8 engraved plates (of 10, lacking the two plates in Parts IV & V), & two folding printed tables. Five parts bound in three vols. 8vo, modern half-calf and marbled boards (some spotting & foxing). Bristol: Bulgin & Rosser, 1795--95-96-. Second edition of Parts I and II; first editions of Parts III-V. 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. Beddoes founded the "Pneumatic Institute" in Bristol where he "investigated the best ways to procure and apply gaseous agents in large quantities...Beddoes wrote much of this five-part work in collaboration with engineer James Watt, who became involved in the project after the death of his daughter from consumption in June 1794. Beddoes described cases in which gases had been tried, and Watt explained the function of apparatuses he had designed for the experiments. Beddoes cautioned against trials on humans and instead experimented on animals."-Sim, The Heritage of Anesthesia, p. 217 Good set, lacking pp. iii-iv in Part III. Ownership inscription of the Medical Society of Edinburgh. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5310)
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