Means of Preserving Health, and Preventing Diseases: Founded Principally on an Attention to Air and Climate, Drink, Food, Sleep, Exercise, Clothing, Passions of the Mind, and Retentions and Excretions. With an Appendix, Containing Observations on Bathing, Cleanliness, Ventilation, and Medical Electricity; and on the Abuse of Medicine. Enriched with appropriate extracts from the best authors. Designed not merely for physicians, but for the information of others. To which is annexed a glossary of the technical terms contained in the work.

New York: Collins, Perkins and Co. [and others], 1806. First edition. 12mo. (2), x, 298, (2) pp. Publisher's ad leaf at end. The first American work on preventive medicine (Cf. Wilson G. Smellie's Public Health: Its Promise for the Future; NY, 1955). American Imprints 11289. Austin 1608: "Some copies have 'Recommendations' (dated Sept. 1, 1806, including a letter from David Hosack to the author), one leaf, inserted after title page." That leaf is present in this copy. Contemporary flame calf (rubbed, corners bumped, shallow chip across head of spine). Lacking all endpapers to title page, else a very good, solid copy. (1447). Item #54604

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