Domestic medicine: or, a treatise on the prevention and cure of diseases by regimen and simple medicines: with an appendix, containing a dispensatory for the use of private practitioners.
by BUCHAN, William (1729-1805).
London:: Printed for W. Strahan, T. Cadell in the Strand, and J. Balfour; Edinburgh: W. Creech, 1774., 1774. 22 cm. 8vo. xxxii, 749,  pp. Errata, ads. Original full calf, raised bands, leather gilt-stamped label, gilt ruled covers; rubbed. Inscribed: "Be timely wise: with health all taste of pleasure flies. Quod petis in te est". Heraldic bookplate of George de Ligne Gregory (1740-1822) [County of Leicester]. Third edition, with considerable additions. Still mentions the emphasis Buchan placed on infantile mortality. Buchan notes further that Buchan was "far in advance of his time" as an advocate for open air. Described by Peter Dunn, this is the author's greatest work. The book achieved immediate success and went through 19 separate editions within the author's lifetime. It was also translated into many of the European languages. ". . . in terms of achieving positive health and preventing disease, the text was far, far ahead of its day." – Dunn. PROVENANCE: George de Ligne Gregory (1740-1822) became the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire in 1793, also the holder of Harlaxton Manor. William Buchan (1729–1805), Scottish physician, wrote this, his most popular work, in 1769. In 1759 he became the first surgeon and apothecary to a branch of the Foundling Hospital at Ackworth, caring for children. This was one of the earliest English works written by a physician to the public. "I know is will be said, that diffusing medical knowledge among the people, might induce them to tamper with Medicine, and to trust their own skill instead of calling a physician. The reverse of this, however, is true. Persons who have most knowledge in these matters, are commonly most ready both to ask and to follow advice, when it is necessary. The ignorant are always most apt to tamper with Medicine, and have the least confidence in physicians. . . " – (p. xx). REFERENCES: Dunn, Peter. "Dr. William Buchan (1729–1805) and his Domestic Medicine." Archives of Disease in Childhood; Fetal Neonatal edition, 2000, vol. 83: F71–F73; Still, Paediatrics, pp. 410-11. [FFrye C188]
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