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The Natural, Experimental, and Medicinal History of the Mineral Waters of Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, and Yorkshire, particularly those of Scarborough. . their Uses shewn and explained,.
Printed for the Author, 1734., London: - 4to. [xxiv], xxii, 359 [i.e. 361], [3] pp. [Note: A leaf signed "[Uu]" and numbered "[315]" and "[316]" precedes the normal p. 315]. Half-title, subscriber’s list. 5 engraved plates (including 4 folding [plates: pp. 23, 75, 112, 196, 236 (repaired)]), table of waters, errata; some edge browning. Twentieth century half calf, marbled boards, raised bands, green leather gilt-stamped spine label, recent endleaves; rubbed. Very good copy. First edition . Mineral waters were discovered at Scarborough in 1626. This is one of three texts published in the 1730s that described the virtues of the mineral waters at Scarborough. These included accounts by John Atkins, Peter Shaw and Thomas Short. Short differentiated from the others in that in addition to recommending the mineral waters for a curing “bewildering range of complaints,” he also supported moderation in diet, exercise and liquor. This work by Short was sponsored by the Royal Society and includes a preface addressing the society and Sir Hans Sloane, the president. The text offers the authors view, including why mineral waters are not beneficial to all, the history of mineral waters in Britain, rules for use, differences between waters found at Bath, Buxton, Matlock and Scarborough. Minerals found in the spa are mentioned, as well as shells and even diamonds. The effect of waters on kidney stones and other health benefits are mentioned. Sulphur is frequently referred to. Robert Boyle also wrote on mineral waters and Thomas Short here responds to his position (p. x), being displeased with Boyle’s lack of belief that mineral waters had properties capable of promoting health. In addition Boyle took positions on how to analyze the chemical or mineral content of mineral waters, in particular the oak-gall test. â€" Allen G. Debus, The Chemical Philosophy: Paracelsian Science and Medicine in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, (1977), p. 497. The appendix discusses, liquors (brandy, rum, rack (or Arack, an anise-flavored liquor), malt spirits, mead, methlegin, hydromel), grapes, cider, ale, tea, and wine (birch wine, gooseberry wine, cowslip (Primula veris â€" used to flavor wine), orange wines. raspberry or strawberry wine). Thomas Short, physician, practiced medicine in Sheffield, England. This works deal with mineral waters, tea and milk (1730, 1734, 1750, 1766, and 1767). REFERENCES: ESTC: T130118; Hirsch, V, pp. 251-52; DNB, XVIII, pp. 154-5. FULL TITLE: The Natural, Experimental, and Medicinal History of the Mineral Waters of Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, and Yorkshire, particularly those of Scarborough. Wherein, They are carefully examined and compared, their Contents discovered and divided, their Uses shewn and explained, and an Account given of their Discovery and Alterations. Together with the Natural History of the Earths, Minerals and Fossils through which the Chief of them pass. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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