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SCARCE 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN HOME HEALTH GUIDE ATTRIBUTED TO PROMINENT ANATOMIST. 9 inches tall hardcover, brown cloth boards, blindstamped design to covers and spine, viii, 630 pages. Superficial wear and spotting to covers, corners bumped, spine ends frayed, pencil inscription front free endpaper: 'Allen Harrington's Book, Aug the 13th/'57,' ink signature second endpaper: 'A. Harrington, Richmond, Va, August 12th 1858,' recent pencil owner's signature front paste-down. One leaf of publisher's advertisements at back. Text unmarked and very good. PREFACE: ' The present work has not been written with a view of encouraging domestic quackery. To treat properly and success- fully the various accidents and diseases to which the human body is. liable, requires a degree of skill which can only be obtained by years of study, and an entire devotion of the mind to the practice of the healing art. This is the province solely of the regular-bred and scientific physician; to prOcure as speedily as possible the services of whom, upon even the slightest attack of disease, is always the wisest and safest course to pursue.' TABLE OF CONTENTS: ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY; HYGIENE, OR THE MEANS OF PRESERVING HEALTH; MATERIA MEDICA, OR THE REMEDIES EMPLOYED FOR THE CURE OF DISEASES. SURGICAL DISEASES AND ACCIDENTS; DISEASES, THEIR SYMPTOMS, CAUSES AND TREATMENT; PREGNANCY AND PARTURITION, WITH THE DISEASES AND ACCIDENTS OF THOSE STATES; THE USES AND DOSES OF MEDICINES. The Family Doctor begins with an extensive description of human anatomy and physiology, proceeds to a discussion of hygiene, including the management of infants and children, then to the management of specific disorders in children and adults. It is one of the earliest American medical books to specially address the diseases of women and children as well as pregnancy and childbirth. The book is attributed to the Philadelphia physician WILLIAM EDMONDS HORNER (1793-1853), who received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1814. He was professor of anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania, and amassed thousands of specimens for the anatomy museum, which became the Wistar Institute of Anatomy in Philadelphia. Horner was the founder of St. Joseph's Hospital (1841), and author of Treatise on Pathological Anatomy, the first American pathology textbook.
Title: The Family Doctor, or the Home Book of Health and Medicine: a Popular Treatise on the means of Avoiding and Curing Diseases, and of preserving the Health and Vigour of the Body to the Latest Period; including an account of the Nature and Properties of Remedies; the treatment of the Diseases of Women and Children, and the emanagement of Pregnancy and Parturition by a Physician of Philadelphia
Edition: Reprint [originally published as The Home Book of Health and Medicine, 1834]
Publisher: New York and Auburn, Miller, Orton & Mulligan: 1856
Item: 1.00 lbs
Seller ID: 21