Discourses on tea, sugar, milk, made-wines, spirits, punch, tobacco &c.
by Short, Thomas
London: Longman & Millar, 1750. Short, Thomas (ca. 1690-1772). Discourses on tea, sugar, milk, made-wines, spirits, punch, tobacco, &c. with plain and useful rules for gouty people. 8vo. , vi, , 424, pp. London: T. Longman, A. Millar, 1750. 202 x 122 mm. 18th century marbled boards, rebacked and recornered in calf, light rubbing and soiling. Small marginal wormhole in first few leaves, minor toning, but otherwise very good. First Edition. Scottish physician Thomas Short is best known as the author of the first monograph in English on obesity (see Garrison-Morton.com 7061). The present treatise. published 20 years after Short’s Dissertation on Tea (1730), begins with a discussion on the history, cultivation, preparation and the good / bad effects of tea. This is followed by discourses on sugar, milk, “made-wines” (such as mead, cowslip wine, gooseberry wine, etc.), brandy, rum, arrack, punch, cider, tobacco, malt liquor, and the medicinal benefits of bathing. The work ends with a chapter on gout, a disease which Short claimed “if rightly managed, instead of a punishment and misfortune, is a means to lengthen life, and a sign of strong principles of health” (p. 405). (Inventory #: 44015)
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