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Hunter, John
A Treatise on the Venereal Disease. First Edition 1786
Eyre & Spottiswoode for HMSO, London, 1786. Progress of knowledge and treatment of venereal diseases received a setback with the publication of Hunter's treatise, which supported the old theory, current since the sixteenth century, that syphilis and gonorrhea were manifestations of the same venereal pathogen. Hunter's erroneous conclusion was based upon an experiment designed to test this theory, in which an unknown subject was inoculated with infectious matter taken from a gonorrheal patient, who, unbeknownst to Hunter, had also contracted syphilis. When the subject developed syphilitic symptoms, Hunter interpreted this result as validation of the theory, as eighteenth-century medical doctrine did not recognize the possibility of mixed infection. Garrison-Morton 2377; Heirs of Hippocrates 969; Norman 1117; Osler 1227; Robb-Smith, "John Hunter's private press," J. hist. med & allied sciences 25 (1970), pp. 262-269. Waller 4998; Wellcome III, p.317. Original first edition published privately by Hunter.(12)+398p+ 7 plates as called for and index. In contemporary full calf, rebacked not recently with red spine label and gilt ruling. Pages clean wihout foxing, marks or ownership evidence apart from a linear brown mark pages153-161 and two light pencil annotations pages 392-3 The plates do have light foxing and some offsetting. Gutters cracked superficially but binding absolutely sound. Hs the tiny (13mm diameter) stamp from the library of the late Hugh Selbourne MD (1906-1973) a noted book collector and diarist on the verso of he title page, See scans and email for more includi … [Click Below for Full Description]
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