AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE CLIMATES AND DISEASES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

By: CURRIE, WILLIAM

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Book Condition: Very Good


Philadelphia: T. Dobson, at the Stone-House, No. 41, South Second-Street, 1792. 8vo (7 7/8” x 5 1/8”). pp. 409 + v (index). Speckled calf, rebacked with the original spine label preserved.

Considered the first comprehensive study on climatology and epidemiology in America, Currie's Historical Account of the Climates and Diseases of the United States of America preceded Noah Webster’s A brief history of epidemic and pestilential diseases by seven years, and as such is of great practical and historical value.

Following Currie's tenure as a surgeon traveling with the Continental Army (1776 to 1783), and time spent in Philadelphia during yellow fever outbreaks, he was prompted to write the book to ease the work of medical practitioners in the young United States by establishing a set of practice guidelines targeted to climate and diseases prevalent in the new world. In this work, Currie presents an account of the medical topography that includes the soil, climate, and epidemics of each of the thirteen states and a description of the most effective treatments for those diseases that were, in his opinion dependent upon location and climate.

Considering Dr. Currie's devotion to the patriot cause during the revolution, it is not surpassing that he ends his dissertation with a patriotic flourish: "...here the dignity of the human species is restored, and man enjoys all the freedom to which he is entitled; for here he is a member of the government he obeys, and a framer of the laws by which he is governed”.

A very good rebacked copy retaining the original endpapers; contemporary and later ownership marks on the title page and on the front paste-down; isolated instances of scattered foxing; offsetting on the eps.

Evans, 24239; ESTC, W20440; NLM - Early American Medical Imprints, 600.

Title: AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE CLIMATES AND DISEASES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Author Name: CURRIE, WILLIAM

Categories: Americana, Medical History, Medical climatology,

Edition: First

Publisher: Philadelphia, T. Dobson, at the Stone-House, No. 41, South Second-Street: 1792

Binding: Speckled Calf

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Size: 8vo (7 7/8” x 5 1/8”)

Seller ID: 2809

Keywords: Climate Disease Americana Medical History