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  1. 116503

    The Field of Disease

    A Book of Preventive Medicine
    First edition. Richardson was best-known for his research into anaesthetics and for his involvement in public health and the sanitary movement. He founded and edited the first journal dedicated to public health, the Journal of Public Health and Sanitary Review, in 1855, and wrote prolifically on health, but also plays, biographies, poems, songs, and "even a romantic novel, The Son of a Star (3 vols. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1883

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116503

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  2. 116000

    Istoria ragionata de' mali osservati in Napoli nell'intero corso dell'anno 1764;

    [together with] — Del contagio del vajuolo, e della necessità di tentarne lestirpazione. Tomo I [all published].
    First editions of both works. In the first work, dedicated to the Neapolitan regent Bernardo Tanucci, the Italian physician Michele Sarcone (1731–1797) describes the devastating gastrointestinal fever that struck Naples in 1764, the grim climax to several years of famine. Sarcone was a firm believer in autopsy to help diagnose the nature of such plagues. Learn More
    £4,000

    Date of Publication: 1765 & 1770

    Published: Naples

    Stock Code: 116000

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  3. A Private Journal in Egypt from May 1894 to May 1895.

    A Private Journal in Egypt from May 1894 to May 1895.

    Appendices. I—Wyoming in 1891. II—Munich in 1892.
    First and only edition, "printed for private circulation only" (front board and title page), uncommon: OCLC traces ten copies world-wide, Copac adds copies at Glasgow University and the Royal College of Physicians. Attfield (1866-1908) went to Egypt as sanitary and quarantine medical at Suez, and also worked as a director of the pilgrims' quarantine encampment at El Tor, situated across the Red Sea in Sinai. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1895

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115304

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  4. 113432
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    The Anatomy and Philosophy of Expression as connected with the Fine Arts.

    Third Edition, enlarged, of a work first published as Anatomy of Expression in 1806, and containing his last revisions; "These essays formed the earliest and latest occupation of the lamented author's leisure hours" (Preface). This copy was bound for presentation by Bell's wife Marion to her goddaughter Anna Marion Isaac, in 1845, two years after the death of her husband, and is inscribed by her on the first binder's blank. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1844

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113432

    Signed: Yes

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  5. Mescal.
    signed

    Mescal.

    The ‘Divine’ Plant and its Psychological Effects. With an introduction by MacDonald Critchley.
    First edition, first impression. Highly significant presentation copy of the author's breakthrough study of mescaline-induced hallucinations, handsomely inscribed "To Professor W. R. Miles, with compliments of the author Heinrich Klüver, Chicago, Nov. 1928" on the front free endpaper, with the book label of the recipient Walter Richard Miles to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1928

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112683

    Signed: Yes

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  6. 111764

    Traité des exhumations juridiques,

    et considérations sur les changemens physiques que les cadavres éprouvent en se pourrissant dans la terre, dans l’eau, dans les fosses d’aisance et dans le fumier.
    First edition of "the first book to be devoted solely to the subject of exhumation and decomposition" (Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body at US National Library of Medicine online). "Orfila [1787-1853], pioneer toxicologist, was the leading medico-legal expert of his time. He was born in Minorca, studied at Valencia Barcelona, and Paris, and was one of the founders of the Académie de Médicine. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1831

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 111764

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  7. Un souvenir de Solferino.
    signed

    Un souvenir de Solferino.

    First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a blank before the half-title: "Monsieur Albert Dunant de la part de l'auteur", apparently in a secretarial hand. An excellent familial association: Albert Dunant was a state councillor for the canton of Geneva; this copy also carries his attractive etched bookplate and official autograph stamp on the half-title. Learn More
    £17,500

    Date of Publication: 1862

    Published: Geneva

    Stock Code: 110889

    Signed: Yes

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  8. And the Band Played On.

    And the Band Played On.

    Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Dennis — warmly, Randy M. Shults. San Francisco." A masterpiece of investigative reporting and an international bestseller, Shilts's expose on the spread of HIV/AIDS revealed how the epidemic was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 1980's, with treatment hampered by government apathy, political infighting and institutional incompetence. Learn More
    £400

    Date of Publication: 1987

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 110638

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  9. The Practice of The Most Successful Physitian Paul Barbette, Doctour of Physick.

    The Practice of The Most Successful Physitian Paul Barbette, Doctour of Physick.

    With The Notes and Observations of Frederick Deckers, Doctour of Physick. Faithfully rendered into English.
    First edition in English, an English translation of Praxis Barbettiana, Dekkers's Latin edition, which was first published in Leyden in 1669. Barbette (1620-1666?) was a celebrated Dutch physician. He was relatively unusual for his time in that he disapproved of bloodletting. The attractive frontispiece shows him taking the pulse of a female patient. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1675

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109779

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  10. Die Freigabe der Vernichtung lebensunwerten Lebens.

    Die Freigabe der Vernichtung lebensunwerten Lebens.

    Ihr Mak und ihre form.
    First edition, a superb copy of this rare and influential work, in which the psychiatrist Hoche (1865-1943) and the lawyer Binding (1841-1920) for the first time explicitly asserted that the killing of people with disabilities, including wounded veterans from the First World War (the care of whom was creating a strain on the German economy), would be justified. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1920

    Published: Leipzig

    Stock Code: 106733

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  11. Essays on Physiognomy.

    Essays on Physiognomy.

    For the Promotion of the Knowledge and the Love of Mankind. Written in the German Language and Translated into English by Thomas Holcroft. Second Edition. Illustrated by Four Hundred and Eighteen Engravings. To Which are Added, One Hundred Physiognomical Rules ... and Memoirs of the Life of the Author, Compiled principally from the Life of Lavater, written by his Son-in-Law G. Gessner.
    Second edition in English of this work by Lavater, "the last of the descriptive physiognomists" (Garrison & Morton). Most prized for the remarkably range of illustrative engravings, portraits of historical and contemporary notabilities - including Goethe, a friend of Lavater's, Socrates, Locke, Samuel Johnson, Bach, George Washington, Diderot, Wren, and Voltaire - drawn as examples of the "psychological" or emotional interpretation of physical features. Learn More
    £1,200

    Date of Publication: 1792

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 104088

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  12. On the Geographical Distribution of Some Tropical Diseases, and their Relation to Physical Phenomena.

    On the Geographical Distribution of Some Tropical Diseases, and their Relation to Physical Phenomena.

    First edition, scarce. Robert William Felkin ()1853-1926) was a medical missionary, a prolific author on Uganda and Central Africa, an early anthropologist with an interest in ethnomedicine and tropical diseases, and a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. "An interesting example [of the use of medical maps] is by R. W. Felkin, lecturer on the diseases of the tropics and climatology in Edinburgh. Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1889

    Published: Edinburgh & London

    Stock Code: 102181

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  13. Medical Scene

    Medical Scene

    The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of publications. Between 1952 and 1954 he drew regular cartoons for the weekly Time and Tide, and after that for the daily News Chronicle. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: [c.1960s]

    Published:

    Stock Code: 100797

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  14. Essays on Physiognomy.

    Essays on Physiognomy.

    Designed to Promote the Knowledge and the Love of Mankind … translated into English by Thomas Holcroft. To which are added, One Hundred Physiognomical Rules, a Posthumous Work by Mr. Lavater; and Memoirs of the Life of the Author … Third Edition, with upwards of Four Hundred Profiles and other Engravings.
    Reprint of the defence by Lavater - "the last of the descriptive physiognomists" (Garrison & Morton) - of the pseudo-science of physiognomy, more correctly pathognomy, "the age old quest for the art how to know men" (Hunter & MacAlpine). Lavater's work was first published in German in 1772 and enjoyed widespread success thereafter. This copy with the contemporary ownership inscription of James Van Sommer, and his extensive, and often caustic but not entirely dismissive, notes to the text, beginning with his addition of the word "Rambling" at the beginning of the title itself. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1840

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 100644

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  15. The Lepers of Our Indian Empire:

    The Lepers of Our Indian Empire:

    a visit to them in 1890-91.
    First edition. Wellesley C. Bailey (1846-1937) was an Irish missionary who, in 1874, founded the Mission to Lepers, an international organisation to establish leper asylums around the world. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1891

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 97756

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  16. Georgia Warm Springs Foundation
    signed

    Georgia Warm Springs Foundation

    Annual Report for the Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 1940 [2 copies]; [and:] The Story of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis [2 copies].
    First editions, first printings of two separate titles, each present in two copies. The copy of the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation (GWSF) annual report in blue boards has Roosevelt's presentation inscription to the front blank: "To Basil O'Connor—the motor-power that turned the wheels from Franklin D. Roosevelt 6/30/41 Hyde Park". Below, O'Connor has written: "This is #2 of 6 copies only in this binding. Learn More
    £15,000

    Date of Publication: 1940

    Published: Warm Springs, GA, & New York

    Stock Code: 97193

    Signed: Yes

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  17. i1

    Traité de la gangrène.

    First edition. An early work by the French Enlightenment economist François Quesnay (1694-1774), intellectual leader of the physiocrats, the first systematic school of political economy. He is best known for his important Tableau économique (1758). Quesnay originally trained as a physician and, at the time of publication of the Traité de la gangrène, served as the consulting physician to Louis XV at Versailles. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1749

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 96589

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  18. Come to the Cook-house Door!

    Come to the Cook-house Door!

    A V.A.D. in Salonika.
    First edition. Uncommon, particularly so in the jacket. Just four copies on COPAC, OCLC adds five. This copy inscribed on the second blank; "Good wishes from Juliet de Key Whitsed, May 1935". Illuminating and entertaining diaries of "adventure and work" of a VAD in Salonika from June 1917 to June 1919, "lively" (Matthews). Whitsed later published on "Diet in a Modern Hospital" (1934), and "Scientific Catering for Institutions" (1937). Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 93961

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    Traité Médico-Philosophique sur l'Aliénation Mentale, ou la Manie …

    First edition, first impression. "In October 1793, while serving as médecin des infirmeries at Bicêtre Hospital, Pinel had the chains struck off from forty-nine male psychiatric patients in order to substitute for this cruel oppression his "traitement morale," a humane form of psychiatric therapy that identified insanity with illness rather than moral perversity or demonic possession. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1801

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 91493

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  20. Alcohol: One Man's Meat.

    Alcohol: One Man's Meat.

    First edition, first printing of this study on alcoholism. The authors consider potential psychological, physiological, and social factors, as well as discuss successful means of treating what they define as the "abnormal drinker". Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1938

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 90449

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