Medical facts and experiments. London: Printed for A. Millar; and
by HOME, Francis (1719-1813).
Edinburgh:: A. Kincaid and J. Bell, 1759., 1759. 16 cm. 8vo. viii, 288 pp. Mild foxing. Original full tree calf, gilt-stamped red title label; joints broken, extremities worn. inscribed: John Tetsworth to Jonathan Havesy[?]. Good +. FIRST EDITION, arranged in three parts: Epidemics, Cases, Experiments. Of epidemics the author describes various fevers of 1742, 1743 and 1748, epidemic lumbago, mortification, small-pox, "glanders", and gun-shot wounds. His case reports are arranged by subject: pulse, gout, swelling, fever, dysentery, cough, asthma, stone in the ureter, suppuration of the kidney, consumption, inflammation of the testicle, concussion (fall on the head), skull fracture, inflammation of the brain, and various fevers. He offers four experiments: velocity of the blood. . . , nitrum murale, perspiration at Edinburgh, attempts to inoculate against measles. Home was the first to experiment on immunizing against measles. [Parrish]. "So far as known, the first attempt to inoculate man with measles was made by Francis Home in Edinburgh in 1758. . . " – Ludvig Hektoen. "Experimental human transmission of measles," pages 266-288. Garrison and Morton 5442. Francis Home, M. D., Scottish physician, the first Professor of Materia Medica at the University of Edinburgh, one of the founders of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh. REFERENCES: ESTC T120708; Garrison and Morton 5442; Mettler, p. 744; Henry J. Parish, A History of Immunization, p. 289. See: Home, W. E. "Francis Home (1719–1813), First Professor of Materia Medica in Edinburgh." Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine, 21.6 (1928): p. 1013; Ludvig Hektoen, Experimental Measles, a review." JAMA, Volume 72, p. 177. [FFrye C188]
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