Phrenology in Bristol
Phrenology by Professor G Rudd in 1928 at 31 Lower Arcade, Bristol, England
Vital Temperament. Breathing Power.
VERY LARGE: 7 – Possess and excessive amount of vitality, animal life; can recuperate readily when exhausted, and generate the life principle. Keep both body and mind actively engaged; avoid indolence by a rigid adherence to a low and moderate diet.
LARGE: 6 – Have a great amount of vital power; can sustain great trials that exhaust vital energy. Are well adapted to an active, stirring pursuit. Occasional fasting, rather than feasting, should be practiced.
FULL: 5 – Have a good degree of vital power; can sustain the ordinary labours of the day; but should avoid exhaustion. With care you have enough vitality to carry you through to old age.
AVERAGE: 4 – Have a fair share of life-force, but should endeavour to increase it. Cannot bear much fatigue; have no surplus capital; will require much rest and sleep along with a generous diet.
MODERATE: 3 – Are wanting in strength of the vital functions. Your vitality is positively weak and insufficient for the demands of your nervous system.
SMALL: 2 – Are unable to do anything requiring strength or vitality. Your constitution is deficient to the vital element; you should assiduously make use of all available means to increase your vitality.
VERY SMALL: 1 – Are so defective in vitality that life ebbs quickly to a close.
TO CULTIVATE – Attend more to diet, sleep, exercise, and life-laws. Do no work of an ever-tiring nature, live on a generous diet, create an appetite by gentle exercise in the open air.
TO RESTRAIN – Restrain the appetite, and cultivate the mentality. Use cold sponge baths daily, avoid fats, pastry, and soups, drink cold water instead of fermented or spirituous liquors.
VERY LARGE: 7 – Have the highest degree of power to vitalise the blood, to create animal heat, to run, walk, work, and breathe. Your respiratory organs are admirably developed, and their functions well-nigh perfectly performed.
LARGE: 6 – Are warm-blooded; capable of resisting the cold, and maintaining a uniform vital heat throughout the body. Are adapted to cold latitudes, and could endure great physical exertion.
FULL: 5 – Have a good degree of capacity to create animal heart, but should increase the power of the lungs. If your habits are sedentary, you will need to resort to artificial means to expand the lungs and to keep up the circulation.
AVERAGE: 4 – Are affected by changes in the weather; subject to frequent colds; have not much power to vitalise the blood.
MODERATE: 3 – Are defective in breathing power and capacity to generate heat. You breathe too little to thoroughly vitalise the blood, seldom filling the lungs, and moving the abdominal muscles scarcely at all. You must avoid fatigue in your exercises.
SMALL: 2 – Are very deficient in the development of the respiratory organs, are very liable to colds and coughs, and subject to consumption.
VERY SMALL: 1 – Have scarcely enough lung-powers o sustain life.
TO CULTIVATE – Learn how to breathe and expand the lungs; live in a pure atmosphere night and day, dress loosely, sit erect, breathe deeply, keep out of close rooms where there are many people, and use every means to restore your vital powers generally.