Arrow Rock, [MO]: Published by the author, 1844. 12mo. xviii, , 216pp. FIRST EDITION. Wrappers; scattered browning, minor repairs on a few leaves. Item #1627
First edition. This work is not scarce, but it has a most interesting provenance and history, recorded in manuscript on the front flyleaf. The book apparently belonged to a Dr. J. W. Moodey of Greensburg, Indiana, who writes of Sappington's pioneer use of quinine pills as a treatment for fevers. Dr. G. W. H. Kemper received the book in 1867, and gives an account of the copy in the catalogue of the St. Louis Medical History Club, noting that the work was the first medical book printed in Missouri. Sappington (1776-1856) describes numerous diseases, their causes, symptoms and treatment. A significant work in American medicine.