index
      'While the tradition of purveyors of alternative or spiritualized medicine stretches back to the colonial period, few have achieved the superstar status of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his Battle Creek Sanitarium. In its hey-day, the 'San' was a combination spa and Mayo Clinic. Founded in 1866 under the auspices of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and presided over by the charismatic leadership of Kellogg, it catered to many well-heeled health seekers including Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, and Presidents Taft and Harding. It also supported a hospital, research facilities, a medical school, a nursing school, several health food companies, and a publishing house dedicated to producing materials on health and wellness. Rather than focusing on Kellogg as the eccentric creator of corn flakes or a megalomaniacal quack, Brian C. Wilson takes his role as a theological innovator seriously and places his religion of 'Biologic Living' in an on-going tradition of sacred health and wellness. Wilson traces the development of this theology of physiology from its roots in antebellum health reform and Seventh-day Adventism to its ultimate accommodation of genetics and eugenics in the Progressive Era 'Purveyors of spiritualized medicine have been legion in American religious history, but few have achieved the superstar status of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his Battle Creek Sanitarium. In its heyday, the 'San' was a combination spa and Mayo Clinic. Founded in 1866 under the auspices of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and presided over by the charismatic Dr. Kellogg, it catered to many well-heeled health seekers including Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, and Presidents Taft and Harding. It also supported a hospital, research facilities, a medical school, a nursing school, several health food companies, and a publishing house dedicated to producing materials on health and wellness. Rather than focusing on Kellogg as the eccentric creator of corn flakes or a megalomaniacal qu
    • Accession Number:
      OCoLC: 898929547
    • ISBN:
      978-0-253-01447-4
      0-253-01447-6
    • Accession Number:
      edsbvb.BV042206055
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      WILSON, B. C. . V. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the religion of biologic living. [S. l.: s. n.]. ISBN 978-0-253-01447-4. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsbvb&AN=edsbvb.BV042206055. Acesso em: 9 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Wilson BC. V. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the Religion of Biologic Living.; 2014. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsbvb&AN=edsbvb.BV042206055. Accessed December 9, 2019.
    • APA:
      Wilson, B. C. . V. (2014). Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the religion of biologic living. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsbvb&AN=edsbvb.BV042206055
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Wilson, Brian C., Verfasser. 2014. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the Religion of Biologic Living. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsbvb&AN=edsbvb.BV042206055.
    • Harvard:
      Wilson, B. C. . V. (2014) Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the religion of biologic living. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsbvb&AN=edsbvb.BV042206055 (Accessed: 9 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Wilson, BC. V 2014, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the religion of biologic living, viewed 9 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Wilson, Brian C. ..Verfasser. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the Religion of Biologic Living. 2014. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsbvb&AN=edsbvb.BV042206055.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Wilson, Brian C., Verfasser. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the Religion of Biologic Living, 2014. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsbvb&AN=edsbvb.BV042206055.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Wilson BC. V. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the religion of biologic living [Internet]. 2014 [cited 2019 Dec 9]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsbvb&AN=edsbvb.BV042206055

Reviews

LJ Reviews 2014 September #1

It can't be denied that John Harvey Kellogg (1852–1943) had diverse interests. However, readers seeking a history of Corn Flakes will be disappointed as this new biography focuses on his religion and personal system of belief, "biologic living." For Kellogg, religion and medicine were intricately entwined, and Wilson (comparative religion, Western Michigan Univ.; Yankees in Michigan) does an admirable job of portraying how the doctor's beliefs shifted and adapted over time. This groundwork, laid out chronologically by chapter, makes it easier to digest Kellogg's support for eugenics in his last years. Wilson presents the facts, noting when he must speculate on motivations, and includes extensive notes. This work contextualizes the Battle Creek Sanitarium and Kellogg within the larger worlds of sectarian religious history, particularly Seventh Day Adventism and 19th-century health reform. VERDICT Casual readers may get bogged down in the theological minutia of the various thinkers who influenced Kellogg, and general scholars will demand a more complete picture of his life. Readers with a keen interest in religious history, particularly as it relates to health care, will enjoy this biography the most.—Cate Hirschbiel, Iwasaki Lib., Emerson Coll., Boston

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