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Remarks on the frequency and fatality of different diseases, particularly on the progressive increase of consumption: with observations on the influence of the seasons on mortality.
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme; and Rees and Curtis, Plymouth. 1808. 8vo., (4) + vii + (1) + 155 + (1)pp., including the half-title, tiny hole in A1 resulting in loss of two letters on verso, the head margins of many leaves rather browned but particularly so at beginning and end, marginal repairs to final two leaves but printed surface not affected, new endpapers, in contemporary marbled boards, now neatly rebacked in sheep, spine lettered in gilt. First edition. Wellcome V, p.468, but surprisingly recording only a photocopy. (And, curiously, recording Woollcombe's first name as the Latin 'Gulielmus'). The author was a Plymouth doctor, employed at the Public Dispensary, and he clearly draws extensively on that local experience in both his statistics and his 'remarks'. But he also acknowledges his indebtedness to Dr. William's Reports on the Diseases in London>, 'a work abounding in useful and accurate information, and enriched with the practical observations of a discriminating and enlightened mind'. Woollcombe's data in the first instance are derived from the cases of patients admitted at the Plymouth Public Dispensary, from Nov.13, 1798, to Aug.31, 1805. But in the latter part of the book he widens his study, not only with numerous references to such experts as Heberden, Beddoes and Willan, but also with data from other hospitals and dispensaries.
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