Traite sur la maniere d'elever sainement les enfans, fonde sur les principes de la medecine et de la physique: et destine aux parens, particulierement aux meres qui ont a coeur leur sante et celle de leurs enfans. Traduit de l'allemand par Michel Boehrer. De l'imprimerie de crapelet.
by FRANK, Johann Peter (1745-1821).
Paris:: Chez le Traducteur, . . . ; Chez Fuchs, . . . ; Chez Gabon, . . . , AN VII, 1798-9., 1798. 21 cm. xvi, 142 pp. Half-title, errata. Bookplate of Leona Baumgartner (1902-1991). Later quarter maroon calf, marbled boards, gilt spine title; spine sympathetically mended with kozo. Scarce. First edition in French of Frank's work, translated from the German by Michel Boehrer. The work is on the upbringing of children relative to principles of medicine and physics, but intended for mothers or those who care for the young. The original German edition had the title, Von der aussereheligen Zeugung, dem geflissentlichen Missgebahren und andern Misshandlungen der uneheligen Kinder, von der physischen Erziehung des Neugebohrnen bis zum erwachsenen Burger, was printed in 1780. Frank, born in Rothalben, was a proponent of good hygiene (especially against sexually transmitted diseases), food safety, public health and child welfare. Broman tells that Frank promoted three "key elements" to a healthy child, washing in cold water, weekly baths, and daily exposure to fresh air. Though originally Frank studied for the church, including philosophy at Metz, he instead went after his medical degree, which he achieved in 1766 at the Universities of Strasbourg and Heidelberg. In 1784 he taught physiology and medical policy at the University of Göttingen. PROVENANCE: Leona Baumgartner (1902-1991) was an American physician, being the first woman to serve as Commissioner of New York City's Department of Health (1954–1962). She strongly advocated health education and was a pioneer in promoting health services among New York's immigrant and poverty-stricken population. The Countway Library, Harvard, has her personal papers. REFERENCES: Grulee 627; Still, p. 320. See: Victor Cornelius Medvei, The History of Clinical Endocrinology. Thomas H. Broman, The Transformation of German Academic Medicine, 1750-1820, Cambridge University Press, (2002). [FFrye C188]
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