Geneva: Fratres de Tournes, 1769. Later edition. Two volumes, 4to. Contemporary French cat's-paw calf, gilt decorated on spine, red and green morocco lettering-pieces. Early effaced inscriptions on titles, rear cover of volume one slightly buckled, generally fine and crisp / From the Collection of Allan B. Kirsner, M.D. Item #401892
A fine copy of an early edition of the works of the "Father of English Medicine." “Sydenham recorded significant observations on dysentery, scarlet fever, scarlatina, measles and other conditions. He stressed the clinical study of medicine and kept careful case records” (See Garrison-Morton-Norman 2198). Sydenham's conceptions of hysteria (see Hunter & Macalpine, pp. 221-224) are expressed in the dissertation "ad Guilielmum Cole" (vol. 1, pp. 230-284). The "podagra and hydrope" (vol. I, pp. 300-349) contains the first complete and precise clinical description of gout, which Sydenham knew well from having suffered it. He advises to avoid the wine and the meats of game. (See Printing and the Mind of Man 159 for the original edition of this treatise). The publisher has added to the works of Sydenham the important memoirs of Musgrave on gout and on the joint complications of gonorrhea (see Copeman, A short history of the gout, 5, 7, 8, 85, 146, 147). Musgrave was secretary of the Royal Society of London. See Garrison-Morton-Norman 2198.