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Rush, Benjamin
MEDICAL INQUIRIES AND OBSERVATIONS [with] APPENDIX: CONTAINING, THE NEW METHOD OF INOCULATING FOR SMALL-POX [Second Edition with Additions].
Prichard & Hall, Philadelphia, 1789. Octavo. 206, [2 blank], 39 pp. First Edition with a Second Edition of the Appendix as usual. Bound in contemporary calf with morocco title label on the spine. Early moisture exposure to the bottom of the front board. Contemporary owner name of Jacobi T. Hubard on the first blank. Scant marginalia in ink and pencil--two hands one contemporary, the other later; there is a large closed tear in the center of the "Contents" leaf. A fairly nice and solid copy, all in all. This is the first volume of a series of inquires (the second volume was first published in 1793) that would later be published in five volumes. An instrumental figure in the American Enlightenment, Rush was an supporter of the American Revolution, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Surgeon General of the Continental Army and professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Garrison & Morton note, "Rush probably had more influence on American medicine than any other single man." The volume includes chapters on Philadelphia and the 1780 fever as well as the scarlatina anginosa appearance in 1783-4; additional inquiries into cholera, pulmonary consumption, tetanus, small pox and more. Remarkably uncommon first edition of this first volume of Medical Inquiries. Evans 22123; Garrison & Morton 80; Sabin 74208. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Michael Pyron, Bookseller, IOBA [Conshohocken, PA, U.S.A.]
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