The Family Physician and Guide to Health, in Three Parts: Part I. Contains the Theory and Practise of Physic. Part II. Diseases of Women and Children, and the Botanic Practice. Part III. Dispensatory, Anatomy, and the Practice of Surgery; together with The History, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of the Asiatic Cholera: A Glossary explaining the most difficult words that occur in medical science, and a copious Index; to which is added an Appendix.

By: Whitney, Daniel H.

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First edition. Boards rubbed with some loss of gilt on spine, ink name on front endpaper, moderately foxed throughout with a few minor stains. 1833 Full-Leather. vi, 599 pp. 8vo. Original full calf, gilt titles & rules. Hoolihan 3768: This first edition of Whitney's Family physician was published at Penn-Yan, Yates Co., N.Y., a village southeast of Rochester at the head of Keuka Lake, incorporated the year this book was published. The details of Whitney's medical education are unknown, but [he was] obviously trained as an allopath as he does not hesitate to recommend 'bleeding, puking and purging' - a therapeutic triad generally eschewed by alternative practitioners of his generation. Whitney acknowledges the favorable place that botanic medicine occupied in the public consciousness by providing a section on the 'reformed' practice in which he provides vegetable remedies for many of the disorders discussed in part I and a 'Dispensatory of American botanic remedies.' His chapter on cholera is a timely response to that disease's appearance in the northeast and along the Erie Canal the year before, and demonstrates a familiarity with the medical literature on the subject. His discussion of anatomy and physiology logically precedes the surgical section, but also represents an early contribution to a genre of popular health reform literature that would mature in the 1840s. It is illustrated with four of the book's five rather crudely executed wood-engravings. The lengthy section on domestic surgery provides directions for the treatment of a wide variety of disorders, from carbuncles, to burns, cancers, ruptures, head injuries, dislocations, etc.

Title: The Family Physician and Guide to Health, in Three Parts: Part I. Contains the Theory and Practise of Physic. Part II. Diseases of Women and Children, and the Botanic Practice. Part III. Dispensatory, Anatomy, and the Practice of Surgery; together with The History, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of the Asiatic Cholera: A Glossary explaining the most difficult words that occur in medical science, and a copious Index; to which is added an Appendix.

Author: Whitney, Daniel H.

Categories: 19th Century and Earlier,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: H. Gilbert: 1833

Binding: Full-Leather

Book Condition: Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Seller ID: 1999862

Keywords: MEDICAL DOMESTIC MEDICINE FAMILY PHYSICIAN HEALTH AMERICAN POPULAR REMEDIES,