1793 EARLY America Domestic Medicine William Buchan Smallpox Surgery Diseases

BUCHAN, William

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William Buchan was a Scottish physician known for his medical treatise ‘Domestic Medicine’, a book which described and provided medical treatments and preventions for peasants. This book was one of the most popular medical texts in Europe in the 18th– and 19th-centuries. The popularity of this book was attributed to the fact that it was the first medical book designed for the poor. To this point, medical books were designed for teaching or not thorough enough to provide help. This book offers cures and preventative techniques for smallpox, importance of bloodletting, recommendations on hygiene, and, more controversial, that immorality directly caused poor health and illness!

 

According to ‘Heirs of Hippocrates’,

“Buchan gives simple and easily followed advice in this book and deals at considerable length with various matters that may affect the health, such as diet, ventilation, sleep, cleanliness, and infection. The greater part of the treatise is taken up with a description of the causes, management, and treatment of diseases, such as fevers, pneumonia, smallpox, whooping cough, and colic. His remarks are of lasting value and give valuable insight into the relationship between social conditions and disease in the 18th-century.”

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1793 EARLY America Domestic Medicine William Buchan Smallpox Surgery Diseases

 

William Buchan was a Scottish physician known for his medical treatise ‘Domestic Medicine’, a book which described and provided medical treatments and preventions for peasants. This book was one of the most popular medical texts in Europe in the 18th– and 19th-centuries. The popularity of this book was attributed to the fact that it was the first medical book designed for the poor. To this point, medical books were designed for teaching or not thorough enough to provide help. This book offers cures and preventative techniques for smallpox, importance of bloodletting, recommendations on hygiene, and, more controversial, that immorality directly caused poor health and illness!

 

According to ‘Heirs of Hippocrates’,

“Buchan gives simple and easily followed advice in this book and deals at considerable length with various matters that may affect the health, such as diet, ventilation, sleep, cleanliness, and infection. The greater part of the treatise is taken up with a description of the causes, management, and treatment of diseases, such as fevers, pneumonia, smallpox, whooping cough, and colic. His remarks are of lasting value and give valuable insight into the relationship between social conditions and disease in the 18th-century.”

 

Item number: #24379

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BUCHAN, William

 

Domestic medicine, or, The family physician : being an attempt to render the medical art more generally useful, by shewing people what is in their own power both with respect to the prevention and cure of diseases

 

Boston: printed by Joseph Bumstead for James White, and Ebenezer Larkin, 1793.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • xx, 484, [40]
  • References: HoH 625; Cushing B 826; Wellcome II, 261; ESTC T117611
  • Provenance: Bookplate – James Everett Walker
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Leather; secure
  • Size: ~8.5in X 5.25in (21cm x 13.5cm)

 

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24379

Category

Medicine & Science

Authors

BUCHAN, William

Printing Date

18th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete