1779 · London
A descriptive, epidemiological account of Minorca based on letters exchanged between Cleghorn (1716–89) and physician John Fothergill (1712–80) while Cleghorn was stationed on Minorca as surgeon to the 22nd Regiment of Foot from 1736 to 1749, here in the fourth edition. Cleghorn, a Scotsman educated at the University of Edinburgh, went on to become the first Lecturer of Anatomy at the University of Dublin.
First printed in 1751, this landmark work on epidemiology contains previously unpublished descriptions of several diseases, such as epidemic jaundice, and was reprinted in 1767, 1768, 1779, and 1815. The Dictionary of National Biography (online) notes "his extensive observations rendered the book essential reading for those going to practice in Minorca"; and, cast in the vivid first person as it is and as full of opinions on Minorca's "inhabitants" as it is, it must have been riveting reading as well for even non-medical stay-at-homes.
Provenance: W.G. Ramsay SO. CA. stamped at head of title-page; the "SO. CA." may indicate "South Carolina" and associate this book with the physician son of David Ramsay — public official, historian of the American Revolution, and physician who introduced the smallpox vaccine in his region. (The younger Ramsay was particularly interested in racial differences, and not in what the 21st century would consider to be a good way.)
Evidence of readership: Three neatly pencilled short notes to the Introduction.
ESTC N10137; Garrison & Morton 1674; On Cleghorn, see: DNB (online). Recent half navy blue buckram and blue marbled paper–covered boards, new endpapers; binding irregularly sized and half-title lacking. Title-page heavily repaired with former owner's signature excised from top right corner. Light to moderate age-toning and waterstaining with the occasional spot; first gathering darkened and partially detached. => Medical practice here is an adventure. (Inventory #: 36126)