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Draining for Profit, and Draining for Health   By: (1833-1898)

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George E. Waring's thought-provoking book explores the concept of "draining" from two unique perspectives: draining for profit and draining for health. In "Draining for Profit," Waring delves into the economic aspects of drainage, highlighting its potential as a lucrative venture. Drawing upon his extensive experience in engineering and city planning, the author elucidates the various ways in which draining can serve as a profitable enterprise.

One of the most compelling aspects of this book is Waring's ability to seamlessly blend practical advice with historical anecdotes. By examining notable examples from around the world, the author demonstrates how draining has been successfully implemented throughout history, contributing to the economic growth of nations. Additionally, Waring explores the diverse techniques employed in drain construction, emphasizing the importance of efficient drainage systems for sustained economic development.

Moreover, Waring provides a comprehensive analysis of the environmental and health benefits of drainage in his second book, "Draining for Health." He argues persuasively for the necessity of proper drainage in combating disease and improving public health. The author's expertise in sanitation engineering shines through as he presents a compelling case for how effective drainage can diminish the spread of waterborne illnesses, making communities safer and healthier.

What sets Waring's work apart is his emphasis on the balance between profit and health. He underscores that the economic benefits from draining must never overshadow the public well-being associated with efficient drainage systems. By striking this delicate equilibrium, Waring reveals a pathway toward sustainable development that benefits both individuals and society.

The readability of Waring's writing style cannot be overlooked. Despite the technical nature of drainage and engineering, the author successfully presents complex concepts in a clear and concise manner. As a result, readers from various backgrounds can engage with the material without feeling overwhelmed or alienated.

While "Draining for Profit, and Draining for Health" is undoubtedly a valuable contribution to the field, it does have a few limitations. Given that the book was written several decades ago, some of the information may be outdated, especially in the rapidly evolving field of engineering. Additionally, the narrow focus on drainage may limit its appeal to readers seeking a more holistic understanding of environmental and health issues.

In conclusion, George E. Waring's "Draining for Profit, and Draining for Health" offers an insightful exploration of the economic, environmental, and health aspects of drainage. By providing historical context, pragmatic advice, and a balanced approach, the author successfully highlights the potential benefits of efficient drainage systems. Despite its age-specific limitations, this book remains a valuable resource for readers interested in understanding the various dimensions of drainage and its far-reaching implications.

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Draining for Profit, and Draining for Health

by George E. Waring

Edition 1, (October 4, 2006)

New York Orange Judd & Company, 245 Broadway.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1867, by ORANGE JUDD & CO.

At the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for this Southern District of New York.

Lovejoy & Son, Electrotypers and Stereotypers. 15 Vandewater street N.Y.

In presenting this book to the public the writer desires to say that, having in view the great importance of thorough work in land draining, and believing it advisable to avoid every thing which might be construed into an approval of half way measures, he has purposely taken the most radical view of the whole subject, and has endeavored to emphasize the necessity for the utmost thoroughness in all draining operations, from the first staking of the lines to the final filling in of the ditches.

That it is sometimes necessary, because of limited means, or limited time, or for other good reasons, to drain partially or imperfectly, or with a view only to temporary results, is freely acknowledged... Continue reading book >>




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