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London: T. Cox, 1729. FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Very interesting engraved printer's device on title. Full calf with simple blind stamped design and double gilt rules, somewhat worn; interior very clean and crisp, with only the occasional stain. Library stamp on paste-down, title, and final page. With the bookplate of Arnold Thackray, now loose. First edition in English of the first text on menstruation which appeared during the eighteenth century. This was the author's first book, originally published in Latin in 1703. Freind believed menstruation resulted from a plethora of the body, and because of erect posture the blood escaped via the uterus and vagina. Though his views on menstruation were not very popular, he provided some significant medical insight into the subject, such as proving by a calculation that the amount of blood passing through the umbilical cord would be sufficient for the needs of an embryo. Freind (1675-1728) was the first English medical historian. He was committed to the Tower, where he plotted in detail his History of Physick (1725-26), still considered a classic.
      [Bookseller: B & L Rootenberg Rare Books & Manuscript]
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