1872 The American Dispensatory
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Early Edition, Original Binding, Very Scarce
In a contemporary calf binding. Scarce in any edition, this work is an alphabetical list of the herbs used in American medical practice, with a description and history. The second part of this work comprises of instructions at to applying the medicines, collecting and preserving plants, weights and measures, and the act of dispensing the medicines. King even refers to 'idlers or loungers' who are often seen in pharmacies 'who from their continual staring at lady-customers as well as their tobacco-spitting and smoking, drive the respectable portion of assistants or clerks, who without intending offence frequently offend very seriously.' The medicines discussed to this work has a strong focus on the branch of Eclectic Medicine, of which John King was a major practitioner. Eclectic medicine was a branch of American medicine which made use of botanical remedies and physical therapy practices. It gained popularity during the second half of the nineteenth century. Contantine Samuel Rafinesque coined the term and used the term 'Eclectic' to regard physicians who employed techniques that were beneficial to their patients. The movement expanded in the 1840s as a part of a populist anti-regular medical movement in North America. Prior owner's inscription to the recto of front endpaper, Late James Platt Arundel Street, Mossley. Arundel Street in Mossley is noted for having Tameside's first Co-op in 1856. There is a Blue Plaque to commemorate this. Stamp of one R Rhodes, Medical Botanist Stamford St to the front endpaper. With one page of publisher's adverts to the rear. Complete in one volume, with an index detailing the plants and herbs from A-Z. A very scarce piece of American medical history.
In a full contemporary calf binding. Externally, generally smart with just a few spots to boards. Light shelfwear to the extremities and to the spine labels. Prior owner's inscription to the recto of front endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright, with just the odd spots.
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