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Observations on Jail, Hospital, or Ship Fever, From the 4th April, 1776, until the 30th April, 1789, made in various parts of Europe and America, and on the Intermediate Seas
London: Printed for the author and sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1789. New Edition. Hardcover. Good. xx, 494 p. 22 cm. 4 fold-out charts of recorded illnesses on board ships. Full leather. Corners worn, spine tail chipped, cracks in spine leather. Older label on front pastedown. Foxing. Dr. Robert Robertson (1741/2-1829) spent over 30 years as ship surgeon on various vessels, keeping meticulous records about the kinds of illnesses affecting seamen. He was the first to alert the Admiralty to the efficacy of Peruvian bark in both the cure of acute fevers as well as a preventive medicine in the tropics. He also warned of the dangers of bloodletting in treating tropical fevers. Altogerther, he wrote 13 books devoted to fevers, outlining his theories of infection and treatment.
Bookseller: Attic Books (ABAC, ILAB) [London, ON, Canada]

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