78 pp. 8vo, modern half-morocco & marbled boards, a.e.g. Bristol: Biggs & Cottle for J. Cottle, 1798. "Second edition, corrected and enlarged" (1st ed.: 1797); a rare book. In 1797, Beddoes was asked to give a series of lectures for students covering the foundations of anatomy and medicine. In the foreword he writes, "the purpose of this course will be to exhibit the structure of the human body, in a manner neither superficial nor tedious, to explain the functions of the parts as far as they have hitherto been investigated, to illustrate by specimens the principal deviations of these parts from their healthy conformation, and to intersperse such reflections as may be useful in physical education, and the whole conduct of life." In particular, he singles out tuberculosis as "the perpetual pestilence of our island" and devotes part of his lecture to its detection and prevention. 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. ❧ Sim, The Heritage of Anesthesia, p. 217-219. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5307)
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