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Fisher, John D.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DISTINCT, CONFLUENT, AND INOCULATED SMALL POX, VARILOID DISEASE, COW POX, AND CHICKEN POX
Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1829. iv,[2],73pp., plus thirteen stipple engravings with additional hand-coloring. Large quarto. Original drab paper-covered boards, rebacked in modern brown cloth, new paper spine label, new endpapers. Boards bumped, scuffed, and soiled, edges and corners worn. Minor occasional foxing and thumb-soiling, closed tear in gutter of one leaf. Overall very good. Untrimmed. A rare early American medical work by John Dix Fisher, at the time a fairly recent graduate of the Harvard Medical School. Fisher had just returned from Paris, where he had been studying infectious diseases with various French doctors, and the materials used for the present work were collected by Fisher during his time overseas. It is a landmark work in American medicine for its confirmation that small pox and chicken pox are indeed separate diseases. The prominent feature of the work are the thirteen stipple-engraved plates featuring the "moderate severity" of the effects of the various diseases covered in the book. The plates show the effects of small pox on both inoculated and uninoculated patients. Fisher dedicated the work to Dr. James Jackson, an early American advocate of vaccination. According to Fisher's note at the beginning of the text: "The work which I now have the honour to dedicate to you owes its origin to some observations which you had occasion to make during the course of lectures delivered at the Medical College of Harvard University in the winter of 1824-5. You there spoke particularly of the difficulties commonly experienced in distinguishing the variolous f … [Click Below for Full Description]
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