72 pp. 8vo, modern half-morocco & marbled boards (a little spotted), a.e.g. Bristol: Printed by Bulgin & Rosser; sold by J. Murray et al., . First edition of the first contribution to the study of therapeutic inhalation. Beddoes (1760-1808), published this correspondence to and from his friend Erasmus Darwin in which is discussed a variety of new inhalation treatments for tuberculosis and other maladies thought to be fatal. During his short lifetime, Beddoes managed to distinguish himself as one of the most remarkable medical men of his time. He promoted pneumatic medicine and worked extensively with James Watt on the use of inhaled gases for therapeutic medicine. Thanks to his mastery of French and German, he was able to exchange information with Lavoisier and Girtanner and remain at the forefront of new discoveries. He made use of his extensive background in chemistry to pioneer therapeutic medicine, then a new discipline. Fine copy. ❧ Duncum, The Development of Inhalation Anaesthesia, p. 64-69. See Sim, The Heritage of Anesthesia, p. 217-218. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5308)
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