MEAD, Richard.

Medical precepts and cautions. Translated from the Latin, under the author’s inspection, by Thomas Stack… Second edition.

London: Printed for J. Brindley… 1755.1755

8vo, pp. xvi, 311, (1). Woodcut tailpieces. Contemporary speckled calf, spine richly gilt in compartments, red morocco label, double gilt fillet on sides, a very nice copy. Single tiny wormhole in top and bottom margins, short wormtrack in upper margin of last 5 leaves and endpapers. Small private library stamp on verso of title and one other page.

Second edition in English of the great Richard Mead's last book, a collection of case reports. The chapter On Madness propounds his greatest influence on psychiatry, that insanity was incompatible with other major disease (see Hunter & Macalpine pp. 385–388). It also includes his description of St. Vitus’ Dance or chorea minor (an early description), and of asthma and cataract.


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