BEDDOES, Thomas.

Observations on the nature and cure of calculus, sea scurvy, consumption, catarrh, and fever: together with conjectures upon several other subjects of physiology and pathology.

London: Printed for J. Murray… 1793.1793

8vo, pp. xvi, 278, (2) errata and advertisement. Contemporary half calf, spine gilt with red morocco label. Short (2 cm.) crack at top of upper joint, small wormtrack in upper and lower corners of front endpapers and first dozen leaves, otherwise a nice copy. Bookplate on front pastedown of John Yudkin (1910–1995), professor of nutrition.

FIRST EDITION. The observations on scurvy are made principally from a chemical point of view — Beddoes was an admirer of Lavoisier and Priestley, whose views he promulgates in this book. He considered the lack of oxygen a principal cause of scurvy. This book includes a translation of two memoirs by Girtanner on irritability, and observations on animal electricity, oxygen, etc. See Carpenter, The history of scurvy and vitamin C, pp. 89–90.


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