MONRO, Donald.

An Essay on the Dropsy and its different species. The second edition.

London: Printed for D. Wilson, and T. Durham... .1756

12mo, pp. (xii), 216. Contemporary half vellum. Two tears without loss in upper corner of F5, otherwise a very fine copy.

Second edition in English of Monro’s doctoral thesis De hydrope (1753). Monro was “probably the first person to suggest that some cases of dropsy were due to disease of a heart valve” (Comrie, History of Scottish Medicine). The book deals with dropsy of every part of the body, and classifies it as diffuse or encysted. Bedford catalogue 765 (the third edition of 1765, the first book listed under the heading “Early Works on Dropsy and Hydrothorax”).


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