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A TREATISE CONCERNING THE INFLUENCE OF THE SUN AND MOON UPON HUMAN BODIES, and the Diseases thereby produced. By Richard Mead, Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians at London and Edinburgh, and of the Royal Society, and Physician to His Majesty. Translated from the Latin, under the Author's Inspection, By Thomas Stack, M. D. F .R. S.
Printed for J. Brindley, Bookseller to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, in New Bond-street, London. 1748 - 8vo. 5.5 x 8.25 inches. xxiii + [iii] + 130 pp. The contents leaf (signed *c) intended to be bound after signature C was printed as S4. Illustrated by head and tailpiece vignettes and a printer's fleuron. Bound in original calf; spine divided into compartments by raised bands and gilt rules with morocco label, gilt. Extremities worn, hinges cracking at head and tail of spine. Clean crisp interior and in all a fine copy. Inscriptions of George Augustus Middleton, St Johns Cambridge on front paste-down and at top of title. An attempt to discover the medical effect of the moon and other natural phenomena such as eclipses, storms and the tides on the human body The author cites many authorities from the classical authors onwards but the work is largely animated by the spirit of modern scientific enquiry, including reference to the theories of Edmond Halley and Isaac Newton. The physical phenomena discussed by Dr Mead range from large scale epidemics to case studies of individual symptoms, found to vary in response to the phases of the moon or marked changes in barometric pressure: 'Here Mead joined Hippocratic climatic theory with Newton's theory of the tides, claiming that a tidal flux of the air caused many ailments. This Capt has variously been termed the last gasp of astrological medicine and one of the first works of Newtonian medicine' (DNB). Richard Mead (1673-1754) came from a dissenting family, which spent some time in exile in the Netherlands. He attended the Universities of Utrecht and Leiden, where he studied medicine, although he received his MD from the University of Padua. in 1695. He set up a medical practice in Stepney in 1696 after his return to England. He soon joined the Church of England and moved to the city of London after taking up the post of physician to St Thomas Hospital, and later continued to move west to increasingly lucrative medical practices. He received a DM degree from Oxford, was admitted to the Royal Society and the Royal College of Physicians and appointed physician to George II. Later in his career Mead gained a reputation as a collector, amassing one of the largest library collections of his time, of over 10,000 volumes. His first book was on the subject of poisons in 1702 and he subsequently published on the plague, pestilence, smallpox, fevers and scurvy and other medical subjects. The Sun and Moon appeared in Latin as the De imperio solis ac lunae in corpora humana et morbis inde oriundis in 1704, with the first English edition in 1712. This 1748 and last separate edition of the Sun and Moon to appear in the author's lifetime, bears the inscription of George Augustus Middleton (1791-1848) who acquired it on his admission to St Johns College, Cambridge in 1809. He left without taking a degree but later received a Lambeth MA, and after ordination sailed to New South Wales. He spent the rest of his career as a colonial chaplain, serving principally in the Newcastle area. A fine copy of this work by a distinguished eighteenth century physician, later owned by an Australian colonial chaplain. NATURAL HISTORY/SCIENCE MEDICINE NATURAL HISTORY MEDICINE 18TH CENTURY AUSTRALIA NATURAL HISTORY/SCIENCE
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