Lexicon-medicum: or medical dictionary: containing an explanation of the terms in anatomy, physiology, practice of physic, materia medica, chemistry, pharmacy, surgery, midwifery, . . . . Second American, from the fourth London edition.
by HOOPER, Robert (1773-1835).
New York:: Published by E. Duyckinck, E. Bliss & E. White, Collins & Hannay, Collins & Co. and James V. Seaman, 1824., 1824. 23 cm. 952 pp. Title-page signed: D. Sheldon. Original full calf, raised bands, gilt-stamped leather spine label; upper cover reattached with kozo strip applied to upper joint, rubbed. Bookplate of Charles Atwood Kofoid. Very good. One of the most popular medical dictionaries of its day, it also represents well the attitudes towards medicine and applied vocabularies. One example is dealt with in Kotar and Gessler who point out the attitude of the church with regards to small pox (variola): "Hooper erred, as men of the day denounced the vaccine on religious grounds, stating they would not be treated 'with substances originating from God's lowlier creatures.'" – S.L. Kotar, J.E. Gessler, Smallpox, a history, pp. 51-2. Hooper, Robert (1773–1835), "medical writer, son of John Hooper of Marylebone, was born in London in 1773, and after a course of medical study in London was appointed apothecary to the Marylebone workhouse infirmary. He entered at Pembroke College, Oxford, on 24 Oct. 1796, graduated B.A. in 1803, M.A. and M.B. in 1804. Some difficulty (instigated, it is said, by members of the College of Physicians) prevented his proceeding to M.D. at Oxford, but he was created M.D. of St. Andrews on 16 Dec. 1805, and admitted licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians on 23 Dec. 1805. Settling in Savile Row, he lectured there on the practice of medicine for many years to large classes. He made a special study of pathology, and formed a large collection of illustrative specimens. While carrying on an extensive practice, he was a most industrious writer, and his books had a large sale. Revised editions of several of them continue in sale. He retired from practice in 1829, having made a fortune, and lived at Stanmore. He died in Bentinck Street, Manchester Square, on 6 May 1835, in his sixty-third year." – DNB. REFERENCES: DNB, v. 27, pp. 306-7; Lancet, 11 July 1835, pp. 493–4; Munk's College of Physicians, III. 29. [FULL TITLE: Lexicon-medicum: or medical dictionary: containing an explanation of the terms in anatomy, physiology, practice of physic, materia medica, chemistry, pharmacy, surgery, midwifery, and the various branches of natural philosophy connected with medicine: selected, arranged, and compiled, from the best authors. Second American, from the fourth London edition.] [FFrye C188]
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