Cambridge: John Bartlett, 1852. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good. First Edition. xii, 264 pages. 8vo. Publishers cloth gilt. Minor chipping to the spine panel top and bottom, minor wear to the extremities otherwise. Binding sound. Previous owner bookplate on front flyleaf. Light browning throughout, occasional foxing. Cloth. Peirce is noted as the translator of Stockhardt's Principles of Chemistry as well as Examiner of Medicines, Etc for the Port of Boston. The preface notes that an act of Congress required the establishment of _examiners_ at each of the principal ports of the country whose task was to check imported medicines and "to reject such as were found to be unfit for medicinal purposes, or succh as were not duly labelled, when so required."His goal with this book was to offer his methods of testing the purity and adulterations of medicines, drugs, chemicals and some articles of food. Peirce praises the good that the legislation and resulting actions have already had on the quality of medicines in the country.The headlines in today's news are much the same, with lead in many items imported from China, supplements whose labels don't match their contents, and other such on a nearly weekly basis. Here-in can be found the first salvo of the "good fight" to keep our imports clean and useful - albeit in 1852!!! (Inventory #: 25601)
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