Strictures on the Elementa Medicinae of Doctor Brown

Goshen: David M. Westcott, 1795. 16mo. [ii], ii, [ii], 130, [1] pp., including errata. Contemporary calf, rebacked. An excellent copy with the bookplate of the Springfield (Massachusetts) City Library stating that the book was given by Dr. George C. McClean, and the signature of William Sheldon on the paste-down. Item #12925

First edition. "A specimen of early printing in an interior town in the State of New York" (Sabin). This book is an attack on Dr. Brown's Elementa medicinae, by a supporter of Cullen. Brown's system treated diseases as caused by excessive or defective excitation. Diseases were either "sthenic" or "asthenic" as the vital excitement increased or declined. The treatment is to stimulate the patient (with alcohol) or depress (with opium). This was the first book printed in Goshen; the nine preceding Goshen imprints, beginning in 1790, and two other 1795 imprints, were broadsides or pamphlets that did not exceed 18 pages. Goshen was not incorporated until 1809.

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