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On the Geographical Distribution of Some Tropical Diseases, and their Relation to Physical Phenomena.
Edinburgh & London: Young J. Pentland, 1889 - Octavo. Original green cloth, gilt lettered spine, drab green endpapers. Spine rolled, spine and periphery of back cover sunned, back inner hinge split but sound, boards a little splayed. 16 coloured folding maps showing the distribution of tropical diseases across the globe. First edition, scarce. Robert William Felkin ()1853-1926) was a medical missionary, a prolific author on Uganda and Central Africa, an early anthropologist with an interest in ethnomedicine and tropical diseases, and a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. "An interesting example [of the use of medical maps] is by R. W. Felkin, lecturer on the diseases of the tropics and climatology in Edinburgh. His book On the Geographical Distribution of Some Tropical Diseases, and their Relation to Physical Phenomena (1889) is unusual in that, following the logic of the medicine of hot climates, it dispenses with diseases in temperate areas altogether, in order to focus entirely on mapping some of the major diseases considered tropical, something that Felkin claimed no other maps had done. Felkin's short book on medical climatology is also useful in giving us a snapshot of the diseases defining the 'medicine of hot climates' in the 1880s, before 'tropical medicine' emerged as an institutional discipline" (Nancy Leys Stepan, Picturing Tropical Nature, 2001, pp. 162-63).
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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