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Henry Clay Lewis (1825-1850)
1843 1ST ED ODD LEAVES FROM THE LIFE OF A LOUISIANA "SWAMP DOCTOR" ILLUSTRATED
Philadelphia: T. B. Peterson and Brothers, 1843. "Not none of the least difficult problems, in the practice of medicine, is the distinguishing between cases of real disease, and those that are feigned. It is a great stumbling block in the path of young practitioners, and even the old members of the fraternity find a few chips of it in their way occasionally. To such a degree may the art of dissimulation be carried, that nothing but the eye of suspicion and blind presentiment will lead us to detect the imposition. I have known a case of simulated disease, after deceiving some of the first physicians in the South, and withstanding almost every species of treatment, to be cured by an energetic, liberal administration of the ....whip. But this is a remedy that fearful humanity will not allow us to use, and consequently I never resort to it, but use equally as effective, but uninjurious means." [AMERICAN HUMOR & WIT] ODD LEAVES FROM THE LIFE OF A LOUISIANA "SWAMP DOCTOR." Madison Tensas, M. D., pseudonym of Henry Clay Lewis. Philadelphia: T. B. PETERSON AND BROTHERS, 306 CHESTNUT STREET, [CAREY & HART], 1843, but likely 1850. First Edition. 12mo. 5 preliminary leaves, including frontispiece, 21-203 pages, WITH SIX ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY DARLEY. 20th century rebind, bound in red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, exhibibing mild shelfwear; later endpapers; bookplate affixed to upper pastedown: RICHARD DOBSON (Louisiana collector of American Humor); upper hinge starting; some toning at prelim. gutter, couple random spots, light penciling to several pages, else textblock clear and u … [Click Below for Full Description]
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