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Evils of quarantine laws, and non-existence of pestilential contagion: deduced from the phaenomena of the plague of the Levant, the yellow fever of Spain, and the cholera morbus of Asia.
London: T. and G. Underwood; Callow and Wilson &c. &c 1824 - 8vo., xxxii + 444pp., wanting the half-title, well bound in relatively recent half calf over cloth boards with the original gilt leather backstrip reused, marbled edges. A very good copy. First edition. Wellcome IV p.15. Charles Maclean (ca. 1765 - ca. 1825), a widely travelled physician (Spain, Turkey, India, the Levant), was for some years lecturer on the diseases of hot climates to the East India Company. He evidently became something of an expert on communicable ('pestilential') diseases and their prevention. Among his publications were On the state of vaccination in 1810> (1810), The results of an investigation respecting epidemic and pestilential diseases> (1817), Suggestions for the prevention and mitigation of epidemic and pestilential diseases> (1817), and Remarks on the British quarantine laws> (1823). He was evidently highly sceptical of the quarantine laws on the basis of his own research which suggested that epidemic diseases were not contagious and therefore that 'the quarantine measures then imposed routinely in most Mediterranean ports against vessels sailing from the Levant had no basis in medical fact'. [Mark Harrison in ODNB]. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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