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SMALL TEXTBOOK FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS AND THE EDUCATED PUBLIC IN COLONIAL AMERICA, SIGNED COPY OF ONE OF THE ORIGINAL SUBSCRIBERS. 6 3/4 inches tall hardcover, leather w paper-covered boards, recent leather spine with gold bands, covers worn, paper label to cover, signed in large ink script on front endpaper: 'Jacob Covert's Book 1808', hand-colored frontis of heart, great vessels and pulmonary vessels with caption in letterpress, 'In wisdom we're Form'd, By Goodness Sustained'. Half title page with wood engraved vignette 'Represents the dawning of life, under the figure of an Infant, resting on a lyre, whose seven strings are emblematical of the seven ages of man, 'whence life must downward tend.' As the concordance of sounds produces harmony, so the harmony of the animal and vital functions, produces concordance, health, and longevity.' The book's owner, Jacob Covert, merchant, is listed as an original subscriber of the book (page 84). CONTENTS (SELECTED): Dawning of Life (a poem); Dedication: RESPECTFULLY ADDRESSED TO OUR Fair Readers; QUALIFICATIONS for a NURSE [wet nurse]; Address to Students in Medicine: GENTLEMEN', I offer these sheets to you as being the basis of lectures of the most eminent anatomists and as containing a brief view of the varied departments of the animal body. ... With sincere wishes for your success and happiness in life, and with sentiments of earnest solicitude for your interest and advancement m our honorable profession, I remain, Gentlement, Your affectionate friend, ISAAC BALL.'; Anatomy (including a table classifying the discipline); Animal Heat; Old Age and Its Diseases; Harvey and circulation of the blood; Diet; 'Drinking intemperately is so ungentlemanly a vice, that it would be an affront to suppose that persons of polished manners could be capable of it; we have enumerated cases and the train of evils that, in time, is certain to attend this practice; we admit one generous glass for digestion, a second for our relations, a third for the President of the United States, a fourth for our country, and if a fifth must be for our enemies.' [Jefferson was President in 1808]. To Our Young Medical Friends [recommendation for souins, a preparation of fermented oatmeal]; Exposition of the manner in which the oxide of mercury operates in the system; Discussion of the importance of oxygen in health]; Bite of a viper; Yellow fever; 'We recommend to public patronage, those young physicians of genius, who are brought forward and supported in their profession by the approbation of those who are judges of their merits. Happy country! where Science, aided by the genius of Liberty, unfolds, and is rapidly diffusing her riches through every part of her widely extended territory! May ' the wilderness and the solitary places be glad, and the desert rejoice and blossom as rose.' Comparative Anatomy: 'MAN, whose intelligence rises superior to every other animal, contemplating the vast scale of beings, elevates his pious reflections, and, in extacy, exclaims, ' Lord how manifold art thou in all thy works, in wisdom hast thou made them all, and by thy goodness they are sustained.' [Darwin was born the year after this was written, and the Origin was written 50 years later]; Glossary; Subscribers' Names (Contains merchants, bankers, brokers, judges, attorneys, counsellors, law students, naval officers, architects, builders, booksellers, teachers, artists, clergy, NY hospital staff, politicians, physicians, surgeons, medical students, druggists). LISTED IN MEDICINE IN THE AMERICAS (National Library of Medicine), a digital library project that makes freely available original works demonstrating the evolution of American medicine from colonial frontier outposts of the 17th century to research hospitals of the 20th century. Drawing on the collections of NLM's History of Medicine Division and including works from the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada, the initial release of Medicine in the Americas encompasses monographs dating from 1610 to 1865.
Title: An Analytical View of the Animal Economy, calculated for the students of medicine as well as private gentlemen; interspersed with many allegories and moral reflections, drawn from the subject, to awaken the mind to an elevated sense of the Great Author of Nature
Edition: First edition
Publisher: New York, Printed for the Author by G. J. Hunt: 1808
Item: 1.00 lbs
Seller ID: 232