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1817 MEDICAL MANUAL BY SURGEON OF REVOLUTIONARY WAR--A WINDOW INTO EARLY AMERICAN MEDICINE. 8 3/4 inches tall hardcover, v, 744 pages, full leather binding with gilt red leather label to spine. Covers and corners worn, joints tender, top of spine chipped, free endpapers lacking, spotting throughout text, ink signatures on front paste-down and title page, and prescription for 'dyspepsia with irritable stomach' on rear paste-down. JAMES THACHER (1754 - 1844) was an American physician and writer, born in Barnstable, Mass. From 1775 to 1783 he was a surgeon in the Revolution, in the Massachusetts 16th Regiment. Afterward, he practiced in Plymouth, Mass. until his death. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1803. Thacher was stationed at West Point in 1780 and supported the execution by George Washington of the British spy John Andr?. He was also author of A Military Journal During the American Revolutionary War, From 1775 to 1783, and American medical biography, or, Memoirs of eminent physicians who have flourished in America to which is prefixed a succinct history of medical science in the United States from the first settlement of the country. The book begins with 'HISTORICAL SKETCH OF MEDICAL SCIENCE, AND THE SOURCES AND MEANS OF MEDICAL INSTRUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES,' including New England states, Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland. The book ends with an Appendix of remedies, including leeches, cupping, mineral waters, directions for collecting and preserving medicinal vegetables, arachne (spider web!), and Goulard's extract of lead. The section on intemperance includes a list of beverages alongside a thermometer with a scale from -70 to +70 and from 'Gin, Brandy, and Rum in the morning' to Water. This is followed by 'Of the character, qualifications, and duties of a physician', of the diseases of children, the history of vaccination, of the hypochondriac disease, of diseases of pregnancy, and of persons apparently drowned.
Title: American Medical Practice; or, a simple method of Prevention and Cure of Diseases, according to the Latest Improvements and Discoveries, Comprising a Practical System Adapted to the Use of Medical Practitioners of the United States. To which is added an Appendix, containing an account of many domestic remedies recently introduced into practice, and some approved formulae applicable to the diseases of our climate
Edition: First edition
Publisher: Boston, Ezra Read: 1817
Item: 1.00 lbs
Seller ID: 204