A Discourse on the Times, Character and Writings of Hippocrates. Read Before the Trustees, Faculty and Medical Class of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, at the Opening of the Term of 1852-3.
by BARTLETT, Elisha.
New-York:: H. Bailliere, 1852., 1852. 8vo. 72 pp. Original printed wrappers; joint splitting, top right corner chipped, slightly stained. Front cover ownership signature of Henry Broutans ['], 1852. Very good. FIRST EDITION. "Bartlett's celebration of Hippocrates as progenitor of the empiricist program was especially clear in an introductory address he delivered in 1852 at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, later published as A Discourse on the Times, Character and Writings of Hippocrates. His address opened with inventive and richly detailed scenes of the Greek physician at the bedside tableaux calculated to evoke a distant time and place. But Bartlett soon turned the attention of his listeners to Hippocrates, or, rather, to what Bartlett imagined Hippocrates would have said had he been invited to speak at such an occasion: 'the Valedictory Address to the graduating class of the school of Cos, at the term of the first year of the 95th Olympiad.' . . . Indeed, speaking by proxy for Hippocrates, Bartlett used language remarkably similar to that he used in his own Philosophy of Medical Science" (Warner, pp. 176-177). REFERENCES: Warner, John Harley. Against the Spirit of the System: The French Impulse n Nineteenth-Century American Medicine. Baltimore: JHU Press, 2003.
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